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Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of a Virtual Revolution

Jeremy Bailenson shares his research on virtual reality, avatars, transformed social interaction, and related communication and psychological theories as well as their implications for citizens living in the digital age. (July 28, 2011)

1hr 13mins

24 Aug 2011

Rank #1

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Fuels from Sunlight: Converting Solar Energy

Thomas Jaramillo examines the prospects of moving away from these traditional chemical fuel sources and instead towards a clean and sustainable path to synthesizing similar molecules using solar energy. (June 16, 2011)

1hr 30mins

24 Aug 2011

Rank #2

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Shark and Awe: The Extreme Life of the Sea

Stephen Palumbi talks about the array of marine habitats and the species that have uniquely been able to live in them. (July 14, 2011)

1hr 14mins

24 Aug 2011

Rank #3

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The Next Wave in Wireless Technology

Andrea Goldsmith, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering describes what the wireless future might look like and some of the innovations and breakthroughs that will be required to realize this vision. (July 29, 2010)

1hr 19mins

1 Dec 2010

Rank #4

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How are Drugs Developed and Why Is It So Expensive?

Daria Mochly-Rosen, Associate Dean for Research at the School of Medicine, discusses how the high cost and length of time it takes to develop a new drug is creating a conservative drug industry and how this may impact patient health. (July 15, 2010)

1hr 13mins

1 Dec 2010

Rank #5

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Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

In the second installation of the Summer Science Lecture Series in 2010, Stanford Professor Jill Helms discusses the potential found in stem cell research for the way we practice medicine. (July 1, 2010)

22 Jul 2010

Rank #6

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Driving Safely into the Future

J. Christian Gerdes discusses future scenarios regarding automotive safety, the human propensity to counteract safety measures by engaging in riskier behavior and current research in autonomous vehicles and driver assistance. (June 17, 2010)

2 Jul 2010

Rank #7

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State of Energy Address: Are We on the Right Track?

At the time of this talk, it will have been six months since a new administration came into power in Washington. Throughout the election campaign, Obama strongly emphasized the need for change in energy and environmental policies. (July 23, 2009)

25 Aug 2009

Rank #8

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The Secret Life of Viruses

Robert D. Siegel, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, addresses the basic question of "What is a virus?" and looks at the special properties that distinguish viruses from more conventional forms of life. (July 9, 2009)

21 Jul 2009

Rank #9

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Who Owns Life?

David C. Magnus, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Stanford University and Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, answers questions about the ownership of life. (June 25, 2009)

13 Jul 2009

Rank #10