Crash Course: Biology

This is a fascinating video series that covers the basics of Biology. In this 40-video series, learn about carbon, chemical bonding, cells, photosynthesis, genetics, natural selection and much more.
A very educational series and extremely entertaining if you’re into geek humor.

Best of TED

TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks are usually under 20 minutes, and each of them presents some unique ideas from very diverse fields: physics, economy, biology, technology…
They are extremely entertaining and addictive, so here’s a compilation of some of the best 40 TED talks.

Meet Your Brain

The Royal Institutions Christmas Lectures – Meet Your Brain by Professor Bruce Hood. Fascinating lectures that present some of the most interesting features of the human brain. Lots of great information presented in a very interesting manner that’s typical for the Royal Institution.

TED – Drew Berry: Animations of Unseeable Biology

In this TED talk, Drew Berry gives some examples of visualizing highly complex biological processes occurring in our bodies. While his first example are the already posted Molecular Visualizations of DNA the second example is a more recent work, that truly describes what a mind-boggling machines our bodies really are. Considering how interesting the subject of this TED talk is, it’s such a pity that it’s so short.

The Brain: Our Universe Within

This Discovery Channel documentary explores the depths of the human mind, its mechanisms of reasoning and awareness that we are all born with, as well as its evolution over the ages.

Hosted and narrated by Canada’s legendary scientist, Dr. David Suzuki.

MIT 20.010J Introduction to Bioengineering

Bioengineering at MIT is represented by the diverse curricula offered by most Departments in the School of Engineering. The beginning lectures describe the science basis for bioengineering with particular emphasis on molecular cell biology and systems biology. Bioengineering faculty will then describe the bioengineering options in a particular engineering course as well as the type of research conducted by faculty in the department.

Brave New World with Stephen Hawking

Brave New World is a show about our future and the technological advances that await us. Except Stephen Hawking of course, many more science celebrities are featured in this show, such as Richard Dawkins and Jim Al-Khalili.
Only the first two episodes are available for now.

Human Body: Pushing the Limits

I posted the fourth episode of this show some time ago, but finally here’s the complete series with all 4 episodes. It has interesting information coupled with great presentation and CGI. Quite surprising for a Discovery Channel production 🙂

Deus Ex: The Eyeborg Documentary

Square Enix, a gaming company that developed the Deus Ex: Human Revolution, comes a short documentary about the possibility of actually developing technologies seen in that game. It appears that human augmentation technology is really advancing rapidly, as some prosthetic limbs seen here are really quite advanced.

TED – George Dyson: The birth of the computer

Historian George Dyson tells stories from the birth of the modern computer — from its 16th-century origins to the hilarious notebooks of some early computer engineers, containing the first geek jokes I guess.
It’s always fascinating to see those huge old computers the size of my living room.
There is also a mention of Nils All Barricelli, a Norwegian-Italian mathematician, who used the computers to run experiments in symbiogenesis and evolution, who also percieved the code as the living organism capable of evolving.

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