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Brains, magic tricks, and Neil Tyson

NOVA scienceNOW deserves all the funding it gets. Here’s an absolutely wonderful segment on how the brain works, aptly titled “How does the Brain Work?” It’s 50 minutes long and undoubtedly worth watching, as it is a clear example of science education at its best. Besides, host Neil Tyson is as good of a speaker as it gets, and there are even a bunch of nifty magic tricks that expose the brain’s gullibility (or evolution’s genius, depending on how you look at it.)

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There’s also some real life mind-control in humans! And, you know, robots playing jeopardy and stuff, too. Watch here:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/how-does-the-brain-work.html

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How to get something (the universe) out of nothing (nothing)

When we march backwards along the arrow of time, we reach the point from which everything began, the point that modern science calls the “Big Bang.” Scientists have a wonderful grasp on what happened a billionth of a billionth of a second after the big bang; this, of course, only begs the question “What came before the Big Bang?” Physicist Lawrence Krauss demonstrates in the video below that the answer is “Nothing” and that under our current understanding of physics, and contrary to traditional logic, it is not just probable that we get “something” out of “nothing” — it is absolutely inevitable.

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Clouds over MIT

Today was our BCS fall welcome social — the official induction to the world of neuroscience for us lowly ‘first years.’ It was full of barbecue and lemonade, grad students and professors, ponies and sunshine. I also love my class.