X-Prize Founder Peter Diamandis discusses how his passion for space travel has fueled innovation in science and technology, demonstrating that "nothing is impossible."
Got a minute? In this RSA Animate, Stanford psychologist Philip Zimbardo conveys how individual perspectives of time affect practically every element of our lives, from productivity and learning ability to health and family relationships.
Using former Vice President Dick Cheney's 2006 quail hunting accident as an example, cognitive linguist Lera Boroditsky examines how carefully chosen language can affect an altered interpretation of real-world events.
In this RSA Animate, Steven Pinker, experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, linguist and author of popular science writings, shows us how the mind turns the finite building blocks of language into infinite meanings.
Patil Armenian, physician with the California Poison Control System, describes the effects of the highly poisonous and difficult-to-treat amanita phalloides, otherwise known as the deathcap mushroom. "It pretty much kills your liver," she warns.
Around the Americas Captain Mark Schrader retells the challenge of going the "wrong way" (against the current) through the Northwest Passage. Referencing photos the crew took in Barrow, Alaska, Schrader discusses evidence of climate change in the area.
Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins explains why he no longer debates creationists: he feels his presence only validates their status. "Would you, if you were a geographer, agree to have a debate with a flat-Earther?"
It's a fact: Humans and chimpanzees share over ninety-eight percent of the same genes. So just how significant is that extra two? Neurologist Robert Sapolsky explains.
Astrophysicist Martin Rees explains how astronomers use advanced computer models to help understand the shapes and motions of galaxies.
Neurologist Robert Sapolsky examines the primate brain to show pleasure isn't so much about the reward, but in the anticipation of getting one. He notes that humans seem to be unique among animals in our willingness to put off a pay-off...
Using current technology, it would take hundreds of years to travel to even the closest stars to our own. Given the sheer vastness of space, can we ever hope to explore beyond our own solar system -- or are we stuck here for good?
Photographer Rachel Sussman presents an image of the oldest known living thing on planet Earth: a specimen of actinobacteria, found in Siberian permafrost. How old, exactly? Would you believe... 500,000 years?
Author, professor, and autism advocate Temple Grandin uses the example of the 2012 Fukushima nuclear disaster to illustrate how sometimes, the most obvious flaws in a system can be the least apparent to those working in it.
Noble Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman comments on the most important biases concerning the Singularity. Kahneman sees the major bias as believing in seemingly inevitable scenarios.
Futurist Peter Schwartz argues that bringing Earth back to it's prehistoric climate would result in abrupt global warming and war.
Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story, explains how disposable plastics added to a culture of convenience in the 1950s.
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