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Watch Ask a scientist: A Hollywood Producer and a Scientist Talk Disasters – Part 2

Mass panic and overturned cars in the streets are fun in movies, but is that how people really act during disasters? In Part 2 of this disaster-themed #AskAScientist series, Hollywood producer Diana Williams talks with disasterologist Dr. Samantha Montano about

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Watch Ask a scientist: A Hollywood Producer and a Scientist Talk Disasters – Part 1

Disaster movies are fun, but real disasters are anything but. We teamed up with our friends at LabX to figure out what we need to know to separate fact from fiction. In this first installment, Hollywood producer, and self-proclaimed prepper,

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Watch Ask an Actor…about playing a woman computer scientist

This time, computer scientist Jen Golbeck asks actor Kerry Bishé about playing a woman computer scientist. Actor Kerry Bishé, known for her lead role as Donna Clark, a computer scientist, in the AMC television series Halt and Catch Fire talks

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RSVP for Art and Gadgetry: Sparking Creativity

RSVP here to join us on 9/29 at 1PM PDT/4PM EDT for Art and Gadgetry: Sparking Creativity. Check back for more details soon! Speaker: Nathan Seidle is the founder of SparkFun Electronics in Boulder, Colorado. Nathan founded SparkFun in 2003

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Watch Puncturing Stereotypes and Their Impact on Identity

Stereotypes feel synonymous with many of the characters that we see on TV and in the movies. All Asians know martial arts or own small stores. Black women are sassy, while Latino men are dashing. Germans are efficient, most Brits

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Watch Ritual for a Reason: New Habits in the Time of COVID-19

We take most of our rituals for granted. From the social conventions that dictate how we greet one another to the ways that we express our religious faiths, we follow familiar patterns that are often simply accepted. But these rituals

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Watch Searching for Exolife: In Real Life and In Stories

Is there life beyond the Earth? This question has tantalized humanity for ages … and has been a focus for both scientists (what is really out there?) and storytellers (what would it mean to us if it is?). Join us

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Watch Race for the Vaccine: A Special Talkback Event

  The story of the pandemic is, among many things, a story of scientific triumph. In a timely documentary from CNN Films, we are granted rare, real-time access to the elite scientists who put their lives on the line to

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Watch The Crossover: Science Speed Dating X Wrong Answers Only

4 Scientists. 3 Comedians. So many ridiculously wrong answers. Two of your favorite programs from the National Academy of Sciences – The Science & Entertainment Exchange and LabX – are joining forces to bring you the crossover event of the

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Watch Heat Season: The Latest Climate Curve Ball

Most of us welcome summer, happily transitioning from winter’s hibernation spent bundled up in wooly sweaters to the carefree season of shorts and bathing suits. But the extreme, record-breaking high temperatures of 2021 signal the arrival of a new and

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Watch Ask A Scientist…About Being a Woman in Computer Science

Actor Kerry Bishé, known for her lead role as Donna Clark, a computer scientist, in the AMC television series Halt and Catch Fire talks with Dr. Jen Golbeck, computer scientist. Jen currently is a Professor at the College of Information

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Watch What Were You Thinking?: A Neuroscientist’s Explanation of Teenage Decision Making

Teenagers often make questionable choices – ones that routinely prompt parents to ask this question without any expectation of a satisfying answer. The stereotypes from film and television make this stage of life feel especially scary. But neuroscientist Adriana Galván

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Watch Economics in Black and White: The Racial Reality of Economic Inequity

It takes only a cursory look at the numbers to reveal the staggering wealth disparities that are very clearly marked by race/ethnicity in this country. The net worth of a typical white family is nearly ten times greater than that

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Watch You Are Not Who You Were: Healing from the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Trauma

The topic of childhood trauma is more relevant than ever as we emerge from a pandemic that has gripped the globe. Join us for a discussion with pioneering physician and California’s first-ever Surgeon General Dr. Nadine Burke Harris as she

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Watch The Science Behind Catching Criminals and Cheats: Benford’s Law

What do the IRS, election fraud, great music, Russian bots, deep fakes, and volcanoes have in common? The answer: Benford’s Law. But if you’re like us, you a) didn’t know this and b) don’t understand what this Law is all

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Watch Rewriting Memory

Recall your happiest memory, experience anew all the emotion it evokes… And then ask yourself: Is that memory accurate? Did it really happen as you recall it years later? Doubtful. Indeed, there’s a fair amount of evidence to suggest that

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Watch Quantum Century: A Conversation with Carlo Rovelli and Kieran Fitzgerald

In celebration of World Quantum Day, The Exchange and The Quantum Century Project bring you a conversation between two leaders in their field, quantum physicist Carlo Rovelli and screenwriter Kieran Fitzgerald. Join us for an accessible and user-friendly tour of

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Watch The Power of Stories: Writing the Future of Our Planet

Together, we are writing the future of our planet. In the same way that we are living with the deeds and decisions of the past, the choices made and actions taken by those of us alive today will bear direct

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Watch We See You: The Power of Female STEM Role Models On and Off the Screen

Women have made groundbreaking contributions to science throughout history and yet their numbers and visibility in many scientific fields have remained low. Their stories are often characterized by perseverance and tenacity. Though women scientists continue to face the toxic impact

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Watch Talk-Back: Dick Johnson Is Dead

As her father nears the end of his life, renowned documentary filmmaker Kirsten Johnson used the language of her craft to help them both find closure in the inevitable. This inventive, heartbreaking, often comical exploration of dementia is deeply human

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Watch A Deep Dive with Ocean Explorer David Gallo

Hear from renowned ocean explorer David Gallo, co-leader of the TITANIC and missing flight Air France 447 expeditions. Our oceans have long been a source of scientific investigation and play a fundamental part in supporting life on Earth. They represent

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Watch TED@NAS: On Stage/Back Stage

https://vimeo.com/516823922 Science catalyzes progress. It allows us to explore our biggest questions, generate new ideas and seek out solutions. At its best, science ignites change and fuels our way forward. In November 2019, TED partnered with the National Academy of

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Watch The Science of Attraction

So you’re at a bar and you notice someone. Or maybe they notice you. Why? Who we find attractive is a hard question to answer. Are some of us wired to be monogamous? Promiscuous? What do the mating habits in

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Watch Impulse Control: Making Your Brain Work for You

RSVP here to join us on Wednesday, February 10 at 1PM PST/4PM EST for Impulse Control: Making Your Brain Work for You. Can we learn to control our impulses before they control us? Even more importantly: can we learn to

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Watch A COVID-19 Conversation with Larry Brilliant & Seth MacFarlane

Join renowned epidemiologist Larry Brilliant and Science & Entertainment Exchange advisory board member writer/director/producer/actor Seth MacFarlane as they take a deep dive into current COVID-19 events, tackling a list of frequently asked questions to help us all understand what lies

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OLIVER SACKS: HIS OWN LIFE – Special Talk-Back

From filmmaker Ric Burns comes this extraordinary documentary revealing the story of legendary neurologist Oliver Sacks, a fearless explorer of unknown cognitive worlds who helped redefine our understanding of the brain and mind despite his own personal battles with drug

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Watch Human Nature: With Jennifer Doudna, Adam Bolt, and Walter Isaacson

Watch a Special Conversation with Nobel Prize Winner Jennifer Doudna and Filmmaker Adam Bolt, moderated by Author Walter Isaacson. Science holds the potential to shape our planet and every living thing in it. One of the greatest science stories of

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Watch Grey Matters: What the History of Vaccines Can Tell Us About the Future

In record time, the world has three COVID-19 vaccines but our resumption of normal life hangs on the success of making and distributing hundreds of millions of doses. Will people take them? There are also serious equity issues as to

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Watch The 2020 Mixtape

Watch Here As we close the door on 2020, it’s clear that we don’t want to do that again. But looking back at eight months of online programming, there were definitely highlights and bright spots, some amazing speakers deserving of

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Watch Flipping the Switch on Right and Wrong: Evolving Ethics in Science

Most people have a pretty strong sense of right and wrong and can be quick to judge others through that sharply focused ethical lens. What if everything you accepted about the notions of right and wrong changed… and all of

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Watch Phone Home

Jill Tarter has spent more than 40 years trying to answer the question, “Are we alone in the universe?” An astronomer and co-founder of the SETI Institute, she was the inspiration for Ellie Arroway, the alien-hunting protagonist made famous by

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Watch Risky Business

‘Tis the season for goblins and ghosts, that time when fear is actually meant to be fun and festive. Of course this year, has been an especially frightening one and the idea of actively seeking out new things to spook

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Watch Science Speed Dating

https://vimeo.com/471491258 Science Speed Dating This special edition of Science Speed Dating brings together experts from some of the most hotly contested fields of science: climate change, genetically engineered foods, evolution, and vaccines. Filtered through campaigns of misinformation and political rhetoric,

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Watch A Series of Fortunate Events with Sean B. Carroll and Seth MacFarlane

SEAN B. CARROLL AND SETH MacFARLANE In Conversation A Series of Fortunate Events: Exploring Chance and the Making of the Planet, Life, and You For more than 10 years The Science & Entertainment Exchange has facilitated conversations between thought leaders

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Watch This Too Shall Pass: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19

Watch our co-presentation with Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences for: This Too Shall Pass: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19 In our third installment of this event series, we explore the pandemic’s impact on mainstream storytelling. Join

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Watch The COVID-19 Dashboard: Deciphering the Data, Visualizing the Virus

How is complex data collected and used to improve our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic?  You’ve likely been using it for months to track the global spread of COVID-19. Certainly you’ve seen the charts, graphs, and gifs that are used

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Watch Picture a Scientist Panel

Picture a Scientist chronicles the researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Characterized by Science Magazine as “sweeping in scope yet intimately compelling,” the film leads viewers on a journey deep into the very personal experiences of

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Watch Human Nature Panel

The Science & Entertainment Exchange Presents a Special Pre-Release Viewing and Talk-Back for the New Documentary Human Nature. From executive producer Dan Rather and director Adam Bolt, and the co-writer and editor of the Oscar-winning film Inside Job, comes the

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Watch This too shall pass

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and The Science & Entertainment Exchange Present: This Too Shall Pass: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19 In our next installment of this event series, we are continuing to focus on the

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Watch Science Speed Dating

Listen to five quick-fire talks by experts whose work spans a range of scientific fields. Hear about research taking place on the cutting edge of science, peer into the possibilities of our technological future, and leave inspired by a STEMM

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Watch The Vaccine – Where, When, and for Whom?

Almost as soon as the world began to track the progress of the COVID-19 pandemic, our attention shifted to the possibility of a vaccine. Tune in to this fascinating conversation with one of the world’s experts in vaccine who will

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Watch Body on a Chip: Exclusive Conversation w/ Visionary Scientist Anthony Atala

Body on a Chip: Exclusive Conversation w/ Visionary Scientist Anthony Atala The vast majority of new medications in development fail. The few that ultimately get approved for human use may have unpredictable effects, or the outcome may not be known

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Watch This Too Shall Pass: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19

Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences and The Science & Entertainment Exchange Present: This Too Shall Pass: Creativity in the Time of COVID-19 One of the most visible and immediate creative responses to COVID-19 was musical. Videos quickly

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Watch The Viruses That Make Us Human

The Viruses That Make Us Human and Other Surprises from 4 Billion Years of Evolution Read this article about the event from The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. If you think that feathers arose to help animals fly

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Watch Virtual STEMM Education Care Package: Stay Safe, Stay Schooled, Stay Sane

A Virtual STEMM Education Care Package: Stay Safe, Stay Schooled, Stay Sane For those who have been helping young learners at home over the past few months, The Exchange wants to provide you with a science care package to help

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Watch Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond

 Alien Oceans on Earth and Beyond Beneath the frozen crusts of several of the small, ice-covered moons of Jupiter and Saturn lurk vast oceans that may have been in existence for as long as Earth. Could there be alien life

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Watch Virtual Science Speed Dating

Watch the recording of a special online edition of our most popular event format, Science Speed Dating. Listen to five quick-fire talks by experts whose work spans a range of scientific fields. Hear about research taking place on the cutting

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Watch Alone Together

Human beings are social creatures by nature. Even the more introverted among us instinctually enjoy the simple pleasure of gathering. Indeed, there is ample research to demonstrate that strong social connections are directly related to good health. Conversely, it is

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Watch Going to Polar Extremes

Join Kirk Johnson on a dramatic and surprising adventure as he guides us through our distant past, traversing the globe from pole to pole to uncover the extraordinary story of our planet’s changing climate. This geological journey will take us

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Learn about Mapping a Pandemic in The Science of Where

Many of us have spent the last month regularly hitting refresh on our web browsers to update the map that has now become ubiquitous in (quite literally) bearing witness to the persistent spread of COVID-19. Mapping technologies are used in

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#AskAScientist with Katherine McNamara and Nicole Lurie

#AskAScientist is a down-and-dirty, shot-at-home, short video series of uncertain duration and frequency in which our friends talk to scientists who answer their most pressing questions about the state of the state in science. Our latest installment features Katherine McNamara

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#AskAScientist with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Peggy Hamburg

#AskAScientist is a down-and-dirty, shot-at-home, short video series of uncertain duration and frequency in which our friends talk to scientists who answer their most pressing questions about the state of the state in science. Our first installment features Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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#AskAScientist with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Peggy Hamburg

#AskAScientist is a down-and-dirty, shot-at-home, short video series of uncertain duration and frequency in which our friends talk to scientists who answer their most pressing questions about the state of the state in science. Our first installment features Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Learn About Bioethics in Worst Case Scenarios

Catastrophic events quickly challenge fundamental assumptions about how we live and what we take for granted. This has been especially evident as we witness health systems around the world pushed to their limits in the wake of unprecedented strains caused

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Watch Our Gardening Event

Our grandparents and great-grandparents grew “Victory Gardens” during World Wars I and II when fresh produce was scarce. All the best trends eventually come back. But these days we have a whole lot of nifty ways to ensure a tasty

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Watch Our First Online Event

Current events have us very focused on the search for a vaccine for COVID-19. But this is not the first time that scientists have sought quick solutions to address an emerging infection that posed a risk to human health. We

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