Studio 360 - Science and Creativity
How to Fly to Alpha Centauri12/09/14
Talking about building an interstellar space ship makes you sound like a sci-fi fan who’s lost touch with the real world. Unless you’reMae Jemison, a former astronaut andthe head of100 Year Starship, an organization the home page of which boldly...
Alan Turing, Man and Myth
Alan Turingmight be best known today for theTuring test, but during World War II, he cracked the Nazi’s “Enigma” code at Britain’s top-secret spy center Bletchley Park, significantly speeding the Allied victory. He also helped invent modern computing....
Making Memories with a Microchip
Ted Berger is trying to build a microchip that can remember things for us. He teaches biomedical engineering at the University of Southern California, and his goal is to create a device that can take over for the hippocampus of the brain, translating...
They're Made Out of Meat
We humans are pretty hot stuff — the most highly evolved species on the planet, or so we like to think. This parable by science-fiction writerTerry Bissonsuggests otherwise. To some space aliens who think they’ve seen it all, we’re not just primitive....
Mouna Andraosis an artist and web designer who’s always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small...
DARCI: A Computer With Great Taste
To make art, a computer first needs to understand what art is.A group of computer scientists at Brigham Young University is attempting this by feeding their program images by the thousands and describing those images. Digital Artist Communicating...
Spencer Wells: Making Maps From DNA
Where did we come from? Evolutionary biologistSpencer Wellsis pretty close to the answer. He's the National Geographic "Explorer-in-Residence" and heads an initiative called theGenographic Project. By collecting DNA samples from people around the...
10,000 Year Clock
The Long Now Foundation is designing a clock to tell time over 10,000 years. It will tick once every minute, chime once a year, and play music once a millennium.
Warming Oceans, Threatened Cities
If there's one climate change scientists are sure of, it's that sea levels are rising - and coastal cities are in their way. In a 2010 exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art, teams of architects envisioned radical approaches to the problem. Studio...
Aha Moment: Star Trek
In college, Ronald D. Moore's Captain Kirk dorm room poster prompted teasing, but his passion for the original "Star Trek" has paid off. A few years ago he transformed the sci-fi TV genre when he reimagined the cheesy 1980s "Battlestar Galactica" into...
Method in the Madness
In the official Hollywood template, you pretty much can't be a genius without also being nuts. Is there a connection between great creativity and mental illness? Tamar Brott speaks with Kaye Redfield Jamison and other psychiatrists to separate the...
The painter Alexis Rockman gets worked up by news from the scientific world. He wants his paintings to help people visualize — and get a little freaked out by — big phenomena like genetic engineering and global warming. He doesn’t have a science...
Magic Eye Paintings
As part of Studio 360's series on science and creativity,Sarah Lilleytalks with scientists who admire the impressionist painter Claude Monet not just for his color choices, but for his ability to trick the human eye and brain.
Marc Branchworks at NASAas an aerospace engineer testing instruments used on outer-space telescopes. When he's off the clock, Branch is one of the most sought after hip-hop DJs around the country. Leading a double life as "DJ Scientific" he hopes to...
Annalee Newitz: The Future is Coming to Get You
Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor ofio9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential.
Magic on the Brain
Magicianswow uson stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.
Hollywood Know-How Makes Good Medicine
“Some doctors golf as their hobby,” says Shaun Carpenter, a wound care specialist in Louisiana; “my hobby is to make movies.” But in the process of amateur filmmaking, Dr. Carpenter has stumbled upon a way to improve his medical practice.
The life of the average artist is not known for its sense of security. Most will experience little money, or fame, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is… health insurance....
Imaginary Friends Forever
Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Marjorie Taylor, a psychology professor at the University of Oregon, has been looking at imaginary friends and the children who have them. Taylor is exploring the idea that these children are more creative — in...
Object Breast Cancer
The pink ribbon has been an incredibly successful piece of marketing for breast cancer research. For cancer survivor Leonor Caraballo, though, it's supremely annoying. "I’ve always hated the color pink," she says. "I don’t like the association between...
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