Science & Technology Production Gallery

Feb 22, 2017 There will be blood: Human genetic studies of blood production and disease Every second, without thinking, our bodies produce millions of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. If this process goes awry, devastating blood disorders can occur, including anemia and leukemia. Vijay Sankaran is interested in how this process happens normally and how it can be perturbed in disease. He will... more
Feb 8, 2017 Host Pat McCormick interviews Christopher Mitchell, Director of the Community Broadband Networks Initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance in Minneapolis and Policy Director for Next Century Cities, on the future of community broadband around the country. more
Jul 9, 2016 Host Anne Schweiger interviews Saul Tannenbaum, concerned resident, activist, blogger, and member of the Cambridge Broadband Task Force, about the need for municipal broadband in Cambridge. more
Jun 23, 2016 Host Anne Schweiger facilitates a discussion about the pros and cons of building a municipal broadband system for Cambridge. The guests include Dave Talbot, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and two members of the City's Broadband Task Force, Ben Compaine, a teacher in the entrepreneurship and innovation group at Northeastern University. and Ming-Tai... more
Jun 23, 2016 Using big data to understand rare diseases More than one million humans have now had their DNA sequenced, providing tremendous amounts of information on the patterns of genetic variation across the human population. This talk will outline the Broad Institute’s efforts to create massive genetic databases and describe how these data can be used to understand human genes and the causes of rare,... more
Jun 23, 2016 How epigenetics controls our genes in health and disease The one genome we inherit at birth gives rise to the thousands of different cell types in our body — blood cells, skin cells, neurons, and so on. How can cells with the same genes and DNA be so different? The answer lies in epigenetics, the system of gene controls that turn on just the right genes in cells.Brad Bernstein will present an... more
Jun 23, 2016 Why Microbes Matter Microbes influence nearly every aspect of our lives. Though they have gotten a bad rap for causing disease, our bugs can protect us from disease, feed us, and they might even affect the way we think! We are also learning how human activity, including the use of antibiotics, has influenced our microbes with profound implications for human health. I will discuss some of the... more
Jun 22, 2016 Autism spectrum disorders: genetics of an evolving diagnosis Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are diagnosed far more frequently today than they were 20 years ago, and people with a diagnosis of ASD differ enormously in their behavior and abilities. Dr. Robinson will introduce recent findings from ASD genetics studies and discuss changes in the ASD diagnostic landscape. Elise Robinson Elise... more
Apr 20, 2016 This one-on-one session, which was part of MIT's CityDays & Together in Service initiative, paired an MIT volunteer with a senior to help them get the most out of their technological device. A dozen seniors were served by capable and engaged MIT students. The MIT mascot even came to visit! CityDays is a series of one-day volunteer opportunities for all members of the MIT community. The... more
Apr 11, 2016 Medical Interpretation of Human Genomes Speaker: Heidi Rehm With the plummeting cost of sequencing, genetic data is becoming increasingly available for use in the diagnosis, treatment and prediction of disease. Ensuring the successful use of genomics in medi- cine will require the community to come together to share data and contribute to the collective curation of that data for clinical and... more
Mar 28, 2016 In this episode, host Anne Schweiger interviews Dan Noyes and Theodora Higginson, Co-Directors of Tech Goes Home, a nonprofit that provides laptops and training. Through a grant from Google, Tech Goes Home is expanding into Cambridge. more
Mar 24, 2016 This one-on-one session, which is part of MIT's CityDays & Together in Service initiative, will pair a MIT volunteer with a senior to help them get the most out of their technological device. If you have new device and just haven't gotten around to taking it out of the box, or if you have a device you are already familiar with but want to explore advanced features, bring it by and we'll help... more
Mar 3, 2016 This clip features P.A. d'Arbeloff speaking about the upcoming Cambridge Science Festival in April 2016. The Cambridge Calendar television program pulls together details on all the events in Cambridge - so that you don't have to! We aggregate community calendars from the city government, local non-profits, universities, and community groups and present it all in a condensed 15-minute event... more
Feb 20, 2016 Tthis episode of Cambridge Broadband Matters features Georgia Bullen from Open Technology Institute m-lab and Nigel Jacobs from the Boston Office of New Urban Mechanics. Cambridge Broadband Matters is a series, produced by Anne Schweiger and Cambridge Community Television, which explores the relationship among people, public institutions, non-profit organizations, businesses, and broadband in... more
Jan 22, 2016 Science for all Seasons March 30, 2016 Auditorium | 415 Main Street, Cambridge, MA Synthetic Biology: Redesigning Life Jim Collins Synthetic biology is bringing together engineers, physicists, and biologists to construct biological circuits out of proteins, genes, and other bits of DNA, and to use these circuits to rewire and reprogram organisms. These re-engineered organisms are going to change... more
Jun 15, 2015 Wednesday, July 29, 6-7pm Finding gene mutations that protect against heart attack and developing medicines that mimic them Heart attack is now the leading cause of death in the world. However, remarkably few medicines (e.g., aspirin, statins, and antihypertensive agents) are proven to prevent a first heart attack because most medicines fail during the drug development process. I will review an... more
Jun 4, 2015 Wednesday, July 22, 6-7pm What would you say you do here? Understanding our genes, with big help from small RNAs. While we've had the parts list of the human genome (the 3 billion As, Cs, Gs, and Ts that make up our genetic code) for over a decade, the functions of most genes remains obscure. Yet knowing what genes do is critical for understanding how their dysfunction leads to disease and thus... more
May 7, 2015 From a human perspective, honeybees are certainly one of the most important insects in the world. In addition to pollinating one-third of the food crops consumed by humans, bees have also helped people satisfy their sweet tooth cravings through honey production for centuries. Honeybees are highly social, fascinating colonial insects. This spring, the Harvard Museum of Natural History is welcoming... more
Apr 14, 2015 One of the most important scientific challenges in early eighteenth-century Europe was the search for a reliable way to determine longitude at sea. Using a free interactive program called “WorldWide Telescope,” Alyssa Goodman, Professor of Astronomy, Harvard University; Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution, will demonstrate in this free, public and illustrated lecture, how various historic... more
Mar 10, 2015 Modern humans and our closest-living ape relatives differ in developmental and reproductive biology, as well as in lifespans, but evolutionary anthropologists do not know when these distinctive characteristics evolved. It might seem that our development is invisible in the fossil record, but much can be learned from the faithful records of birth and growth embedded in teeth. In this free, public... more
Mar 5, 2015 The necropolis of Saqqara in Egypt is the burial site of kings, commoners, and animals considered sacred by the Egyptians: bulls, cows, ibises, falcons, baboons, cats, and dogs. The Catacombs of Anubis in North Saqqara contain the mummified remains of approximately eight million animals, primarily dogs. In this free, public and illustrated lecture, Paul Nicholson, Professor in Archaeology,... more