Science & Technology Gallery

Apr 23, 2019 Here are the highlights from this year's Cambridge Science Festival. I started with a backstage tour of the Great Refractor at The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. It is a beautiful old telescope from 1847. At the time it was built, this was one the largest telescope in the United States. It looked very Steam Punk. Next, I went to MIT's Infinite Solar System, a 3D printed... more
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Jul 31, 2018 The Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics hosts free monthly tours and lectures of the Observatory. I was lucky to catch a behind the scene tour. Here are photos of parts rarely seen by the public. At the Observatory, I looked through special telescopes at the sun and moon. I also toured the computer room that controls multiple telescopes on the roof. At the Micro Observatory Website... more
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Apr 27, 2018 Doors open @ 6pm -- Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers -- Presentations start @ 7pm Presenter: Juan Enriquez -- Futurist, Educator, Author, TED Speaker, Venture Investor $15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free. Audience participation will be a key part of this conversation. Tickets available here DATE AND TIME Mon, May 7, 2018 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT... more
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... 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... more
Apr 20, 2016 This one-on-one session, which was part of MIT's CityDays... 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... 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... 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... 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... more