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UCTV programs explore astronomy, the physical universe and other space related topics with University of California faculty and experts from around the world.

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    • Natural Sciences

UCTV programs explore astronomy, the physical universe and other space related topics with University of California faculty and experts from around the world.

    • video
    Losing the Nobel Prize with Brian Keating

    Losing the Nobel Prize with Brian Keating

    Cosmologist and author of "Losing the Nobel Prize" Brian Keating tells the inside story of BICEP2’s mesmerizing discovery and the scientific drama that ensued in this interview with science fiction author David Brin. Keating describes a journey of revelation and discovery, bringing to life the highly competitive, take-no-prisoners, publish-or-perish world of modern science. Along the way, he provocatively argues that the Nobel Prize, instead of advancing scientific progress, may actually hamper it, encouraging speed and greed while punishing collaboration and bold innovation. In a thoughtful reappraisal of the wishes of Alfred Nobel, Keating offers practical solutions for reforming the prize, providing a vision of a scientific future in which cosmologists may, finally, be able to see all the way back to the very beginning. Series: "Writers" [Humanities] [Science] [Show ID: 33369]

    • 54 min
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    Origins of Universe's Gold Discovered in Neutron Star Mergers

    Origins of Universe's Gold Discovered in Neutron Star Mergers

    The first detection of gravitational waves from the cataclysmic merger of two neutron stars, and the observation of visible light in the aftermath of that merger, finally answer a long-standing question in astrophysics: Where do the heaviest elements, ranging from silver and other precious metals to uranium, come from? Series: "UC Berkeley News" [Science] [Show ID: 33299]

    • 2 min
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    Twins in Space: The Effects of Space Travel on Humans - Research on Aging

    Twins in Space: The Effects of Space Travel on Humans - Research on Aging

    What effect does space travel have on our bodies and minds? As NASA looks to explore Mars and beyond, it is critical to understand the impacts of spending extended time in space. Brinda K. Rana, Phd, shares the results of NASA's Twins Study that focused on astronaut Scott Kelly who spent nearly one year living on the International Space Station and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on Earth. Series: "Stein Institute for Research on Aging" [Health and Medicine] [Science] [Education] [Professional Medical Education] [Show ID: 31842]

    • 57 min
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    Honoring Sally: Tam O'Shaughnessy Aboard the R/V Sally Ride

    Honoring Sally: Tam O'Shaughnessy Aboard the R/V Sally Ride

    In this candid and heartwarming interview, Tam O'Shaughnessy, the life partner of the late astronaut Sally Ride, describes her long relationship with the first American woman in space. From their days on the teen tennis circuit in California through Sally’s historic flights on the Space Shuttle Challenger to their parallel academic careers and later, founding their own company, Tam tells how their deep friendship blossomed over time into a romance that ended with Sally’s death from cancer in 2012. As the Executive Director of Sally Ride Science@UC San Diego, Tam continues to inspire girls to embrace STEM, and shares her profound pride as the sponsor of the newly commissioned R/V Sally Ride, the first Naval academic research vessel ever named for a woman, now operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego. Series: "Women in Science" [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Science] [Education] [Show ID: 31454]

    • 21 min
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    On Beyond: Space Dust Exploring Nanomaterials Fire Drought and Ecosystems Oak Tree Ecosystems California Agricultural Legacy

    On Beyond: Space Dust Exploring Nanomaterials Fire Drought and Ecosystems Oak Tree Ecosystems California Agricultural Legacy

    Explore the dust between the stars - and why it is so important, see how researchers explore molecules on the nanoscale to improve materials, discover why natural extremes are critical to Mediterranean ecosystems, the fate of California Oak trees, and sustaining the heritage of agriculture in California, all on this edition of On Beyond. Series: "On Beyond" [Science] [Show ID: 30667]

    • 29 min

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