Red Does Research

A weekly dose of informed science with a dash of music between when and where. sometimes there are interviews. Currently on hiatus!

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Adam Savage gives an inspiring TED talk about the wonder of small ideas leading to major discoveries in the world of science.  Sometimes the most simple of ideas is the best.

Watch the video and then realize.. this is a real thing!  There is a currently a website dedicated to petitioning for extreme storms to be named after climate change-denying politicians.  Not such a bad idea..

Check out this great interview with Elise Andrew, the creator of the popular Facebook page “I fucking love science”.  She discusses her inspiration behind the page and some experiences she has had along the way.

In this clip via the Connecticut forum, a panel on Vision and Brilliance in 2012 discussed technology, science, and design.  Neil deGrasse Tyson also offered an interesting tidbit about the origin of the term “venereal” disease.

Watch this video to see how expression of gratitude improves happiness

Another great video from Joe Hanson of “It’s Okay To Be Smart” about the wonders of evolution.  Some animals do some seemingly weird things.

The Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. culminates in an actual rap battle about science.  Not only does the program help the students to show off their rap skills and what they have learned about science, but they are inevitably building confidence and learning to communicate science in their own way.

In a follow-up video, GZA joins students at Bronx Compass to help them during the Science Genius pilot program.

One of the most exciting things happening in science education (in my opinion) is the merging of science and hip-hop culture.  Developed by GZA from the Wu-Tang Clan and Christopher Emdin, a science advocate and Columbia Professor of Education, the Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. gives students in inner city areas the opportunity to create raps about science.

Psychology writer Maria Konnikova explains the art and science of decision-making, as inspired by Sherlock Holmes.  Watch the video to hear about methods like the “three pipe problem” and other interesting tidbits from the fictional detective.