November 16th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Biologist Don Ingber tells SPTNK how cells work collectively with other cells and develop very robust behaviors in very noisy and variable environments through interconnection.

Listen here: Don Ingber – Frequency

Periodic Table

November 11th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Space Entrepreneur Robert Bigelow tells SPTNK in a short time there will be no comparison between the technologies of those with robust, large facilities in microgravity and those that are terrestrial bound.

Listen here: Robert Bigelow – Periodic Table

Thermal Boundary

November 9th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture, Michelle Addington asks SPTNK to “imagine if a thin piece of glass can behave like a thick wall”

Listen here: Michelle Addington – Thermal Boundary

Quantum Energy

November 4th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Physicist Hal Puthoff tells SPTNK “Empty space is not empty at all”.

Listen here: Hal Puthoff – Quantum Energy

Alien Mathematics

November 2nd, 2010 by obsrvtry

Mathematician Ian Stewart asks SPTNK “How would alien creatures do mathematics living on a plasma star?”

Listen here: Ian Stewart – Alien Mathematics

Collective Memory

October 28th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake tells SPTNK “We need a field theory of mind”

Listen here: Rupert Sheldrake – Collective Memory

Requiem for Fossil Fuels

October 26th, 2010 by obsrvtry

OandA Requiem For Fossil Fuels

“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is happening at The World Financial Center Winter Garden on Friday, November 12th @ 7:00 pm. Composed and performed by O+A (Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger), the event is FREE to the public, and no reservations are required.

“Listening to our own noise is exactly the feedback we need to change the world,” explains O+A. For the last 20 years, Odland and Auinger have worked together to unlock the meaning of the sound of our cities. They have explored the soundscapes of remote ruined metropolises far from the electric grid, studied the sounds of nature and the sounds of man, all the while asking the audience to “Think with Your Ears.”

Their most recent event, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels,” is a radical gesture that challenges the current politics of the senses. “Just listening we can hear the climate changing. We hear it in the sounds of the lawn mowers, leaf blowers, rush hour, helicopters, jets, air conditioners, etc. These are the sounds from which we will create the performance, Requiem for Fossil Fuels.”

The “Mass,” which incorporates full Latin text with four lovely voices who represent “the everyman,” is set to the resonance of our fossil fueled cities gone mad. It is through this compelling sonic chaos the audience swims, experiencing our love/hate affair with machines.

“Requiem for Fossil Fuels” is presented by Arts World Financial Center (sponsored by American Express, Bank of America, Battery Park City Authority and Brookfield Office Properties). The performance is part of New Sounds Live, curated by John Schaefer, host and producer of WNYC Radio’s New Sounds and Soundcheck. With support from Austrian Cultural Forum NYC, Harvestworks and Electronic Music Foundation.

SAVE THE DATE: Requiem for Fossil Fuels, November 12 at 7PM
World Financial Center Winter Garden: 220 Vesey Street, NYC

Following is a video of Bruce Odland and Sam Auinger explaining their reasons for writing, “Requiem for Fossil Fuels.” Berlin 2008 at the Elisabethkirche. Video produced by Ableton Live for their artist series.


October 26th, 2010 by obsrvtry

The brain is more like a TV receiver than video recorder — Rupert Sheldrake, Biologist

Listen here: Rupert Sheldrake – Retrieval

The Future of Chemistry

October 21st, 2010 by obsrvtry

Philip Ball, Science Writer explains to SPTNK the future of chemistry. We need to look beyond the periodic table and focus on the relationship between molecules.

Listen here: The Future of Chemistry

Cultural Research: SAIC

October 19th, 2010 by obsrvtry

Photo via flickr by harrymoon

SAIC, a company of people dedicated to delivering best-value services and solutions based on innovative applications of science and technology, provides a variety of consulting capabilities to defense and intelligence consumers including defense analysis, wargaming and simulations, cultural assessments and analysis, homeland security and national security strategy.

The Cultural Research program at SAIC is designed to assist government clients in acquiring the cultural intelligence and contextual knowledge needed to design and execute successful programs, operations, and communication strategies in diverse areas around the world.

Using a social constructivist approach, SAIC views cultural identity as a dynamic construct, formed through reiterative social interaction. The program uses historical, sociological, and ethnographic research methods and a wide variety of data sources. These methods include interviews with subject matter experts from the academic, policy, and government arenas, as well as ethnographic interviews and focus groups of cultural group participants. Primary and secondary research is used to identify the meaningful cultural elements in a society, including the most salient identities, the seminal events in a cultural group’s collective experience, and a group’s key narratives and world view.

Based on research, SAIC develops products that can answer questions such as how a specific cultural group ascribes meaning to operationally significant concepts such as the nation-state, authority, legitimacy, religion, security, and warfare. This research is used to produce a wide variety of tools for clients such as culture “smart cards,” cultural field guides, military culture guides, cultural intelligence studies, and analytic documentaries using video ethnography. In addition, SAIC offers such services as training and methodological consulting, and provide guidance on norms, customs and behavior for those interacting with local populations.

via SAIC