In this episode of OnBeyond, meet UC San Diego biologist Bill McGinnis, the new Dean of Biological Sciences at UC San Diego. McGinnis is a renowned biologist best known for his 1983 discovery that genes involved in embryonic development are identical in different species, from bugs to humans.
Hear what this cutting edge scientist has to say about where the biological sciences are headed at UC San Diego, from brain activity mapping to mathematical modeling of biological systems. McGinnis talks about his past, his passions, and what he hopes to study more thoroughly in the future.
Next, this episode of OnBeyond explores what is so special about California’s comfortable climate. Only a small portion of the Earth’s landmass is conducive to a Mediterranean climate like that of California, and 40% of these Mediterranean areas are already heavily populated. A mere 1/8 of the entire world’s Mediterranean areas have been preserved.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory presents Seven Big Ideas – 8 new episodes from the popular Science at the Theater series.
The first episode, Seven Big Ideas, features seven Berkeley lab scientists who have eight minutes each to introduce their revolutionary projects to the audience.
Meet Blake Simmons, who has been working on a plan to replace a barrel of oil with plants and microbes. But not just one barrel of oil, he says, his idea is intended to replace all the barrels of oil that keep countries all over the world moving.
He explains that oil produces many products for our carbon economy, such as gasoline, diesel, polymers and more. In order to undo our reliance on oil we have to find substitutes for all of these different products that the oil produces.
Watch “Seven Big Ideas” to hear about his plan to make replacing oil affordable and sustainable, as well as other game changing ideas from Aindrila Mukhopadhyay, Bill Jagust, and more!
What can a robot learn from a lizard? According to UC Berkeley biologists and engineers, quite a bit.
The latest episode of UCTV Prime Cuts shows how these scientists are studying the way lizards use their tails to keep them stable as they make some pretty astounding leaps (caught on video, of course).
Why, you ask? They’re looking for clues on how to improve the mobility of the robots they’re designing for use in search, rescue and disaster situations.
Plants have a lot to teach us about how our planet works, and movies like the blockbuster “Avatar,” in which plants play an important role, can inspire us to pay closer attention to them.
Jodie Holt, a professor of plant physiology at UC Riverside — and the botanical consultant on the James Cameron film– discusses what she taught Hollywood about plants and what Hollywood can teach us about our planet.