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00:20:25
Dr. Francis Collins is the Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which is responsible for coordinating the government-sponsored effort to map and sequence the entire human genome, considered by many as one of the most important scientific undertakings of our time. Dr. Collins is a physician and geneticist whose own work led to the identification of the genes for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, and Huntington's disease. In this Webcast, Dr. Collins explains the different strategies for finding disease genes, the competition between public and private efforts to decode the human genome, and the next steps for the Human Genome Project, now that the first accurate gene maps have been created.

Project: Origins: Unwinding DNA at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Browse All

Date: March 1, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
0:28:42
Dr. James Watson is the President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and the codiscoverer of the double helix, for which he won a Nobel prize in physiology or medicine in 1962. Dr. Watson was also the first director of the Human Genome Project. He talks with us about early discoveries in molecular biology, the Human Genome Project, and what makes Cold Spring Harbor a unique scientific institution.

Project: Origins: Unwinding DNA at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Browse All

Date: February 28, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Medicine, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:18:34
Dr. Carol Greider is a professor of molecular biology and genetics at Johns Hopkins University. She worked with molecular biologist Elizabeth Blackburn to discover the role of telomeres—segments of DNA that protect and stabilize the ends of chromosomes. Dr. Greider tells us about her work and shares her thoughts about the importance of mentors for women in science.

Project: Origins: Unwinding DNA at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Browse All

Date: February 28, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:26:05
Dr. Bruce Stillman is the Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, a position he inherited from James Watson in 1994. He continues his own research at the lab on DNA replication. In this program, Dr. Stillman describes the unique culture of science at CSHL, explores future directions of research, and tells us what he learned as an administrator for Dr. Watson.

Project: Origins: Unwinding DNA at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Browse All

Date: February 28, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:13:41
Dr. Jan Witkowski, Executive Director of the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor, talks with us about the purpose of scientific meetings, about science as a social endeavor, and about some of the interesting people, events, and science stories that we can look forward to during the Biology of DNA meeting, which he coorganized with Dr. David Stewart, Director of Meetings and Courses at CSHL.

Project: Origins: Unwinding DNA at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory | Browse All

Date: February 26, 2003
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:52:14
Learn how sparkling wine is made, what makes it different from still wine, and where all those little bubbles come from! We reveal how to open a bottle without touching the cork, as well as the best way to keep the bubbles in the bubbly. Join our special guests, Stanford chemistry professor Dick Zare, and French enologist Michel Salgues, winemaker at Roederer Estates in California, as we explore the science of tiny bubbles.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Cooking | Browse All

Date: December 28, 2002
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Chemistry
Running Time:
1:00:24
Why does a turkey continue to cook after it is out of the oven? How can you be sure to thoroughly cook the dark meat without drying out the white meat? Is stuffing really a good idea? Join us as we talk turkey with food expert and author Harold McGee. Discover why temperature is critical, and investigate different cooking methods: roasting, deep frying, barbecuing, and smoking.

Project: Accidental Scientist: Science of Cooking | Browse All

Date: November 20, 2002
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Chemistry
Running Time:
1:03:16
In preparation for the 2004 landing of the Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA engineers and scientists tested their remote operation procedures using a rover called FIDO (field integrated design & operations rover). Our remote team traveled to the desert test site to see what they learned in the desert and what they hoped to learn on Mars.

Project: Return to Mars | Browse All

Date: August 19, 2002
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Astronomy/Space Science, Geology/Eath Science
Running Time:
00:41:34
Produced by students from San Francisco's Aim High Program. Today they ask, how do our ears work? Can we communicate without words? How do whales communicate under water? Why don't bats slam into trees as they fly? Middle school students will interview Exploratorium Educator Ken Finn and Biologist Dr. Karen Kalumuck, plus special surprise guests!

Project: Science Wire | Browse All

Date: May 18, 2002
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
12:25:46
Why do many things sound different underwater? How are echoes made? Can you feel or see sound? Join us as we delve into the mysteries of sound. This webcast will feature an Aim High student demonstrating how to make a membranophone; Exploratorium physicist Dr. Paul Doherty modeling sound with ringing aluminum rods, corrugated plastic whirlies, and a slinky; and Marco Jordan, lead educator in the Exploratorium's Outreach program, demonstrating sound science with a "whine" glass and a singing bowl.

Project: Science Wire | Browse All

Date: May 4, 2002
Format: Expedition
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics