Video: “Laniakea: Our home supercluster”
For the last few years, I’ve used “Runaway Universe,” an episode of NOVA that was originally broadcast on Nov. 11, 2000, in my second-semester freshman composition classes to initiate a discussion about research.
I was pleased to learn this morning that three of the scientists featured in the show have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for the research I’ve watched them do so many times: Brian P. Schmidt, Adam G. Riess, Saul Perlmutter.
Last night I ran across an episode of NOVA on PBS titled “Musical Minds” (website). Oliver Sacks, neuroscientist, accomplished musician, and author of Awakenings (which was made into a movie with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams) and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, played a prominent role in the documentary.