Gerd Gigerenzer on the psychology of decision making

National Geographic Emerging Explorer and computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti is on a mission to combat infectious disease. Her weapon of choice? Complex algorithms.

Professor of mechanical engineering Larry Leifer shows off Stanford University’s Start.Home, a prefab, low-cost, solar-powered house.

Mark Zdeblick, CTO at Proteus Health, describes the world’s first ingestible sensor that’ll track patient data and help doctors prescribe medication more accurately.

Richard Preston describes a scientist’s experience with a “breach from the hostile biological world with Ebola saturated blood.”

This incidence illustrates the “power of non-fiction writing” to Preston because her unique experiences rang with the “power of plausibility” when she cared more for her children than about the likelihood of “breaking with Ebola in a slammer hospital.”

Psychology professor at Stanford University Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, argues that narrow definitions of success and the fixed mindset of computer scientists and engineers keep women and minorities out. 

Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, explains how to monitor bad driving by tracking facial expressions.

Renate Fruchter, founding director of the Project Based Learning Laboratory, explains how to calculate productivity and well-being as a team and in the workplace.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter argues that lifelong learning and funding city schools is about “guts” and defending the country’s economy.

Nissan’s Greg Dibb shares some of the superior technology of autonomous or self-driving cars like collision avoidance and lane keeping systems.

Rhodes Scholar and acclaimed researcher of ancient DNA Beth Shapiro discusses her research findings.

She explains why Jurassic Park couldn’t work, the lack of genetic diversity in Bison and how mosquitoes can live in the arctic.

Change.org founder Ben Rattray shares how a petition, led by Jennifer Tyrrell, helped end the Boy Scouts ban on gay troops and started an anti-discrimination movement.

Technology forecaster Paul Saffo argues we’re on the edge of an “analogue revolution,” that the Higgs Boson was discovered by a “vote” not by atom-smashers.

Janusz Bryzek shows off how sensors in devices from cellphones, to bras and shoes are turning bodies into computers.