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science health & wellness | Aug 28th, 2019

Dr. David Fajgenbaum Featured on Good Morning America

Doctor David Fajgenbaum, whose forthcoming memoir Chasing My Cure hits shelves September 9th, sat down with Good Morning America to discuss his incredible journey. From a Georgetown quarterback to the brink of death and back—five times—Fajgenaum was tackled by a brutal, rare disease in his... Continue Reading →
science | Aug 26th, 2019

Modern-Day Explorer George Kourounis Reveals Plans to Climb 10,000 Year-Old Iceberg

George Kourounis, an explorer-in-residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and the host of Angry Planet, has an ambitious plan to go where no man has gone before: an iceberg located in Newfoundland’s “Iceberg Alley.”  Iceberg Alley becomes home to 400 to 800 new icebergs every year,... Continue Reading →
science | May 30th, 2019

Nina Tandon’s Revolutionary Bone Reconstruction Company Approved for FDA Trial

Nina Tandon’s company EpiBone has received FDA clearance to begin its first clinical trial—making it one step closer to providing patients with precision-fit skeletal implants grown from their own cells. Nina Tandon believes we are close to unlocking the regenerative capabilities of our own bodies... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 25th, 2018

Getting Curious with New Speaker, Scientist and Former Daily Planet Co-Host Dan Riskin

To evolutionary biologist, TV host, and bestselling author Dan Riskin, picking his scientific focus was easy. “I had a crush on bats,” he says. “I thought they were cute!” Maybe you don’t share the sentiment, but there’s a strong chance that you feel passionate about something, and that passion can... Continue Reading →
science | Jun 8th, 2018

Nat Geo is Developing a TV Series based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures—Margot Lee Shetterly’s runaway New York Times bestseller and the inspiration for the Academy Award nominated film—is being developed by the original producers into a series for Nat Geo, National Geographic’s cable channel. Shetterly’s book recounts the true story of the black women... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 4th, 2018

At the Intersection of Art and Science: 3 Speakers Show Us New Ways of Seeing the World

Art and science have long enjoyed a fruitful partnership (da Vinci, anyone?) and Lavin’s speakers are no exception to the rule. In light of the release of physicist and writer Alan Lightman’s latest novel, Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine, we rounded up three of our speakers whose work... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 21st, 2016

Mapping the Heavens: Introducing New Speaker Priyamvada Natarajan

Astronomy is the people’s science, says Priyamvada Natarajan—the sky belongs to everyone. A theoretical physicist based out of Yale University, Natarajan studies the mysteries of the cosmos that are revealing themselves to us day by day: invisible dark matter, which takes up nearly one-third of... Continue Reading →
science | Sep 8th, 2016

The Globe: Levitin’s A Field Guide to Lies Is “Smart, Timely, and Massively Useful”

Daniel Levitin has written three consecutive New York Times bestsellers—This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, and The Organized Mind. This week, he’s launched yet another fascinating, must-read book. His newest effort is called A Field Guide to Lies, and it’s already earned a glowing... Continue Reading →
science | Apr 5th, 2016

#AskASpeaker #11: Twitter Q&A with Janna Levin

On Thursday, March 31, we spoke with cosmologist, author, and TED Speaker Janna Levin as part of our ongoing #AskASpeaker series: live Q&As on Twitter with our social media-savvy speakers. Levin’s currently promoting her recently-published third book, Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer... Continue Reading →
science | Feb 28th, 2016

Frontier Discoveries: Introducing New Speaker Allan Adams

For theoretical physicist Allan Adams, ‘innovation’ isn’t just some business-oriented buzzword; it’s the essential spirit that drives his work. Not only can he explain the most exciting discoveries in physics and cosmology—as evidenced in his absorbing TED Talks and MIT lectures—but he can make even... Continue Reading →
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