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Video: Tree of Life

Beautiful and simplistic illustration of life in 6 minutes by David Attenborough. This is a great video for all ages, especially for kids, I think they can understand life better than adults because of their wonderful imagination and pure minds. Enjoy!

Video: David Attenborough – First Life

David Attenborough one of the best science presenter and educator with his unique voice and exciting presentation. First life explains the origins of life through fossils, technology and living examples. There are too much to know and too little time to understand but thanks to people like David and technology we get to see and experience evidence of who we are and what makes us so special in the universe. I wish he was my grandfather, where I get to accompany him to all these remote places, take pictures and listen to him telling me the story of life. Enjoy!

Interest: Home Microscope

A few years ago, my family got me a digital microscope for my birthday. The samples that come with the package include slices of onion skin, a horse fly leg, cotton and a wood stem. It’s fascinating to see cells form into patterns and designs on a microscopic level through artistic eyes, when the reality is what we see is years of evolution, construction and the random complexity of life. There is so much to see and I can’t wait to look into more fun stuff. Any recommendations?



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Video: Jim Al-Khalili – Quantum Life: How Physics Can Revolutionise Biology

Quantum mechanics is a bizarre topic in science, and the many scientists who specialize in this field usually say the same thing about it. Richard Feynman once said” I think I can safely say nobody understands quantum mechanics.” Niel Bohr, who was the father of quantum physics, chimed in and said ” If quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” In his speech, Jim Al-Khalili describes how European Robins (the birds) migrate in a direction that might link the way they navigate to the earth’s magnetic fields on a quantum level. Complicated but very thrilling, alluding to understanding biology, chemistry and physics in quantum level. Imagine if he is right! This will shed light on many important fields in the future such as quantum computers, medicine and the origins of the universe. Experiments and tests are still being conducted in this field since it first started in the 1920′s and I think in order to understand quantum mechanics, we have to use our imaginations because in the quantum world some major principles do not necessarily apply. Enjoy!

Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Dawkins – The Poetry of Science

Articles: David Attenborough – A Life Measured in Heartbeats

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