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Complete video at: Maziar Bahari, international correspondent for Newsweek, discusses the importance of telecommunications in achieving political change in Iran. He argues that promoting Internet access is a relatively cheap method of encouraging dialogue with the rest of the world. ----- This timely discussion covers the recent campaign of harassment and intimidation against Iranians and the Iranian diaspora. The talk features cultural intellectual Hamid Dabashi and former political prisoner and Newsweek journalist Maziar Bahari, who have been accused of undermining the regime. This event is presented in conjunction with the Free Library's One Book, One Philadelphia initiative. - National Constitution Center Maziar Bahari is an award-winning Canadian-Iranian documentary filmmaker, playwright, editor, journalist and writer who was detained in Iran on June 21, 2009, and held in solitary confinement in Tehran's notorious Evin prison following Iran's disputed presidential elections. Iranian state press claimed that Bahari had "confessed" to unwittingly playing a role in a Western media effort to instigate unrest after the presidential elections. He was released on October 17, 2009, and is currently an international correspondent for Newsweek magazine. Bahari's accomplishments were honored as a finalist for the prestigious 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord. His nomination was supported, among others, by Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.
Satellites are fascinating, but for most people they're somewhat mysterious. They float somewhere in space, invisible to the naked eye -- or are they? In this episode of BrainStuff, our hosts explain the physics behind satellites and orbits. Whether the topic is popcorn or particle physics, you can count on the HowStuffWorks team to explore - and explain - the everyday science in the world around us on BrainStuff. Watch More BrainStuff on TestTube Subscribe Now! Watch More Twitter Facebook Google+
The International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 was launched in 1978, but was retired in 1997 by NASA. Now, NASA approved a crowdfunded plan to rescue this sun-orbiting satellite before we lose it forever! Trace explains why so many people are passionate about saving this retired satellite. Read More: NASA OKs Citizen Science Attempt to Rescue a Vintage Spacecraft "A hardy little spacecraft is about to come home after an incredibly long journey and an unexpected mission it had not been built for." What ARe Lagrange Points? "There are five other locations around a planet's orbit where the gravitational forces and the orbital motion of the spacecraft, Sun and planet interact to create a stable location from which to make observations." ISEE-3 Reboot Project by Space College, Skycop, and SpaceRef "Our plan is simple: we intend to contact the ISEE-3 (International Sun-Earth Explorer) spacecraft, command it to fire its engines and enter an orbit near Earth, and then resume its original mission - a mission it began in 1978." ISEE 3 "The Explorer-class heliocentric spacecraft, International Sun-Earth Explorer 3, was part of the mother/daughter/heliocentric mission (ISEE 1, 2, and 3)." Crowdfunding Project Raises $125,000 to Reboot 36-Year-Old NASA Probe "A private team is preparing to make contact with a 36-year-old NASA spacecraft after reaching its $125,000 crowdfunding goal on Wednesday (May 14)." Space Thief Or Hero? One Man's Quest To Reawaken An Old Friend "More than 30 years ago, Robert Farquhar stole a spacecraft." NASA Signs Agreement with Citizen Scientists Attempting to Communicate with Old Spacecraft "NASA has given a green light to a group of citizen scientists attempting to breathe new scientific life into a more than 35-year old agency spacecraft." Watch More: Satellite Graveyard in Space TestTube Wild Card Simulation of the Universe ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter Tara Long on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News Download the TestTube App:
Space isn't just for big governments and multi-billion dollar corporations! You can join in now, too! In this week's Space Friday, Trace shows us some of the most exciting homegrown space programs out there! Read More: We're putting a TARDIS into orbit - Really! "2013 is the 50th anniversary of DOCTOR WHO, and we're celebrating! We've built a TARDIS, and we're putting it in orbit." PhoneSat "PhoneSat is a nanosatellite, categorizing the mass as between one and ten kilograms. Additionally, PhoneSat is a 1U CubeSat, having a volume of around one liter." TubeSat Personal Satellite Kit ""Planet Earth has entered the age of the Personal Satellite with the introduction of Interorbital's TubeSat Personal Satellite (PS) Kit." ArduSat - Your Arduino Experiment in Space "We want to get you into space! Once launched, the ArduSat (Arduino - satellite) will be the first open platform allowing the general public to design and run their own space-based applications, games and experiments, and steer the onboard cameras to take pictures on-demand.." NASA's Android smartphone satellites return blurry images from space "NASA has taken many images of the Earth from space, but none quite like this. The blurry images above were captured by "PhoneSats," a new, ultracheap, ultrasmall type of satellite powered by Android smartphones that NASA launched into orbit late last month." Kicksat: Your personal satellite awaits "Cornell University graduate student Zac Manchester has been lent this lab to develop KickSat. This 30cm- (12in-) long satellite will contain 200 even smaller satellites, he's called sprites." Now you can do almost anything with a personal space satellite "We've entered the Dr. Seuss phase of space satellites. Using the Cubesat model, they're so easy to make and launch that we've actually gotten an adorable infographic showing what they can do - sort of an Oh the Places You'll Go for the personal space age." Extreme Hobbyists Put Satellites Into Orbit With $8,000 Kits "Attention wannabe supervillains: Putting your own, personal satellite into orbit is not such a far-fetched idea after all. Interorbital Systems, which makes rockets and spacecraft, created a kit last year that lets almost anyone with a passion for electronics and space build a satellite." Watch More: How GPS Works TestTube Wild Card Space Weather Messes Up Satellites ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News
Complete video at: Author, scholar and commentator Dimitri Trenin discusses issues in democracy and capitalism in today's Russia. ----- Dimitri Trenin discusses "Understanding Russia Today." U.S.-Russia relations are cooling; is a Cold War brewing? What will happen when President Putin leaves office in March 2008? A frequent commentator on U.S.-Russia relations for The Jim Lehrer Newshour, Dmitri Trenin is Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center where he is co-chair of the center's Foreign and Security Policy Program. He is also a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. - WAC of Oregon Dmitri Trenin is Deputy Director of the Carnegie Moscow Center where he is co-chair of the center's Foreign and Security Policy Program. He is also a Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is the author of "Getting Russia Right." Dr. Trenin has written extensively on Russia's challenges in its relations with the West. His recent works have included "Russia: Back to the Future" (2006), "Russia Leaves the West" (2006) and "Russia Redefines Itself and Its Relations with the West" (2007). Trenin received his Ph.D from the Institute of the USA and Canada in 1984, and had previously served in the Soviet and Russian Armed Forces with experience as a liaison officer in the External Relations Branch of the Group of Soviet Forces. He was a member of the delegation to the U.S.-Soviet nuclear weapons talks in Geneva from 1985-1991. From 1993-1997 he was a Senior Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College in Rome, and at the Institute of Europe in Moscow.
In which John Green teaches you about the end of World History, and the end of the world as we know it, kind of. For the last hundred years or so, it seemed that one important ingredient for running an economically successful country was a western-style democratic government. All evidence pointed to the idea that capitalist representative democracies made for the best economic outcomes. It turns out that isn't the only way to succeed. In the last 40 years or so, authoritarian capitalism as it's practiced in places like China and Singapore has been working really, really well. John is going to look at these systems and talk about why they work, and he's even going to make a few predictions about the future. Also, thanks for watching this series. It has been amazingly fun to create, and we appreciate all of you. Crash Course is now on Patreon! You can support us directly (and, for the next month, have your contributions matched by Patreon!) by signing up at TO: Noura M. AlMohaimeed FROM: Bodour K. AlGhamdi Happy Birthday to my easily excitable friend and companion, Noura. TO: Hank & John Green FROM: Owain Blackwood MESSAGE: Thanks a billion for helping me get into medical school! Thank you so much to all of our awesome supporters for their contributions to help make Crash Course possible and freely available for everyone forever: Sam Caldwell Sam Caldwell, again Leanne Gover Moti Lieberman Julie Anne Mathieu Jessica Baker Teodora Miclaus Christopher Keelty Anthony "Fishbot Engineer" M. Want to find Crash Course elsewhere on the internet? Facebook - Twitter - Tumblr - Support Crash Course on Patreon: CC Kids:
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