Breaking barriers with quantum physics | Dr. Shohini Ghose | TEDxNickelCity

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Dr. Shohini Ghose talks about how the laws of quantum mechanics may be harnessed to develop next generation computers and novel protocols like teleportation.

Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science at
Wilfrid Laurier University and an Affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

She and her co-workers also made the first-ever movies of cesium atoms that demonstrate how the “butterfly effect” of chaos can impact quantum correlations or ‘entanglement’.

Dr. Ghose was awarded the prestigious Sera Bangali award for her contributions to science and she is also a member of the TED Fellowship for 2014. With much accolades and accomplishments, Dr. Ghose is also the founding Director for Wilfrid Laurier University’s Centre for Women in Science which aims to build a diverse community in science through research, action and communication.

She also recently co-authored the first Canadian undergraduate Introductory Astronomy textbook, which is now being used in several universities in Canada.

 

Music Saved My Life | Arn Chorn-Pond | TEDxWarwick

Arn Chorn-Pond is an internationally-renowned human rights activist, community organizer, and musician who inspires change through his incredible stories of surviving the Cambodian Khmer Rouge genocide.

When the Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia in 1975, Arn was sent to a children’s labor camp. There, he escaped death by playing his flute for the camp guards. He later reached a refugee camp in Thailand, where Reverend Peter Pond adopted him in 1980. In the U.S., Arn began a series of community rebuilding projects and founded several organizations. In the mid-1990’s, he returned to Cambodia to find his family and his music teacher. He “discovered” other artists who had survived the war and were living in difficult conditions; Cambodian Living Arts was born.

Arn was one of the first recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award in 1988 and is also the recipient of the Anne Frank Memorial Award, the Kohl Foundation International Peace Prize and two honorary doctorates for peace and humanitarian service.

The most mysterious star in the universe | Tabetha Boyajian

Something massive, with roughly 1,000 times the area of Earth, is blocking the light coming from a distant star known as KIC 8462852, and nobody is quite sure what it is. As astronomer Tabetha Boyajian investigated this perplexing celestial object, a colleague suggested something unusual: Could it be an alien-built megastructure? Such an extraordinary idea would require extraordinary evidence. In this talk, Boyajian gives us a look at how scientists search for and test hypotheses when faced with the unknown.

 

Harry Cliff: Have we reached the end of physics?

Why is there something rather than nothing? Why does so much interesting stuff exist in the universe? Particle physicist Harry Cliff works on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and he has some potentially bad news for people who seek answers to these questions. Despite the best efforts of scientists (and the help of the biggest machine on the planet), we may never be able to explain all the weird features of nature. Is this the end of physics? Learn more in this fascinating talk about the latest research into the secret structure of the universe.

 

Alaa Murabit: What my religion really says about women

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Alaa Murabit (born October 26, 1989) is a Canadian physician who became a women’s rights activist in Libya in 2011. She has since become a leading international advocate for women’s rights and their inclusion in peace processes and conflict resolution.

Murabit founded The Voice of Libyan Women in August 2011 and has been president ever since. She has explained that VLW “was founded following the 2011 Libyan Revolution. I was in my final year of medical school at the time, and found out that there was a window of opportunity for women in Libya.

She has maintained that peace is achievable through communities, The only real solution, the only way to get that grenade or gun put down safely is the very spirit of this Forum. It is by filling his hands and head with something else.