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The Science of Self-Healing

BY CARMEN DOLZ
@ VOL 18 ON FEB 21, 2013

Carmen Dolz shares the story of her journey into self healing. Starting with her daughter's sudden illness, she relates her move towards self-awareness, and self healing, through alternative therapies such as Jin Shin Jyutsu. 

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The Stories of Rocks

BY PATRICK JOHNSTONE
@ VOL 2 ON APR 26, 2013

Geologist Patrick Johnstone shares with us his passion; rocks. Studying trace fossils, Johnstone can infer the behavior and the enviornments of ancient species, and uses that knowledge gather more information. Using tools and evidence developed by science over the years, he can tell the stories of the rocks that he studies. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 2, 2013.

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Proteins R Us

BY ABID JAVED
@ VOL 5 ON JUN 13, 2013

Abid Javed tells us a bit about the different proteins in the body, and about their various functions, such as creating energy. Through his own drawings he teaches about various proteins, illustrating their differing shapes and how they do their jobs.  

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Art and Science Behind Great Aquatic Design

BY EDWARD SEIDEL
@ VOL 19 ON NOV 15, 2013

Edward Seidel, designer and builder of aquatic systems and exhibits for Tenji, Inc., describes the innovative possibilities of aquarium design. He discusses his past projects, like aquariums built over bars, to show how a fusion of science and art can create new possibilities for presenting aquatic life. 

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Space Tourism: Hospitality or Adventure Industry?

BY MARYAM NABAVI
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Maryam Nabavi, an Innovation Strategist at Idea Couture, talks about her strategy for the future of commerical space (i.e. Virgin Galactic) as a service industry. If you ever thought about living in space, then small bathrooms, carbon-dehydrated food, and uncomfortable sleeping arrangements are probably not what you had in mind. However, Nabavi redesigned the experience to have humans at the center of the problem so that it can be an enjoyable and memorable experience for anyone no matter their financial or physical situation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2014.

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An Adventure in Cohabitation

BY CARLA GOULD
@ VOL 27 ON NOV 05, 2013

Carla Gould, designer and researcher in Toronto, demonstrates her passion for animal and human cohabitation by focusing on the relationship between pigeons and urban city dwellers to show that we are more similar and essential to each other than we realized. Through her experiences on case studies and research projects, she takes these similarities and challanges us to expand our awareness of the animals that we share the earth with. 

 

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How to Make the World Work for 11 Billion People

BY MARIA AIOLOVA
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Maria Aialova is the co-founder of Terreform ONE, a think tank which focuses on mapping population density. It is predicted that by the end of this century the world will reach 11 billion people, with more than 3/4 of the population living in cities. We must shift from competition to cooperation and from ownership to membership in order to live successfully. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 11, 2014.

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Bits of Elsewhere

BY ROB IRION
@ VOL 7 ON FEB 21, 2014

Rob Irion directs the Science Communication Program at UCSC. He's been a science journalist for more than 25 years, focusing on astronomy, cosmology, physics, and earth sciences. His most recent stories have appeared in National Geographic, Science, Smithsonian, and Scientific American. In his talk, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space. 

"Presentation of the Day" on April 9, 2014.

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A Parable About Glass

BY JILL REYNOLDS
@ VOL 5 ON MAR 27, 2014

Jill Reynolds talks about the intersetion of glass and science and glass' essentialness in measuring the natural world. She further relates the idea of glass to human beings in that just as glass "...humans are fragile beings shaped by breath and filled with potential and possibilities." 

 

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Snipping the Fabric of Time

BY JUSTIN DAVIES
@ VOL 19 ON DEC 13, 2013

Justin Davies is an educator and artist. He likes to work in a range of media which he uses to integrate historical, scientific and aesthetic perspectives. His work is also influenced by his love of film and by his studies in biology and history.

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Poster for PKN Edmonton Vol. 8

PechaKucha Night in Edmonton Vol. 8 is coming later this month (September 23) at the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (at the University of Alberta). You'll find the full list of presenters and links on the official event page. The poster was designed by Sarah Krzyzek -- a volunteer on the PKN Edmonton team -- who sketched out the image and then painted it.

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PKN Gothenburg Vol. 22 Gets Animated

The next PechaKucha Night in Gothenburg (Vol. 22) is coming up -- it's set to happen October 19 at the Angereds Teater -- and organizer Jesper Larsson shares the fun animated gif he put together to promote the event, which was inspired by one of the presentations that will be part of the night ("From Inception to reality; the science of Sci-Fi"). The words read: "You're dreaming about" "taking the tram to Angered" "to visit Pecha Kucha" Here's a list of the presenters set to take the mic. Anu Niskanen – Burma Martin Gustafsson – What is humour? Almira Osmanovic Thunström – Brain researcher: “From Inception to reality; the science of Sci-Fi” Brendan Tate – Copywriter: ”’Swenglish 101- a crash course in English Copywriting” Kajsa Arnoldson – Wrestling Lisa Gröön – Arthur Rimbaud Marcus Persson – GBG Nonstop / Safewalk Länsmansgården

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Science-inspired Design Projects by Oscar Diaz

In Tokyo as a participant at this year's edition of DesignTide, Spanish designer Oscar Diaz takes us on a tour of various works, each offering an interesting solution to a design question. He also covers his amazing "Rec & Play" project, a collaboration with designer Yuri Suzuki. The presentation was recorded at last week's PechaKucha Night in Tokyo Vol. 77.

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Poster for PKN Warsaw Vol. 8

PechaKucha Night in Warsaw Vol. 8 is happening tomorrow (September 1), and here are a few more details on what to expect from organizer Dorota Szopowska:Tomorrow's PKN Warsaw Vol.8 will take place at the Copernicus Science Centre. We will kick off the "Changes Festival," and the theme of the evening will be RIVER. We expect linguists, architects, biologists, travelers and others. The event will take place in the Centre's garden, with Vistula river as background. The poster was designed by Marcin Kolorski, who was participant at one of our events last year.

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New Music Scene in Vietnam

Tri Minh is a huge music fan, and in "New Music Scene in Vietnam," he walks us through the evolution of popular music in Vietnam. He also shares how he has been trying to introduce independent and underground music to his countrymen. It was recorded at PechaKucha Night in Hanoi Vol. 3, and is in English.

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Turning Air Into Water, Surfboard/Scene Design, and the Carrot Pavillion

Presentations Richard Groden is one of the founders of Island Sky, and in his presentation (from PKN Miami Vol. 15), he talks about its project to extract water from air and turn it into pure drinking water for areas where water is scarce or contaminated. Their goal is not just to produce drinkable water, but also to educate people on the important of sustainability in developing countries. Martín Várbaro is a plastic material artist who started his career by designing surfboards in Argentina, and later in more Latin American countries, including Peru and Brazil. As this presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Mar Del Plata Vol. 2) reveals, he also works as a scene decorator for theaters, museums, and public centers, and is now producing work in South America and Europe. Posters We have no new posters to share on the Tumblr blog today, but that gives us a chance to highlight the beach-friendly poster from last week's PKN Las Palmas Vol. 7. Photos and report We've got galleries for two firsts to share (in Castellon and Augsburg), but let us also point you to this blog post from Core77 about a recent PechaKucha event in London, part of the International Conference on Designing Food and Designing for Food. It was produced by PKN Brussels organizer Alok Nandi, and the photo above reveals the intriguing "Carrot Pavillion." PKN Castellon de la Plana Vol. 1 [Facebook]PKN Augsburg Vol. 1 [Facebook]Calendar We're kicking off the week with the re-start of the PKN series in Bangkok, with the city's Vol. 5 happening tonight (July 9). Tomorrow, there's one event on tap in the form of PKN Huancayo Vol. 10. 

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The Tabitha Foundation in Cambodia and Behind the Scenes of PKN Barcelona

In this presentation (from PKN Dunsborough Vol. 4), Dianne Parker talks about her passion project: an upcoming journey to volunteer with the Tabitha Foundation in Cambodia to build much needed homes for displaced families.  Benjamin Julve has been documenting PechaKucha Nights in Barcelona since the series' inception in 2008. This is a special "behind the scenes" presentation (in Spanish, from PKN Barcelona Vol. 14) that includes just a few of the hundreds of photos he has taken so far.

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Rebranding Math

Richard Cerezo loves math, and this has led him to produce PR and videography for math related events at his university. His goal? To give math a public face. In his presentation (from PKN Toronto Vol. 17), he compares the types of mathematicians portrayed by the media vs. the actual mathematicians he deals with in real life.

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PKN Posters: Nicosia Vol. 4

It may not have a big red suit or a long white beard, but PechaKucha Night is coming to town for certain this Thursday the 19th on the island-country of Cyprus! PKN Nicosia Vol. 4 looks to host a diverse set of presenters speaking on topics such as science, comedy, software development, fashion design, and TV content production. This festive poster was made by the talented PKN Nicosia organizer and designer Anastasia Gerali. Check out more of her amazing work at Design by Alpha. To see more great posters from PechaKucha Nights all over the world, check out our Tumblr blog.

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Stage Fright–"It's Natural"

    Some say the 'fear of speaking' is a worse fate than fear of death itself...when it comes to people and facing their fears. Neuroscience is nowing suggesting, what many have already speculated, that stage fright is a natural process of the human psychosymatic process. By becoming conscious to this fact, you can overcome it and be that engaging and inspiring storyteller! Instead of me going on with my prose...watch this...it's a great story that is shared in an engaging and brilliant way: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/the-science-of-stage-fright-and-how-to-overcome-it-mikael-cho