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For the Love of Astronomy

BY NEIL GHOSH
@ VOL 9 ON JUN 30, 2012

Neil Ghosh shares his love for astronomy, and takes us on a tour that covers different aspects of the science, tying it to his own personal learning of it. (in English)

We have visited and moon and come back, sent space crafts beyond the edge of solar system which are still sending us signals. We have seen beyond our galaxy through telescopes and even discovered earth like planets in alien solar systems. Human being's quest for celestial outreach has began thousands of years ago and increased dramaically ever since.

This is a small tour of how it typically started with absolutely no scientific background and why does the space thrills people every time we talk about it. The nature has always surprised us beyond our wildest imagination. The scale of numbers and units are literally astronomical.

"Presentation of the Day" on March 15, 2014.

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Lightyears in the Past

BY ANDY CHAPMAN
@ VOL 8 ON APR 29, 2013

Andy Chapman looks in the history of the universe everytime he looks into the night sky. Astrophotography is a hobby for him that combines several of his passions. In this presentation he shares a couple of glimpes into the history of space.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 26, 2013.

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Fine Design

BY ANDREW CRONAN
@ VOL 4 ON MAR 09, 2013

As an architect, Andrew Cronan has a special insight into design. So when he thinks about the universe and our existence as intelligent life within it, he marvels at the precision that went into the design of the entire universe, from the big bang all the way down to the microscopic level. He makes the case that if circumstances had been even a fraction off anywhere within that spectrum, we would not be here. So it's no wonder that he believes there had to be a designer behind it all.

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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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The Colors of the Sky

BY GUENTHER HASINGER
@ VOL 20 ON APR 18, 2014

Dr. Günther Hasinger speaks about astronomer's perspective of the sky and earth's atmosphere. He also describes the role of X-ray astronomy in science and in the study of black holes.

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Universal Grey Matter

BY JULIE FREW
@ VOL 21 ON NOV 23, 2014

“I love brains — not in a zombie sort of way — I love discovering how they work.”

Occupational therapist Julie Frew explores a thought: science can be interpreted as very bleak, but also full of hope. She draws parallels between the human brain and our vast universe.

"Presentation of the Day" on January 27, 2015.

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Materia oscura, corpi celesti

BY MATERIA OSCURA CORPI CELESTI
@ VOL 3 ON FEB 20, 2015

Music, words, paintings, sculptures, pictures and dishes to savor, these are the ingredients of the “Dark Matter Celestial Bodies” project. Some of the countless themes connected to astronomy and developed by science, are reinterpreted by a group of artists, each by his own creativity and skills. The works, linked together, give life to a unique and exceptional exhibit: music and words combine with the view of paintings, pictures and sculptures while tasting food. Sight, hearing and taste are stimulated by a wave of sensations that refers to the intimate bond between the different forms of art. To explain the mysterious and fascinating domain of astronomy is not the goal of the project, but rather to get the viewer enthusiastic and curious about this arcane branch of science, by narrating it through art.

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Through a Glass Lightly

BY AMY ANDERSON
@ VOL 13 ON JUN 05, 2015

Less that 2 weeks before this event Amy Anderson learned that there would be glass art on display in the gallery. She put together this presentation that explores all of the ways we interact with glass - emotionally, spiritually, physically, and many more. I guess all that time spent in libraries (see her previous PK) has paid off.

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What Can Astrology Tell You about Your Personality

BY JULIEN ROUGER
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 13, 2016

Astrology is a widely misused and misunderstood field of knowledge. Astrology can neither be used to predict future events, nor to assess your degree of morality or intelligence, nor to indicate whom you might become friends or lovers with. The zodiac has nothing to do with star constellations. Your solar sign and rising sign might be completely irrelevant to your personality features. Astrology can give a very detailed view over what are personality features, and which environmental stimulations you give high or low priorities to.

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Mnemosyne & Sleep Temples of Ancient Greece

BY SARAH JANES
IN BEXHILL-ON-SEA

Writer and host of The Explorers Club - a small lecture salon in St. Leonards on Sea, Sarah Janes talks about her interests in dreaming, the occult and spiritual sciences. An intelligent and humorous look at Mnemosyne - the personification of memory in Greek mythology, and her influence.

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For the Love of Astronomy, Inspiring People to Cook Through Workshops, and a Tease from Chelmsford

Presenters In his presentation (from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9), Neil Ghosh shares his love for astronomy, and takes us on a tour that covers different aspects of the science, tying it to his own personal learning of it. Julia Bondarchuk is the owner of the cookery club and shop Edoque, and in her presentation (in Russian, from PKN St. Petersburg Vol. 20) she talks about her cooking parties and workshops, where cooking turns to a game, using culinary construction sets. The master classes and workshops have the goal of inspiring people to cook and to save time when doing so. Posters Today's addition to the Tumblr blog is whiskerlicious, with the wonderful illustrated poster for the upcoming PKN Mendoza Vol. 6, pictured above.  Photos The city of Chelmsford hasn't had its first PKN yet -- although we expect that will happen soon -- but here's what appears to be a bit of... guerrilla teasing? It was found on Instagram, with the tags #pechakucha, #chelmsford, and #20x20. Calendar Thursdays tend to be the night of choice for PKNs, and we have another busy one tonight (September 6): PKN Barnsley Vol. 5, PKN Dunedin Vol. 15, PKN Svendborg Vol. 2, PKN Singapore Vol. 5, PKN Santiago Vol. 3, and PKN Budapest Vol. 28. Tomorrow, you can catch PKN Sioux Falls Vol. 4 and PKN Bangor, Maine Vol. 6.

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20 Images on 20 Years in Japan, Street Art in Usti nad Labem, and Using the PechaKucha Format at School

Presentations Don Kratzer has lived in Japan for 20 years, and following the PK 20x20 format, he uses his presentation (from PKN Tokyo Vol. 95) to share what he's been up to all this time using one image for each year. In her presentation (in Czech, from PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 2), Zofia Drut talks about her public and street art activities, that have been held in elevators, buses, markets, and any other public venue she's been able to use. Posters We have two new posters to share today on the Tumblr blog, starting with PKN Banja Luka Vol. 6, pictured above -- the event was held just over a week ago. The other addition is a second poster for the upcoming PKN Mendoza Vol. 6 -- see the lovely "moustache" edition we shared last month. Links We are often contacted by teachers and professors from around the world who are interested in using the PechaKucha format in their classes, and here's a great example of its use at the College of Charleston, and one that was inspired by the local PKN series. Professor Jeanette Guinn says PechaKucha in an integral part of her course, Understanding Creativity. “The PechaKucha concept stretches students to be creative and expand their writing and public speaking skills,” she says. “You just can’t achieve that with a paper and a test.”Calendar Tonight (October 9) you can catch PKN Usti nad Labem Vol. 3, and tomorrow sees PKN Hawkes Bay Vol. 4 and PKN Auckland Vol. 31. 

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Matariki Pecha Kucha an inspired evening

Thanks to the many people who made the effort to attend our 18th Pecha Kucha Night at Orokonui Ecosanctuary on Saturday night. It was a chilly evening but we were thoroughly warmed by the inspiring stories of our presenters and the occasional plaintive cry from a nearby kiwi! WHO SAID WHAT? After introductions by MC Aaron Hawkins, the evening started with a look at the astronomy of Matariki by Otago Museum director Dr Ian Griffin who was a very enthusiastic speaker. Our second speaker Tahu Mackenzie, who works at the Ecosanctuary as an educator, was very excited about the wildlife there and especially their poo! Danielle Trilford from Oil Free Otago gave a chilling but inspiring talk about the harm deep sea drilling could do in our environment while environmental lawyer Alex Kruize looked to his future life in Calgary Canada. The first half closed with Professor Paul Tapsell sharing his experience of taonga and marae and how they make New Zealand unique.  Archaeologist Hannah Sadler kicked off the second half with a challenge about what constitutes indigenous archaeology, then local artist and craftsman Mike Fay shared his enthusiasm for creating creatures from wood, while ex-Night Club owner turned Reiki healer, Dion Blake Freeman challenged the audience to discover their real purpose in life. Painter Anya Sinclair shared her beautiful landscapes inspired by our local environment and more recently that of Rio de Janeiro. The night closed with Brendan Flack's momentous journey across Te Moana-nui-a-Kiwa on an ocean going waka rounding off what was an entertaining and thought provoking evening.  One unique thing about the evening was the singing which often took place following a presentation when the whanau of a presenter sang a waiata in support of the presenter. The Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night gave us much to cherish and we look forward to bringing you two more inspiring Pecha Kucha events this year. THANKS TO Our presenters, Orokonui Ecosanctuary for hosting us, our MC Aaron Hawkins, Tania Turei, Tania Robinson and Jenny Chen, Richard Dingwall,  Josh Thomas, Antony Deaker, Pecha Kucha central in Tokyo and Pecha Kucha founders Klein Dytham Architecture. We would also like to thank our event sponsors: The Puaka Matariki Festival Creative Communities Scheme Dunedin City Council Emerson's Brewery   NEXT PECHA KUCHA NIGHT IN DUNEDIN... Pecha Kucha #19 will take place as part of the Otago University Students Association's Art Week. We look forward to collaborating with OUSA and bringing you a dozen or more inspired presenters to share their stories. Diary this date: Thursday 19 September Common Room University of Otago 7:00pm   MORE PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT See our Facebook page for more images from the Puaka/Matariki Pecha Kucha Night.

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For the Love of Astronomy

Why do the stars thrill us so? Neil Ghosh shares his love for astronomy, and takes us on a tour that covers different aspects of the science, tying it to his own personal learning of it. In "For the Love of Astronomy" from PKN Hyderabad Vol. 9, Neil gives us a small tour of the stars, and speaks on how the study of the heavens started -- with absolutely no scientific background.

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Bits of Elsewhere

"Under the northern lights, the planets looked so bright that I imagined I could read by their light..." 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 "Bits of Elsewhere" from PKN Santa Cruz Vol. 7, listen as he describes how he came to have a passion and obession for space. 

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Fire & Sky & Life

“At the end of their lives, these stars celebrated their achievements by hurling life-giving elements into space, in a gently expanding display of intense, nebula beauty.” Retired Professor of Astronomy from the University of Hawaii Gareth Wynn-Williams speaks about the stars and the universe. In “Fire & Sky & Life” from PKN Honolulu Vol. 22, Gareth shows us what 34 years of fantastic astronomy lectures results in.