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Jun

Ruth’s pick for a great TEDx Talk – TEDx­Phoenix – Lucian­ne Walkow­icz – Look up for a change

As we’ve done in pre­vi­ous years, the team is going to be post­ing reg­u­larly in the lead up toTEDx­Can­berra 2012 so that you, our com­mu­nity, can get to know us a lit­tle bet­ter. By now, you’re seen Steve’s pickPeter Van Uhm’s Why I chose a gun, Brooke’s pickBrené Brown’s The power of vul­ner­ab­il­ity and Dale’s pickSarah Wil­li­ams’ Map­ping the psy­cho­log­i­cal city.

I love robots and was sorely temp­ted to post about Ken Goldberg’s 4 les­sons from robots about being human but after being awed by a recent star gaz­ing event where I got to see the rings of Jupiter for the first time, I’ve picked an inter­est­ing talk that asks, how often do you look up and see the true beau­ty of our night skies?

Lucian­ne Walkow­icz is an astro­nomer who works on NASA’s Kepler mis­sion, study­ing starspots and “the tem­pes­tu­ous tan­trums of stel­lar flares”. In this talk, she shows how light pol­lu­tion is ruin­ing the extraordin­ary – and often ignored – exper­i­ence of see­ing dir­ectly into space. Light pol­lu­tion also res­ults in wasted energy con­sump­tion.

For those that can’t look up, or even if you’re just inter­ested in the beau­ty of space, Lucian­ne talks about how we can par­ti­cip­ate in the sci­en­ti­fic dis­cov­ery pro­cess through cit­izen sci­ence pro­jects, such as Galaxy Zoo and Plan­et Hunters.

We live in an amaz­ing uni­verse. Enjoy!

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