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Quantum Mechanics of Molecular Structures | UTokyoX on edX | About Video

KAORU YAMANOUCHI: In this course, we learn molecules by quantum mechanics. In order to understand the properties of these molecular species, we need to know the knowledge of quantum mechanics. For example, you know very well that a carrot is orange, the reason why the carrot is orange. In order to understand that, we need […]

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Living organisms – the engine of life (Pierluigi Leone)

Living organisms are material bodies characterized by specific features: Birth: this is the beginning of an organized existence originated from an intimate connection with other similar bodies. Growth: living organisms increase their body mass and develop multiple capabilities through energy and material harvesting. Reproduction: this is the generation of other entities belonging to the same […]

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Genomic Medicine Gets Personal | GeorgetownX on edX | Course About Video

MIMI GEHRES: When my daughter was born nearly 12 years ago with Down Syndrome, genomics was still emerging in the public’s understanding. Today, it is a regular part of prenatal testing, preventative medicine, and groundbreaking treatments. It has become a regular part of advocating for the best possible care. BASSEM HADDAD: Medicine has always been […]

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What is science? What is scientific research? (Carlo Ghezzi)

In this lecture I will discuss the notions of “science” and of “scientific research”. Science derives from Latin “scientia”, meaning “knowledge”: it is a systematically organized body of knowledge on a particular subject. According to this definition, there are as many “sciences” as there are “subjects”. Natural sciences study natural phenomena; physical sciences, which study […]

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Early biosphere ecology (Pierluigi Leone)

Everything in the Universe, from the smallest sub-atomic particles to the aggregates of galaxies, is in a state of endless upheaval, as in a phantasmagoric kaleidoscope. But, what is the driver of these transformations? Modern science has demonstrated that these transformations are linked with the protagonist of this course: energy. In order to understand this, […]

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