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Goggles Optional: A Science Podcast


November 18, 2013 - November 17, 2014

Goggles Optional is a podcast where scientists from Stanford University provide their professional yet humorous takes from the world of science. Join us as our hosts explore the significant news and discoveries of the week using a combination of wit, analogies, and words with less than four syllables. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a scientist to listen. The Goggles are Optional!

New podcasts published every couple weeks!

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous August 2014


August 7, 2014 7:00 - 9:30 pm

The Stanford LASERs are part of a national program of gatherings that brings artists and scientists together for informal presentations and conversation with the audience. Each evening event, free of charge and open to the public, will present four artists, scientists, thinkers, inventors, and scholars who are working on paradigm shifts. Each evening also allows the audience to socialize and encourages people in the audience to briefly introduce their own work. Chaired by cultural historian Piero Scaruffi.

Location: Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford University School of Medicine, Room LK120. There should be ample parking in the structure on corner of Campus Drive West and Roth Way. This event is free and open to the public.

Past Events

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous June 2014

June 12, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous April 2014

April 3, 2014

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous February 2014

February 12, 2014

2014 Fundamental Physics Prize Public Lecture

December 13, 2013

Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous December 2013

December 12, 2013

LISA, Michelangelo, and the Future of Engineering

November 13, 2013

2013 Bay Area Science Festival

October 24 - November 2, 2013

The New Science of Happiness and Wellbeing

October 18, 2013

Stanford Biology Thinks Big!

October 16, 2013

Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous August 2013

August 8, 2013

Mathematics as Metaphor: From Curved Spaces to Quantum Topology

May 14, 2013

Reviving the Science/Statecraft Dialogue with Ira Flatow

May 9, 2013

Does Social Networking Have Side Effects?

February 16, 2013

Stanford Women in Space

February 11, 2013

Rubik, Escher, Bank$

October 30, 2012

Guided Hike Along the San Andreas Fault

October 28, 2012

Does a Scientific Approach to Cooking Kill the Joy?

October 27, 2012

Gray Matters: Your Brain, Your Life and Brain Science in the 21st Century

October 6, 2012

Is Nature or Man the Most Effective Bioterrorist?

September 23, 2012

In the Shadow of the HIGGS!

July 31, 2012

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Visits Campus

February 11 - 13, 2012

Stanford Saturday University

November 5, 2011

Wonder Dialogue: The Science of Painting

November 4, 2011

Guided Hike Along the San Andreas Fault

October 29, 2011

Wonder Dialogue: Is Animation More Science than Art?

October 26, 2011

Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution

July 28, 2011

Shark and Awe: The Extreme Life of the Sea

July 14, 2011

Using Fiberoptics and Genes from Algae to Solve Problems in Psychiatry

June 30, 2011

Fuels from Sunlight: Converting Solar Energy

June 16, 2011

Morality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates

March 1, 2011

Generation Ageless: Longevity and the Boomers -- Consequences for our World and Ourselves

October 23, 2010

USA Science & Engineering Festival

October 10 - 24, 2010

The Next Wave in Wireless Technology

July 29, 2010

How are Drugs Developed and Why Is It So Expensive?

July 15, 2010

Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

July 1, 2010

Driving Safely Into the Future

June 17, 2010

Roger Kornberg

May 12, 2010

Patrick Suppes

April 21, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium

April 17, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium - Short Talks

April 17, 2010

Evolution and Genomics Symposium

April 16, 2010

Myths and Realities of an Aging Society

April 13, 2010

Stanley Cohen

March 10, 2010

George Schaller: A Naturalist in the World's Wilderness

February 17, 2010

Douglas Osheroff

February 3, 2010

Zap! The X-ray Laser Is Born

November 17, 2009

William H. Durham

November 4, 2009

William F. Sharpe

October 7, 2009

Journey to the Center of the Earth: Exploring High Pressure

September 29, 2009

Long Life in the 21st Century

August 13, 2009

State of Energy Address—Are We on the Right Track?

July 23, 2009

The Secret Life of Viruses

July 9, 2009

Who Owns Life?

June 25, 2009

Paul Berg

May 20, 2009

Black Holes, the Brightest Objects in the Universe

April 28, 2009

Kenneth Arrow

April 15, 2009

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Methods of Science to Teach Science

March 20, 2009

Burton Richter

March 4, 2009

Daphne Koller

February 11, 2009

Darwin Day Celebration

February 8, 2009

Carl Djerassi

January 14, 2009

Robert Sapolsky

November 12, 2008

Wonderfest-Festival of Science 2008

November 1 - 2, 2008

The Make-Believe World of Real-World Physics

October 30, 2008

Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

October 30, 2008

Sidney Drell

October 21, 2008

Powering the Future with Sustainable Energy

August 21, 2008

Wired for Speech: How Voice Activates Interactions with People and Computers

August 7, 2008

Global Warming: Is the Science Settled Enough for Policy?

July 24, 2008

Why is Earthquake Prediction so Difficult?

July 10, 2008

California Water Resources: Looking to the Future

May 8, 2008

How People Learn

April 29, 2008

Materials to Heal & Rebuild the Human Body

February 28, 2008

Computing and the Problem of Evil

November 7, 2007

"Life in Motion" Symposium

October 25, 2007

Public Roundtable, "The Fight for Oil, Water & a Healthy Planet

October 13, 2007

Drugs: One Size Does Not Fit All

August 9, 2007

Cool Hands, Better Performance

July 26, 2007

Recent Advances in Heart Surgery

July 12, 2007

Regenerative Medicine: What is it? Where do we stand? Where are we going?

June 28, 2007

Making Pictures of What We See Every Day

April 26, 2007

From Dust to Dust: Examining Cometary Particles

February 28, 2007

Embryonic Stem Cells: Science, Ethics, and Politics

August 31, 2006

Archmides: Ancient Text Revealed with X-ray Vision

August 3, 2006

100 Years After 1906: A Century of Progress in Understanding Earthquakes and Their Effects

July 20, 2006

Using Evolution to Understand Human Growth and Disease

July 6, 2006

Back to Life: The Rebirth of the Monterey Coast

June 22, 2006