Category: Science

Mārtiņš Otikovs: Decrypting the Puzzle of Spider Silk

Decrypting the Puzzle of Spider Silk

Don’t judge the book from the cover, so the saying goes. That’s definitely the case with spiders, whose webs are made of spider silk, a material with amazing mechanical properties. So common in nature, and, as it turns out, so...

/ June 17, 2016
When looking for certainty, beware of experts

When looking for certainty, beware of experts

As a professor of psychology, Ivars Austers knows well how biased is our thinking. He wants to raise our awareness to the fact that when we crave for certainty, an expert will often show up to provide it. But not...

/ June 17, 2016
What we can learn from birds about ourselves
Teaching science: we're doing it wrong

Teaching science: we’re doing it wrong

The world needs scientists and engineers more than ever, but our approach to raising them is backwards and ineffective. Drawing on his research and experience, high school physics teacher Danny Doucette challenges us to reimagine school science. As a physics...

/ June 17, 2016
Alisa Kazarina at TEDxRiga

The biomolecular tales of our ancestors

The world of microbes is ever-present but we usually only acknowledge it whenever we wash our hands. In truth, the smallest life form tells a lot about human development through history and we shouldn’t overlook its importance. Alisa tells her...

/ June 17, 2016
Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Aha! Now I Get How Everybody Lives

Imagine the world as a street ordered by income. Everyone lives somewhere on the street. The poorest lives to the left and the richest to the right. Everybody else lives somewhere in between. Anna Rosling-Rönnlund tries to figure out how...

/ June 11, 2015
Heidi Reinson

Decisive details: can we predict others’ decisions?

Heidi’s mission is to combine the two distinct research areas – marketing and cognitive science – in the most practical way. At TNS, Heidi has conducted neuromarketing studies and consumer behavior experiments, as well as spoken at seminars and conferences...

/ June 11, 2015
Dabas koncertzāle

Science in concert with nature

What happens when musicians playing ambience music break out of the traditional concert venues and the scientists bring their fascinating knowledge to the public? The beneficiaries of this idea are the audience who are privileged to experience a form of...

/ June 12, 2014
Andris Ambainis: Quantum computing, the story of a wild idea
Mārcis Auziņš at TEDxRiga

God does not play dice. Does he?

Do you find Quantum Physics interesting? Mārcis Auziņš is passionate about it. Find out why he loves it and why it should be interesting to you as well. A physicist and the Rector of Latvian University Marcis Auziņš is the...

/ June 14, 2012