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Reuben Gazer

MSC Astrophysics Researcher, University of Alberta in Edmonton

How We Know, What We Know About the Universe


"We are not just spectators in the universe.... we actually have a special place within it."

In How We Know, What We Know About the Universe from PechaKucha Night Edmonton Vol. 29, Reuben Gazer takes us on a journey connecting our childhood discoveries of patterns and shapes in our surroundings to scientific revelations about the formation of the universe, showing us where to look to find parallels between earthly and interstellar forms.

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Fine Design

@ 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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It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)

@ VOL 4 ON MAR 20, 2014

Wolfgang Brauner talks about the various problems in our society, including the environmental impact of greenhouse gas emmissions and the depletion rates of frakking. There are many thing we must do to turn things around and make the earth a livable place. 

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The Colors of the Sky

@ 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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Did You Know?

@ VOL 15 ON NOV 05, 2015

There are a lot of misconceptions in our world, and a lot of important and surprising things we’ve never heard of. This presentation sheds light on what we don’t know but should about the past, present, and future.

Presenter, Lew Blank, is a filmmaker, actor, advocate within the social justice community, a vegan, and most importantly, a kid.

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Everything You Wanted To Know About Cricket But Were Afraid To Ask

@ VOL 7 ON MAR 31, 2016

Have you ever wondered: Who was 'The Don'? What is a wicket? How do you bowl? and does facial hair help? Why on earth do people play the second most popular sport in the world? Australian Emerson Wilshier, graphic designer at Elkemo design and self confessed cricket tragic is here tonight, to explain "Everything You Wanted To Know About Cricket But Were Afraid To Ask"

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What do we actually know about Google's algorithm

@ VOL 21 ON FEB 16, 2017

The higher you rank on Google, the more traffic that comes to your website. That means it's worth money to be at the top, which requires Search Engine optimization (SEO). But how many SEO rules of thumb are proven? Eagan Heath will share interesting case studies to provide some insight on this matter in What do we actually know about Google's algorithm.

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Getting to know our galactic neighbours

@ VOL 1 ON APR 14, 2017

Assistent Professor in Astropyschics at Hokkaido University, Alex Pettitttakes us on a journey through the mysteries of the universe and explains his role in discovering how the universe works.

“Do you know what a galaxy is? Do scientists even know what a galaxy is? I’ll addresses this and how we are trying to understand how galaxies behave from the comfort of our own planet."

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Want to know about upholstery - come talk to Jude and Hannah!

@ VOL 13 ON APR 27, 2017

Jude Dennis and Hannah Stanton share a passion for upholstery and together they are the Second Sitters!

Who know there were so many wonderful upholsterers in the UK and what magical things they create - didn't know? Well watch and listen and discover!

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The Grid of the Mind

@ VOL 31 ON JUN 29, 2019

What is the relationship between Design and the Universe? Is there a more deep and essential reason in the significance of design? Design is not an artificial discipline: it is a natural human activity. The seek of designing, systematizing and organizing is nothing but a human essential need - coming back to our essence: We were designed (by a design) to design. Mane Tatoulian provides some insight.