Home » Posts tagged 'Rome'

Tag Archives: Rome

ROME Rise and fall of an empire

ROME: Rise and fall of an empire – Part 1/14

Episode I: First barbarian war

“Rome: Rise and fall of an empire” is a 2006 BBC documentary about the rise and fall of the great Roman Empire. In this series they provide us the means to understand how one of the greatest empires that ever existed took shape, how they conquered almost the entire known world at that time and what led to its destruction.

This video is for educational purpose only!

Part 2/14

Episode II: Spartacus

Part 3/14

Episode III: Julius Caesar

Part 4/14

Episode IV: The forest of death

Part 5/14

Episode V: The Invasion of Britain

Part 6/14

Episode VI: Dacian Wars

Part 7/14

Episode VII: Rebellion and Betrayal

Part 8/14

Episode VIII: Wrath of the Gods

Part 9/14

Episode IX: The Soldier’s Emperor

Part 10/14

Episode X: Constantine the Great

Part 11/14

Episode XI: The Barbarian General

Part 12/14

Episode XII: The Puppet Master

Part 13/14

Episode XIII: The last emperor

Part 14/14

BONUS – Episode XIV: Modern Marvels Barbarian Battle Tech


Character Quotes

Character Quotes

“I think you should take your job seriously, but not yourself- that is the best combination.”
Dame Judy Dench Actress (born 1934)

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
Helen Keller Author, Lecturer, Activist (1880-1968)

“Happiness is not in our circumstances, but in ourselves. It is not something we see, like a rainbow, or feel, like the heat of the fire. Happiness is something we are.” 
John B. Sheerin

“Dig within. Within is the wellspring of Good; and it is always ready to bubble up, if you just dig.”
Marcus Aurelius Roman Emperor, Stoic Philosopher (121-180)

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson Philosopher, Poet, Author, Essayist (1803-1882)



The happiness in your life depends on the quality of your thoughts – Marcus Aurelius

The happiness in your life depends on the quality of your thoughts – Marcus Aurelius



Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

Nina Tandon: Could tissue engineering mean personalized medicine?

Each of our bodies is utterly unique, which is a lovely thought until it comes to treating an illness — when every body reacts differently, often unpredictably, to standard treatment. Tissue engineer Nina Tandon talks about a possible solution: Using pluripotent stem cells to make personalized models of organs on which to test new drugs and treatments, and storing them on computer chips. (Call it extremely personalized medicine.)

Nina Tandon studies ways to use electrical signals to grow artificial tissues for transplants and other therapies.


Nina Tandon studies electrical signaling in the context of tissue engineering, with the goal of creating “spare parts” for human implantation and/or disease models. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Cooper Union, Nina worked on an electronic nose used to “smell” lung cancer as a Fulbright scholar in Rome. She studied electrical stimulation for cardiac tissue engineering at MIT and Columbia, and now continues her research on electrical stimulation for broader tissue-engineering applications. Tandon was a 2011 TED Fellow and a 2012 Senior Fellow.

“I love pointing out to my students that the cable equations we use to analyze transmission along nerves are the same ones developed for the transatlantic cable.”  Nina Tandon


Josette Sheeran: Ending hunger now

Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: “Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together.”

Our generation is the first in history with enough resources to eradicate hunger worldwide. Josette Sheeran, the former head of the UN World Food Programme, shares a plan.

Why you should listen to her:

When Josette Sheeran was the executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, based in Rome, she oversaw the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger around the globe. Every year, the program feeds more than 90 million people, including victims of war and natural disasters, families affected by HIV/AIDS, and schoolchildren in poor communities.

Sheeran believes that hunger and poverty must and can be solved through both immediate actions and long-term policies. At the Millennium Development Goal Summit in 2010, she outlined 10 ways the world can end hunger. They include providing school meals, connecting small farmers to markets, empowering women and building the resiliency of vulnerable communities.

Sheeran has a long history of helping others. Prior to joining the UN in 2007, Sheeran was the Under Secretary for Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs at the US Department of State, where she frequently focused on economic diplomacy to help emerging nations move toward self-sufficiency and prosperity. She put together several initiatives to bring US aid to the Middle East. She also served as Deputy US Trade Representative, helping African nations develop their trade capacity.

She says: “I think we can, in our lifetime, win the battle against hunger because we now have the science, technology, know-how, and the logistics to be able to meet hunger where it comes. Those pictures of children with swollen bellies will be a thing of history.”

“The era of cheap food is over. The transition to a new equilibrium is proving costlier, more prolonged and much more painful than anyone had expected. ‘We are the canary in the mine,’ says Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN’s World Food Programme.” 
The Economist