Neil deGrasse Tyson, Lawrence Krauss And More Talk Higgs Boson, Private Space Ventures And Pluto

You'd think a panel containing the world's most prominent US scientists wouldn't be the most exciting thing to watch. One might imagine it to be dry, potentially boring and rife with the liberal use of long, terrifying words.

However, this panel from TAM 2011, held earlier this year in Las Vegas, contains a great deal of intriguing discussion on a number of topics, ranging from global warming, the Higgs Boson and privately-funded space exploration.

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss steal the show, but Phil Plait and Pamela Gay do get a chance to offer some interesting commentary. There's definitely a US focus, with a lot of chatter focusing on the US's budget spending and the fate of NASA, but don't let that deter you if you're even mildly interested in the future of mankind.

[Vimeo, via DVICE]

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