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Lunch & Learn: The fruits of the Genome for society with David Botstein

In the early 1980s, scientists began to wonder whether, with existing technology, we could determine the sequence of the human genome, that is, the sequences in the DNA that we pass on to our children. And would we be able … Continue reading

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Lunch & Learn: Millions, billions, zillions: (In)numeracy still matters with Brian Kernighan

Says Princeton Computer Science professor Brian Kernighan: “As calculators and computers have become steadily more powerful, they have buried us in an avalanche of numbers and graphs and charts, many of which claim to present the truth about important issues. … Continue reading

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Lunch & Learn: Toward Quantum Computing with Zahid Hasan

Imagine a computer that made direct use of quantum mechanical phenomena. Such a machine would likely operate exponentially faster than our present computers. Zahid Hasan is leading an international scientific collaboration that has observed an exciting and strange behavior in … Continue reading

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Lunch & Learn: Digital Inequality with Paul DiMaggio

In the Internet’s early years, some observers believed that the new technology would reduce social inequality in at least two ways. First, by reducing the price of information, it would make information more available, and therefore level the playing field. … Continue reading

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Lunch & Learn: Reassembling the wall paintings of Thera with Szymon Rusinkiewicz

Imagine trying to assemble a jigsaw puzzle without knowing the number of pieces or even what the final image might look like. The archaeological site of Akrotiri on the small, volcanic island of Thera (modern-day Santorini, Greece) has yielded an … Continue reading

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