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‘Thinking Out Loud’ At ICERM

(11.8) Up, up, and away! Arlie Petters, professor of mathematics, physics and economics, unveils how cosmic shadows carry clues about the existence of extrasolar planets and a possible fifth dimension in ‘Thinking Out Loud: Cosmic Shadows, Other worlds and a Fifth Dimension’ this Thursday at the Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM). …

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Spelling Bee At AS220

(1.26) This has become the most anticipated social event of the winter season. And yes, spelling can be a spectator sport . . . given enough beer. This Friday, wordsmith, library fan, and all-round bon vivant, Matthew Lawrence, will be hosting Providence Community Library’s all-ages spelling bee. It’s a really fun night benefitting a really …

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Hedy Lamarr Story At Cable Car

(11.5) How smart was actress Hedy Lamarr? In 1941 she and her friend, pianist George Antheil, secured a patent for frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology that could prevent torpedo guidance systems from getting jammed. So yeah, pretty damn smart. No biggie, just trying to help defeat the Nazis. This spread spectrum technology ended up revolutionizing mobile …

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Spend Eclipse Monday With Bruno

(8.21) Head over to the main green at Brown University and join smart people who know how to watch an eclipse. While many of Brown’s astronomers will be heading out to prime viewing locations across the country, a group of students and staff will offer members of the public a chance to safely view the …

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‘Modeling The Melt’ At ICERM

(4.27) The Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) presents a lecture by Ken Golden titled “Modeling the Melt.” Golden, who is often described as the “Indiana Jones of Mathematics,” will discuss how the precipitous loss of Arctic sea ice has far outpaced expert predictions. This man keeps pretty heady company. In 2014, …

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March For Science At State House

(4.22) Head over to the state house today for the Rhode Island March for Science. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, scientists and science enthusiasts around the globe, including 394 satellite marches in every major US city and 37 other countries, will gather and march in the name of science. We stand together to champion …

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Brown Prof On BrainGate Team — Advances In Mind-Typing

This is nuts! BrainGate, a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers, including a neuroscientist in the Brown School of Engineering, has developed a brain-computer interface (BCI) that allows people with paralysis to type using only brain control. No more blinking. According to the ProJo (2.22.17) three individuals — one with a spinal cord injury, and …

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‘Science Denial’ Lecture At Brown

(2.16) Biology professor Kenneth R. Miller will deliver a lecture titled “Science Denial: from Anti-Vaxers and Climate ‘Skeptics’ to the Ark Park — Why it Continues and Why it Matters,” as part of the Reaffirming University Values series. Miller’s research work on cell membrane structure and function has produced more than 60 scientific papers and …

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Spelling Bee At AS220

(1.28) We knew he couldn’t stay away. Spelling is much like the Mafia. Just when you think you’ve gotten out, it’ll just keep pulling you back in. Bee Maestro and Word-Knower Nonpareil, Matthew Lawrence, sent out this invitation via his weekly ‘Law & Order Party’ email blast (which you should get). I’m hosting the Providence …

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John Cleese Brings Grail To PPAC

(1.14) Tickets are still available for an evening with John Cleese (seen here on the right) this Saturday at PPAC. First there will be a screening of “Monty Python and the Holy Grail” followed by a conversation, and audience Q&A, with John Cleese. I personally would never be able to ask Mr. Cleese (rhymes with …

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Nobel Prize Goes To Brown Scientist

Congratulations to Professor J. Michael Kosterlitz for winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, for “theoretical discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter.” Colleagues and well-wishers at Brown University spoke with the modest professor today; he is currently on sabbatical in Finland. He said the phone call from the Nobel committee came as …

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Dark Matter, Where The Hell Is This Stuff — Lecture At Brown

(9.16) Theoretical physicist Katherine Freese will deliver a lecture titled “The Dark Side of the Universe.” Freese — author of “The Cosmic Cocktail: Three Parts Dark Matter” — will recount the hunt for dark matter from the discoveries of visionary scientists like Knut Lundmark and Fritz Zwicky, the astronomers who coined the term “dark matter” …

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