David Kaplan explores the best ways to search for alien life on distant planets.

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David Kaplan explores the best ways to search for alien life on distant planets.


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Purvesh Khatri learned that by working with ‘messy’ clinical data sets, he could find genes that the human body expresses in response to diverse forms of a disease.

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Journey to the Birth of the Solar System

Join David Kaplan on a virtual-reality tour showing how the sun, the Earth and the other planets came to be.

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Tim Maudlin: A Defense of the Reality of Time

Tim Maudlin explains how math has led physicists to believe some very strange things about the nature of time.

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John Novembre: A Map of Human History, Hidden in DNA

John Novembre explains how he uses genomic data to map human history.

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Sharon Glotzer explains how emergence, entropy and order can all fit together.

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Sylvia Serfaty explains why you don’t have to be a genius to become a mathematician.

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Francis Su: Math and the Good Life

Francis Su explains how mathematics can help a person to live well.

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Francis Su: Math Is for Everybody

Francis Su discusses how the community of mathematicians tends to exclude certain people.

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Marcus Feldman: In Search of Actions That Alter Evolution

Marcus Feldman explains how he models the effects of a cultural preference — in this case, a preference for sons over daughters in China.