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  • January 4, 2017
    The Mathematics of Paper
    There is some profound mathematics behind our everyday trouble with wrapping oddly-shaped gifts and making maps. The solution? A cousin of origami called kirigami, which allows us to solve these problems and much, much more.
    Speaker: Randall Kamien, University of Pennsylvania

  • January 11, 2017
    Molecular Computers at the Center of Living Cells
    In humans and all other living organisms, genetic information coded into DNA provides the instructions each cell uses to make thousands of different RNAs and proteins. The proteins and RNAs are produced by molecular machines only a few billionths of a meter in size that read and follow the DNA blueprint. How these tiny machines work remains somewhat mysterious but Dr. Gelles' lecture will describe recent progress in unraveling the mystery. He will share live video of individual molecular machines in action, videos made possible by the development of advanced microscopes that enable researchers to directly examine genetic information processing.
    Speaker: Jeff Gelles, Brandeis University

  • January 18, 2017
    Atomic Legos: Building and Investigating Quantum Matter One Atom at a Time
    Ultracold atoms offer a fascinating view of the quantum world. With the quantum gas microscope, invented in the Greiner Lab at Harvard, physicists can now take pictures of individual atoms dancing to the rules of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics allows a single atom to exist in many locations at once. This so-called "quantum superposition" can be directly observed with the gas microscope. By looking at just one or two atoms, the researchers can gain intuition about this bizarre quantum world and use ultracold atoms as building blocks to assemble synthetic quantum materials and to explore new states of matter that have never been seen before.
    Speaker: Markus Grenier, Harvard University

  • February 8, 2017
    The Dawning Era of Gravitational Wave Astrophysics
    Speaker: TBA

  • February 15, 2017
    Fast Radio Bursts
    Speaker: TBA

  • March 8, 2017
    Superconformal Field Theories in Four or More Dimensions
    Speaker: TBA

  • March 22, 2017
    Particle Physics in 2017: From the LHC to Dark Matter
    Speaker: TBA

  • March 29, 2017
    Formation and Dynamical Evolution of Exoplanets
    Speaker: TBA