1. Quick takes: Jesse Bloom


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    Jesse Bloom has strong interests in evolution, infectious diseases and genetic engineering. By investigating protein evolution as a complex system, his research has implications for understanding viral evolution and the spread of disease.

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    • Quick takes: Ben Dubin-Thaler


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      Ben Dubin-Thaler, a biologist and founder of Cell Motion Laboratories Inc., drives the BioBus, a repurposed transit bus outfitted with a high-tech science lab that serves as a mobile laboratory to get kids interested in science.

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      • Quick takes: Amro Hamdoun


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        Cell biologist Amro Hamdoun seeks to understand the systems that cells and embryos use to protect themselves against chemical pollution. Why do some “bad” chemicals make it into cells, and how can we predict which ones will as we develop even more chemicals?

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        • Quick takes: Gidon Eshel


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          Gidon Eshel is a statistician who grew up working on a dairy farm on an Israeli Kibbutz, a combination that’s led to a deep knowledge of how what we eat affects our planet. His finding: a meat-based diet far exceeds the carbon emissions of a plant-based diet – meaning that most people’s usual way of eating – the Mean American Diet – is truly “MAD.”

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          • Quick takes: Sarah Fortune


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            Why is tuberculosis so resistant to treatment? Sarah Fortune studies the bacterium that causes tuberculosis as well as how it responds to various eradication efforts, with a view to more effectively fighting this increasingly common global scourge.

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            • Quick takes: Sean Gourley


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              Sean Gourley is a mathematician who has spent the last seven years using math to understand war and insurgency. He is now applying that understanding to develop ways to map technology companies – in search of the “technology genome.”

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              • Quick takes: Casey Dunn


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                Casey Dunn is rethinking where individuality begins. He is fascinated by siphonophores, deep sea superorganinisms comprised of thousands of organisms that are genetically identical but function in different ways. How have evolutionary pressures acted on the siphonophore and the individual organisms within it?

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                • Quick takes: Kim Cobb


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                  Kim Cobb studies the climate variability of the past in order to construct a sense of what we can expect in the future. Having a clearer sense of rainfall, for example, over the next 100 years will be incredibly valuable in informing public policy.

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                  • Patrick Flanagan: Robot Drums


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                    The one-man band, Jazari, consists of machines that play a variety of hand percussion instruments, all under the control Patrick Flanagan, who wields a custom-built controller and a Wii remote to create improvised jam sessions. After performing, Flanagan walked the crowd through the technical process of how his system works.

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                    • Reggie Watts: Humor in music


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                      Reggie Watts is an entertainer who combines stream-of-consciousness improvisational comedy with music to create a wholly original experience. A PopTech veteran, Watts knows this audience well and he handled them like a pro, getting big laughs with a smart blend of sarcasm and self-deprecation during his performance.

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