The Last Word

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April 10 – 14, 2017

The word was, DC’s famous cherry blossoms had died untimely deaths due to cold and ice.  Wrong, says Helen, and proves it, sepal by sepal, petal by petal.

The music behind the math in movies, says Guest Stephen Ornes, can sound just like the math: doubling back, laying down patterns, tick tick ticking.

A science metaphor called scale mismatch, remembers Michelle, is temporally appropriate: “match the scale of the problem, either by making ourselves larger or making the problem smaller. We make ourselves larger through cooperation. We make the problem smaller by discerning the sliver we’re best equipped to solve.”

Cameron faces down the bug on her floor like a cowboy badass, but from somewhere now in the grass outside is a bug whistling the theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Galaxy Zoo, a citizen science project set up because people could do superbly what computers couldn’t, Jessa says, is in trouble because computers are now doing what people can’t.

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