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Maya Archaeology and Its Relevance to the Modern World
Jeremy Sabloff
Sept. 10, 2014
Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters While the great architectural, artistic, and intellectual achievements of Pre-Columbian Maya peoples continue to bedazzle us for their richness, an understanding of the arc of ancient Maya civilization has relevance to problems facing the world today. SFI ...
How Insights from Archaeology Might Help Shape Our Future
Jeremy Sabloff
Sept. 9, 2014
Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters Despite its popularity, archaeology’s public perception is not as accurate as it could be. Archaeologists do not have their collective heads immersed in the past, as is often supposed, but are very much concerned with both the ...
City as a Startup
Tony Hsieh, Geoffrey West
Sept. 3, 2014
n 2011, Zappo's CEO Tony Hsieh announced a $350 million effort called The Downtown Project to rejuvenate Las Vegas' downtown, home to some lower-end casinos and motels and not a whole lot else. His plan is to spend much of his own personal fortune to transform this lifeless area about ...
The Evolutionary Origins of Developmental Programs
Emma Wolinsky
Aug. 14, 2014
Organisms may exhibit stochastic variation in phenotypes as an evolved strategy to survive in fluctuating environments. These phenotypic variations can have different advantages in different environments; for example, a fast-growing antibiotic-sensitive type and a slow-growing antibiotic-resistant type of bacteria each have different advantages. When growth of an organism population is ...
Inferring Partial Interaction Matrices in Generalized Lotka-Volterra Models of Microbial Communities
Marcus Levine
Aug. 14, 2014
Several recent attempts to model the dynamics of the human microbiome from metagenomic time series have relied on the standard ecological framework of generalized Lotka-Volterra equations. I demonstrate using simulated data that interaction matrices inferred for a subset of the community are not in general consistent with the full interaction ...
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