Majority Judgement: a completely new voting system. Part One - Majority Judgement vs the Traditional
Balinski presents an introduction to Majority Judgement, a new voting model that proposes a solution to many of the pressing problems confronting representative democracy and its various current electoral systems.
Lissa Doumani and Hiro Sone, "A Visual Guide to Making Sushi at Home"
Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani are the chef-proprietors of two prominent Bay Area restaurants: Terra, in Napa Valley, and Ame, in San Francisco. both perennial recipients of Michelin stars, as well as the SF Chronicle's Top 100 Restaurants list. The husband and wife team have just released their newest book, A Visual Guide to Sushi-Making at Home. Hiro, who is often described as the chef who "does fusion right," straddles the fine dining traditions of his native Japan and Western food; together,
Isadore Sharp: Motel to Mogul
Isadore Sharp, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, spoke at the Royal Ontario Museum on May 18 as the first in the Director's Signature Lecture Series. Listen as he shares his thoughts on leadership, success and accomplishment. Introduction by William Thorsell, Director and CEO of the ROM.
Patrick Thomas Jr., MD, PhD, Molecular and Cellular Biology Program He relates how the MCB program has opened up a world of collaboration and travel that he has found invaluable in his professional and personal life.
Patrick Thomas Jr. joined the Molecular and Cellular Biology program to earn a PhD in human disease research. He found the MCB's interdisciplinary approach to research and access to researchers who are unlocking the mysteries of human diseases an ideal setting for his PhD research.
He relates how the MCB program has opened up a world of collaboration and travel that he has found invaluable in his professional and personal life.(Series: Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD Graduates)
Summary of Section 6 Sequence-specific protein–DNA interactions are achieved through the formation of non-covalent bonds between amino acid side-chains in the protein and bases in the major groove of the DNA. Non-sequence-specific protein–DNA interactions are achieved primarily through electrostatic interactions between positively charged amino acid side-chains and the negatively charged DNA backbone. Protein and DNA conformation can be alt
Sequence-specific protein–DNA interactions are achieved through the formation of non-covalent bonds between amino acid side-chains in the protein and bases in the major groove of the DNA.
Non-sequence-specific protein–DNA interactions are achieved primarily through electrostatic interactions between positively charged amino acid side-chains and the negatively charged DNA backbone.
Protein and DNA conformation can be alt
18.712 Introduction to Representation Theory (MIT)
The goal of this course is to give an undergraduate-level introduction to representation theory (of groups, Lie algebras, and associative algebras). Representation theory is an area of mathematics which, roughly speaking, studies symmetry in linear spaces.
6.079 Introduction to Convex Optimization (MIT)
This course aims to give students the tools and training to recognize convex optimization problems that arise in scientific and engineering applications, presenting the basic theory, and concentrating on modeling aspects and results that are useful in applications. Topics include convex sets, convex functions, optimization problems, least-squares, linear and quadratic programs, semidefinite programming, optimality conditions, and duality theory. Applications to signal processing, control, machin
5.111 Principles of Chemical Science (MIT)
Introduction to chemistry, with emphasis on basic principles of atomic and molecular electronic structure, thermodynamics, acid-base and redox equilibria, chemical kinetics, and catalysis. Introduction to the chemistry of biological, inorganic, and organic molecules.
4.462 Building Technologies II: Building Structural Systems I (MIT)
This course serves as an introduction to the history, theory, and construction of basic structural systems with an introduction to energy issues in buildings. Emphasis is placed on developing an understanding of basic systematic and elemental behavior; principles of structural behavior and analysis of individual structural elements and strategies for load carrying. The subject introduces fundamental energy topics including thermodynamics, psychrometrics, and comfort, as they relate to building d
Understanding cardiovascular diseases
Your heart beats around 100,000 times every day and, in that time, pumps about 23,000 litres of blood around your body. But what happens when it doesn’t work as well as it should? This unit explains what happens in cardiovascular disease, when the heart’s performance is affected, how the normal function of blood vessels is impaired, and what treatments are available. Whether you are a patient, relative, friend or healthcare professional, you will find the unit interesting.
An introduction to biological systematics
This unit is concerned with macroevolution – the patterns and processes of evolution above the species level. A crucial consideration in macroevolutionary studies is that of the evolutionary relationships (phylogeny) of the organisms in question. The unit begins with an introduction to the scope of macroevolutionary studies and illustrates methods of reconstructing phylogeny, from both morphological and molecular data.
Change Your Mind: Memory and Disease
How do we distinguish our friends from foes? How does dementia destroy memory? And how can past experience invade the present with destructive force? Scientists are closing in on the biochemical roots of these neurological puzzles.
Thomas Insel describes the profound impact of a small group of neuropeptides on
Nanotechnology and the Study of Human Diseases
Subra Suresh fleshes out the promise of nanotechnology, at least in regard to our understanding of disease. His talk, which focuses on malaria and its impact on red blood cells, demonstrates how the fields of engineering, biology and medicine are converging.
To function properly, he explains, a red blood cel
No diagnosis of cancer is welcome, but some scenarios are more dreaded than others. Richard Hynes discusses what happens “when cells in the primary tumor lose their sense of address and wander off to places they’re not supposed to go.” His talk lays out the process of invasion, by which the cancer spreads into
A pioneer in a “dangerously hot research area,” Drazen Prelec peers into the human brain while it makes decisions. In his corner of the new field of neuroeconomics, Prelec uses a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine to scan minds pondering the pros and cons of purchasing and selling products like
How to Read 1,000,000 Manga Pages: Visualizing Patterns in Games, Comics, Art, Cinema, Animation, TV
In his introduction, moderator Ian Condry advocates utilizing the expertise and innovation of all disciplines in order to best explore new directions in the humanities. He suggests that the challenge of discovery may ultimately be useful as theoretical exploration, which incorporates the transformative power of art as well.
Lunch with a Laureate: Jack Szostak
Jack Szostak started his first lab as a “freshly minted assistant professor” working in DNA recombination and repair reactions. While researchers had known for years that the broken ends of DNA strands behaved differently from broken DNA in the middle of the strand, they did not know the details. Because cells do not like b
The Future of Government-Citizen Engagement
As the U.S. moves toward universal broadband access, look for increased government openness, new opportunities for civic engagement, and some dangers along the way, say these panelists.
While Chris Csikszentmihalyi acknowledges the civic potential of broadband, he does not believe it will be a simple matter for geog
Nicholas Pearce is a proud advocate of programs that help young people from urban areas transition into higher education. He has not only benefited from such programs, but has given back through his participation as a volunteer, mentor, and speaker. As a high schooljunior, he attended MIT's six-week summer program, Minority Introduction t
The State of Drupal
Dries Buytaert relates a synopsis of his life with Drupal. From its inception during Buytaert's "typical geek" undergraduate days in Antwerp in 1999, to the upcoming release of Drupal 7, Buytaert places a particular emphasis on the community that has been created by the nature of an open source product. Drupal is "softwar