Announcing Our 2017 Scholars
The Genetics Revolution
Lyme disease has infected more than a quarter of Nantucket’s residents. Michael Specter of The New Yorker writes that the disease has changed the nature of summer itself. As a solution, MIT Assistant Prof. Kevin Esvelt has proposed rewriting the DNA of the mice that pass Lyme to ticks. Specter and Esvelt will speak in our Genetics Revolution track. Ahead of the track, we’re also reading CRISPR Makes It Clear: The US Needs a Biology Strategy, and Fast and DNA testing is shedding light on centuries of African American historical trauma.
Space—Why We Explore
Why do human beings explore? And why are the most adventurous explorers drawn to outer space? In this episode of Aspen Ideas to Go, astronomer David Aguilar explains why, as we age, the drive for adventure fades, and how we can regain it. And physicists Janna Levin, Lisa Randall, and Lawrence Krauss dig into what the universe is made of. Their conversation is led by Ira Flatow, host of Science Friday. Subscribe on iTunes, find us on NPR One, or listen on SiriusXM Insight.
“Why aren’t we doing basic cyber hygiene? How do we ensure the integrity of information and identity in an open Internet.” — Jane Holl Lute, 2016 Aspen Ideas