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Science Fair: The Codebreakers

WNYC Science Fair, Vol. 2

Tuesday February 11 2014 • 7:00pm - 8:30pm ET
In-person event

The Takeaway's host John Hockenberry.


Watch live! A live video webcast of the event will stream below beginning 7pm ET:

Check out the video below to get a peek inside IBM’s Watson Research Center with guest Tal Rabin. See video of the last installment of WNYC’s Science Fair here

Tal Rabin, head of the Cryptography Research Group at the IBM T.J.Watson Research Center, dabbles in number theory, theory of algorithms, and distributed systems. But her real focus is on designing efficient and provably secure cryptographic algorithms for network security systems. 

John Rinn, once named in Popular Science magazine’s “Brilliant 10,” is assistant professor of Stem Cell and Regerative Biology at Harvard University and Medical School and senior associate member of the Broad Institute. He conducts research aimed at understanding the role of long intergenic non-coding RNAs in establishing the distinct epigenetic states of adult and embryonic cells and their misregulation in diseases such as cancer. In a past life he was a professional snowboarder, and he swears the two paths are linked.

Neil Weiner, associate professor at the Center for Cosmology and Particle Physics at New York University. In his words: “My research focuses on physics beyond the standard model, in whatever form that takes. I tend to focus on physics at or related to the weak scale. Some of the broad questions I consider are: why is gravity so weak compared to other forces? What makes up the missing matter and energy of the universe? What signs could arise from dark matter in the galaxy, and what theories might explain interesting signatures already observed? What is the origin of neutrino mass, and could it be connected to new dynamics or new forces?”

One Ring Zero is led by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp. The band has released eight albums, including As Smart As We Are: The Author Project, featuring lyrics by Paul Auster, Margaret Atwood, Dave Eggers, and Neil Gaiman, among others; Planets, a collection of new compositions that represent the solar system and beyond; and their most recent, The Recipe Project, in which the band has taken recipes from today’s top chefs (Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, David Chang, etc.), set them to music, and sung them word for word. One Ring Zero has performed at music venues and cultural institutions including the Whitney Museum of Art, Central Park Summer Stage, The Kennedy Center, Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre, Spring Scream in Taiwan, Era in Tokyo, New Morning in Paris, The Chicago World Music Festival, and the Fundacion Principe de Asturia in Spain. The band’s music has been featured in dance concerts, films, television, animations, fashion shows, and NPR programming including This American Life, Fresh Air, and Morning Edition.


This is the second edition of the WNYC Science Fair, a new series in The Greene Space that mixes your favorite public radio personalities with popular science, special performances and alcohol. 

Event Details

1 hour and 30 minutes
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