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dodds and danforth

02-09-2015

F-Bombs Notwithstanding, All Languages Skew Toward Happiness

In 1969, two psychologists at the University of Illinois proposed what they called the Pollyanna Hypothesis—the idea that there is a universal human tendency to use positive words more frequently than negative ones. “Put even more simply,” they wrote, “humans tend to look on (and talk about) the bright side of life.” It ...

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Josh Bongard

01-28-2015

What Do You Think About Machines That Think?

John Brockman's Edge Question is a major event in the intellectual calendar each year — its roots go back to talks he had with Isaac Asimov and others in 1980. This year's question, "What do you think about machines that think?" drew essays from Daniel C. Dennett, Nicholas Carr, Steven Pinker, Freeman Dyson, George Church and ...

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Receiving the Swiss Young Bioinformatician of the Year Award 2014

09-22-2014

Alumni Corner: Josh Payne

Dr. Josh Payne was recently awarded the highly competitive Ambizione Fellowship, a major 3-year grant awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation to promote junior scientists into the role of "group leader," prior to their first faculty position. We asked Josh -- who is still in Switzerland -- to write an essay about his time ...

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02-19-2014

Will Plug-in Cars Crash the Electric Grid?

Selecting a Chevy Volt, Tesla Model S, Nissan Leaf — or one of many other new models — shoppers in the United States bought more than 96,000 plug-in electric cars in 2013. That’s a tiny slice of the auto market, but it’s up eighty-four percent from the year before. In Vermont, as of January 2014, there were 679 plug-in ...

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