Frontiers in Science Public Lecture Series with Dr. Heshan Illangkoon

“How the Astrobiology of Meteorites is Creating Next Generation Hard Drives”

Abstract:  We reside in an information age where data is everything. With each selfie, tweet and status update, humanity increases its digital footprint at a rate rapidly outpacing our storage capacity. In short, we are running out of memory and we need more storage space. DNA is quickly becoming an attractive medium due to its exponentially higher data storage density, energy efficiency and extended lifetime in comparison to current silicon binary systems. Beyond the 4 letters of DNA (A-T-G-C) which comprise life on this planet, astrobiologists have uncovered a vast diversity of Life’s building blocks in meteorites, expanding our genetic alphabet to A-T-G-C-X-K-Z-P. Now, synthetic biologists are using these letters to code digital data-from the contents of the library of Congress to your favorite cat videos-all on strands of synthetic DNA.

The 2019 FAU Frontiers in Science lecture series runs from Friday, January 11 through Friday, April 5. Learn about topics such as the astrobiology of meteorites, to keeping your genome safe. Explore the sciences with eight researchers and innovators from across the globe and right here in our own community. We invited experts in the fields of Anthropology, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics. Science Dean, Dr. Ata Sarajedini states, “My hope is that these lectures stir you to deeper learning, explain your world, ignite your discussions, and bring the richness of the sciences to you.”

Find out more at: science.fau.edu/frontiers.php.

Friday, January 18 at 3:30pm to 6:00pm

Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, 126
777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431

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Lecture, Lectures, colloquia, seminars, etc.





College of Science


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