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Upcoming Beyond Center Events

Thinking Beyond

April 2024 Thinking Beyond - The Race for Quantum Computing

April 29, 2024

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Upcoming ASU Events

Beyond Annual Lecture

Space2inspire: The New Space Age

In September 2021, Dr. Sian Proctor was fortunate to be a member of the first all-civilian space mission to orbit our planet and she became the first black female pilot of a spacecraft. She was selected to go to space as an artist and a poet and while in space, she experienced an Earthlight overview effect. During this presentation, she’ll share her experience as a member of the SpaceX Inspiration4 mission and what she’s learned from this new orbital perspective. 

The Beyond Annual Lecture is our premier public event of the year. We ask a scientist or philosopher of international standing to offer a reflective account of their work and interests, and invite them to speculate a little bit "beyond" their normal comfort zone.

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Thinking Beyond

Thinking Beyond Webinar Series

Thinking Beyond is the updated Ask a Physicist monthly webinar series. The new name will allow a broader range of topics but our format will remain the same.  The webinar series features renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. Each month they will address the big questions in physics with viewers participating in the discussion! 

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Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Lecture

Shooting for the stars: the Interstellar Breakthrough Initiatives with Pete Worden

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On July 20, 2015 at the Royal Society, London, UK Yuri Milner and Professor Stephen Hawking announced the Breakthrough Listen Initiative.  It is designed to look for signals from an intelligent civilization in our galaxy or beyond.  This SETI search is orders of magnitude more encompassing and complete than any previous search.  In addition, On April 12, 2016, in New York, NY, USA Milner and Hawking announced a new Initiative, Breakthrough StarShot designed to send a gram-class interstellar probe to Alpha Centauri within a generation.

About the Eugene Shoemaker Memorial Lecture

Each year, The Beyond Center presents a special award to a leading scientist to honor the life and work of Eugene Shoemaker who, together with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker, pioneered research in the field of asteroid and comet impacts.

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Ask a Physicist

Ask a Physicist Webinar Series

Ask a Physicist is a monthly webinar series, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University. Each month they will address the big questions in physics with viewers participating in the discussion! 

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Thinking Beyond

March 2024 Thinking Beyond- The dark matter in our genome

March 25, 2024

Zoom Webinar

The “Thinking Beyond” webinar series features renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University a

Beyond Annual Lecture

2024 Beyond Annual Lecture: Until the End of Time with Brian Greene

March 14th, 2024

Marston Theater

Join New York Times bestselling author and renowned physicist Brian Greene to explore the past and future of the cosmos – from the big bang to the closest science can take us to the very end – ill

Thinking Beyond

February 2024 Thinking Beyond- What happens when a quantum measurement is made: some new ideas

February 26, 2024

Zoom Webinar

The “Thinking Beyond” webinar series features renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University a

Beyond Center

Against the Clock: The tyranny of time in the construction of our reality

February 15, 2024 at 6:30pm MST

Marston Exploration Theater

A Conversation with acclaimed philosopher and artist Jonathon Keats

Since the invention of modern clocks, most of us take for granted the objective, globally synchronized linear nature of

Desert Time Backdrop

Desert Time - a workshop by Jonathon Keats

February 15, 2024 3:30-5:30pm MST

School of Art (Room 232)

Desert Time

A Workshop by Jonathon Keats

Standard time is measured on atomic clocks, providing a technical b

Thinking Beyond

January 2024 Thinking Beyond- NASA: Mars likely has an active biosphere but it is up to private organizations to find it

January 29, 2024

Zoom Webinar

The “Thinking Beyond” webinar series features renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University a

Beyond Center

A Conversation with Acclaimed Science Fiction Writer Ken Liu

November 13, 2023

Marston Theater

In the Beginning Was the Word: The Place of Narrative in the Construction of Reality

 A Conversation with Acclaimed Science Fiction Writer Ken Liu

Niels Bohr declared that

Beyond Happy Hour

Beyond Happy Hour: Are we alone in the universe?

November 7, 2023

Mirabella at ASU

*Event is full.  Please email deepthought@asu.edu if you would like to be added to the waitlist*

Thinking Beyond

September 2023 Thinking Beyond - Cracking the Magnetic Code of Life

Zoom webinar

“Ask a Physicist” has been renamed “Thinking Beyond” in order to encompass a broader range of topics.

Thinking Beyond

August 2023 Thinking Beyond - Oppenheimer: Beyond the Bomb

August 28, 2023

Zoom webinar

We are excited to announce our previous webinar series “Ask a Physicist” has been renamed “Thinking Beyond” in order to encompass a broader range of topics.

Ask a Physicist

April 2023 Ask a Physicist: Are plants intelligent?

April 24th, 2023

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

Ask a Physicist

March 2023 Ask a Physicist - "Life in the solar system"

March 27th, 2023

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

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2023 Beyond Annual Lecture: A Hip Hopper's Guide to the Universe with Stephon Alexander

The Beyond Annual Lecture is our premier public event of the year.

Ask a Physicist

February 2023 Ask a Physicist - "Interstellar Objects in the Solar System"

February 27th, 2023

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

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Ask A Physicist: Wormholes in space: are they real and how could we find them?

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

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CORES2023: 'Let There Be Light': Religion and the Birth of Modern Science

Zoom

Did key ideas in religious thought ultimately prove critical to the birth of science?

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Ask a Physicist

October 2022 Ask a Physicist - What if the Victorians had discovered quantum computing?

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

Beyond Happy Hour

Beyond Happy Hour: What happened before the big bang?

Beyond Happy Hour: What happened before the big bang?

Hobbs Club at Sun Devil Stadium

Come and discuss a deep scientific topic in a convivial atmosphere.  Discussion leaders Sara Walker and Paul Davies will host the evening's activities.

Ask a Physicist

Ask a Physicist: Can you hear the shape of space?

Ask a Physicist: Can you hear the shape of space?

Zoom webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona Stat

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Ask A Physicist: What happens to an atom when somebody looks?

August 29, 2022 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh, August's webinar: ‘What happens to an atom when somebody looks?’

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April 2022 Ask a Physicist - Emergence: Fact or Fiction?

April 2022 Ask a Physicist - Emergence: Fact or Fiction?

Zoom webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies and Sara Walker from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at ASU and guest presenter Eri

Dr. Sian Proctor

2022 Beyond Annual Lecture with Sian Proctor - Space2inspire: The New Space Age

April 14, 2022 | 7 p.m.

Marston Exploration Theater

The Beyond Annual Lecture is our premier public event of the year.

Ask a Physicist

March 2002 Ask a Physicist - A New Window on the Universe: what will the James Webb Space Telescope do?

March 28th, 2022

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at ASU and guest presenters Rogier Windhorst a

Ask a Physicist

February 2022 Ask a Physicist - Black Hole Survival Guide

Zoom Webinar

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University

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Ask a Physicist

Jan. 31, 2022 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST,

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Ask A Physicist: What is Reality?

November 29, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker, and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. November's webinar question: "What is reality?"

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desert

Ask A Physicist: Is There a Shadow Biosphere?

October 25, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, ASK A PHYSICIST, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker, and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center.

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Past Workshops

Past Workshops hosted by The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science

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Ask A Physicist: Self-Replicating Machines - Technology of the Future? (Featuring Frank Wilczek)

September 27, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. This month, Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek will join in the conversation!

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stars

Ask A Physicist: UAPS - Are Aliens Really Zooming Around in Our Skies?

August 30, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. August's webinar question: "UAPs: are aliens really zooming around in our skies?"

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microscope

Ask A Physicist: BYOQ - Bring Your Own Questions!

April 26, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. This month, the entire webinar will be dedicated to questions from the audience!

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Ask A Physicist: Can Computers be Conscious?

March 29, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. March's webinar question: "Can computers be conscious?"

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2021 Beyond Annual Lecture with Paul Nurse

March 24, 2021 | 1 p.m.

Zoom

So, what is life? Following the lecture by Paul Nurse, we will solicit the thoughts of four leading ASU researchers on this most profound of scientific mysteries. Stay with us after the lecture to hear what they have to say.

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space

Ask A Physicist: Dark Energy - The End of the Universe?

February 22, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. February's webinar question: "Dark energy: the end of the universe?"

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space

Ask A Physicist: Did Life on Earth Happen More Than Once?

January 25, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh. January's webinar question: "Did life on Earth happen more than once?"

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Ask A Physicist: How Many Universes Are There?

November 30, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center, November's webinar question: "How many universes are there?"

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space

Ask A Physicist: Is ET Lurking in our Cosmic Backyard?

October 26, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh. September's webinar question: "Is ET Lurking in Our Cosmic Backyard?"

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Ask A Physicist: What Is The Origin of Time's Arrow?

September 28, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. September's webinar question: "What is the origin of time's arrow?"

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space

Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times

September 10, 2020 | 11 a.m.

Zoom

Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, an international religious leader, philosopher, award-winning author and respected moral voice will be joined by directors for a conversation centered around the release of his latest book.

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Ask A Physicist: Are We Living in a Computer Simulation?

August 31, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Zoom

Join us for a monthly webinar series, Ask A Physicist, with renowned physicists Paul Davies, Sara Walker and Maulik Parikh from the Beyond Center. August's webinar question: "Are we in a computer simulation?"

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biology

Coffee@Beyond with Hyunju Kim

April 27, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Hyunju Kim is a Research Scientist at Arizona State University. She is studying the relationship between informational architecture of biological networks and transition from non-living being to living being.

circuit

Coffee@Beyond with Erik Hoel

March 30, 2020 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Erik Hoel is a postdoctoral researcher at Columbia University in the NeuroTechnology Lab working under Rafael Yuste. At this month's Coffee@Beyond, he will answer the question, "can computers be conscious?"

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Coffee@Beyond with Sara Walker

February 24, 2020 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Sara Walker is an astrobiologist and theoretical physicist interested in the origin of life and how to find life on other worlds. While there are many things to be solved, she is most interested in whether or not there are ‘laws of life’.

space

Coffee@Beyond with Steffi Kapsetaki

January 27, 2020 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Dr. Kapsetaki completed a Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Oxford where she studied social evolution, the major evolutionary transitions in individuality, and specifically the evolution of multicellularity.

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2020 Beyond Annual Lecture with Lee Cronin

January 23, 2020 | 6 p.m.

Neeb Hall

Cronin and his team work to make artificial life forms, find alien life, understand how information can be encoded into chemicals, and construct chemical computers.

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space

Coffee@Beyond with Paul Davies

November 25, 2019 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Paul Davies is a theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and author. His research has ranged from the origin of the universe to the nature of time, astrobiology and the deep evolutionary roots of cancer.

space

Coffee@Beyond with Kate Dorsch

September 30, 2019 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Dr. Dorsch is a historian of science and technology currently serving as a postdoctoral teaching fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies scientific expertise, knowledge-making, and boundary formation.

space

Coffee@Beyond with Fred Adams

September 30, 2019 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Born in Redwood City, Fred Adams received his PhD in Physics from the University of California, Berkeley. His work in cosmology also includes explorations into the long term fate and evolution of the universe, as well as fine-tuning issues. 

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2019 Shoemaker Lecture with Dr. James Benford

September 5, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Marston Theater, ISTB 4

Dr. James Benford is President of Microwave Sciences, Inc., which does contracting and consulting in High Power Microwaves and space applications of such technologies.

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2019 Beyond Annual Lecture with Jennifer Doudna

March 19, 2019 | 7 p.m.

Neeb Hall

Our technological capacity to make changes to genomic data has expanded exponentially since the 2012 discovery of CRISPR-Cas9 as an RNA-programmable genome editing tool.

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science

Special Lecture with Harrison Steel

March 18, 2019 | 3 p.m.

Goldwater Center, #505

Harrison Steel, from the University of Oxford, will present recent work on a range of problems at the interface of control theory and synthetic biology. The talk aims to highlight many exciting new directions for research.

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Coffee@Beyond with Frank Wilczek

February 25, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Room 240, ISTB4

Dr. Wilczek is a theoretical physicist, author, and intellectual adventurer. He has received many prizes for his work, including a Nobel Prize in Physics. This month's talk is titled "Applying Physics to Philosophy".

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Coffee@Beyond with Paul Davies

November 26, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Paul Davies is a British-born theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astrobiologist and best-selling author. He is Regents’ Professor and Director of Beyond: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science.

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Special Lecture by Andrew Briggs

November 7, 2018 | 5:15 p.m.

Marston Theater, ISTB 4

The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science invites you to attend a special lecture by Andrew Briggs, "It Keeps Me Seeking", to be followed with a panel discussion featuring Paul Davies, Barry Ritchie and Hava Samuelson.

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Planetary Intelligence Symposium

October 3, 2018 | 9 a.m.

Memorial Union

The Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science is collaborating with the Interplanetary Initiative to present a symposium on "Planetary Intelligence: Humanities' Future in the Age of AI". There will be a variety of different talks.

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space

2018 Shoemaker Lecture with David Grinspoon

October 2, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Marston Theater, ISTB 4

Each year the Beyond Center presents a special award to a leading scientist to honor the life and work of Eugene Shoemaker and his wife Carolyn Shoemaker.

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circuit

Coffee@Beyond with Stephanie Forrest

September 24, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Dr. Forrest is a Professor in CIDSE and Center Director in the Biodesign Institute. She studies the biology of computation and computation in biology.

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Coffee@Beyond with Chris Adami

August 27, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Dr. Adami obtained his Ph.D. and M.A. in theoretical physics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as a Diploma in Physics from Bonn University (Germany). His main research focus is Darwinian evolution.

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Coffee@Beyond with Curtis Marean

April 30, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Everywhere modern humans went, they constructed their own ecological niche by eliminating competitors. How did this relatively young species accomplish so much in so little time? Join Curtis Marean in this discussion.

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Why Cancers and Infections Beat Us and How to Turn the Tables

April 25, 2018 | 6 p.m.

Marston Theater, ISTB 4

Dr. Susan Rosenberg’s group reports phylogenetically deep translational discovery of fundamental, conserved biology in the bacterium E. coli.

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space

Coffee@Beyond with George Ellis

March 26, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Physical emergence-crystals, rocks, sandpiles, turbulent eddies, planets, stars-is fundamentally different from biological emergence-amoeba, mice, humans-even though the latter is based in the former.

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Coffee@Beyond with Michael Lynch

February 26, 2018 | 3 p.m.

Biodesign Institute

Join us for coffee, cookies, and an interesting discussion at this month’s Coffee@Beyond! This month's talk, which will be delivered by Michael Lynch, is titled "Evolution is Not Simply Natural Selection".

scientist

2018 Beyond Annual Lecture with Max Tegmark

February 20, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Neeb Hall

If AI succeeds in eclipsing human general intelligence within decades, as many AI researchers predict, then how can we make it the best thing ever to happen to humanity?

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