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Friday, January 21, 2011

NYU business professor Daniel Altman discusses the 12 trends he thinks are going to reshape the global economy. Then, a producer and oceanographer tell the story of the first transatlantic autonomous underwater robot. Also, Paprika Steen discuses her role in the new film “Applause.” Plus our latest Please Explain is all about computer viruses and worms!

The Twelve Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy

Economist Daniel Altman predicts which industries will grow, which economies will crumble, which investments will pay off, and where the next big crisis may occur. In Outrageous Fortunes: The Twelve Surprising Trends That Will Reshape the Global Economy, he looks at what the global economy will look like in the years to come, bringing together hidden trends, societal pressures, and policy endgames to make twelve predictions about the years ahead.

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Atlantic Crossing

Oceanographer Scott Glenn and Dena Seidel, Director of Digital Storytelling for Writers House, Rutgers English and producer of the film “Atlantic Crossing,” talk about the Glen’s adventure: leading a team of Rutgers ocean scientists to launch the first transatlantic autonomous underwater robot. The film tells the story of the 8-foot yellow robot named RU27, or "Scarlet," which was launched off the coast of New Jersey into the Atlantic, and the challenges it faces—extreme weather conditions, ship traffic, and aggressive sea life.

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Paprika Steen on "Applause"

Scandinavian actress Paprika Steen discusses her role in the film “Applause.” She plays Thea, a stage actress and recovering alcoholic seeking to regain control over her life while reconnecting with her two young sons. Her intense struggle occurs while she’s starring as Martha in a stage production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, a role that Steen famously enacted on the Danish stage. "Applause" opens January 21 at Angelika Film Center and Village East Cinema.

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Please Explain: Computer Viruses and Worms

This week’s Please Explain is about computer worms and viruses. Richard Ford, from the Center for Security Science at the Florida Institute of Technology, and Lance Ulanoff, Editor in Chief of PC Magazine, tell us how viruses and worms are created, how they infiltrate individual computers, explain the damage they can wreak and how we can best protect our machines.

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