Rapping Kean University Professor Makes Algebra 'Contagious' | TAPinto.net

Kean University adjunct professor Irisa Leverette, a resident of North Brunswick, helps her students learn algebra, encourages them to do homework, and reduces “math anxiety” by rapping in the classroom, explains Margaret McCorry, Director of Media Relations at Kean University.

Professor Irisa Leverette.
“She’ll be in the middle of a lesson, start freestyling, drop the marker as if it’s a mic, and then go right back to the lesson as if nothing happened,” said Elijah Sherin, a freshman finance major from Long Branch. “She comes to every class excited to teach, so it makes us excited to come too.”

Leverette is a Kean alumna who earned her bachelor’s degree in management science in 1996 and her master’s degree in public administration in 2000. She has been teaching at the University since 2005.

I rip classrooms like Drake RIP stages,” Leverette says in one of her lyrics. “I’mma make algebra and trig contagious!

While Leverette has done “a little rap here, a little rap there” since she was a teenager, this semester her rapping caught on in her MATH 1000 class, which is college algebra.

“Every Friday I’ll say a few sentences in rap, then I drop the mic. That lets them know I’m finished and it’s time to go. The students have gotten into it,” she said, adding that students have recorded her raps and posted them on social media...

College algebra is a math requirement for many students in various majors at Kean. Louis Beaugris, executive director of Kean’s School of Mathematical Sciences, said the University encourages professors to think beyond the whiteboard and slide presentation in their approach to teaching.

"At Kean, we expect our professors to innovate and engage students, to take the extra step to ensure our students learn,” he said. “Irisa Leverette does that."

Source: TAPinto.net

8 facts about Omar Khayyam, the man who gave base to Gregorian calendar | India Today

He was a famous astronomer and invented Jalali Calendar became the base of other calendars and is also known to be more accurate than the Gregorian calendar, as IndiaToday reports

Omar Khayyam , famous mathematician, philosopher, poet and astronomer. Omar Khayyam was a renowned mathematician, philosopher, poet and astronomer. He was the first mathematician to think about the 'Saccheri quadrilateral' in the 11th century.

Born on May 18 in 1048, Khayyam was a religious man one of the most renowned scholars of Khorasan province, where he used to work as an advisor to Malik Shah I. After the death of Shah I, he performed Hajj.

He died on December 04, 1131, and was buried in the Khayyam Garden.
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What is Gregorian calendar? - Definition from WhatIs.com.

Source: India Today

Ada Lovelace Institute appoints first board members | Business - Alphr

Clare Hopping, Editorial and Marketing Consultant and Copywriter inform, The institute is designed to educate people about AI and the tech underpinning it. 

Photo: AlphrThe Ada Lovelace Foundation has appointed its first board members, who will work together to lead the independent research and deliberative body.

The Ada Lovelace Foundation, set up by the Nuffield Foundation and buoyed by a five- year, £5 million grant, is aimed at helping scientists and researchers find the solution to complex scientific problems using AI and data. The newly appointed four board members will make sure the foundation is addressing new developments in the space.

The new board members are comprised of social entrepreneur and strategist Alex Dunn, Helen Margetts, professor of society and the internet at the Oxford Internet Institute and Alan Turing Institute programme director, professor of philosophy and academic director at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence Huw Price and Hetan Shah, executive director of the Royal Statistical Society and visiting professor at the Policy Institute, Kings College London.

Sir Alan Wilson is the chair of the Foundation and he will lead the group’s strategy, making sure it satisfies its mission of educating people about the benefits of AI and the impact of the technology on society.

“The Ada Lovelace Institute aims to be the leading independent authority on ensuring that data and AI work for people and society.
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Source: Alphr

Albert Einstein’s ‘God letter’, a viral missive from 1954 | World - Daily Nation

In Summary
  • The one-and-a-half-page document, in German, became known a decade ago as the “God letter”.
  • Einstein wrote in the letter that he was disenchanted with Judaism, even as he said he was proud to be a Jew.
  • He sent the handwritten letter to Eric Gutkind, a German philosopher.
If it were written now as a series of tweets, they would surely go viral.

Albert Einstein (1879-1955). A letter he wrote in 1954, which became known a decade ago as the “God letter”, is being auctioned this week.
Think of it: One of the most famous people in the world is panning religion.
“The word God is for me nothing but the expression of and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of venerable but still rather primitive legends,” the message reads. “No interpretation, no matter how subtle, can (for me) change anything about this.”
That is only 239 characters, including the spaces, periods and commas, well short of the 280-character limit for a tweet. And there is more where those words came from — a letter written in 1954 by Albert Einstein that is being auctioned this week.
It provides a glimpse of Einstein’s private thoughts and would probably be inflammatory in today’s polarised social media world...

He sent the handwritten letter to Eric Gutkind, a German philosopher who had written a book called Choose Life: The biblical Call to Revolt that, apparently, Einstein did not much like...

DETERMINIST THOUGHTDiana L. Kormos-Buchwald, a history professor at the California Institute of Technology and director of the Einstein Papers Project, said Einstein was “not particularly thrilled at the special place that Gutkind devotes to Einstein’s science as the — how shall we put it — the best example of Jewish deterministic thought.”
“The Jews are the only group to which he feels he could belong,” she said.
“But he identifies with them because that is what he was born into, not because they are the chosen people.”
She summarised the letter as “a nice way” to tell Gutkind, “I don’t think like you, and I don’t like what you’re saying.” 

Source: Daily Nation

Women have been written out of science history – it's time to put them back | Special Reports - Irish Examiner

This article was written by Claire Jones, Senior Lecturer in History of Science, University of Liverpool and was originally published on The Conversation.

Read the original article here.
Uncovering forgotten history can help explain why science still has a masculine bias today, says Claire Jones, Senior Lecturer in History of Science.

Astronomer Caroline Herschel portrayed assisting her more famous brother, William.
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Can you name a female scientist from history? Chances are you are shouting out Marie Curie. The twice Nobel Prize-winning Curie and mathematician Ada Lovelace are two of the few women within Western science to receive lasting popular recognition.

One reason women tend to be absent from narratives of science is because it’s not as easy to find female scientists on the public record. Even today, the numbers of women entering science remain below those of men, especially in certain disciplines. A-level figures show only 12% of candidates in computing and 22% in physics in 2018 were girls.

Another reason is that women do not fit the common image of a scientist. The idea of the lone male genius researcher is remarkably persistent. But looking to history can both challenge this portrayal and offer some explanation as to why science still has such a masculine bias.

For a start, the traditional view of science as a body of knowledge rather than an activity ignores women’s contributions as collaborators, focusing instead on the facts produced by big discoveries (and the men who made them famous)...

Yet, scientific women worked though the cracks. Between 1880 and 1914, some 60 women contributed papers to Royal Society publications. And some women continued to work as scientists without pay or titles. Dorothea Bate was a distinguished palaeontologist who was associated with the Natural History Museum from 1898 yet wasn’t paid or made a member of staff until 1948 when she was in her late sixties.

Why this pervasive ambivalence to female scientists? In the late 19th century, science taught that there were innate intellectual differences between the sexes which limited women’s suitability for science. (Another reason why scientific societies did not want their prestige tarnished by female fellows.) Charles Darwin argued that evolutionary competition led to the higher development of male brains.

Scholars such as Carolyn Merchant and Londa Schiebinger have demonstrated that the birth of modern science in the late 17th century embodied a masculine ethos hostile to women’s participation. Femininity became associated with the passive object of scientific investigation, in direct opposition to the active male investigator.

Source: Irish Examiner

Danish government launches wide-ranging digital services project | ComputerWeekly.com - TechTarget

Denmark's government has launched an ambitious project to digitise and automate public services, cotinues ComputerWeekly.com - TechTarget. 

Christiansborg Palace
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The Danish government has announced a digital project that includes 22 separate initiatives, including an app-based citizens digital platform that can be used to access all publicly held data on Danish citizens. The World-Class Digital Service (WCDS), as it’s known, was introduced by The Ministry for Public Sector Innovation (MPSI) with the objective to implement an integrated approach to accelerate the process of digitisation in Denmark’s public sector.
 The societal changing aspect of the WCDS is reflected in certain high-profile initiatives. One of the most prominent of these is a Digital Healthcare project that would enable homecare services’ recipients to access professional support and communicate directly with medical teams, or specific health specialists, over digital platforms.
 WCDS forms part of the government’s long-term plan to transform how frontline public health services are delivered in Denmark. The objective is to scale-up the use of digital health solutions and platforms to help reduce non-emergency visits to clinics and hospitals...
 Strategic collaboration The ambitious reach of the WCDS project is evident in the MPSI’s decision to form a strategic collaborative partnership pact with municipal organisations Kommunernes Landsforening (KL) and Danske Regioner (Danish Regions). This emphasises the government’s determination to spread the full benefits emanating from the public sector digitisation reform across all of Denmark’s five regions and 98 municipalities.
 The national partnership format agreed between the MPSI, KL and Danske Regioner includes the establishment of a jointly financed Technology Investment Fund (TIF). The TIF will fund approved projects to develop and test different digital solutions for downstream use in publicly delivered services such as healthcare, education and housing.Read more... Source: ComputerWeekly.com -TechTarget

The 43 New Skills You Can Now Learn on LinkedIn Learning | New Courses - LinkedIn Learning

Each week presents a new opportunity for you and your team to learn the skills necessary to take on the next big challenge, as Paul Petrone, Editor - LinkedIn Learning reports.

Photo:  Learning Blog - LinkedIn LearningAnd, at LinkedIn Learning, we want to do everything we can to help make that happen.

So, each week, we add to our 13,000+ course library. And this past week was no different, as we added 43 new courses covering everything from accounting to mobile development to building rapport with customers.

The new courses now available on LinkedIn Learning are:
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Source: Learning Blog - LinkedIn Learning

The most beautiful and important mathematical equations | Feature - ZME Science

Here are some of the most famous equations, from the ancient Greeks to modern physics, explains Mihai Andrei, Feeling that there is a gap between scientists and the general audience, he started ZME Science.  

Math is more of a marathon than a sprint — it’s a long, slow and steady grind, with rare moments of breakthrough. Still, once in a while, we do get those prized “Eureka” moments, those short lines of letters and numbers which change science forever.

Pythagora’s theorem (530 BC)
This is pretty one of the foundating pillars all geometry: in a right triangle, the square of the hypotenuse (the side opposite to the right angle) is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two. The theory is generally attributed to the Greek mathematician Pythagoras, though there is some evidence that Babylonian mathematicians understood the formula. It’s also very possible that the theorem was known by many people, but he was the first to prove it.

The theorem has been given numerous proofs — possibly the most for any mathematical theorem. They are very diverse, including both geometric proofs and algebraic proofs, with some dating back thousands of years.

Source: ZME Science 

10 philosophy books for developing a diverse metaphysical perspective | Philosophy - Big Think

  • Thousands of years and an infinite amount of novel experiences have created many dueling schools of philosophical thought.
  • A great philosophical background takes into account a number of metaphysical positions and ideas.
  • These ten philosophy books all take on the questions of existence in a unique and varied manner.
There are many ways to posit the fundamental nature of reality, summarizes Mike Colagrossi.

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There is an endless stream of philosophies to frolic in, play with, and explore. Countless ideas to live one's life by and examine the world. To spurn philosophy is a tragedy, and to not open your mind to other realities and ideas a travesty.

After all, Socrates once said:
"The unexamined life is not worth living" These top 10 philosophy books will give you a diverse and wide-ranging spectrum of metaphysical principles, truths and new ways to look at and govern your own life and mind.

Source: Big Think

The Best Books of 2018 | Arts & Culture - Smithsonian.com

In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 50 titles released this year, as Smithsonian.com reports. 
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Throughout the year, Smithsonian.com’s editors and writers are surveying hundreds of newly released books, covering a wide swath of topics reflective of the subject areas researched, studied and exhibited by the Smithsonian Institution—science, history, art, world cultures, pop culture and innovation. We interview authors, publish excerpts that encapsulate fascinating parts of their larger works, and many times spot interesting factoids that blossom into stories of our own design.

As the year draws to an end, with most of the titles stretched out before us, we have clear favorites. In Joanne B. Freeman’s The Field of Blood and Patricia Miller’s Bringing Down the Colonel, we found remarkable parallels between current and historical events. We explored the real-life places that inspired novelists in The Landscapes of Anne of Green Gables and Outlander’s Scotland. We considered the many ways that food connects people across cultures and borders in Chris Ying’s You and I Eat the Same and Jenny Linford’s The Seven Culinary Wonders of the World. And Maxwell King’s biography of Fred Rogers, The Good Neighbor, reminded us of the importance of getting along with one another.

So whether you’re doing some holiday shopping, or looking for your own next read, take a gander at our thoughtfully curated lists.Read more...

Source: Smithsonian.com

Five Books of 2018 That Every Entrepreneur Should Read | Learning - Entrepreneur

From the daily routines of leaders, to how to deal with failure and the life inside the Silicon Valley, there is much to learn from this year's published works, says Pooja Singh, Features Editor, Entrepreneur APAC.
Photo: ShutterstockEvery year, hundreds of books about leadership, entrepreneurship and business are published, with each offering a unique insight into how we can work towards creating a better version of ourselves and our work.

As we get ready to welcome the holiday season and the new year, let’s take a look at some of the books that were published in the past 11 months and what makes them must-reads of 2018.

Source: Entrepreneur

11 New Books We Recommend This Week | Book Review - New York Times

Follow on Twitter as @GregoryCowlesSuggested reading from critics and editors at The New York Times by Gregory Cowles, Senior Editor, Books.  
Some fiction writers try to capture reality, using stories to illuminate social conditions or plumb interior lives. Others just like to make up crazy things. (And also illuminate social conditions and interior lives, yes! Don’t @ us.) We like both kinds of fiction around here, but our picks this week decidedly, and determinedly, range beyond the bounds of conventional realism. There’s an austere little fairy tale about the chaos of sexual desire, “The Governesses.” There’s a turbulent, myth-inflected debut that made its author the youngest-ever finalist for the Booker Prize, “Everything Under.” There’s a dystopian New York story about consumerism and immigration, “Severance,” and a surreal Japanese story collection, “The Lonesome Bodybuilder,” that shakes up narrative expectations right alongside social expectations about gender and marriage and body image. And while Louisa Hall’s “Trinity” would seem to be more traditional than any of those — it’s a biographical, historical novel about Robert Oppenheimer and his work on the atomic bomb — even that goes about it in a nontraditional way.
In nonfiction, we offer a prismatic history of Los Angeles, a life of Chopin and a memoir of hard-won success, along with three books rooted in war: a damning history of the Vietnam conflict, a biography of the combat journalist Marie Colvin and a study of the violent tensions over slavery that led America into the Civil War.

Source: New York Time    

10 new science fiction and fantasy books to check out this | Culture - The Verge

In case you need a last-minute gift for the holidays.

Photo: Andrew Liptak / The VergeMy background is in military history, and one of the things that I’ve been trying to do more of in recent months is to get a bit more up to speed on the current state of the field of modern military writing. There has been some interesting reads out this year that I’ve added to my to-read list: Ronan Farrow’s War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy and the Decline of American Influence, as well as Paul Scharre’s Army of None: Autonomous Weapons and the Future of War that are both quite good.

But the real breakout read this year seems to be New York Times writer C.J. Chivers’ latest, The Fighters. It’s an intimate and detailed work of war reporting that looks at the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan through the eyes of six people who fought, year by year. It’s a book that breaks the story away from the strategic and geopolitical view and shows off the cost of the war from the people who have been waging it. It’s an astonishing and heartbreaking read.
Here are 10 books hitting shelves this December that you can pick up as a last-minute present for the holidays. Read more...
Source: The Verge

Learning Data Science and Machine Learning On Mobile With CoCalc And Juno | Innovation - Forbes

Gregory Ferenstein, editor of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated publication on tech, health, and politics writes, One of the most difficult things about learning a new skill is finding time to study. 
CoCalc in Juno for a Udacity assignment
Photo: Ferenstein
Being able to complete assignments in between meetings or while traveling can make all the difference in the ability to make regular progress. Unfortunately, none of the online courses in programming, data science and machine learning I’ve taken over this past year have great mobile solutions. The best I’ve seen is Udacity.com, which built an online coding environment for some of its quizzes, but not for the more realistic editing environments involving complex tasks. Much of the work still requires a laptop.
After a great deal of searching, I finally found a solution in two applications that allow users to run Jupyter notebooks and python terminal commands, both of which are common tools for completing machine learning tasks. The web app CoCalc can host coding environments in the cloud and the iPhone app, Juno, makes it easier to code in CoCalc on a mobile device (the screenshot above is from a Udacity.com assignment on machine learning, which I've been testing out as part of a series on data science education).

CoCalc is designed for students learning programming and machine learning courses. It's easy to create Jupyter notebooks and comes fully loaded with popular data science packages, such as Pandas (a statistical software for the Python programming language)...

But, CoCalc alone is not enough. CoCalc's mobile interface is less than ideal; it works well on a desktop but it’s hard to interact with on my iPhone. Juno is an iOS mobile app that makes a mobile-friendly wrapper for CoCalc. In a Jupyter notebook, it even has some of the nicer editing environment luxuries, like text auto-completion and color-coding.  

Source: Forbes

These schools are educating parents, as well as students | The Week Magazine

This article originally appeared at PRI's The World.
The benefits of these programs are undeniable, notes Zaidee Stavely, Reporter, Radio Bilingue & KQED News

From left, Nicolasa Ramirez, Maria Paz, Yoradnos Habte and Yola Nola Brevil Cornely attend a class at Fruitvale Elementary School
Photo: Anne Wernikoff/Courtesy PRI's The World
Inside a classroom at Fruitvale Elementary School in Oakland, California, about 20 women are practicing spelling out loud in English.

They're the mothers, aunts, and grandmothers of children at the school. Four mornings each week, the women — immigrants from Central America, Mexico, the Middle East, Asia, and the Caribbean — drop off their children and then head into a classroom of their own to learn English.

Wahbiai Alqaifi, a mother from Yemen, has been in the U.S. for 15 years. She has six children, one of them a fourth grader at Fruitvale. She used to struggle to understand English in her daily life, she says, but the class helped her expand her vocabulary.

"When I go the store, when I go the hospital, I understand a lot," Alqaifi says...

A 2018 study in Social Science Research shows some teachers perceive immigrant, non-white parents as less involved, which can affect how their children do in school. Teachers are more likely to give students lower grades and less likely to recommend them for honors classes.

So when those parents come as a group to meet the principal, ready with questions, it makes an impact.

Source: The Week Magazine

Teaching Students about Their Digital Footprints | Teaching and Learning - Faculty Focus

This article first appeared on Faculty Focus on September 19, 2016. © Magna Publications. All rights reserved.
Dawn McGuckin, professor at Durham College (Canada) observes, Our students live in an online world. They’re emotionally and physically attached to their devices and many of their relationships exist within technology. 

Photo: iStockAs educators, there are many ways that we have had to adapt to this changing landscape of communication within our teaching, and when I look around my institution, I think we’re doing a remarkable job at keeping up with the rapid pace of change.

However, one area that doesn’t get the attention it deserves is educating students on the digital footprints they leave behind. Footprints that can jeopardize their employment potential. A large part of our job as college educators is to ensure that our students have the skills to become contributing members of society working in their chosen fields. We give them content knowledge and skills and we may even impart some of our worldly knowledge, but we rarely think about their online activities and the long-term ramifications they can have on their ability to achieve these goals.

I have presented on this topic on several occasions throughout North America and I am always surprised by how little some post-secondary educators know about the functionality and privacy of certain social media platforms...

Below I describe several steps for creating a lesson plan that will aid in making the Internet a constructive tool for building a positive, online identity for our students.

Source: Faculty Focus

PhD Opportunities in EMS | University News: The University of Western Australia

Make a difference in the world

UWA is furthering scientific understanding with groundbreaking research across a range of disciplines. Researchers in the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences work collaboratively with other faculties, universities and industry in Western Australia and worldwide. Our PhD students have the opportunity to conduct research with supervisors who are recognised experts in their field, have access to state-of-the-art facilities and are encouraged to grow and develop your critical and analytical skills. 

Why Engineering and Mathematical Sciences?
The world is quickly evolving with rapid population growth, higher standards of living and environmental challenges, requiring smarter ways to use energy and resources. EMS empowers researchers to change our world, developing innovative ideas for the future.Read more...
Source: University News: The University of Western Australia

Top US technology universities lose ground in computer science and engineering | Rankings - Times Higher Education (THE)

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THE World University Rankings 2019 by subject: computer science 
THE World University Rankings 2019 by subject: engineering and technology
The University of Oxford now leads Times Higher Education’s two technology-focused subject rankings, according to Ellie Bothwell, rankings editor and international reporter at Times Higher Education. 
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The University of Oxford has become the first UK institution to top our computer science and engineering and technology subject rankings, while US technology powerhouses such as Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology all slid down the tables. Oxford is not the only European success story; ETH Zurich and the University of Cambridge both made gains in the computer science list.

Oxford overtook three prestigious US universities renowned for their strength in technology to take pole position in the two tables. In the computer science ranking it outperformed Stanford University, which fell two places to third, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which dropped three places to fifth.

Meanwhile, in engineering and technology, Oxford achieved a higher overall score than Stanford, which dropped one place to second, and the California Institute of Technology, which fell two places to fourth...

THE’s 11 subject rankings have each been expanded this year. The computer science ranking now includes 684 universities, up from 301 last year, while the engineering and technology ranking includes 903 institutions, up from 501.
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Source: Times Higher Education (THE)

2 is the new ‘one’ | News Today

Mathematicians will be aghast but 2 is a prime number now, says Jawahar T R, Group CMD & Editor-in-Chief.

Rajinikanth, who is known for doing impossible things on screen (he holds the record for defying gravity by flying for the longest time and in the process knocking out scores of villains in mid-air before touching ground zero), is the architect of this arithmetic acrobatic.

Since the release of his film 2, which is actually 2.0, (now, don’t ask what the difference between 2 and 2.0 or the point of adding a ‘point zero’ to 2), the number 2 (or 2.0, take your pick), has become numero uno, putting every other digit in the shade. 2, which includes 2.0, truly rocks. This despite Rajini himself declaring in the movie that he is always number 1.

A bit confusing eh…? But that’s Rajini style. Anyway, we know that if R says something once, he is deemed to have said it twice (that makes 100 equal to 2 — though none can equal 2.0 itself, if you get the drift). I can see that there are too many brackets already — more than 2 in about 3 paras. This is because I am trying to say 2 … too many things at the same time. And it sucks to type them, as brackets, along with quote-unquote, are the toughest challenge on a keyboard — there is a chance of getting the two curves mixed up...

And, finally, 2 has disrupted hashtags and history too. #MeToo will now have to be #Me2 if women want to escape from wolves on prowl. And BC Rome has to be recreated to make Julius Caesar say ‘You 2’, Brutus (et 2, Brutus). After all, Rajini can change history and just about anything with retrospective and prospective effect.

Now, don’t put 2 and 2 together and make that a prediction of his political prospects. TN’s battle-hardened politicos are robot-proof and the Superstar may have to put up with many missed calls even if he be 1, 2 or whatever. Or, he may turn out to be just another sparrow, falling victim to the viles of the towers, sorry, powers that be. Or as is his trend, his ‘tomorrow never comes’, remaining just a filmy rhetoric to keep his lusty fans always on their twos, I mean, toes.
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Source: News Today


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