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Tech titans gather to make winners of the 'Oscars of science' into instant millionaires

Tech titans gather to make winners of the 'Oscars of science' into instant millionaires | CADILLAC | Scoop.it

Silicon Valley hosts lavish ceremony for Breakthrough prize that aims to give scientists celebrity status and inspire interest in life's 'big questions-

Silicon Valley has a tendency to tackle social ills with big ideas, its feisty startups revolutionising everything from healthcare to education. Now a handful of billionaire engineers have turned their attention to a social blight that affects their own kind: the lack of appreciation (and funding) for scientists.

The second Breakthrough prize for life sciences is being awarded on Thursday at Nasa's Ames Research Centre in Mountain View, California, about a five-minute drive from the headquarters of Google. It will probably be the most lavish awards ceremony that its six winning scientists have ever been to.

Actor Kevin Spacey is expected to host, while comedian Conan O'Brien and actor Glenn Close will make presentations. Organisers hope for the whole event to be televised, and the six prizes will be worth $3m (£1.83m) – each. This is among the most lucrative awards in science, almost triple the size of the Nobel prize, and bigger than the $1.7m Templeton prize. It's expected to be bigger and bolder than the last similar ceremony, held on 20 March 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland, where Morgan Freeman hosted and Sarah Brightman sang.

It's like the "Oscars of science", says Yuri Milner, the wealthy technology investor behind it all. Once upon a time Milner was himself a physics major at Moscow State University, but he ended up dropping out and embracing the world of tech investing instead. In 2009 he steered one of the first big funding rounds in Facebook, before putting money behind Groupon, Zynga, Twitter and Airbnb and picking up a host of new contacts and street cred in Silicon Valley. In 2011 Forbes magazine valued him as a billionaire.

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11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom | CADILLAC | Scoop.it

More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success.

Here are some free apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out!


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Judith Morais's curator insight, December 29, 2013 7:34 PM

Great tools to use for maths Teaching. there are more resources found by respondents that I look forward to exploring.

Chee Tse Min's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:10 AM

In the 21st century where the technology revolves around our lives, we no longer need to stick to old fashioned teaching ways limited to papers and pens. This article shows us we can even use an iPad as our learning tool. Now, more and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students.

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:35 PM

I am looking for Apps for Math and this looks promising.

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Today @ Colorado State University - Social-Ecological Psychology Colloquium

Today @ Colorado State University - Social-Ecological Psychology Colloquium | CADILLAC | Scoop.it

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Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, April 2, 2013 5:00 PM
Mind: Shaped by environment

Environmental and social scientists are collaborating to understand linkages between ecological surroundings and human psychology.

This interdisciplinary event will provide insight from international experts who are pioneering new understandings of how the human mind is shaped by people’s environment.

The colloquium is free and open to the public.

Ecology and cognition

Learn about interdependencies of ecology and cognition; the link between geography and cultural differences; and the relationship between culture, human health, and the environment.

This colloquium is designed to kick off discussions about the development of a Social-Ecological Psychology unit here at Colorado State University.

8:30 a.m. - Ecology, Culture, and the Brain: An Approach of Cultural Neuroscience

Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan, professor of psychology, and director, Culture and Cognition Program

Cultural neuroscience is an emerging field that examines the interdependencies among ecology, culture, mind, and the brain. By investigating brain plasticity in varying social and ecological contexts, it seeks to overcome the nature-nurture dichotomy.

Kitayama will present a brief overview of the field and illustrate its potential by reviewing evidence for cultural variations in brain mechanisms underlying cognition, emotion, and motivation.

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Whole brain cellular-level activity mapping in a second

Whole brain cellular-level activity mapping in a second | CADILLAC | Scoop.it

It is now possible to map the activity of nearly all the neurons in a vertebrate brain at cellular resolution. What does this mean for neuroscience research and projects like the Brain Activity Map proposal?

In an Article that just went live in Nature Methods, Misha Ahrens and Philipp Keller from HHMI’s Janelia Farm Research Campus used high-speed light sheet microscopy to image the activity of 80% of the neurons in the brain of a fish larva at speeds of a whole brain every 1.3 seconds. This represents—to our knowledge—the first technology that achieves whole brain imaging of a vertebrate brain at cellular resolution with speeds that approximate neural activity patterns and behavior. (...) - by erika pastrana, Nature Methods, 18 Mar 2013


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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | CADILLAC | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson discusses where good ideas come from, and TeachThought offers takeaways for teachers.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, December 10, 2013 8:45 PM

Innovation and creativity are key elements in motivation and learning.

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Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid

Best of 2013: Energy-Efficient Buildings Off The Grid | CADILLAC | Scoop.it

The phrase "off the grid" is quite literal: It means these buildings are not connected to the power grid or sewer systems. There is no need for trash collection and removal, and building materials are often harvested locally—making it beneficial for the environment and your wallet.

Off-the-grid architecture originally had mixed connotations, but off-the-grid living has moved beyond the typical remote shack with no lighting systems. New chemical-free stains and finishes transform reclaimed wood into rich materials for façades, while sustained rammed-earth and recycled steel lend a certain rugged appeal. It has also allowed architects to be more inventive in terms of space, creating structures that provide the privacy of typical homes—without the carbon footprint.

The future of off-the-grid looks promising—perhaps in 2014 we'll see the trend implemented in pre-existing structures in urban areas. Until then, check out the best (and most sustainable) off-the-grid buildings from 2013...


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Norm Miller's curator insight, December 25, 2013 12:09 PM

Homes off the grid need energy storage and that is still the major issue, but TESLA is now making batteries for homes and someday they will be less costly.  For now such solutions are exotic and economically unreachable.

Ursula O'Reilly Traynor's curator insight, December 27, 2013 9:16 PM

Wouldn't it be good to stay in one of these buildings, even for just a short while ....I'm sure it would inspire more of us to think along the lines of sustainability for the built environment of the future. To think outside the box.

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Baby/Toddler Reading: What Neuroscientists and Parents Need to Know

Baby/Toddler Reading: What Neuroscientists and Parents Need to Know | CADILLAC | Scoop.it
Welcome to understanding your baby's ability to read.

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David McGavock's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:51 AM

It's important to have clear expectations about what you can do to encourage language aquisition including reading. Forcing anyone to do something is misguided. Language can be fun as well as being a great way to play with your baby, toddler or preschooler.