From technology to equality, five ways the world is getting better all the time...
This article by former President of the United States Bill Clinton, outlines numerous ways that globalization can improve the world, especially in developing regions. He uses examples from around the world and includes numerous geographic themes.
Technology-Phones mean freedom Health-Healthy communities prosper Economy-Green energy equals good business Equality-Women rule Justice-The fight for the future is now
Thanks to Ni Milo on Facebook for alerting me to this fashion shoot appearing in The Telegraph. Of course, as was the case with the Cult of Beauty exhibition, popular culture is starting to push the huge Pre-Raphaelite exhibition coming to the...
Today, most educational systems are designed to work from the microscopic to the macroscopic. Students learn facts and figures and tiny fractions of knowledge long before anyone really puts things into a larger context.
I have grappled with this question for years as I journeyed through the intellectual landscapes of Earth System Science, cognitive science, and complex adaptive systems. And now it is clear that I am not alone on this journey.
Any avid reader will attest to the emotional high that occurs when reading a book that beautifully describes their exact predicament. This could explain the swaths of high school students singing Holden Caulfield's praises, only to shyly retract their admiration just a few years later.
Month9Books Debuts with Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales. By admin | Published: August 20, 2012. Month9Books Debuts with Anthology of Dark Fairy Tales By Sally Lodge Aug 02, 2012. Meghan Cox Gurdon's now infamous June 2011 Wall ...
"Our research and that of other scientists suggest that activation of the vagus nerve is associated with feelings of caretaking and the ethical intuition that humans from different social groups (even adversarial ones) share a common humanity."
Currently there are six potential habitable exoplanets -- four of these objects have been detected in the last year, from September 2011 to September 2012. Gliese 163c is a rock-water world of 2.4 Earth radii, however, it could be as small as 1.8 Earth radii if composed mostly of rock, like Earth.
New data suggests the confirmation of the exoplanet Gliese 581g and the best candidate so far of a potential habitable exoplanet. The nearby star Gliese 581 is well known for having four planets with the outermost planet, Gliese 581d, already suspected habitable. This will be the first time evidence for any two potential habitable exoplanets orbiting the same star. Gliese 581g will be included, together with Gliese 667Cc, Kepler-22b, HD85512, and Gliese 581d, in the Habitable Exoplanets Catalog of the PHL @ UPR Arecibo as the best five objects of interest for Earth-like exoplanets.
Family caregivers facing employment discrimination at their day jobs are fighting back.
Employees with family responsibilities to aging parents often face employment discrimination, as documented in a new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute and the Center for WorkLife Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
"The Fairbanks House in Dedham, Massachusetts, built c. 1637 is the oldest timber-frame house in America. It was unique for being owned and lived-in by 8 generations of the Fairbanks family. No other family ever lived in this house. But this house is not just the best preserved 17th century home, it also demonstrates the changes that have occurred in New England and American history over 372 years."
Lack of access to governmental information has had significant negative consequences for both the environment and human health. This first Lewis M.
Ideally, scientific knowledge should be available to everyone, regardless of the "owner." Of course, in real life, there are many reasons, including at least the perception that it may be in the best interest of national security, for restricting access to knowledge. But, since science is a process of discovery about the universe in which we live, and this process is currently being conducted by scientists around the world, is the restriction of scientific data even possible? And, if it's not possible, then doesn't it make sense to make that data accessible?
Implantable medical devices in the human body have revolutionized medicine. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of pacemakers, cochlear implants and drug pumps are today helping patients live relatively normal lives, but these devices are not without engineering challenges. irst, they require power, which means batteries, and batteries are bulky. In a device like a pacemaker, the battery alone accounts for as much as half the volume of the device. Second, batteries have finite lives. New surgery is needed when they wane.
Stanford electrical engineers have now developed a super-small, implantable cardiac device that gets its power not from batteries but from radio waves transmitted from a small power device on the surface of the body. The implanted device is contained in a cube just 0.8 millimeter on a side. It could fit on the head of pin. The findings, say the researchers, could dramatically alter the scale of medical devices implanted in the human body. The engineers say the research is a major step toward a day when all implants are driven wirelessly. Beyond the heart, they believe such devices might include swallowable endoscopes – so-called "pillcams" that travel the digestive tract – permanent pacemakers and precision brain stimulators – virtually any medical applications where device size and power matter.
"Wireless power solves both challenges," said Ada Poon, assistant professor of electrical engineering, who headed up the research. She was assisted by Sanghoek Kim and John Ho, both doctoral candidates in her lab. Last year, Poon made headlines when she demonstrated a wirelessly powered, self-propelled device capable of swimming through the bloodstream. To get there she needed to overturn some long-held assumptions about delivery of wireless power through the human body.
The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person’s intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team.
Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterward showed an average decline in IQ of eight points between ages 13 and age 38.
Quitting marijuana did not appear to reverse the loss either, said lead researcher Madeline Meier, PhD, a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University.
The key variable in this finding is the age of onset for marijuana use and the brain’s development, Meier said. Study subjects who took up marijuana in adulthood did not show similar mental declines. Before age 18, however, the brain is still being organized and remodeled to become more efficient, she said, and may be more vulnerable to damage from drugs.
"Marijuana is not harmless, particularly for adolescents," said Meier, whose data came from the long-term Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study, which followed a group of 1,037 children born in 1972-73 in Dunedin, New Zealand, from birth to age 38.
This list of top ten mind-blowing science fiction books is different from many lists. It contains those books that teach something about the sciences man uses to learn about the world and their effects on society.
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