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The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience

The Stockdale Paradox: How Optimism Creates Resilience | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
The late Vice Admiral James Stockdale's finest hour did not come as Ross Perot's Vice Presidential candidate, which is how most Americans got to know him.
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After Life: The Science Of Decay

Millions of years of evolution have primed us to find decay a disgusting, stomach-churning process, but the organisms that break down dead organic matter are absolutely essential to life as we know it.
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Invitation to Social Funding tour on ESOF 2010 Torino | Facebook

Invitation to Social Funding tour on ESOF 2010 Torino | Facebook | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Invitation to Social Funding tour on ESOF 2010 Torino - Our selection Plan A, B, C.

Dear Investors. 

We are the group on Facebook promoting a grass root initiative for ESOF 2010 Torino (Euro Science Open Forum). 

2-7 July 2010 in Torino, Italy
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=43311422364
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ESOF-2010/178569661189
http://twitter.com/ESOF2010_v
http://esof2010.ning.com/ ;
http://www.myspace.com/esof2010


We would like to provide a virtual tour guidance to the Research & Study course on ESOF 2010 Torino, 2-7 July. 2010. 

For this purpose, we would like to solicit the financial support for a research group. Direct investment, Social funding, any support will be welcome and very much appreciated. 

This activity serves for the outreach to our integral R&D Science Communication, STS and Research Policy, regarding the sustainable development and it's foresight activity, and for publication. We continually serve our research & development on the site. 
http://www.netvibes.com/scenario25

Financial support needed !! ESOF2010 Sessions Programme - Our selection Plan A, B, C.
http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150222337565002


Solicitor 
HAMADA Shingo
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1086925674



ESOF2010 Sessions Programme 
http://www.esof2010.org/schedule ;
http://www.esof2010.org/programme/programme.pdf ;

Plan A - Guide "Science Communication" 
Plan B - Itinerary "Science, Technology, Society"
Plan C - Navigator "Research Policy"


Plan A - Guide Science Communication
2. July

3. July
- Advancing science in developing countries
* Biotech, pharma industry and the academic world: why do they need each other and why is this needed for the benefit of society/patients
- Are Science Journalists Too Tame To Be a Watchdog?
* Science Communication Training for Talking and Listening - Introduction

- Making Science Understandable. Learning From Agricultural Extension
- When the final hour comes: end of life care, ethics, costs, and the role of the media
* Role of the scientific communication in the young researchers education and training.

4. July
- Science Education + Scientific Interest = More Scientists. Formula or Nonsense?
* Science Communication Training for Talking and Listening - Writing a press release workshop

- International Research Infrustructures: The future of European Reasearch Area
* Science Communication Training for Talking and Listening – – Being interviewed Workshop
- Addiction treatment – the limits of research findings

5. July 
- Scientific cultures across Europe: similarities and differences
* Support programmes for commercialisation of research results in knowledge based economies - The example of the Innovation Forum International

- Towards the Next Generation Digital Earth: new approaches to the creation and sharing of environmental information

6. July
- Renaissance for Discovery at CERN
- The Electricity Transmission Grid:how to integrate more Renewable Energy Sources

- Tackling social tension through Science communication
- New access to scientific knowledge: sustainable development issues and the need for a new type of metaknowledge

7. July
- Scientists in direct contact with the public in science centres and museums
* Showcase: You can neutralize carbon emissions - make grow microalgae!
- The impact of new technologies on education and learning mecanisms


Plan B - Itinerary Science, Technology, Socity
2. July
3. July
- Sustainable nuclear energy in the 21st century: challenges for the fuel cycle
- Informing and engaging citizens on climate change issues
- Another Eye in the Sky? What kind of security can we expect from the EU's satellite based Global Monitoring System GMES?

- Why the hell should I become an academic scientist? A debate on visions and realities of careers and lives in science
- Plants for sustainable food supply

4. July
- Session I: Matching food demand and food supply in a changing world – Global and European perspectives Session II: Can science and technology help find sustainable solutions to feed the 9 billion people?
- The role of science and expertise in the environmental disputes

- State of the art nanofood technology: risks and benefits
- Promises of Gender Medicine: Are sex and gender the key to a better health care?
- DNA patenting: truths and fears
* Redefining the Research University - Collaborating over and beyond the walls of tradition

5. July 
- Biodiversity in the developing world
- Science without borders: democratization of society and the development of Science&Technology

- New opportunities in European drug research: the Innovative Medicines Initiative
- The double edged sword of ICT in Energy Consumption
- African Observatory for Sustainable Development: Science in Support to Decision-making for Development Policies & Programs

6. July
- Environmental risks for metals: from structures to artefacts
- Why and how to improve the patient partnership in clinical research
* Identifying Ethical Issues of Emerging ICT Applications

- What are the challenges to a democratic participation in scientific progress?
- GMO testing – a global and scientific challenge
- Climate change prediction models: what's the point?

7. July
- Fibres from asbestos to carbon nanotubes: science, health and policy making
- The missing mediator: Science debates in a knowledge based society



Plan C - Navigator Research Policy
2. July
3. July
- Scientific Rationality and Policymaking: Making their Marriage work
* Career Programme Opening Session, Keynote talk: "The future of Science and Technology in Europe"
- Nature & Naturejobs guide to career alternatives
* Biotech, pharma industry and the academic world: why do they need each other and why is this needed for the benefit of society/patients

* What's the impact of the European Charter for Researchers on me? The "HR Strategy for Researchers" as a new tool to improve my working environment.
* The Funding Challenge for European Research Careers
- Evidence-based policy versus policy-biased evidence: EU/US Perspectives
* Good research needs good management - And this can be learned!

4. July
- An ERA of Excellence and Cohesion
- What's up with peer review - the future of peer review in policy, research and public debates.

- Sustainability: compromises and costs

5. July
- An ERA addressing the “Grand Challenges 
- Who is leading Research Policy?

* Creative Industries from Science to Business!
* Showcase: Collegio Carlo Alberto - Committing to Research in Social Sciences

6. July
* In search of a new model of innovation: the effective network between knowledge, finance and entrepreneurshi

* European Energy Research Alliance - the top of the league in energy research
* National Innovation Policies: A Cross-Country Perspective

7. July
- Anticipatory Governance of Emerging Technologies: Foresight, Engagement and Integration
- Simplifying the EU Framework Programme: Making EU research funding more science friendly


Our voluntary ESOF cybenaute propose you a selection of the sessions for giving us the sight to visit the programme. 

ESOF2010 Sessions Programme - Our selection Plan A, B, C.
http://www.facebook.com/notes/esof-2010/esof2010-sessions-programme-our-selection-plan-a-b-c/10150211056830002


And we also propose the discussion board according to those plan A, B, C. Please feel free to discuss together. 


[Discussion]
ESOF2010 Sessions Programme Plan A - Guide "Science Communication"
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=178569661189&topic=14428

ESOF2010 Sessions Programme Plan B - Itinerary "Science, Technology, Society"
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=178569661189&topic=14429

ESOF2010 Sessions Programme Plan C - Navigator "Research Policy"
http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=178569661189&topic=14430


Here are our propositions with Event data format on Facebook.

[Scheduling] 
3th July Plan A
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128344077183330&index=1
4th July Plan A
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=127086537313416&index=1
5th July Plan A
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102235413159707&index=1
6th July Plan A
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132518773431308&index=1
7th July Plan A
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125070760859368&index=1

3th July Plan B
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=105745666139594&index=1
4th July Plan B
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122497797789026&index=1
5th July Plan B
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=122563834448546&index=1
6th July Plan B
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113992715312060&index=1
7th July Plan B
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=123150594389388&index=1

3th July Plan C
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113202015391416&index=1
4th July Plan C
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132727930073940&index=1
5th July Plan C
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109370839109740&index=1
6th July Plan C
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=132618033415993&index=1
7th July Plan C
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=102993519750342&index=1
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Supermoon

Tonight the moon appeared 15% percent larger than a full moon at its farthest distance Camera: Nikon D7000.

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[VIDEO] PHD Comics: The Higgs Boson Explained

[VIDEO] PHD Comics: The Higgs Boson Explained | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Link to Piled Higher and Deeper...


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Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA - Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs

Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA - Ed Yong - Discover Magazine Blogs | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA. They alone can store and pass on genetic information.

Just astonishing!


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We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction

We're Underestimating the Risk of Human Extinction | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
An Oxford philosopher argues that we are not adequately accounting for technology's risks -- but his solution to the problem is not for Luddites.

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Genomic Differences between Man and Dog

Genomic Differences between Man and Dog | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Visually exploring comparative genomic data is difficult. Not only is the task made difficult by the fact that there is a very large number of genomes that have been sequenced, or are in the process of being sequenced, but also by the fact that the genomes themselves are large and the similarity data is sparse. There have been many efforts to generate visual representations of genome-to-genome relationships. Circos is one such project.

 

The difficulty in generating graphical representations of comparative data quickly becomes apparent when one explores the data itself. Using the UCSC Genome Viewer Table Browser regions of sequence similarity between dog and human number over 3,700,000. These pairs of related regions provide more than 1-fold coverage of the dog and human genomes - this is possible because coordinates of similarity pairs overlap. Out of all the pairs, the vast majority are small regions (90% of regions are <400bp on dog and <330bp on human). Adjacent groups of such pairs are frequent, indicating contiguity in similarity across large regions of genomes. However, long-range runs of similarity are broken up by gaps in similarity, or runs of similarity to other regions.

 

More information here:

 

http://genome.cshlp.org/content/15/12/1706.full


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Does Life Imitate Avatar?

Does Life Imitate Avatar? | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

James Cameron Launching New Space Mining Venture. New venture called Planetary Resources announced it aims to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP by merging "space exploration and natural resources," the company announced in a press release.


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[VIDEO] ScienceCasts: Here Comes Solar Maximum

Solar storms and Northern Lights are in the offing as the sun approaches Solar Max, expected in mid-to-late 2013. Recently, Earth's defenses were tested by a volley of strong eruptions. Find out what happened in this week's explosive ScienceCast.

 

Articles about ASTRONOMY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=astronomy

 


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Richard Dawkins: 'Somebody as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist'

Richard Dawkins is an incredibly smart, logical and rational man. He's also a scapegoat and enemy of reilgious fundamentalists for his staunch atheism and anti-religious beliefs.
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Paleobirding: What Birds Looked Like 125 Million Years Ago

Paleobirding: What Birds Looked Like 125 Million Years Ago | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Looking at ancient bird fossils is an opportunity to see what birding might have been like millions of years ago. Back then, many birds had enormous teeth, long snouts and long, bony tails.


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Where is that elephant? http://ow.ly/aakU7

Where is that elephant? http://ow.ly/aakU7 | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Where is that elephant? http://ow.ly/aakU7Is That an Elephant on Mars? : Discovery Newsow.lyIs that the head of an elephant? Or a lava flow on the Red Planet? Actually, it's both -- a Martian example of a psychological phenomenon called...
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Brain on Fire: A Q&A with Susannah Cahalan

Brain on Fire:  A Q&A with Susannah Cahalan | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Susannah Cahalan was just another ambitious New York kind of girl--a fast-rising cub reporter at the New York Post and fabulous gal about town--when something surprising happened.  She lost her mind.
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For nanotube growth up to 1 meter, errors are not an option

For nanotube growth up to 1 meter, errors are not an option | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

At the right temperature, with the right catalyst, there’s no reason a perfect single-walled carbon nanotube 50,000 times thinner than a human hair can’t be grown a meter long. That calculation is one result of a study by collaborators at Rice, Hong Kong Polytechnic and Tsinghua universities who explored the self-healing mechanism that could make such extraordinary growth possible. That’s important to scientists who see high-quality carbon nanotubes as critical to advanced materials and, if they can be woven into long cables, power distribution over the grid of the future.


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[VIDEO ANIMATION] One Body

XVIVO partnered with a major international telecommunications provider to create an animation that is both informative and compelling. Enjoy!


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Brain-damaged college dropout became maths genius after attack

Brain-damaged college dropout became maths genius after attack | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Jason Padgett, 41, was repeatedly kicked in the head outside a karaoke club in Tacoma, in the U.S. state of Washington.

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SpaceX Given Green Light for First Launch to Space Station

SpaceX Given Green Light for First Launch to Space Station | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
SpaceX and NASA are moving ahead with the scheduled April 30 launch date of the Dragon spacecraft and its historic docking with the International Space Station after the flight readiness review was approved at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

 

The comprehensive evaluation of the SpaceX mission is one of the last major steps before the company becomes the first commercial carrier to deliver payloads to the ISS. Although SpaceX founder and chief designer Elon Musk was careful to remind everybody that the flight is a test and success is far from guaranteed.

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Australian Student reaches for the moon in out-of-this-world project

Australian Student reaches for the moon in out-of-this-world project | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Student reaches for the moon in out-of-this-world project...

Aaron Bonanno has found a way to make the improbable possible and has designed a renewable energy system to power a futuristic moon colony.
The boy who soaked up anything to do with space, travel and exploration is now a fourth-year university student about to appear before a conference of some of the finest space engineers to present his findings.

 


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Xenobiology: A new form of life as the ultimate biosafety tool

Xenobiology: A new form of life as the ultimate biosafety tool | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

Synthetic biologists try to engineer useful biological systems that do not exist in nature. One of their goals is to design an orthogonal chromosome different from DNA and RNA, termed XNA for xeno nucleic acids. XNA exhibits a variety of structural chemical changes relative to its natural counterparts. These changes make this novel information-storing biopolymer “invisible” to natural biological systems. The lack of cognition to the natural world, however, is seen as an opportunity to implement a genetic firewall that impedes exchange of genetic information with the natural world, which means it could be the ultimate biosafety tool. Here I discuss, why it is necessary to go ahead designing xenobiological systems like XNA and its XNA binding proteins; what the biosafety specifications should look like for this genetic enclave; which steps should be carried out to boot up the first XNA life form; and what it means for the society at large.

 

Several xeno nucleotides can form Watson-Crick type double helices. These XNAs can be used as alternative information storing biopolymers. GNA, glycol nucleic acid; TNA, threose nucleic acid; HNA, hexitol nucleic acid (Illustrations by Simone Fuchs).


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Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA

Synthetic XNA molecules can evolve and store genetic information, just like DNA | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
Genetics | Out of all the possible molecules in the world, just two form the basis of life’s grand variety: DNA and RNA.

 

Articles about GENETICS: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=genetics

 


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Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago --"AI Could Blur Differences between Humans and Computers in Coming Centuries"

Emergence of the Human 'SuperBrain' 75,000 Years Ago --"AI Could Blur Differences between Humans and Computers in Coming Centuries" | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it

If the human race manages to redesign itself, to reduce or eliminate the risk of self-destruction, we will probably reach out to the stars and colonize other planets. But this will be done, Hawking believes, with intelligent machines based on mechanical and electronic components, rather than macromolecules, which could eventually replace DNA based life, just as DNA may have replaced an earlier form of life.

 

Articles about SINGULARITY: http://www.scoop.it/t/science-news?tag=singularity

 


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Conan’s Andy Richter Visits the Penguin Cam Penguins : Discovery Channel

Conan’s Andy Richter Visits the Penguin Cam Penguins : Discovery Channel | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
The Penguin Cam penguins have finally gone Hollywood! As seen on Conan last night, Conan O’Brien’s sidekick Andy Richter recently visited the (The #FrozenPlanet #PenguinCam penguins have finally gone Hollywood!
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Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR

Six-Legged Giant Finds Secret Hideaway, Hides For 80 Years : NPR | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
The insect is so large — as big as a human hand — it's been dubbed a "tree lobster." It was thought to be extinct, but some enterprising entomologists scoured a barren hunk of rock in the middle of the ocean and found surviving Lord Howe Island...

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For all the movie and science lovers out there: how to convert a 2D movie into 3...

For all the movie and science lovers out there: how to convert a 2D movie into 3... | Final Fantasy Science | Scoop.it
For all the movie and science lovers out there: how to convert a 2D movie into 3D? http://ow.ly/aakhyTitanic: How do you convert a movie to 3D, anyway?
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