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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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...