Friday Thinking 19 April 2013
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How Baxter—a Safer and Smarter Industrial Robot—Works | MIT Technology Review

How Baxter—a Safer and Smarter Industrial Robot—Works | MIT Technology Review | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Rethink Robotics’ new creation is easy to interact with, but the innovations behind the robot show just how hard it is to get along with people.
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BeagleBone Black: A Maker's Dream? | MIT Technology Review

BeagleBone Black: A Maker's Dream?  | MIT Technology Review | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
If Arduino is too underpowered and Raspberry Pi doesn’t have enough hardware inputs for you, BeagleBone’s $45 microcontroller board will let you have your cake and eat it too.
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First vaccine to help control some autism symptoms

First vaccine to help control some autism symptoms | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
A first-ever vaccine for gut bacteria common in autistic children may also help control some autism symptoms.
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E L S U A ~ A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez » Social Business Adoption – The Laggards, The Critics and The Skeptics

E L S U A ~ A KM Blog Thinking Outside The Inbox by Luis Suarez » Social Business Adoption – The Laggards, The Critics and The Skeptics | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Luis Suarez writes on knowledge management, collaboration and thinking outside of the inbox
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“Spooky action at a distance” aboard the ISS

“Spooky action at a distance” aboard the ISS | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Albert Einstein famously described quantum entanglement as “spooky action at distance”; however, up until now experiments that examine this peculiar aspect of physics have been limited to relatively small distances on Earth.
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Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe | Theise | Journal of Consciousness Exploration & Research

Sentience Everywhere: Complexity Theory, Panpsychism & the Role of Sentience in Self-Organization of the Universe
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BitCoin, Or BetaCoin? What The Venture Capitalists Are Thinking | Zero Hedge

BitCoin, Or BetaCoin? What The Venture Capitalists Are Thinking | Zero Hedge | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
After a disastrous few days in early April, bitcoin is back over $100 and up on the month, the year and its short lifetime.  ConvergEx's Nick Colas is intrigued and continues to believe that this phenomenon is the most provocative economic...
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The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces

The emergence of complex behaviors through causal entropic forces | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —An ambitious new paper published in Physical Review Letters seeks to describe intelligence as a fundamentally thermodynamic process.
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Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology

Technique unlocks design principles of quantum biology | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Researchers have created a synthetic compound that mimics the complex quantum dynamics observed in photosynthesis and may enable fundamentally new routes to creating solar-energy technologies.
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Civic Engagement in the Digital Age | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The well-educated and the well-off are more likely than others to participate in civic life online – just as those groups have always been more likely to be active in politics and community affairs offline.
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Fighting bacteria with new genre of antibodies

Fighting bacteria with new genre of antibodies | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
In an advance toward coping with bacteria that shrug off existing antibiotics and sterilization methods, scientists are reporting development of a new family of selective antimicrobial agents that do not rely on traditional antibiotics.
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MIT Experts Blog | Using Improvisation to Develop Leadership

Daena Giradella, MIT Sloan Lecturer, Leadership Center, discusses using improvisation to develop leadership: http://bit.ly/WaXndE
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'Toggle switch' to burn fat identified

For a long time, scientists have dreamt of converting undesirable white fat cells into brown fat cells and thus simply have excess pounds melt away.
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Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech

Breakthrough in hydrogen fuel production could revolutionize alternative energy market | Virginia Tech News | Virginia Tech | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring low-cost, environmentally friendly fuel source to the world.
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Google Ventures Launches Glass Collective With Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins, To Fund Google Glass Startups - Forbes

Google Ventures Launches Glass Collective With Andreessen, Kleiner Perkins, To Fund Google Glass Startups - Forbes | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Google Ventures is launching a new initiative to fuel the development of Google Glass called Glass Collective, in partnership with venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.
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MIT Press Journals - Perspectives on Science - Abstract

MIT Press Journals - Perspectives on Science - Abstract | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
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Modeling Cultural Idea Systems: The Relationship between Theory Models and Data Models
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'Toggle switch' to burn fat identified

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Introduction to the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013 | MIT Technology Review

Introduction to the 10 Breakthrough Technologies of 2013 | MIT Technology Review | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
MIT Technology Review identifies the 10 most important technology milestones of the past year.
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500 million unique visitors access Wikipedia and other sites owned by the Wikimedia Foundation every month | Impact Lab

500 million unique visitors access Wikipedia and other sites owned by the Wikimedia Foundation every month | Impact Lab | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Unique visitors across the network of sites increased to 517 million last month. Wikipedia and other websites owned by the Wikimedia Foundation, including
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uBiome Will Catalog Your Microbes, Again and Again | MIT Technology Review

uBiome Will Catalog Your Microbes, Again and Again | MIT Technology Review | Friday Thinking 19 April 2013 | Scoop.it
Your genome may not change, but your microbiome will.
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