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Self-reflective mind: Psychologists report on continuing advances in animals

Self-reflective mind: Psychologists report on continuing advances in animals | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- According to one of the leading scholars in the field, there is an emerging consensus among scientists that animals share functional parallels with humans' conscious metacognition -- that is, our ability to reflect on our own...
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Factual’s Gil Elbaz Wants to Gather the Data Universe

Factual’s Gil Elbaz Wants to Gather the Data Universe | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Gilad Elbaz has a big mission for Factual, his start-up company: Identify every existing fact to build the world’s chief reference point.

Geared to both big companies and smaller software developers, it includes available government data, terabytes of corporate data and information on 60 million places in 50 countries, each described by 17 to 40 attributes. Factual knows more than 800,000 restaurants in 30 different ways, including location, ownership and ratings by diners and health boards. It also contains information on half a billion Web pages, a list of America’s high schools and data on the offices, specialties and insurance preferences of 1.8 million United States health care professionals. There are also listings of 14,000 wine grape varietals, of military aircraft accidents from 1950 to 1974, and of body masses of major celebrities. Odd facts matter too, Mr. Elbaz notes.

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A 'Facebook of things' could give appliances their own social presence (Wired UK)

A 'Facebook of things' could give appliances their own social presence (Wired UK) | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
The internet of things will allow the products we buy to act as social objects with their own virtual Facebook profile equivalent, around which new experiences can cluster, according to Andy Hobsbawm, founder of Evrythng...
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Paul Allen’s Big Bet to ‘Uncover the Essence of What Makes Us Human’ | Xconomy

Paul Allen’s Big Bet to ‘Uncover the Essence of What Makes Us Human’ | Xconomy | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Following his second brush with cancer a couple of years ago, billionaire Paul Allen had some time to think about the legacy he'll leave, beyond being the...
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Vint Cerf on interplanetary networks and the post-PC era (Wired UK)

Vint Cerf on interplanetary networks and the post-PC era (Wired UK) | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
With his hand still firmly on the metaphorical steering wheel of the internet, there is nobody better suited than Vint Cerf to comment on the direction the digital juggernaut is heading -- and that direction is straight up, into the skies...
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Privilege Has Its Rewards — How Longevity Will Become The New Class Inequality

Privilege Has Its Rewards — How Longevity Will Become The New Class Inequality | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Here’s a news flash that isn’t really new: the rich live longer than everyone else. Now, on the surface, this seems like a no-brainer. The ability to afford the best of everything should translate into better health while the inability to pay for even basic care, not to mention preventative medicine, is going to cut a person’s life short. For the threshold of the average human life span to surpass say 100 years, everyone should live like the rich do. The upper class has access to better resources, such as quality food and health care. They are also more informed, have the best education and have access to more opportunities. As a result, all of these factors collectively contribute to an improved quality of life. And if infomercials for juicers have taught us anything it’s that a better quality of life extends longevity.
But the proof is in the pudding…and that pudding better be full of statistics to back up this kind of claim.
Fortunately, studies have been going on for years to investigate the longevity gap.


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NIF facility fires record laser shot into target chamber

NIF facility fires record laser shot into target chamber | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
(PhysOrg.com) -- The National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California has set a new record for a laser shot.
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"The miracle of your mind is that you can see the world as it ISN'T."TED2012 remixed: It's Time for TED

John Boswell, of the "Symphony of Science," came to TED2012 and made this remix of the speakers onstage (and on TED.com). To read more about every speaker in...
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Scientists claim brain memory code cracked

Scientists claim brain memory code cracked | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Despite a century of research, memory encoding in the brain has remained mysterious. Neuronal synaptic connection strengths are involved, but synaptic components are short-lived while memories last lifetimes.
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Peter Senge - Navigating Webs of Interdependence

(Video) "Whether you are part of a family, organizational team or business in a supply chain, systems thinking is a valuable approach to understanding the complexity of today's world. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, Senior lecturer at MIT and Founder of the Society for Organizational Learning shares his perspectives on leadership and systems thinking with IBM. Senge focuses on the problems that are most difficult to solve and the mental models today's leaders need in order to build a smarter planet. Leaders today need to be able to be prepared reassess their strategies, work across multiple groups to find solutions and have the vision to work through high leverage solutions over time. Working smarter means working in ways that are collective and are based on collective intelligence across cities and supply chains to produce social, ecological and economic well being."


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Off switch for pain? Chemists build light-controlled neural inhibitor

Off switch for pain? Chemists build light-controlled neural inhibitor | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Pain? Just turn it off! It may sound like science fiction, but researchers have now succeeded in inhibiting pain-sensitive neurons on demand, in the laboratory.
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The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction

The Neuroscience of Your Brain On Fiction | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Stories stimulate the brain. Metaphors like “He had leathery hands” rouse the sensory cortex.
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Where the Future Came From - Wall Street Journal

Where the Future Came From - Wall Street Journal | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Where the Future Came FromWall Street JournalBy BOB METCALFE By Jon Gertner William Bradford Shockley was difficult, but brilliant.
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A must watch: David Brown | NUIverse | 2012

http://drdave.co.uk/blog Demonstration of the NUIverse application designed by David Brown for the Samsung SUR40 for Microsoft Surface.
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Randal Koene | Substrate Independent Minds: A Brief Tutorial

Randal Koene, Neuroscientist and Neuroengineer, discusses Substrate Independent Minds with Stuart Mason Dambrot on Critical Thought TV. Topics covered includ...
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Semi-Autonomous Car Could be Licensed By Month’s End – Video

Semi-Autonomous Car Could be Licensed By Month’s End – Video | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
It was only December of last year when Google earned patents for autonomous vehicles.Now, the technology continues to rapidly move ahead as automotive supplier Continental has commenced testing a semi-autonomous vehicle of its own that is more affordable and could be among the first licensed for use on Nevada’s designated public roads by months end.

Nevada is the first state to pass laws regulating driverless vehicles. To qualify for a special state license, engineers at Continental have built and driven a heavily modified Volkswagen Passat with its brake and steering controls removed and replaced with sensors to digitally read and interpret surroundings. According to engineer Ibro Muharemovic, the Passat has logged almost 10,000 miles of autonomous driving and during a more recent trip from Las Vegas, Nevada, to Brimley, Michigan, home of Continental’s development and testing center, more than 90 percent of the journey did not involve the use of hands and feet.

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Guth's Grand Guess | Cosmology | DISCOVER Magazine

Guth's Grand Guess | Cosmology | DISCOVER Magazine | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Most people really want to know where we came from. We have evidence. We no longer have to rely on stories we were told when we were young'. Visit Discover Magazine to read this article and other exclusive science and technology news stories.
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What The Global Food Supply Will Look Like In 2021

What The Global Food Supply Will Look Like In 2021 | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it

Your food consumption might look quite a bit different a decade from now. Colony collapse disorder, foodborne disease outbreaks, and climate change are just some of the factors that are making our collective food future increasingly uncertain.


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Neurotechnology: Science Fiction or Applied Science?

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As science makes a reality of what has been science fiction, we will face questions of how to best apply neurotechnologies. Should they be limited to helping those who have illnesses?
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Robot jellyfish created for ocean

Robot jellyfish created for ocean | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Engineers in the US say they have invented a hydrogen-powered robot that moves through water like a jellyfish.
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Nuclear fusion simulation shows high-gain energy output

A computer simulation that shows a release of high-yield fusion energy much greater than previously achieved at Sandia's Z accelerator is being prepared for testing in 2013.
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WE'RE BLOWN AWAY: This Startup Could Literally Change The Entire Software Industry

WE'RE BLOWN AWAY: This Startup Could Literally Change The Entire Software Industry | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Numecent's technology is so cool, its founder gave up being a music mogul for it.
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Mitocondria RNA research as Potential Game Changer for rejuvenating Mitocondria of aging cells which could enable life extension

UCLA Researchers have exploited a recently-discovered mammalian system for the mitochondrial import of nuclear-encoded RNA to import, express, and demonstrate functional protein translation from engineered mRNA and tRNA constructs. They used this system, with modifications for mitochondrial targeting and orthotopic translation, to rescue respiration in human mitochondriopathy cells. While further characterization and extension is clearly needed, this approach appears offer great promise for the correction of age-related mitochondrial DNA mutations.

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Individual Human Immune Systems Can Now Be Recreated In Mice

Individual Human Immune Systems Can Now Be Recreated In Mice | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Scientists have developed a way to recreate an individual’s immune system in a mouse. The “personalized immune mouse” offers researchers an unprecedented tool for individualized analysis of...
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Meet Dr. Fill, the Computer Who May Best the World's Top Crossword-Puzzle Solvers

Meet Dr. Fill, the Computer Who May Best the World's Top Crossword-Puzzle Solvers | Knowmads, Infocology of the future | Scoop.it
Word puzzles may go the way of chess and Jeopardy! next weekend at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn.
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