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Leading Nanotechnology Scientist Awarded 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize

Leading Nanotechnology Scientist Awarded 2013 Lemelson-MIT Prize | Living | Scoop.it
Dr. Angela Belcher, a materials chemist and one of the world’s leading scientists in nanotechnology was announced today as the recipient of the 2013 $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize.

Belcher has drawn inspiration from nature and its ability to create materials.

-She believes that if organic and inorganic materials can combine in nature to produce exquisite structures, similar processes can be used in the lab to create things of which nature hasn’t yet dreamed. She has used these lessons in biology to design novel, hybrid organic-inorganic materials that have been used to create environmentally-friendly batteries and clean transportation fuel, among other inventions with both commercial and social value. The Lemelson-MIT Prize, which honors an outstanding mid-career inventor dedicated to improving our world through technological invention, has been awarded annually since 1995.


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Theory of everything says universe is a transformer - physics-math - 06 November 2012 - New Scientist

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Solving the mysteries of the universe is usually about finding the best answer to a question. But what if we are not even asking the right questions?

A pioneer in quantum computation, University of Oxford physicist and best-selling author David Deutsch has spent most of his career working towards a new way of asking questions about the universe. Deutsch's vision for this "theory of everything" ties together ideas in cosmology, computation, philosophy and evolution to describe the nature of reality.

It has been suggested that his long-awaited theory could account for several fundamental mysteries, such as why time flows in only one direction – a property that is not required by most physical laws. Now Deutsch has posted a taste of the form his theory might take, opening the door to what may become a new branch of physics.


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Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: PandaBot (by @PandaRobotics)

Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: PandaBot (by @PandaRobotics) | Living | Scoop.it

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New, Bizarre Species of Small Dinosaur Identified

New, Bizarre Species of Small Dinosaur Identified | Living | Scoop.it
The species was found in a slab of rock collected in the early 1960s and was spotted in the early ’80s by Paul C. Sereno, a paleontologist, but unrevealed until now.
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Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed

Arctic melting at 'amazing' speed | Living | Scoop.it
BBC science editor David Shukman reports from Svalbard in Norway, where scientists say they are amazed by the speed at which Arctic sea ice is melting.
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Facebook Founders Back Union City Startup’s Artificial Intelligence Research

Facebook Founders Back Union City Startup’s Artificial Intelligence Research | Living | Scoop.it

Union City-based Vicarious will receive $15 million in financing from various investors, including groups led by Facebook, PayPal and Napster founders.

 

Founders of Facebook, PayPal and Napster are betting big bucks on a Union City technology startup’s research in artificial intelligence.

 

Vicarious, which creates “software that thinks and learns like a human,” announced yesterday that the research team had received $15 million in financing from various investment groups. Among them are Good Ventures, a firm started by Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, and Founders Fund, a group managed by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel and Sean Parker, a co-founder of Napster and Facebook’s first president.

 

“The technology that Vicarious is developing has the potential to improve all lives and revolutionize every industry,” Moskovitz said in a statement released yesterday.


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White Paper: Reasons for an X-ray Inspection Programme

White Paper: Reasons for an X-ray Inspection Programme | Living | Scoop.it

X-ray inspection systems represent a significant capital investment that must be justified in terms of potential cost savings, operational reliability, consumer protection, regulatory compliance, brand reputation, retailer specifications and enhanced sales opportunities.

METTLER-TOLEDO’s brand-new white paper entitled Reasons for an X-ray Inspection Programme examines the case for investing in x-ray inspection technology, discussing both the rationale for purchase and the reasons for implementation within a well-designed x-ray inspection programme.

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China docks spacecraft manually

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China successfully carries out its first ever manual docking of a spacecraft, the Shenzhou-9, with another space module.
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TEDMED

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President and CEO of the American Red Cross, Gail McGovern, discovered that going public with her second case of breast cancer gave her the strength to heal -- and gave others the gift of giving.
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Pizza may cut prostate cancer risk - The Times of India

Pizza may cut prostate cancer risk - The Times of India | Living | Scoop.it
An ingredient of Oregano, the common pizza and pasta seasoning herb, could potentially be used to treat prostate cancer...
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Women In The News

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Women: Making a Difference in Nuclear Science in Africa Despite Challenges, More Women Succeed in Science They are successful, intelligent and determined. And for many, Sarah Nafuna and Jane Mubang...
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Apple’s Tax Strategy Aims at Low-Tax States and Nations

Apple’s Tax Strategy Aims at Low-Tax States and Nations | Living | Scoop.it
Apple serves as a window on how technology giants have taken advantage of tax codes written for an industrial age and ill suited to today’s digital economy.
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Brain waves encode rules for behavior

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One of the biggest puzzles in neuroscience is how our brains encode thoughts, such as perceptions and memories, at the cellular level.

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Student Engineers Design, Build, Fly ‘Printed’ Airplane

Student Engineers Design, Build, Fly ‘Printed’ Airplane | Living | Scoop.it
Two mechanical engineering students have built and flown a plastic airplane using 3-D printing technology at the engineering school’s Rapid Prototyping Lab.
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Why VMware Paid $1.26B for 70 Software Engineers

Why VMware Paid $1.26B for 70 Software Engineers | Living | Scoop.it

One of the reasons Google and VMware have been so successful over the past decade, says Eric Brewer, is that both companies managed to snatch some of the world’s brightest engineers from the big-name research labs that petered out in the late 1990s.

 

Over the previous 30 years, labs run by tech giants such as AT&T, Xerox, and DEC had led the computing revolution, but at the turn of the millennium, much of their lifeblood was pumped into a pair of companies that were only just getting off the ground.

 

“At the time of the bubble burst in 2001, when everyone was downsizing, including DEC, the main two high-tech companies that were hiring were Google and VMware,” says Brewer, the University of California at Berkeley computer science professor who’s now part of an effort to redesign the technology that underpins the Google empire. “Because of the crazy lopsidedness of that supply and demand, both companies hired many truly great people and both have done well in part because of that.”

 

Google and VMWare may seem like very different companies. One does web search. The other does virtual servers. But they’re more alike than you might think. Google’s search engine was successful in large part because the company built data-center technologies that could support such a massive application, and VMware is a company that reinvented the data center for the rest of the business world. In each case, they couldn’t have done so without the top engineers on the planet.


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Taiwanese Government Releases Fuel Cell Motorbike Standard to Facilitate Mass Production

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Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has announced its safety and reliability standard for h...
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Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World

Craig Venter’s Bugs Might Save the World | Living | Scoop.it
The controversial scientist is convinced that the planet’s biggest problems can be solved by its tiniest organisms. It’s just a matter of creating the right ones.

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Hydrogen Fuel Cell Race Car to Hit the Le Mans Track in 2013

When thinking about a fuel cell car, you might envisage an SUV, a sedan or perhaps a quirky city c...
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260,000 elderly will be paying for care by 2030: Warning that numbers affected will double in 20 years

260,000 elderly will be paying for care by 2030: Warning that numbers affected will double in 20 years | Living | Scoop.it
A report predicts that spending constraints and growing demand for help will mean councils no longer provide any care apart from that which the law forces them to pay for.
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Whales demonstrate humans have no monopoly on altruism

Whales demonstrate humans have no monopoly on altruism | Living | Scoop.it

Whales prove humans are not the only species capable of disgust at cruelty when they work to defend a baby whale of another species against predators.

 

Human haters abound in the animal rights movement. I can understand their sentiment. It’s very difficult to hear about all of the abuse inflicted upon other species of animals. But in reality some of the most heartbreaking stories I have witnessed have been animal on animal.

 

Perhaps it is more heartbreaking to hear of yet another case of human insensitivity and violence against animals because we expect more out of ourselves. A lion cannot feel any compassion for the zebra or it would have a hard time killing and surviving (although we know they feel compassion and love for their young and pride). As humans, our existence does not depend on killing anymore, so we have the luxury of developing a highly sensitive capacity for compassion toward any and everything.

 


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Got Goals But Losing Your Oomph? How to Stay Motivated for the Long Haul

Got Goals But Losing Your Oomph? How to Stay Motivated for the Long Haul | Living | Scoop.it
Continuing from my last post, let’s talk about staying motivated. This is where a lot of motivational speakers, blogs, etc. fail you. They get you pumped to go out there and succeed, but don&...
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