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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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8 Ways Bootstrapping Makes You A Better Entrepreneur - Forbes

8 Ways Bootstrapping Makes You A Better Entrepreneur - Forbes | Living | Scoop.it
To bootstrap or not to bootstrap? Serial entrepreneur Jay Wu argues that bootstrapping actually helps you execute smarter -- and faster.
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ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life

ASU researchers propose new way to look at the dawn of life | Living | Scoop.it
One of the great mysteries of life is how it began. What physical process transformed a nonliving mix of chemicals into something as complex as a living cell?

For more than a century, scientists have struggled to reconstruct the key first steps on the road to life. Until recently, their focus has been trained on how the simple building blocks of life might have been synthesized on the early Earth, or perhaps in space. But because it happened so long ago, all chemical traces have long been obliterated, leaving plenty of scope for speculation and disagreement.

Now, a novel approach to the question of life's origin, proposed by two Arizona State University scientists, attempts to dramatically redefine the problem. The researchers - Paul Davies, an ASU Regents' Professor and director of the Beyond Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science, and Sara Walker, a NASA post-doctoral fellow at the Beyond Center - published their theory in the current issue of the Royal Society journal Interface. Their article is titled "The algorithmic origins of life."

In a nutshell, the authors shift attention from the "hardware" - the chemical basis of life - to the "software" - its information content. To use a computer analogy, chemistry explains the material substance of the machine, but it won't function without a program and data. Davies and Walker suggest that the crucial distinction between non-life and life is the way that living organisms manage the information flowing through the system.
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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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Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned

Traveling the world, meeting startups: What We learned | Living | Scoop.it
The Next Web's Startup World - the global competition to promote entrepreneurship and startup culture globally- traveled to Mexico City, Peru, Chile, Buenos Aires, Brazil, South Africa, ...
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Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: 1:Face Watch (@1FaceWatch)

Faveoly Crowdfunding Project of the Day: 1:Face Watch (@1FaceWatch) | Living | Scoop.it

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Changing the Education System— It’s Complicate | Organizational Survival Playbook

Changing the Education System— It’s Complicate | Organizational Survival Playbook | Living | Scoop.it
--- it struck me (once again) that education systems are simply a reflection of business and societal norms.

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Memo to So. California: Here Come the Smart Meters - New America Media

Memo to So. California: Here Come the Smart Meters - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Pebble Leaves Backers Hanging

Pebble Leaves Backers Hanging | Living | Scoop.it
The famed Kickstarter project has 85,000 smartwatch orders to fill ... and won't commit to a ship date.
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In the News: Kickstarter Films at the Toronto International Film Festival

In the News: Kickstarter Films at the Toronto International Film Festival | Living | Scoop.it
This September, the Toronto International Film Festival will screen more than 300 films from 60+ countries to an audience of hundreds of thousands, including some of the industry's most powerful insiders.
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Be Cautious on Reverse Mortgages

Be Cautious on Reverse Mortgages | Living | Scoop.it
Cautious is defined as showing or using caution; a warning or having alertness or taking care in a situation. Therefore I feel you should be cautious of the food you are putting in your mouth, the...
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Are President Obama and Other Trailblazers Victims of the 'First Black' Syndrome? - New America Media

Are President Obama and Other Trailblazers Victims of the 'First Black' Syndrome? - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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Please. No drinking of russian vodka this weekend...Set the Girls Free.!

Please. No drinking of  russian vodka this weekend...Set the Girls Free.! | Living | Scoop.it

No spending on Putin, fan base products.!

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5 Great Tips from Kickstarter: Boost Tomorrow's Business - Forbes

5 Great Tips from Kickstarter: Boost Tomorrow's Business - Forbes | Living | Scoop.it
Have you heard of Kickstarter or crowdfunding? You soon will. Crowdfunding is an alternative way to raise capital to get a venture off the ground.
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Not Your Average Saturday: The Inaugural Day of Service Is Your Chance For Greatness

Not Your Average Saturday: The Inaugural Day of Service Is Your Chance For Greatness | Living | Scoop.it
Not Your Average Saturday: The Inaugural Day of Service Is Your Chance For Greatness
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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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‘Brooklyn Castle,’ Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore

‘Brooklyn Castle,’ Directed by Katie Dellamaggiore | Living | Scoop.it
The documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” directed by Katie Dellamaggiore, follows the chess-playing students of Intermediate School 318.
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Welcome To The New Millennial Economy: Goodbye Ownership, Hello Access - Forbes

Welcome To The New Millennial Economy: Goodbye Ownership, Hello Access - Forbes | Living | Scoop.it
This is a guest post by Gary Swart, the CEO of oDesk, an online marketplace for hiring virtual workers.  Today’s millennials don’t like to own anything—besides businesses, that is.
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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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Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Let's Expand Our Definition of Education After High School - Next - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Living | Scoop.it

Paradigm change needed in what ppl consider #highered & what is seen as a college credit.


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Assess Your Leadership SWOT | Transformational Leadership

Assess Your Leadership SWOT | Transformational Leadership | Living | Scoop.it
A leader should be aware of his strengths and weaknesses so he can maximize his effectiveness and efficiency, while at the same time, deal with whatever negative effects his weaknesses can cause. Conduct a personal Leadership SWOT Analysis.

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Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination

Amol Rajan: We need books to stoke the fires of imagination | Living | Scoop.it
A gloriously uplifting tale has crossed my desk, and there's so much guff and depressing nonsense in the news just now that I thought it only decent and proper to report it.
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Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD

Infographic: Why Don't Americans Recycle? - Environment - GOOD | Living | Scoop.it
Just half of Americans recycle daily, and 13 percent don't recycle at all.
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Flexible Urban Planning

mixed used train-tracks/market place...

 

I've used similar videos in my classes and students are usually quite shocked to see how a city like Bangkok, Thailand operates.  I've used this as a 'hook' for lessons of population growth, urbanization, economic development, sustainability, megacities and city planning. 


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, April 24, 2:38 PM

I found this video disturbing.  Maybe because we have train safety taught to us were they stress that you need to stay away from the tracks, here the people are sitting next to a train track and even have goods for sale that the train drives over.  I think it is interesting how they reclaim the space but the mom in me worries about kids getting run over by the train.

David Week's curator insight, August 12, 6:04 PM

I love this video. Never think that the "third world" is not more dynamic and innovative than the first!

Jeffrey Ing's curator insight, August 13, 5:12 AM

people are not giving up with inflated price of urban land. They adapt and live with it :)

 

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What is PepsiCo Buying With Donations to Communities of Color? - New America Media

What is PepsiCo Buying With Donations to Communities of Color? - New America Media | Living | Scoop.it
New America Media is a nationwide association of over 3000 ethnic media organizations representing the development of a more inclusive journalism.
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