Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos, but many thinkers are inspired by both. Albert Einstein once wrote: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. So the unknown, the mysterious, is where art and science meet."
How important is science fiction to the people creating the products of the future?
So said Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, lamenting the scope of some of tech's most well-known products.
Having co-founded internet payments service PayPal, and been one of the funders behind Facebook, Mr Thiel is no stranger to the stars of the tech world, but believes the best minds are too busy creating small-scale products with little impact on our lives today and the future.
Speaking to the BBC in 2010, Mr Thiel said the 'collapse of science fiction' since the 1950s and 60s is a big reason for this.
"There was a great deal of literature about the future and what the world would be like, the future history of the world, and that has really dissipated," he said.
Instead most mainstream sci-fi is about technology gone bad. So do scientists and technologists need sci-fi to inspire new products?
I wanted students to be able to funnel their interests into a more authentic academic experience so that they could learn about what they want to learn about and become empowered as researchers, both casually and formally.
About 50% of all households in 26 sub-Saharan African countries mainly get their light from power lines, underscoring how difficult Barack Obama's new initiative to double access to electric power in Africa will likely be to implement.
"Did you know you can now integrate two of the best apps to help you find and share content daily?" writes Liz Wilson on Business2Community.com.
I love the way she describes her Scoop.it community: "It’s a place where you find the leading experts. You will learn from them, benefit from their high-level curation, and connect with them. Some of them will become friends. After a bit more than a year, I have an incredible knowledge network of friendly, helpful people in my Scoop.it community."
And also how the Scoop.it App enhances her HootSuite experience: "Until the Scoop.it app came along I hadn’t found a satisfactory way to quickly uncover great content from inside HootSuite. I wanted a quick and easy way to do more of my work from inside Hoot Suite – and this is it."
A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world's crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilisers.
Excerpted from article on Search Engine Watch: "My SEO team and I utilize a few different methods to repurpose our content creation efforts by reposting our external publications on our own blog.
Normally, posting duplicate content on your website is a bad idea. However, the following three strategies address the duplicate content issues and enhance your website’s user experience, RSS feeds, and email marketing.
***Benefits of Republishing Content on Your Website
- Show off your content to your loyal website visitors: By posting your external publications on your own website, you're allowing WordPress, or any other CMS, to display the thumbnail, an excerpt, and an article link on your website providing easy access to your amazing content.
- Displayed in RSS feeds: a) Accessible by RSS Readers; b) Included in your email marketing.
*** 3 Strategies for Reposting on Your Website
Method 1: Reference with a summary: Summarizing a publication is a great way to generate new content for your website while referencing the original publication.
Method 2: rel=canonical: If you have multiple sites that you own or control and publish content that is useful to the users of each individual site, then this method is preferred. By including an rel=canonical tag in the head section of your page that links to the original source, you can control which property Google displays in the search results and obtains PageRank.
Method 3: 301 redirect: If you're struggling to find time to summarize your publications and are worried about confusing the search engines with the rel=canonical tag method, you can simply repost your article and apply a 301 redirect."
Breeding lettuce (Lactuca sativa) for resistance to the downy mildew Bremia lactucae is mainly achieved by introgression of dominant Dm resistance genes. New Bremia races quickly render Dm genes ineffective, possibly by mutation of recognized host-translocated effectors or by suppression of effector-triggered immunity. We have previously identified 34 potential RXLR(-like) effector proteins of Bremia that were here tested for specific recognition within a collection of 129 Bremia-resistant Lactuca lines. Two effectors triggered a hypersensitive response; BLG01 in 52 lines, predominantly L. saligna, and BLG03 in two L. sativa lines containing Dm2 resistance. The N-terminal sequences of BLG01 and BLG03, containing the signal peptide and GKLR variant of the RXLR translocation motif, are not required for in planta recognition, but function in effector delivery. The locus responsible for BLG01 recognition maps to the bottom of lettuce chromosome 9, whereas recognition of BLG03 maps in the RGC2 cluster on chromosome 2. Lactuca lines that recognize the BLG effectors are not resistant to Bremia isolate Bl:24 that expresses both BLG genes, suggesting Bl:24 can suppress the triggered immune responses. In contrast, lettuce segregants displaying Dm2-mediated resistance to Bremia isolate Bl:5 are responsive to BLG03, suggesting that BLG03 is a candidate Avr2 protein.
Transcriptional gene silencing controls transposons and other repetitive elements through RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM) and heterochromatin formation. A key component of the Arabidopsis RdDM pathway is ARGONAUTE4 (AGO4), which associates with siRNAs to mediate DNA methylation. Here, we show that AGO4 preferentially targets transposable elements embedded within promoters of protein-coding genes. We find that this pattern of AGO4 binding cannot be simply explained by the sequences of AGO4-bound siRNAs, but instead AGO4 binding to specific gene promoters is also mediated by long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) produced by RNA Polymerase V. lncRNA-mediated AGO4 binding to gene promoters directs asymmetric DNA methylation to these genomic regions and is involved in regulating the expression of targeted genes. Finally, AGO4-binding overlaps sites of DNA methylation affected by biotic stress response. Based on these findings, we propose that targets of AGO4-directed RdDM are regulatory units responsible for controlling gene expression under specific environmental conditions.
Webinar explores tips, advice as most states adopt the common standards
As states move toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, school principals must ensure they are fully equipped to help classroom teachers incorporate the standards as effectively as possible.
Not our old standards - “Average isn’t good enough,” said Mel Riddile, associate director for high school services with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and a former high school administrator.
Opportunity brings challenges - “Those of us who have really worked to increase the number of college- and career-ready students, see this as the best opportunity we’ve had in a long time, and with that opportunity comes challenges.”
Major Shift - The Common Core effort is causing a “major shift” in the education conversation, Riddile said, because it will force educators and administrators to measure something different and new.
Second-Order Change - “This is about a second order change—we have to learn new skills, new habits, and new behaviors. We have to unlearn what bad habits we have,” he said.
Standards, Classroom, School - School leaders must know what their school’s teachers know about the standards, and they must be knowledgeable about what needs to be done in the classroom as well as what must be done on a building level.
Culture Change - “This is a big culture change for schools,” Riddile said. School principals will need vision, focus, and a positive mindset as the process continues.
Implementation is the key - “The fidelity of implementation of these standards is going to be the ‘make it or break it’ issue,” Riddile said.
Leaders Grow Leaders - “We’ll have to collaborate [and] share leadership throughout the school; leaders are going to have to grow more leaders … and build the collective capacity of our staff.”
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