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Finally: You Can Now Use Electronic Devices Before Takeoff and Landing

Finally: You Can Now Use Electronic Devices Before Takeoff and Landing | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
The FAA announced today that it has changed its policy on portable electronic device usage before takeoff and landing. Starting soon, you'll be able to use these devices at your leisure.
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ITER, the multibillion-euro international nuclear-fusion experiment with goal to generate power by 2028

ITER, the multibillion-euro international nuclear-fusion experiment with goal to generate power by 2028 | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

Delays in the installation of key parts of ITER, a multibillion-euro international nuclear-fusion experiment, are forcing scientists to change ITER’s research programme to focus exclusively on the key goal of generating power by 2028. As a result, much research considered non-essential to the target, including some basic physics and studies of plasmas aimed at better understanding industrial-scale fusion, will be postponed. A 21-strong expert panel of international plasma scientists and ITER staff, convened to reassess the project’s research plan in the light of the construction delays. The plans were discussed at a meeting of ITER’s Science and Technology Advisory Committee (STAC). The meeting is the start of a year-long review by ITER to try to keep the experiment on track to generate 500 MW of power from an input of 50 MW by 2028, and so hit its target of attaining the so-called Q ≥ 10,where power output is ten times input or more.

 

ITER, which will be the world’s largest tokamak thermonuclear reactor (see ‘A fusion of ideas’), is being built in St-Paul-lez-Durance in southern France by the European Union, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Russia and the United States at a cost of €15 billion (US$20.3 billion). Q ≥ 10 is seen as its raison d’être, and achieving it would be likely to revitalize public and political interest in fusion. Crucial to that is getting to the point, scheduled for 2027, when the first nuclear fuel would be injected into the reactor. The fuel will be a plasma of two heavy hydrogen isotopes, deuterium and tritium (DT).

 

The original 2010 research plan foresaw the entire reactor being built by 2020, when ITER was also scheduled to produce its first plasma, using hydrogen as a test fuel. But cost-cutting and cash-flow problems in member states mean that while the reactor is likely to be operating by then, the delivery of some parts is being deferred until several years later. These include some diagnostics devices for analysing the physics of plasmas at the very large scales of ITER, and elements of the heating system that will eventually take the plasmas to 150,000,000 °C.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Will such a project recharge our energy sources ?

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 4, 2013 10:01 PM

This is so COOL!

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Email will never die: Guidelines to evolving email for the 21st century

Email will never die: Guidelines to evolving email for the 21st century | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Jim Franklin is the CEO of SendGrid, the email delivery platform of choice for over 130,000 customers. Jim is also a mentor for early-stage startups through Techstars and The Founder ...
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Email is a knock on your door. As long as it is something you expect it is always welcome.
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Project management tools - Easy Projects

Project management tools - Easy Projects | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Online Project management tools. Easy Projects is web-based tools for project managers and executives. It is the best way to plan projects and tasks online.
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Yet another PM tool.

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How To Launch A Startup Without Writing Code

How To Launch A Startup Without Writing Code | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
A startup should be about solving a customer problem -- which does not always mean building a product from scratch. (RT @nikDOTca: Starting a business?
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That's a nice approach for all those inventors that do not know how to program.

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BYOD or bust: How bad tech is costing companies

BYOD or bust: How bad tech is costing companies | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Bad technology in the office is pushing many people to use their own devices for work, a practice that can be dangerous and costly or a huge advantage, experts say.
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This is a good argument to explain the spreading of the BYOD trend.

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Austrian city builds public library with nothing but QR codes, NFC and stickers

Austrian city builds public library with nothing but QR codes, NFC and stickers | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Strangely, the Austrian city of Klagenfurt doesn't have a public library, even though it hosts the Festival of German-Language Literature. However, an
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The future of information and knowledge distribution through today's tools.
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Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation - Books - OECD iLibrary

Supporting Investment in Knowledge Capital, Growth and Innovation - Books - OECD iLibrary | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Knowledge-based capital (KBC) results from business investment in non-physical assets such as R&D, data, software, patents, new business models, organizati
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By no means a light read with 360 pages full of facts and info. Nevertheless its a very complete report for the role of knowledge capital to innovation.

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Inside GitHub's Super-Lean Management Strategy--And How It Drives Innovation

Inside GitHub's Super-Lean Management Strategy--And How It Drives Innovation | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Using a DIY management strategy pulled from the open-source world GitHub has built a product that coders everywhere love. But can it actually work...
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This is a company to follow. 

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What the Internet of Things means for security

What the Internet of Things means for security | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
You've probably been hearing a lot lately about the Internet of Things (IoT).
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An worthreading approach by Steven Hurst.

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Wolfram Alpha Launches Personal Analytics Reports For Facebook | TechCrunch

Wolfram Alpha Launches Personal Analytics Reports For Facebook | TechCrunch | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Wolfram Alpha, the "computational knowledge engine" that quietly handles a large number of queries from Apple's Siri, launched a new feature today that allows..
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Its realy a revelation. Try it and you'll come to some really worthy conclusions.

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A simple introduction to Cloud Computing for Business

A simple introduction to Cloud Computing for Business | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
What is Cloud Computing?
Here is a great video and introduction to Cloud Computing for Business.
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If you want to explain Cloud Computing to a client this is an interesting presentation. It might not be the most fancy and maybe it is a bit long but it does give a very good idea about the cloud.

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The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web’s Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro

The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web’s Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Table Of Contents §1 – Introduction §2 – How To Supercharge Your Time With IFTTT §3 – The Cookbook: Which Recipes Are Best? §4 – Conclusion 1. Introduction 1.1 Just What The Heck Is IFTTT Anyway?

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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The power of automation at your fingertips.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, October 11, 2013 3:31 PM

VERY extensive article about how to leverage the power of the web. This is one to bookmark and refer back over and over! Enjoy!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 12, 2013 9:55 AM

Attention teacher librarians! This is going on my "have to do" list.  Even though many media platforms have connections built into place, there are a few that I would like to cook up the recipe to have them "talk" to each other.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, October 15, 2013 6:28 PM

I love the IFFFT concept. Set the recipe then it all takes care of itself!

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6 Tips For Improving Brainstorming Sessions

6 Tips For Improving Brainstorming Sessions | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
A key aspect of project management is conducting brainstorming sessions, which are different than standard meetings. Continue reading →
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Our most successful brainstorming sessions occur when nobody expects them. During lunch, just after a morning briefing, even when chit chating in the corridor. A project manager must preserve and facilitate such moments and elaborate them before the momentum is lost.

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5 Steps to Social Media Compliance ~ White Paper

5 Steps to Social Media Compliance ~ White Paper | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Today, we’re happy to co-release a new white paper, “The 5 Steps to Social Media Compliance: What You Need to Know Before You Go Social”, with Nexgate.
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A wealth of information for corporate standards and compliance in social media.
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Using algorithms to link-up researchers | Horizon Magazine - European Commission

Using algorithms to link-up researchers | Horizon Magazine - European Commission | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

Scientists are developing algorithms that can connect researchers across the world who have similar interests by scanning the content of academic papers.

Researchers at TEAM, an EU-funded project, are using algorithms to quantify the extent to which scientific papers cover similar ground, and are looking at ways to profile scientists by the documents they have searched for. They are also developing technology that can facilitate searches of research papers.

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Innovation is all about bringing together people and allow them to exchange and create new ideas and alaborate on those that seem more promising. There is no point on researching problems that other people in the world have probably already solved. It makes much more sence in introducing them and allow collaboration.

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App Annie Index - Market Q3 2013: BRIC Countries Emerging as App Store Superpowers - App Annie Blog

App Annie Index - Market Q3 2013: BRIC Countries Emerging as App Store Superpowers - App Annie Blog | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

Welcome to the App Annie Market Index, where at the end of each quarter, we review the latest download and revenue insights by stores, countries and categories. In addition to our monthly Games and Apps Indexes, the Market Index provides you with a macro view of the trends, helping you identify where to look for the most fertile investment opportunities in the app stores. 

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Emerging powers, emerging markets, new opportunities.

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Managing uncertainty in IT | Blog | DOTSOFT

Managing uncertainty in IT | Blog | DOTSOFT | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

A few days ago I attended an IT forum in Athens. It was a one day conference that gathered IT directors from all over Greece to hear about ways to manage uncertainty in their IT projects. The most interesting speaker (by far) was Ian Angell. He is one of the most respected authority on organisational IT policies (judging from my google search) and definitely a controversial and provoking speaker.

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This is just my own report from a recent event in Athens and a controversial speach by Ian Angell. Check it out. All the links are there.

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A report from a recent IT forum where I had the luck of watching Prof. Ian Angell and his controversial speech.

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Google launches Maps Engine Pro, an enterprise product for importing and visualizing location data

Google launches Maps Engine Pro, an enterprise product for importing and visualizing location data | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Google has unveiled a new offering for its Maps product in the business setting as part of its vision into making it the next productivity tool. Starting today, companies can use Maps ...
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The power of GIS reaches the average user.

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World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy

World’s First Vertical Forest Gets Introduced in Italy | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

The Bosco Verticale is a system that optimizes, recuperates, and produces energy. Covered in plant life, the building aids in balancing the microclimate and in filtering the dust particles contained in the urban environment. Milan is one of the most polluted cities in Europe. The diversity of the plants and their characteristics produce humidity, absorb CO2 and dust particles, producing oxygen and protect the building from radiation and acoustic pollution. This not only improves the quality of living spaces, but gives way to dramatic energy savings year round.

Each apartment in the building will have a balcony planted with trees that are able to respond to the city’s weather — shade will be provided within the summer, while also filtering city pollution; and in the winter the bare trees will allow sunlight to permeate through the spaces. Plant irrigation will be supported through the filtering and reuse of the greywater produced by the building. Additionally, Aeolian and photovoltaic energy systems will further promote the tower’s self-sufficiency.

The design of the Bosco Verticale is a response to both urban sprawl and the disappearance of nature from our lives and on the landscape. The architect notes that if the units were to be constructed unstacked as stand-alone units across a single surface, the project would require 50,000 square meters of land, and 10,000 square meters of woodland. Bosco Verticale is the first offer in his proposed BioMilano, which envisions a green belt created around the city to incorporate 60 abandoned farms on the outskirts of the city to be revitalized for community use.


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Is this the Green technology that could provide a better quality of life in big polluted cities ?

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Sieg Holle's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:43 AM

excellent use of space   for  new vitality -renewal

Eco Installer's curator insight, November 7, 2013 3:42 AM

A perfect way to live in a forest! 

Chris Vilcsak's curator insight, March 29, 2014 9:49 PM

Now THAT's a green building...

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What’s in a startup’s name? Why the trend for misspelled words and -ly won’t go away

What’s in a startup’s name? Why the trend for misspelled words and -ly won’t go away | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
As if bootstrapped startups already didn't have enough on their plates, they face an additional, major challenge that no amount of engineering or business acumen can adequately overcome: ...
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A closer look to the names of startup companies and how a name can support a solid marketing strategy.

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The Rise Of The Social Media Professional [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter

The Rise Of The Social Media Professional [INFOGRAPHIC] - AllTwitter | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
The Rise Of The Social Media Professional [INFOGRAPHIC]
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New developments, new opportunities, new professions.

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Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math | TechCrunch

Wolfram Alpha Launches Problem Generator To Help Students Learn Math | TechCrunch | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
If you're studying math or science, you are probably pretty familiar with Wolfram Alpha as a tool for figuring out complicated equations. That makes it a..
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If Wolfram Alpha is building a tool then it sure worths a good look and try.

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First time ever: Researchers rewrite an entire bacterial genome and add a healthy twist

First time ever: Researchers rewrite an entire bacterial genome and add a healthy twist | Technology & Business | Scoop.it

Scientists from Yale and Harvard have recoded the entire genome of an organism and improved a bacterium’s ability to resist viruses, a dramatic demonstration of the potential of rewriting an organism’s genetic code.

“This is the first time the genetic code has been fundamentally changed,” said Farren Isaacs, assistant professor of molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at Yale and co-senior author of the research published Oct. 18 in the journal Science. “Creating an organism with a new genetic code has allowed us to expand the scope of biological function in a number of powerful ways.”

 

The creation of a genomically recoded organism raises the possibility that researchers might be able to retool nature and create potent new forms of proteins to accomplish a myriad purposes — from combating disease to generating new classes of materials.

 

The research — headed by Isaacs and co-author George Church of Harvard Medical School — is a product of years of studies in the emerging field of synthetic biology, which seeks to re-design natural biological systems for useful purposes.

 

In this case, the researchers changed fundamental rules of biology.

Proteins, which are encoded by DNA’s instructional manual and are made up of 20 amino acids, carry out many important functional roles in the cell. Amino acids are encoded by the full set of 64 triplet combinations of the four nucleic acids that comprise the backbone of DNA. These triplets (sets of three nucleotides) are called codons and are the genetic alphabet of life.

 

Isaacs, Jesse Rinehart of Yale, and the Harvard researchers explored whether they could expand upon nature’s handywork by substituting different codons or letters throughout the genome and then reintroducing entirely new letters to create amino acids not found in nature. This work marks the first time that the genetic code has been completely changed across an organism’s genome.

 

In the new study, the researchers working with E. coli swapped a codon and eliminated its natural stop sign that terminates protein production. The new genome enabled the bacteria to resist viral infection by limiting production of natural proteins used by viruses to infect cells. Isaacs — working with Marc Lajoie of Harvard, Alexis Rovner of Yale, and colleagues — then converted the “stop” codon into one that encodes new amino acids and inserted it into the genome in a plug-and-play fashion. 

 

The work now sets the stage to convert the recoded bacterium into a living foundry, capable of biomanufacturing new classes of  “exotic” proteins and polymers. These new molecules could lay the foundation for a new generation of materials, nanostructures, therapeutics, and drug delivery vehicles, Isaacs said.

 

“Since the genetic code is universal, it raises the prospect of recoding genomes of other organisms,” Isaacs said. “This has tremendous implications in the biotechnology industry and could open entirely new avenues of research and applications.”


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The brave new world starts here. I hope we'll find our way to a less dystopian future.

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Dmitry Alexeev's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:18 AM

thats a new generation biological tool although there has been already attempts to encode non-standard amino acids - but never before on a full genome scale - intrestingle how soon wilkl this be available as a conventional instrument? this is a novel scientific tool - which will among others help us to study life

Leire Tapia's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:08 PM

He elegido esta noticia porque la relaciono con la libertad de investigación. Es un derecho vinculado al ser humano y es un derecho exigible. Es también importante comunicar los resultados y no caer en el peligro de la censura. No hay que esconder lo que la ciencia descubre pero si es importante establecer límites relacionados con la protección de la salud y con la dignidad humana.

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Want to Be a Great Leader? There's an Equation for That

Want to Be a Great Leader? There's an Equation for That | Technology & Business | Scoop.it
Leading a company takes guts, gumption--and maybe a little calculus. Chip Conley, Ev Williams, and others reveal the equations that guide their thinking.
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Back to the basics. 

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