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Electric Car Rental In Paris | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Electric Car Rental In Paris | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Electric cars do not pollute as do internal combustion vehicles. The relative problem is one of frequent charging and limited distances.

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The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish

The 3 Pillars of Content Curation - Only Dead Fish | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Interesting article by Neil Perkin where he distinguishes 3 aspects of content curation: algorithmic, manual and social.

The comment thread is interesting and reinforces the insight of his conclusion: good curation will mix all three aspects.


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Karen du Toit's comment, December 7, 2011 4:51 AM
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Plein de sens! A decliner sur le sujet des digipromos
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Artificial Muscles Created Out of Stem Cells

Artificial Muscles Created Out of Stem Cells via Extreme Longevity by Lyle J. Dennis, M.D. on 12/1/11 A significant problem encountered in the elderly is the loss of muscle mass and strength.
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The demise of quality content on the web

The demise of quality content on the web | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

This a great blog post from Rian van der Merwe , describing the noise you can find on the web now, and especially content just created for SEO purposes or advertisers. As many, Rian is tired of it.

 

"I used to believe that if you write with passion and clarity about a topic you know well (or want to know more about), you will find and build an audience. I believed that maybe, if you’re smart about it, you could find a way for some part of that audience to pay you money to sustain whatever obsession drove you to self-publishing"

 

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Karen Dietz's comment, December 4, 2011 12:23 PM
Great post and comments Jan! Looking forward to 2012.
janlgordon's comment, December 4, 2011 2:59 PM
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Thanks Karen! 2012 is going to be an amazing year for all of us!!
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Quality Matters!

A MUST read!!!

Check also:

http://www.scoop.it/webwizard

http://www.scoop.it/t/the-scoop-it-spotlight

http://blog.scoop.it/en/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/

 

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Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "The Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board reaches 1,600 members"

Nanotechnology Now - Press Release: "The Lifeboat Foundation Advisory Board reaches 1,600 members" | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
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Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists - Technology Review

Human Brain Is Limiting Global Data Growth, Say Computer Scientists  - Technology Review | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
Evidence has emerged that the brain's capacity to absorb information is limiting the amount of data humanity can produce...

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We're in trouble: time to limit future warming to just 2°C has nearly run out

We're in trouble: time to limit future warming to just 2°C has nearly run out | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Two reports suggest that the goals for limiting climate change are rapidly slipping out of reach, even though the world's energy economy is in the midst of enormous change.


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Artifical Intelligence

a nice overview of the subject by German scientists via future now - Deutsche Welle


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Local or Global: Supporting Sustainable Thinking Through the Avoidance of Either/Or Thinking

Local or Global: Supporting Sustainable Thinking Through the Avoidance of Either/Or Thinking | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

I have noticed an increasing tension residing in sustainability conversations as to whether the primary focus of attention should be on local or global development, community or organization change.


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'Little Chance' of Saving Stranded Mars Probe : Discovery News

'Little Chance' of Saving Stranded Mars Probe : Discovery News | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The deputy head of the Russian space agency has admitted that the Phobos-Grunt mission is likely lost.

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Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet

Looks like Congress has declared war on the internet | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
A new copyright bill proposed in the House would give governments and private corporations unprecedented powers to remove websites from the internet completely, on the flimsiest of grounds, and would also force internet service providers to play...
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Plan to establish first lunar base and gas stations in space

Plan to establish first lunar base and gas stations in space | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Imagine if every time you went for on a trip, you had to carry all the fuel required to get you to your destination and back - even if that trip was to a place far, far away, like say Mars.

Project would only be the cost of a North Sea Oil complex: $15B. And would be ready by 2020. Realistic? Optimistic?


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Scientists Are Doing Their Most Creative Work Later In Life

Scientists Are Doing Their Most Creative Work Later In Life | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The hard work and creative thinking it takes to do research worthy of winning a Nobel Prize is certainly enough to give scientists a gray hair or two. But these days, there’s probably a simpler explanation for why these bright lights of science are sporting gray hair—they’re older.

 

According to a study by economists Benjamin F. Jones, of Northwestern University, and Bruce A. Weinberg, of Ohio State University, the average age at which Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Physics, and Chemistry do their prizewinning work is on the rise (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1102895108) More than half of the Nobel Laureates in Chemistry from 1901 to 1960 did their prizewinning work by the time they were 40. Since 1961, prizewinners were more likely to have done their acclaimed work after their 40th birthday.

 

At first blush, Jones and Weinberg’s study may seem like good news for researchers who don’t have to think of themselves as past their prime just because they’re past their 40th birthday. But Jones tells C&EN that the implication of his finding is a bit less rosy: Scientist may be spending their most creative years being trained, as doctoral students and as postdocs, rather than doing their own innovative research.

 

“There’s a long-standing view that people are at their most productive as innovators early in their life cycle,” Jones says. But, he points out, if it’s true that people have to become experts before they can innovate, then scientists are spending more of their years training and less of their time innovating. Consequently, their lifetime contributions as scholars are going to be smaller. Jones estimates the decline in a given researcher’s career output is as high as 30%.

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This Is How We Think: Learning in Public After the Paradigm Shift | text2cloud

This Is How We Think: Learning in Public After the Paradigm Shift | text2cloud | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
This is How We Think: Learning in Public After the Paradigm ShiftIn “This is How We Think,” Richard E. Miller and Paul D.
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Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance

Accessibility vs. access: How the rhetoric of “rare” is changing in the age of information abundance | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
"You can be the sole owner of a Jackson Pollock or a Blue Mauritius but not of a piece of information — not for long, anyway."...
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Chinese Wages Too High - Now Hiring Robots

Chinese Wages Too High - Now Hiring Robots | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
China's largest employer is Foxconn, a Taiwanese-owned company which has nearly 1 million employees.

American companies using slave labor in sweatshops for Foxconn: Amazon.com, Apple Inc., Barnes & Noble, Intel, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, Dell, Microsoft, Motorola, and Vizio.


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Synthetic biology: edging toward the clinic

Synthetic biology: edging toward the clinic | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Slowly, slowly, synthetic biology has been inching toward clinical applications. Those closest to this decade-old field say the time has come to test it against some of the most pressing global clinical challenges.

The goal of synthetic biology is the manipulation of biological cells in a predictable and rational fashion at the molecular level to carry out a given task efficiently and reliably at a cost of mere pennies. James J. Collins, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator at Boston University, explains that over time, the community has become more efficient and savvy in manipulating biomolecules “to reprogram organisms and endow them with novel functions.” While some researchers are focusing on environmental, energy, and commodity chemical production issues, others are tackling longstanding biomedical problems.


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Overload Stories » Guest column: Memory in the Age of the Internet – The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same?

Overload Stories » Guest column: Memory in the Age of the Internet – The More Things Change, The More They Remain The Same? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Almost everyone can identify with the following situation: Your cell phone runs out of battery power, and you need to make a call. A friend graciously offers to let you use his phone, but as you attempt to make the call you realize that you have no idea what the actual number is of the person you are trying to reach. Now flash back 15 years and try again. Odds are you would have had much better luck, because you would have had to memorize that number, instead of relying on the contact list in your phone...


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Hyperwarming climate could turn Earth's poles green

Hyperwarming climate could turn Earth's poles green | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

An era of ice that has gripped Earth's poles for 35 million years could come to an end as extreme global warming really begins to bite. Previously unknown sources of positive feedback - including "hyperwarming" that was last seen on Earth half a billion years ago - may push global temperatures high enough to send Earth into a hothouse state with tropical forests growing close to the poles.

Climate scientists typically limit themselves to the 21st century when predicting how human activity will affect global temperatures. The latest predictions are bolder, though: the first systematic forecasts through to 2300 are beginning to arrive.


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Crisis Thinkers: discussing the dynamics of political protest

Crisis Thinkers: discussing the dynamics of political protest | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
In the last post I drew upon Charles Tilly’s framework for understanding what he called contentious politics to shed some light on the tactics of OWC and aligned movements. That post analysed var...
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Biomimicry: Your Next Big Business Idea Will Be Inspired By Nature | Ideate

Biomimicry: Your Next Big Business Idea Will Be Inspired By Nature | Ideate | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Business ideas over the past few years have all been about biotechnology and digital; but the next big thing is biomimicry. Bio-what? we hear you ask. Biomimicry is science, engineering, and design inspired by the natural world.


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New Study: People Outsource Their Ignorance to Government - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine

New Study: People Outsource Their Ignorance to Government - Hit & Run : Reason Magazine | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

The less people know about important complex issues such as the economy, energy consumption and the environment, the more they want to avoid becoming well-informed, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.


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Bull beware: Truth goggles sniff out suspicious sentences in news

Bull beware: Truth goggles sniff out suspicious sentences in news | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
A graduate student at the MIT Media Lab is writing software that can highlight false claims in articles, just like spell check.

 

You’re reading a wrap-up of the Sept. 22 Republican presidential debate when you land on this claim from Rep. Michele Bachmann: “President Obama has the lowest public approval ratings of any president in modern times.”

 

Really? You start googling for evidence. Maybe you scour the blogs or the fact-checking sites. It takes work, all that critical thinking.

 

That’s why Dan Schultz, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab (and newly named Knight-Mozilla fellow for 2012), is devoting his thesis to automatic bullshit detection. Schultz is building what he calls truth goggles...

 

[Must-read. Is this the coolest app ever or what? Politicians, PR spinners and liars must be trembling in their boots - JD ]


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Computerised contact lens will keep you up to date with news and texts

Computerised contact lens will keep you up to date with news and texts | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Imagine catching up with your texts, social networking and perhaps the news without having to log on to a computer or even glance at a smartphone. Messages and images would simply appear in front of your eyes, generated by a computerised contact lens.

 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2064543/Computerised-contact-lens-date-news-texts.html#ixzz1eVs3FGX9


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