Monthly Archives: June 2014

Securitization of Biomedical Research

MIT’s Andy Lo has published another article about the securitization of biomedical research, this time proposing a private-public partnership specifically to create therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.  Pharmalot interviewed Andy and Derek Lowe has some comments. I heard Andy talk about his proposal at … Continue reading

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Clayton Christensen Demolishes Jill Lepore’s Critique of Disruptive Innovation

Last week, the New Yorker published Harvard historian Jill Lepore’s sharply worded critique of both Clayton Christensen and his theory of disruptive innovation.  Some journalists piled on, further deriding “disruption zealots” and their leader, while others jumped to Christensen’s defense.  Meanwhile, Drake Bennet at Business Week … Continue reading

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Under the Grand Chapiteau

… of Cirque du Soleil.  In the rigging there is an incredible amalgamation of technology and artistry that extends the capabilities of performers in astonishing ways.

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NASA Makes Progress on World’s Largest Rocket

Yahoo News has a short video on the progress NASA is making developing the Space Launch System (SLS), which would be the world’s largest rocket when operational.  Unfortunately, what NASA has produced to date is mostly scale models and animated movies, with the … Continue reading

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Los Angeles County is Moving All Employees to the Cloud

All 100,000 LA County employees, including 20,000 police are moving to Office 365 for their business work environment. Besides the savings from consolidating various department installations into one contract, cutting maintenance costs, and only paying for active employees, security was … Continue reading

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Paper Airplanes Transform Into Tiny Drones

From the WSJ: Fold a sheet of paper a few times, clip on a tiny propeller and rudder, launch an iPhone app, and you have a mini drone.

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material, in new research elegantly explained by Cindi May: Research by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more. … Continue reading

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The Future of Work Looks Like a UPS Truck

UPS used to be a trucking company.  Now it’s a technology company; every truck a rolling computer with artificial intelligence tracking wherever the vehicle and its packages go, trying to make deliveries quicker and more efficient.  At the center of the entire web … Continue reading

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