Monthly Archives: October 2014

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Leading technologist professor Clay Shirky bans use of personal electronics in his classroom

Clay Shirky is a leading technologist who teaches theory and practice of social media at NYU.  He is an advocate and activist for social technology, crowd-sourcing and the free culture movement, but is now asking the students in his Fall seminar to … Continue reading

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Isaac Asimov on Generating New Ideas

Here’s a never before seen essay on creativity by Isaac Asimov, recovered from the files of Arthur Obermayer and reprinted in MIT’s Technology Review. The main recommendation: use informal meetings as a way to educate participants in new facts, and … Continue reading

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U.S. Treasury clampdown on tax inversions continues to ripple through industry: The AbbVie and Shire merger may be off.. The EU’s investigation of Apple’s Irish tax breaks probably had an influence as well. Shenzhen tech ecosystem disrupts Samsung and other … Continue reading

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Measure cosmic rays with your cell phone

CRAYFIS (Cosmic Rays Found in Smartphones) is a cool new project that plans to use the world-wide array of existing smartphones to detect low energy particles produced by high energy comic ray collisions in the atmosphere. From the project website: When … Continue reading

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Super-Resolution Imaging

Today’s 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to three pioneers in the area of super-resolution imaging:  Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell, and W. E. Moerner.  Super-resolution imaging is a set of techniques that allows light microscopes to detect incredibly small … Continue reading

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Beware Institutional Mimicry

One of the most common management pitfalls is the trap of institutional mimicry. Companies that are falling behind, or otherwise need to reinvent themselves, look around at the competition and other relevant benchmarks, and try to copy “what works”.  But instead of … Continue reading

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What it’s like to drive a 3D-printed car

Mashable has Lance Ulanoff’s first person account of what it’s like to drive a 3-D printed car: “singularly awesome!”  The Strati, made by Local Motors, has leather seats, Bridgestone Battlax (motorcycle) wheels, a small Renault Twizy electric motor and a 120 pound … Continue reading

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Science has great news for people who read actual books, but bad news for those who read online.

From Rachel Grate at Arts.Mic: It’s no secret that reading is good for you. Just six minutes of reading is enough to reduce stress by 68%, and numerous studies have shown that reading keeps your brain functioning effectively as you age. One study even … Continue reading

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