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Some one needs to rate the non profits on effectiveness and match that to impact, overlaid with funding; where is the money going compared to who is doing the best you could build a positive feedback loop to change the way funding is deployed. maybe rate foundations, too, on effectiveness vs. dollar allocated. Who's really done something.
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There has to be some sort of +John Kellden filter on this group, a volume of posts regulator or I just have to leave. He does not seem to respond to repeated requests with a consistent behavior change. Thats fine. just not fine for me. So While i find the posts interesting, the #Kelldenvolume is just too high for me.

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to find #innovation, look for the intersection of the physical and digital worlds - via Nova Spivack & Gigaom
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I love the approach of the First People's Fund, as much as I understand it. 
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Underground cities become feasible. Low impact, safe. In threads, Singapore is actively thinking about an R&D science city. "The scientists? they think up things down there and send them up to us. " Maybe that works.
Concept Underground Cities : It does capture the imagination, especially since we live in times where we are less and less certain about how the species will fare over the next century, especially with the backdrop of shrinking area for new development. From the Russian concept city shown here to the Mexican experiment, we now have the technology to 'pipe' sunlight by solar collectors using fiber optic cables and power the city purely by the temperature differential between the surface and subterranean depths.

Article Extract: Twenty feet under Delancey Street in Manhattan is a trolley terminal that hasn’t been used in 65 years—a ghostly space of cobblestones, abandoned tracks and columns supporting vaulted ceilings. An ideal place for the city to store, say, old filing cabinets. Yet when the architect James Ramsey saw it, he imagined a park with paths, benches and trees. A park that could be used in any weather, because it gets no rain. That it also gets no sunlight is a handicap, but not one he couldn’t overcome. If the 20th century belonged to the skyscraper, argues Daniel Barasch, who is working with Ramsey to build New York’s—and possibly the world’s—first underground park, then the frontier of architecture in the 21st is in the basement.

Siberian Concept : An interesting project is proposed by a russian architect, Ab Elise, that has designed a city to be constructed 550-meters deep in an abandoned Siberian mine. It will be able to house about 100,000 people, and according to the project, the city will be ready for 2020. It will be divided in three levels containing vertical farms, residential areas and recreational spaces. It needs a protective glass, with the aim to guard it’s residents from Siberia’s weather.

Smithsonian Link: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/design/The-Next-Frontier-in-Urban-Design-Will-Send-You-Underground-231144371.html

New York looks underground: (Video Link enclosed) : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17914500

Linked article about Tokyo's underground water discharge facility (The Parthenon of Saitama) : http://tonymcnicol.com/2011/01/30/waiting-for-the-flood/

Siberian concept: http://letiziabada.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/underground-cities/


Pics detail: Russian Eco city (http://www.el-ab.ru/comp/comp1.php?lang=en). Mexican concept from Smithsonianmag (Since laws limit the height of new structures in Mexico City, an architect has proposed building a 65-story Earthscraper). The Parthenon of Saitama, courtesy http://tonymcnicol.com/2011/01/30/waiting-for-the-flood/.

#city #underground #sustainability  
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Ancient Neanderthal and Denisovan retroviruses found in Humans : An unrelated (cancer) study shows that retroviruses inserted themselves in Homo Sapiens after the split from the Neanderthal and Denisovan species. While not found in all humans, it goes to show that some of us have more in common with our ancient Neanderthal and Denisovan cousins... interesting indeed.

Article Extract: Neanderthals and Denisovans may be long gone, but their viruses continue to live on inside our bodies. The geneticists who discovered these ancient viruses aren't sure if they're bad for us, but they could make us more susceptible to certain cancers. The conclusion was, was that these Neanderthal and/or Denisovan ERVs must have inserted themselves into their respective genomes after the ancient relatives/human split. But speciation isnt a ‘clean’ break. It's not as if one day there is a human/Neanderthal/Denisovan ancestor, and the next day there are humans and Neanderthals and Denisovans. Speciation is a time consuming, tangled up mess.

Modern humans (Homo sapiens) last shared a common ancestor with two types of archaic hominins, Neandertals and Denisovans, roughly 800,000 years ago, and the population leading to modern H. sapiens separated from that leading to Neandertals and Denisovans roughly 400,000 years ago. Neanderthals co-existed with our ancestors in Europe for thousands of years, but belonged to a different human sub-species. They eventually became extinct around 30,000 years ago.
 
Article Link: http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2013/11/21/neanderthal-and-denisovan-retroviruses-in-you/

Earlier post: Human migration mapping using genetics: http://goo.gl/iy9IjA

Earlier post: Neanderthal cousins may be assimilated in us: http://goo.gl/PfxI2s

Earlier post on interbreeding: http://goo.gl/zYKDZQ

Earlier post on Humans travelled from Asia to America : http://goo.gl/voYyu4

iO9 Link: http://io9.com/modern-humans-are-still-carrying-neanderthal-viruses-1467642087

Research paper: http://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-9822%2813%2901269-4

Scienceblogs link: http://scienceblogs.com/erv/2013/11/21/neanderthal-and-denisovan-retroviruses-in-you/

What is a retrovirus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Retrovirus

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2509455/Neanderthal-viruses-dating-500-000-years-discovered-modern-human-DNA.html

Pics courtesy: Natgeo http://goo.gl/PrQFIM, Smithsonian http://goo.gl/m7Dc9r (Neanderthal Skull: bottom right, Homo Erectus: top right).
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The Bay Area is now the center of the universe. Except for TriBeCa.
20 huge trends that will dominate America's future, some of which are nouns and some of which are whole sentences. The bay area is now the center of the universe, the sharing economy, the Texas growth engine, the great congealing of cities and suburbs, rise of the robots, energy costs have stopped growing, renewables are surging, wearable technology, everyone's living alone (27% is everyone), everyone dates online (38% is everyone), stagflation, the future of housing is renting, obesity is at a crossroads, the gun control debate is over and guns won, the war on drugs is over and drugs won, old Hollywood is dead and old TV is dying, the education bubble has burst, data-driven teacher evaluations, the unintended consequences of Obamacare, and the end of men.
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Unearthing, and repurposing and hacking an ancient monastic rule for a new group of community, open source, tech, change makers, new world makers. 
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