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Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have reversed depression-like behaviors in mice in an unexpected way. Rather than silencing the hyperactive neurons that triggered the rodents’ symptoms, the team boosted their activity even further. This triggered a compensatory, self-tuning response that brought the neurons’ firing—and the rodents’ behaviors—back to normal. “There’s a saying in Chinese: If you push something to an extreme, the only way it can go is in the opposite direction,” said Ming-Hu Han, who led the study, published today April 17 in Science. Although his team needs to confirm their results in humans, Han added, “it could give us new avenues for treating depression that are conceptually very different to the classical therapeutic strategy.” Rather than identifying the cause of an illness and reversing it, it may be possible to push those causes even harder and get the body to right itself.
Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York have reversed depression-like behaviors in mice in an unexpected way. Rather than silencing the hyperactive neurons that triggered the ...
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A couple of days ago, the European Commission chose the ten finalists of the second Social Innovation Competition, a contest launched last year in memory of Portuguese computer scientist and politician Diogo Vasconcelos. The contest was set up to encourage and reward social innovations that have a real impact on helping unemployed people get jobs or create new opportunities for work across the Union. The ten project were selected among over 1,200 proposals. Though not strictly “technological”, most of these projects have some tech in them, mainly in the use of the Internet as a social interaction platform, and, in some cases, in the development of innovative recycling processes to produce new stuff from waste. See below a quick summary of the proposals.
A couple of days ago, the European Commission chose the ten finalists of the second Social Innovation Competition, a contest launched last year in memory of Portuguese computer scientist and politi...
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Cities have always been shaped by transport, and the planning and design of cities have always impacted on transport choices. Rising car ownership after the Second World War freed developers from the need to build homes within walking distance of public transport, shops and services, and at the same time, lobbying by car manufacturers, government investment in road building, and changes in planning policy and development economics helped make the car the primary mode of transport. “We are nourishing at immense cost a monster of great destructiveness. And yet we love him dearly…” still rings true.  Many people continue to aspire to car ownership, or view owning a car as essential to maintaining a high quality of life. And who are we to deny them when electric cars will soon wean us off carbon dioxide emitting toxic fossil fuels?
Cities have always been shaped by transport, and the planning and design of cities have always impacted on transport choices. Rising car ownership after the Second World War freed developers from t...
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The US government does not represent the interests of the majority of the country’s citizens, but is instead ruled by those of the rich and powerful, a new study from Princeton and Northwestern Universities has concluded. The report, entitled Testing Theories of American Politics: Elites, Interest Groups, and Average Citizens, used extensive policy data collected from between the years of 1981 and 2002 to empirically determine the state of the US political system. Researchers concluded that US government policies rarely align with the preferences of the majority of Americans, but do favour special interests and lobbying organisations:  “When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.”  This paper reports on using a unique data set that includes measures of the key variables for 1,779 policy issues. Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence. The results provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination and for theories of  Biased Pluralism, but not for theories of Majoritarian Electoral Democracy or Majoritarian Pluralism.
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For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science fiction has become a startling reality. Recording memories, telepathy, videotaping our dreams, mind control, avatars, and telekinesis are not only possible; they already exist. The Future of the Mind gives us an authoritative and compelling look at the astonishing research being done in top laboratories around the world—all based on the latest advancements in neuroscience and physics.  One day we might have a “smart pill” that can enhance our cognition; be able to upload our brain to a computer, neuron for neuron; send thoughts and emotions around the world on a “brain-net“; control computers and robots with our mind; push the very limits of immortality and perhaps even send our consciousness across the universe.  Dr. Kaku takes us on a grand tour of what the future might hold, giving us not only a solid sense of how the brain functionsbut also how these technologies will change our daily lives. He even presents a radically new way to think about “consciousness” and applies it to provide fresh insight into mental illness, artificial intelligence and alien consciousness. With Dr. Kaku’s deep understanding of modern science andkeen eye for future developments, The Future of the Mind is a scientific tour de force–an extraordinary, mind-boggling exploration of the frontiers of neuroscience.
For the first time in history, the secrets of the living brain are being revealed by a battery of high tech brain scans devised by physicists. Now what was once solely the province of science ficti...
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As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask how we got this way and how we can change. Having lived in Europe for three months last summer, I can speak for other Americans who have traveled to other locales and marveled at the high quality of living in those places – especially compared to the automobile-dependant, lifeless cities of the U.S.  How we got to be a largely car-dependant, unhealthy society has to do with the early surrender of our cities to cars without the balancing mechanism of maintaining our streetcar and bicycle modes, which had been prominent in nearly all American towns of more than 10,000 people up until the 1930’s. Today, several European cities, most notably Amsterdam and Copenhagen, have become models in the utilization of the simple bicycle as a major tool in the restoring of transportation balance and sustainability to their urban fabrics.
As Americans grapple with a wide range of societal problems like obesity and other health issues, traffic gridlock and reduced family time, and socially isolated city-centers, we might stop to ask ...
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La disciplina che si occupa di studiare soluzioni innovative imitando i comportamenti e le tattiche della natura è detta Biomimetica (Biomimetics o Biomimicry in inglese) e a tal riguardo Cristiana Favretto mi dice: “Noi seguiamo i principi della Biomimetica per creare prodotti, processi e strategie d’azione innovative. Come i prodotti e i processi del mondo naturale, i prodotti e i processi che sviluppiamo sono sostenibili, efficaci, energeticamente efficienti e in grado di ottimizzare l’uso delle risorse. I sistemi naturali usano solo energie rinnovabili ed ottimizzano l’uso delle risorse perchè il concetto di scarto non esiste, ma lo scarto di una specie è il nutrimento di un’altra specie”. Poi aggiunge: “I principi della biomimetica si possono applicare a moltissimi campi, dalla scala piccola, ad esempio la produzione di nuovi materiali che copiano i materiali naturali, alla scala dell’architettura e dell’urbanistica che copia i metodi di organizzazione dei sistemi naturali complessi (ad esempio un bosco) per adattarli ai metodi di organizzazione ad esempio delle città. Inoltre l’efficienza delle piante ad esempio nel depurare l’acqua o l’aria può anche essere applicata al design”.
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La disciplina che si occupa di studiare soluzioni innovative imitando i comportamenti e le tattiche della natura è detta Biomimetica (Biomimetics o Biomimicry in inglese) e a tal riguardo Cristiana...
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Although life expectancy has been rising for Americans as a whole, the people who live in this country aren’t necessary sharing those gains equally. Wealthy people are enjoying longer lifespans than lower income Americans, according to a new analysis from Brookings Institute researchers, and the gap is threatening to get wider. By the age of 55 years old, the average American man in the richest 10 percent of the county can expect to live another 35 years. But the average man in the poorest 10 percent only has about 24 years left. And the discrepancy is even starker among women, since low-income women’s life expectancy has actually been declining
Although life expectancy has been rising for Americans as a whole, the people who live in this country aren’t necessary sharing those gains equally. Wealthy people are enjoying longer lifespans tha...
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Something I have always dreamed about has become a reality. It is called an agrihood, a residential neighborhood with a farm at the center—not a golf course, club house or pool, but something really sensible: fresh, organic food! My dream of long ago was to buy up a large track of land in New England where I live, invite family and friends to invest, and build homes around a central place to grow our own food and be self-sustainable. In one model neighborhood called Agritopia, a small community based near Phoenix that currently counts 152 families, grows fruit trees, grapes and raises animals. For $100 per month, members go to the town farm to pick up groceries. The central “square” also functions as a community hub with a coffeehouse and a farm-to-table restaurant. Agritopia is also in the process of creating “Generations at Agritopia” for independent and assisted living.
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    Founder & Director, 2005 - present
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    International Consultant, 1980 - 2004
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    Research Fellow at: Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza" (Italia); University of Cambridge (UK); Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) (México); and, Universidad de Chile (Chile), 1980 - 2000
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Action learning interdisciplinary research to support systemic change learning. Curating a large open e-library of the "Learning Change Project". Organizing small groups learning by reading lists journeys into complex topics.
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Italy, UK, Mexico, Brasil & Chile - Brasilia Brasil - Mexico Mexico - Roma Italia - Cambridge UK - Brighton, UK - Santiago Chile - Lucca Italy