Why Isn’t What’s Good for Microsoft Good for the Country?

It used to be said that what was good for General Motors was good for the country. The thinking was that by supporting the engines of prosperity, we’re all going to be better off. Yet it would also seem that, in many cases at least, what makes industry successful can also improve the public sector.

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Serious Games Uncover Principles for Designing RNA Molecules

Via: EteRNA - Played by Humans, Scored by Nature

Investigators at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University have launched an online Serious Game that challenges players to design new ways to fold RNA molecules.

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Art Is Like Viagra for Science. Art and Science Complement Each Other in All Forms of Sense-Making. The Magic Formula for Innovation.

“If you’ve never been lost you’ll never end up getting anywhere new”. That was a great opening line when Dan Widen tried to sum up his observations on day one of the event. It was the first time I met him in person and I must say I really like him. Not only his achievements but his personal style of reflections.

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19th Century Neuromarketing?

by: Roger Dooley

Scientists have been trying to explain human behavior for centuries, and one of the more interesting techniques was phrenology, or the use of head shapes to characterize personality. This collection of tiny heads is from the British Science Museum, which explains:

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Thinking about Processes as 'Science' and 'Art'

by: John Caddell

One of my most gratifying but ultimately unsuccessful work assignments was to create an offering to open up an attractive new market segment. It was gratifying because many things went well–we developed a strong brand, quickly took up a position of authority and insight, and sold several important deals.

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Facts & Theories

by: Jonathan Salem Baskin

(note: this is part 2 in this week's 5-part series on the brandification of our lives).

Shorthand is anathema to science, isn't it? 

So are metaphor and analogy. Ditto for most any sort of imaginative modeling. Anything that might truly help communicate a scientific theory, or observable fact, generally confounds the invention of such concepts. The what invariably gets all messed up with the why, and versa visa.

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Social Media Is Changing the Shape of Scientific Debate

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The Perils of Science by Twitter

by: Iqbal Mohammed

In a recent blog post, Neil Perkin notes the adoption of Twitter to announce major scientific discoveries.

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Serious Games Predict Crowd Behavior in Dense Urban Settings

by: Eliane Alhadeff

Scientists who want to see how a crowd behaves in an emergency can now shout "Fire!" on a city street and watch everyone panic and run thanks to a newly developed computer simulation.

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The Biased Frontier

by: C. Sven Johnson

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