I really like the basic idea of the moonshot thinking. The intersection of “a huge problem to solve, a radical solution for solving it and breakthrough technology to make it happen” is a good start for thought-provoking futures and sustainable visions.
Right now, Technology Moonshots are more science fiction than fact, but will be hopefully soon more fact than science fiction.
Last week, Solve for X gathered 60 entrepreneurs and scientists from around the world to discuss 18 moonshotproposals—world-changing projects that work to address a huge problem, suggest a radical solution and use some form of breakthrough technology to make it work.
Did you know that the seafood choices you make can help support healthy oceans? Not all fish are caught or farmed in environmentally responsible ways, but each of us has the power – by the way we choose to spend our money – to shape demand for seafood that’s been caught or farmed sustainably.
This new video from our Seafood Watch program quickly shows you how you can help protect the ocean just by asking your local grocery store or restaurant if they serve sustainable seafood. The oceans will thank you for it!
The Seafood Watch program provides scientifically based recommendations on what seafood options are best for the environment. You can also download the free Seafood Watch app or pick up a consumer pocket guide today.
This reconstruction, produced by researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany using a technique called digital scanned laser light sheet fluorescence microscopy, shows the movements of all 16,000 cells in an 18-hour-old zebrafish embryo.
To make the film, the researchers injected a fluorescent protein into an embryo at the one cell stage. They began imaging at the 64-cell stage and recorded 370 images, each less than 3 thousandths of a millimeter apart, in multiple directions at 1,226 time points separated by 90 second intervals. The recording was performed at a continuous speed of 10 million voxels (or volume elements) per second, to generate more than 430,000 images totalling 3.5 terabytes of data.
When this enormous data set was used to analyse the three-dimensional pattern of cell division, a symmetry-breaking event was revealed. Before this event, the embryo has no left or right side and is said to be radially symmetrical. When this is broken, the bilaterally symmetrical body plan begins to emerge and the orientation of the future body axes can be accurately predicted.
Stalactite supervisor John Sato examines new formations with disappointment.
"A proper stalactite grows downward," said Sato, "But these younger stalactites are rebellious and have little respect for tradition. We’ve caught them growing sideways, diagonally, I saw one just yesterday that grew down at first but then went straight back up again into the rock ceiling."
Numerous theories abound as to why the stalactites are growing more bold. Some blame global warming for chemical shifts in the dripping minerals. Others feel television is to blame. But Sato has another theory:
"Many stalactites today come from modern rock. Classic rock held superior morals and produced straight stalactites. But modern rock, such as hard rock or acidic rock aren’t so solid. To keep stalactites on course, we must examine both the rocks and the role played by the minerals, the substance they communicate downward. Only with a comprehensive study of rock and role will we come to an understanding of the problem, and begin to move toward a solution. Such as an opaline silica solution, or a 50% fluorite solution."
Others feel that blaming rock is a cop-out, and that the problem lies with society’s standard of binary geological roles. Said Peter Saenz of GLAAD (Geological Land Appraisal And Diagnostics), “Who are we to say a stalactite has to be straight and hook up with a stalagmite? Maybe some stalactites are meant to meet other stalactites, maybe some stalactites want to find their own way through the caves. It’s not for us to dictate.”
This viewpoint has proven controversial, with high ranking clergy at the Vatican stating, “The Bible clearly states that speleothems are between one stalactite and one stalagmite, and that it is the stalactite’s role to descend upon the other.”
Peter Saenz retorts that the Vatican needs to mind its own business about what others go down on.
Google and Amazon Hired These Architects to Invent the Future of Work
NBBJ describes its practices as “computational design,” an approach akin to fashioning a website or mobile app. As much as possible, it tries to anticipate and simulate how a building’s occupants — its users — will experience the spaces they inhabit. From those insights, NBBJ architects can design structures that encourage the kinds of worker behavior that the Samsungs and the Amazons believe will help their businesses succeed.
In the midst of our daily binge of emailing, Tweeting, Facebooking, app downloading and photoshopping it’s almost hard to imagine how anything was done without the help of a computer. For Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo, it’s a time he relishes. At a technology-free drafting table he deftly renders the motion and subtle mathematical brilliance of nature with a pencil, ruler and protractor. Araujo creates complex fields of three dimensional space where butterflies take flight and the logarithmic spirals of shells swirl into existence. He calls the series of work Calculation, and many of his drawings seem to channel the look and feel of illustrations found in Da Vinci’s sketchbooks. In an age when 3D programs can render a digital version of something like this in just minutes, it makes you appreciate Araujo’s remarkable skill. You can see much more here. (viaArchitectureAtlas)