Science & Technology

Big data meets modern medicine in a life-saving equation
There are so many ways to spend money on health care, but which offer the most bang for the buck? Dr. Chris Murray is trying to answer that question with an equation that measures the impact of different interventions. Countries that rely on big data have made big strides in health care, but some say the system ignores the human side of medicine.

Tim Berners-Lee on the Future of the Internet
Tim Berners-Lee, father of the world wide web, discusses the future of the internet, as Justin Rowlatt reports from the Science Museum's newly-opened Information Age gallery. Justin gets a sneak pre-opening tour from curator Tilly Blythe. Among the exhibits - including the server on which Tim first coded the web - he speaks to internet pioneer Martha Lane Fox, and to the founder of Acorn Computers and chip-maker ARM, Hermann Hauser.

In The Battle Between Lyft And Uber, The Focus Is On Drivers
Hundreds of thousands of people drive for Uber in the U.S. The ride-hailing company has had high-profile fights in courts and city halls over the status of these drivers: Are they employees or contractors? Can they unionize? A fight that's gotten far less attention — one that may affect drivers far more — is the competition between Uber and its main rival, Lyft. Competition for drivers is so great that, about a year ago, Uber sent covert operatives into Lyft cars — to recruit.

Around half of newspaper readers rely only on print edition
This weekend, Boston Globe editorial employees received an unusual request: Could anyone run a paper route? Due to problems with the paper’s new distributor, some home subscribers had not received their print editions. About 200 Globe workers responded to the call, and hand-delivered copies to local residents. Although the paper announced Tuesday that it was returning to its old distributor for help with home deliveries, the Globe situation is a reminder that even in the digital era, many local news consumers still rely on the print product for their news.

How Oregon is investing in the next generation of blue collar workers
Over the next decade, economists and business leaders say America faces a shortage of millions of skilled workers for blue collar jobs as Baby Boomers retire. Now, Oregon is planning ahead by ramping up efforts to train Generation X'ers and Millennials to fill middle-skill job openings in technical fields.

What a reusable rocket means for the future of spaceflight
A SpaceX rocket made a historic landing Monday night. After taking off from Cape Canaveral, the rocket booster landed gently back on Earth, suggesting a possible future for reusable rockets.

Future of Solar Energy
BBC Discovery - Roland Pease looks into perovskites - the materials enthusiasts say could transform solar power. Solar power is the fastest growing form of renewable energy. But most of it is collected by panels made of silicon - the material that also goes into computer chips. But silicon is an old technology, and researchers have long sought a material that is both better at capturing sunlight. And cheaper to make. Perovskites, which first emerged into the lab just a few years ago, promise to be just that material. Roland Pease meets the experts who have made this happen, and finds out what makes perovskites so good - and what wrinkles still have to be ironed out.

In pictures: Best space images of 2013
BBC News - SCIENCE & ENVIRONMENT picture gallery.

Tech's next feats? Maybe on-demand kidneys, robot sex, cheap solar, lab meat
Optimists at Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University are pushing the frontiers of human progress through innovation and emerging technologies, looking to greater longevity and better health. As part of his series on Making $ense of financial news, Paul Solman explores a future of "exponential growth."

Olympus BioScapes 2013 Winners Gallery
“Thumbnail images of the Olympus BioScapes 2013 winners and honorable mentions are displayed in this gallery. In order to view a larger version of the images (or to play videos), please click on the individual thumbnails.

Lunar Solar Power Generation - LUNA RING
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” - Eleanor Roosevelt.

While the distinction between a visionaries and a dreamers might sometimes be blurred, they can both be an inspiration to those who try to convert their aspirations into reality. The following article relates to a similarly grandiose and visionary project: The Global Energy Network Equipped with Solar cells and Superconductor grids - GENESIS.

It is interesting to note that the earliest reference to this concept project was in 1989 (see reference 3 in the above article). It was presented in Sydney at the 4th Australian & New Zealand Photo-Voltaic Solar Energy Conference (PVSEC 4).

The New York Times: In a Breathtaking First, NASA’s Voyager 1 Exits the Solar System
By today’s standards, the spacecraft’s technology is laughable: it carries an 8-track tape recorder and computers with one-240,000th the memory of a low-end iPhone. When it left Earth 36 years ago, it was designed as a four-year mission to Saturn, and everything after that was gravy...

The Popular Science Digital Archive Lets You Explore Every Science and Technology-Filled Edition Since 1872 | Open Culture
Popular Science is the fifth oldest continuously-published monthly magazine—a long way of saying that the magazine has done a fine job of maintaining a niche in a crazily fast-paced industry. Founded in 1872 by science writer Edward Youmans to reach an audience of educated laypeople, Popular Science today combines reviews of the latest gadgets with stories about innovation in design and science. It’s an organized mishmash of news about “the future now,” liberally defined. A recent issue included stories about the military’s use of 3-D printing and an astrophysicist who questions whether Shakespeare wrote the entire Folio.

With that kind of breadth, the magazine’s archives cover just about everything. And it’s easy to browse through back issues, dating all the way back to 1872, since the magazine teamed up with Google to put a searchable archive on the web. The earliest issues, like this one from February 1920, feature color covers that bring to mind science fiction with a fascination for the imagined future..

ABC - The Business: Extended interview with Rohit Ghandi and Ted Pretty
Companies push themselves into the digital age with mixed success, but many of the top tech services businesses are from India. Giant telco services company Tech Mahindra, announced its first quarterly results since its formal merger with a giant IT services company. Profits for the June quarter were up 27% on last year. The leadership team was in Sydney to talk to analysts and clients and Ticky Fullerton caught up with Rohit Gandhi, senior vice president for Asia Pacific, India, Middle East & Africa and Ted Pretty, the Advisory Chairman for Australia and New Zealand.

NASA turns 55: An Ars Technica tribute to space flight
A half-century of missions, from Mercury to the Mars Science Laboratory and beyond - by Lee Hutchinson.

PBS Newshour: Chopra Brothers Tell Story of How They Became Americans and Doctors in Memoir
In their new memoir, "Brotherhood: Dharma, Destiny and the American Dream," Deepak and Sanjiv Chopra tell their family story, first as immigrants, then as Americans and how they grew up to become physicians with expertise in very different fields. Jeffrey Brown talks with the Chopras about their journey to America as brothers.

How to Woo a Cicada
A curious discovery by environmental scientists John R. Cooley and Dave Marshall allows them to study the humble cicada in more detail...

Temple Grandin Explores the Autistic Brain
Bestselling author and animal scientist Temple Grandin first made a name for herself with her ground breaking work designing more humane slaughterhouses. Grandin is autistic, and she says that her autism gives her unique insight into animal behaviour. Today, she is also a leading advocate for autistics and was the subject of an Emmy-Award winning HBO film starring Clare Danes. Grandin joins Rachael Myrow from npr's KQED Radio to discuss her new book "The Autistic Brain."

PBS Newshour: Seven Foods You Think Are Healthy But Aren't
Former New York Times reporter Melanie Warner's research started as "an earnest attempt to understand the true meaning of labeling on the packages of the foods so many of us eat but became a larger journey. She stopped by the PBS NewsHour recently to talk with Hari Sreenivasan about what she considers to be "processed food," how it affects the human body and steps people can take to eat a little healthier in a nation where they have become so prevalent.

ABC - The Business: British billionaire Sir James Dyson talks innovation and invention.
He's a knight of the realm who's become a household name. Sir James Dyson is best known for the invention of the Dyson bagless vaccum cleaner. He's far from an overnight success, but as Sir James told the ABC's Chief Reporter Andrew Robertson, if you want to succeed don't be afraid of failure.

Charlie Rose - Jeff Bezos
In this interview, Jeff Bezos and Charlie Rose discuss the secrets to Amazon's successs with interesting insights into how Amazon maintains its focus on the customer, how it conducts business meetings and presentations and much more.

NASA-NOAA Satellite Reveals New Views of Earth at Night
On  December 5, 2012 NASA scientists unveiled an unprecedented new look at our planet at night. A global composite image, constructed using cloud-free night images from a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite, shows the glow of natural and human-built phenomena across the planet in greater detail than ever before.

Gartner Identifies the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013
On October 23, 2012 Gartner, Inc. highlighted the top 10 technologies and trends that will be strategic for most organizations in 2013. Gartner's research is highly regarded by IT service providers and forms part of their strategic planning and positioning for coming periods.

How curiosity begat Curiosity
In this Los Angeles Times article, Ahmed Zewail, winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in chemistry ponders how American innovation and leadership put the rover Curiosity on Mars. However, he urgres the American people to recommit to the wise vision that made it happen — otherwise the sun of innovation will come from the east.

Google's Self-Driving Car Takes Blind Man for a Ride
In this's online feature, Angela Moscaritolo writes that while most of us can only dream about one day getting the chance to sit behind the wheel of one of Google's revolutionary self-driving cars, one lucky California man recently did just that.

Carl Sagan Presents Six Lectures on Exploring Mars & the Rest of Our Solar System
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures for Children – it’s a tradition that began back in 1825 when the inventor Michael Faraday organized an annual lecture series for kids, hoping to instill in a younger generation a love for science. Almost two centuries later, the tradition continues. Eminent figures like Sir David Attenborough and Richard Dawkins (watch here) presented lectures to youngsters in 1973 and 1991 (respectively). And the great astronomer Carl Sagan took his turn in 1977, offering six lectures on our solar system. The first two talks offer a broad overview of the planetary system, setting the stage for three presentations (see below) dedicated to Mars, a topic that holds special interest this week. With NASA just having landed its rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars, it’s particularly interesting to watch Sagan talk about the knowledge gained from early NASA orbiters, particularly the Mariner and Viking missions. In a rather timely way, Sagan’s lectures put the Curiosity mission in a grander historical context, a deeper history of space exploration.

big think: How World of Warcraft Could Save Your Business and The Economy
What’s the Big Idea? The rapid growth of technology has created a yawning culture chasm between the Millenial Generation and its elders (Generation X and the Baby Boomers), and possibly even between the Millenials and the digital natives to come, those born with an iPhone in one hand and an iPod in the other. Certainly the grownups are aware that they can’t afford to ignore social media. And the startups springing up daily in Silicon Valley and Alley have “social” and “interactivity” written into their very DNA. Yet for the most part, ignorance, a sense of alienation, and slow-moving bureaucratic protocols result in businesses adapting to these changes slowly and halfheartedly, and getting outpaced by younger, leaner rivals. John Seely Brown is the rare Baby Boomer who is completely at home in the age of digital flux. The author of A New Culture of Learning, which has become the unrivaled manifesto of lifelong, online learning, JSB (as he’s often called) is known by many names, including, most fittingly, Chief of Confusion – given his total embrace of uncertainty as a creative force. It is worth reading the comments to this provocative thought piece as much as it is to consider the main thesis of this "big think" feature by Jason Gots.

Older adults and internet use
This 2003 "Rolling Stone" interview provides further insight into one of the most successful consumer brands of our time.

2001 Academy of Achievement interview with Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Making the World's Information Accessible
2000 Academy of Achievement interview with Founding Google CEOs Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Dennis Hopper on The Johnny Cash Show
Dennis Hopper reads "If" by Rudyard Kipling on the Johnny Cash Show in September 1970.
In this research report from 6 June 2012, published by the Pew Research Center, authors Kathryn Zickuhr and Mary Madden analyse use of the Internet by older people. In their study of USA seniors, they find that for the first time more than 50% use the Internet and of these 70% use it on a normal day. Over a timeframe of just two years to April 2011, use of social networking sites by Intenet users over the age of 65 has increased by over 150% from 13% to 33%. This report also looks at use of cellphones and provides an interesting glimpse into technology adoptation by the older generation.

Charlie Rose interview with Larry Page, Founder & CEO, Google
In this interview, Larry Page and Charlie Rose discuss developments on the Internet, providing insight into the importance of universities played in the start up of some of start-ups, the role of silicon valley, developments in social media and other aspects of the IT industry.

Neil Young on the Travesty of MP3s
This link takes you to the Open Culture website, where an interview with Neil Young at the Wall Street Journal’s “D: Dive Into Media” conference is shown. In the interview he voiced his disapproval of the way music is being heard these days. “We live in a digital age,” Young said, “and unfortunately it’s degrading our music, not improving it.” Young is deeply dissatisfied with the sound quality of compressed MP3 digital files, which he said carry only five percent of the data from the original vinyl or master recordings. “It’s not that digital is bad or inferior,” he told the Journal‘s Walt Mossberg and Peter Kafka. “It’s that the way it’s being used is not sufficient to transfer the depth of the art.”

BBC World Service: Peter Day hears about the future for technology from Mark Anderson
At this time of the year Mark Anderson tells Peter Day at the BBC World Service which way the technology winds are blowing in the USA. Mark is a technology commentator and his trend spotting emails are subscribed to by some very influential people in the hi-tech industry. At the end of every year, Mark Anderson takes a look ahead at ten of the key things he thinks will prove to be significant over the coming 12 months.

GLOBAL DIGITAL COMMUNICATION: Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide
This article from the Pew Research Centre analyses how social networking and texting usage of mobile phones differs by age and education.

GlobalBiz: Cyber Security
The BBC's Peter Day asks how safe is Cyberspace? Mobile phones and social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have meant that we now readily give up personal information in public that not so long ago would have seemed intrusive. But this freedom is not without its’ downside. Threats to personal security and details as well as the security of corporations, intellectual property and even democracy in some cases. Peter Day talks to 4 cyber security experts to find out what is really happening and what we can do to minimise the risk.

The Book is Dead. Long Live the Book!  - Think Tank - Big Think
Hard, Cold Fact: In January 2011, Amazon's ebook sales, up 200% from the previous January, outstripped paperback sales for the first time ever. The digital tsunami has finally reached the shores of Big Publishing. How is the industry responding? On the whole, sluggishly – with a few notable exceptions.

Eugene Kaspersky: Global Cybercrime - Science & Technology - Big Ideas - ABC TV
Eugene Kaspersky is co-founder ol Kaspersky Lab talks about global cybercrime, what are the main challenges and threats faced by the international community and the possible side effects of our swift evolution of digital devices, networks and online services.

On a visit to Australia, Kaspersky gave a keynote at the Big Picture Seminar to a roomful of high-powered geeks, organised by the industry group NICTA, or National Information and Communications Technology Australia.

Larry Page's First 100 Days as Google CEO: Focus, Focus, Focus
In this "The Atlantic" article, Alexis Madrigal considers the early impact Larry Page's appointment to the CEO position at Google on 4 April 2011 had on the business.

HubbleSite - Out of the ordinary...out of this world
Amazing pictures in the Hubble telescope web site, via the gallery, then to picture album and then into the categories like solar system, stars, nebulae and galaxies.

Nikon Small World - Gallery
The Nikon International Small World Photomicrography Competition began in 1974 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Peering into the small worlds of animal, plants and minerals using many techniques and different instruments, this year's entries brought us images of crystalline formations, fluorescent body parts, cellular structures and more, valuable for both their beauty and insight. The slide show attached shows the best 120 entries in the 2010 competition.

Blackberry Sketch
This BBC program has greatly assisted the Celeste Investment Team in getting its head around rapid technological change in the IT sector. 

Nuclear Power in Lithuania - Where Should Radioactive Waste Go?,,15034988,00.html
2011 "GLOBAL 3000 Program" by Deutsche Welle..........given the decisions in Germany, Switzerland and now Italy, the Lithuanian nuclear demolition issue noted here is quite prescient.
Steve Jobs: The Next Insanely Great Thing
A 2011 interview by Gary Wolf on "Wired", with Apple Founder Steve Jobs.
Lester Bangs' Basement
This 2011 Slate Magazine article by Bill Wyman is about what it means to have all music instantly available.
In this 2011 ABC "Big Ideas" program, Author, Journalist, Biographer and three times finalist for the Pulitzer Prize James Gleick talks to Robyn Williams about information, communication and knowledge in the computer age.

Discovery - The Faynman Variations 
In this 2011 BBC radio program Brian Cox pays tribute to one of the greatest and most original scientists of the 20th century, the physicist Richard Feynman.

Malcolm Gladwell Looks At Technology Innovations
In this 2011 NPR interview, Robert Siegel and Malcolm Gladwell discuss the perception of innovation and what it really means.

On Amazon and the Kindle Reader and why it will Survive the iPad Onslaught
2010 Charlie Rose interview with Jeff Bezos, Founder & CEO,
The Role of Genetics in the Fight against Cancer
2009 Charlie Rose interview with Biologist and Nobel Laureate James Watson on the fight against cancer through modern technology and DNA mapping.

The Cow Whisperer
In this 2008 ABC Rural interview with Will Ockenden and 2010 ABC Dateline program, David Brill look at the extraordinary life of Animal Science Doctor and Professor at Colorado State University, bestselling author, and consultant to the livestock industry on animal behaviour, Temple Grandin. She credits her autism for allowing her to understand how animals think. She’s revolutionised the way slaughterhouses operate, even winning the support of animal rights groups, like PETA.
Against Email
This 2007 article provides an interesting look at the use of email, which is both a blessing and a curse.

Hamlet's Blackberry: Why Paper Is Eternal
This 2006 Discussion Paper by Media Critic and Fellow of Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Centre on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, William Powers, considers the enduring qualities of paper and why news of its death might prove somewhat premature.
The Zen of Jeff Bezos 
In this 2005 "Wired" magazine article, the cool head of talks about the rise of the obscure, taking on Netflix, and why he quit spending on TV advertising. 

Steve Jobs Stanford Commencement Speech 2005
Some interesting insights into the life and tribulations of the inspirational founder of Apple Inc.

Steve Jobs: Rolling Stone's 2003 Interview
In this 2003 Rolling Stone interview by Jeff Goodell, discusses how the Apple co-founder changed the computer industry and then went after the music business.