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WHEN Australia’s Chief Scientist says science and scientists are important to the economy, what comes to mind?<p>It might be microscopes or a white lab …

Demonstrating Rosetta’s Philae lander on the Space Station

What role for behavioural economics in public policy?

There has been an explosion of interest in behavioural economics over the past few years, and many interesting studies have shed new light on the …

4 Scenarios Show What Climate Change Will Do To The Earth, From Pretty Bad To Disaster

Climate change is going to do a lot of damage. How bad that damage will be is still under debate.<p>The most recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report left no doubt about the future of the world if we don’t slow the rate at which we release heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. …

Climate Change

The Cities That Spend The Most On Bike Lanes Later Reap The Most Reward

Investing in a network of fully separated bike lanes could save cities huge sums in the long-term. But too little investment in wimpy infrastructure could actually decrease enthusiasm for cycling.<p>For every dollar spent to build new separated bike lanes, cities could save as much as $24 thanks to …

Can Sucking CO2 Out of the Atmosphere Really Work? - MIT Technology Review

Physicist Peter Eisenberger had expected colleagues to react to his idea with skepticism. He was claiming, after all, to have invented a machine that …

Fossil Fuels

The paperless dilemma

EVER since the “paperless office” was first mooted in a <i>Business Week</i> article back in 1975, its estimated time of arrival has always been ten years …

How A City Changes The Evolution Of All The Nature Around It

Plop down millions of people and a ton of infrastructure and it alters the surrounding ecosystem. What’s crazy is that it alters it in the same way, no matter where the city is.<p>Most people reflexively think cities don’t contain nature, but in fact, they are complex ecosystems that just happen to be …

Mind-Bending GIFs Push the Limits of the Format

Micaël Reynaud has been making a name for himself lately by playing with the technical limitations of the GIF, creating looped studies of perspective …

Can the Crowd Solve Medical Mysteries? — NOVA Next

The change in Robert Loop’s twelve-year-old son happened overnight. His wide smile and happy-go-lucky nature vanished into the December night, …

The Industries Plagued by the Most Uncertainty

It’s a cliché to say that the world is more uncertain than ever before, but few realize just how much uncertainty has increased over the past 50 years. To illustrate this, consider that patent applications in the U.S. have increased by 6x (from 100k to 600k annually) and, worldwide, start-ups have …

THE FRAGILE CITY AND THE RISK NEXUS

This is a new short book I have written with leading urbanist Charles Landry. It brings together for the first time two disconnected narratives. The …

'Innovation' snake oil and other business cant: Jennifer Westacott's unwanted advice

It's not just that Westacott is talking historical nonsense. She has based her recipes on a false premise and she neglects the history and current …

Reno Won Tesla's Gigafactory. Was It Worth It?

It's the 10th largest incentive deal ever, with Nevada paying nearly $200,000 per job.<p>Reno, Nevada, won Tesla’s new $5 billion Gigafactory, doling out a reported $1.25 billion in incentives to seal the deal. “The Gigafactory will mean nearly $100 billion in economic impact over the next 20 years,” …

Avoiding The Digital Dustbin: 4 Ways Collaborative Workspace Drives Innovation

There’s more to innovation than finding clever people and throwing them into a conference room in hopes that game-changing collaboration will follow. Today, to drive innovation and attract the best talent, it’s crucial to create workspaces that cater to diverse forms of collaboration. In an …

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return

How B Corps Just Might Eliminate the Foolishness of Maximizing Shareholder Return | the blog of dan …

Time Management

How the Internet Saved Handmade Goods

A recent article in <i>The Economist</i>, citing the work of Ryan Raffaelli at Harvard Business School, points to what it calls a “paradox” in the aftermath of disruptive innovation. Some old technologies, after being rendered obsolete by better and cheaper alternatives (indeed even after whole industries …

Innovation, clusters, and the role of government, by Christian Ketels

This article was published in the TCI Newsletter August 2014. The launch of the new TCI website with the redesigned Newsletter has also given us the …

Archaeologists Discover 15 Structures Buried Around Stonehenge

Image: Edward Haylan/Shutterstock<p>Stonehenge has always held plenty of mystery for researchers. For starters, what was the roughly 5,000-year-old site …

Archaeology

Why Copenhagen Can Become Europe's Crowd Capital

The city of Copenhagen is making a public call to citizens, companies and government to make the transition to the new, connected and inclusive …

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Philae’s mission at comet 67P

<b>Title</b> Philae’s mission at comet 67P<p><b>Released</b>: 05/08/2014<p><b>Length</b> 00:02:46<p><b>Language</b> English<p><b>Footage Type</b> Animation<p><b>Copyright</b> ESA/ATG …