James Flynn studies intelligence at the University of Otago in New Zealand. And he features prominently in an article called “Can We Keep Getting Smarter?” in the September issue of Scientific American magazine. Back on July 10, Flynn visited the SA offices, where he chatted with a group of editors.
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Disseminating knowledge was once a costly undertaking. The expenses of printing, distributing, and housing the work of researchers and scholars left most research in the hands of publishers, journals, and institutions in a system that has evolved over centuries. And the licensing model that has arisen with that system butts heads with the quick, simple, and virtually free distribution system of the net.
The key to breaking free of the traditional licensing model locking up research is the promise of the “Open Access” movement. And the movement has already made significant strides. Over the summer the United Kingdom was enticed enough by the potential for greater innovation and growth of knowledge to propose Open Access for any research supported by government funds.
But Open Access still remains a wonky, hard to understand subject.
Today, Peter Suber — Director of the Harvard Open Access Project — shares insights with David Weinberger from his new guide to distilling Open Access, called simply Open Access.
The history of the quest to find the Higgs Boson, also known as the ‘God Particle’. With Jim Al-Khalili, David Wark and Roger Cashmore.
The relationship most adults have with science is one of observation: watching government agencies explore on behalf of us, but not actually exploring it ourselves. Science should be disruptively accessible – empowering people from a variety of different backgrounds to explore, participate in, and build new ways of interacting with and contributing to science. By having a fresh set of eyes from those who solve different types of problems, new concepts often emerge and go on to influence science in unexpected ways. A grassroots effort called Science Hack Day aims to bridge the gap between the science, technology and design industries. A Hack Day is a 48 hour all-night event that brings different people with good ideas together in the same physical space for a brief but intense period of collaboration, hacking, and building ‘cool stuff’. By collaborating on focused tasks during this short period, small groups of hackers are capable of producing remarkable results.
Ariel Waldman, Spacehack.org
Ariel Waldman is the founder of Spacehack.org, a directory of ways to participate in space exploration, and the creator of Science Hack Day SF, an event that brings together scientists, technologists, designers and people with good ideas to see what they can create in one weekend. She is also the coordinator for Science Hack Days around the world, an interaction designer, and a research affiliate with Institute For The Future.
Additionally, she sits on the advisory board for the SETI Institute‘s science radio show Big Picture Science, is a contributor to the book State of the eUnion: Government 2.0 and Onwards, and is the founder of CupcakeCamp. In 2008, she was named one of the top 50 most influential individuals in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a CoLab Program Coordinator at NASA, a Digital Anthropologist at VML (a WPP agency), and a sci-fi movie gadget columnist for Engadget.
Jeremy Keith, Web Developer, Clearleft Ltd
An Irish web developer living in Brighton, England making websites with Clearleft.
Matt Bellis, Research Assoc, Northern Illinois University
Matt is a particle physicist by training and is searching for signs of New Physics using data from the BaBar electron-positron collider experiment and the CoGeNT dark matter detection experiment. To these ends he is exploring new computing solutions to these challenges.
He is interested in both data visualization and sonification. He is also involved in efforts to engage the public in science and teach them as much physics as they can handle.
Matt received his PhD from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and later worked at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. He is currently teaching and doing research at Northern Illinois University.
In the fall, Matt will begin his new job as a professor, teaching and continuing his physics research at Siena College in upstate-NY.
Talk given at the Altmetrics workshop at Webscience 2011 Koblenz. Abstract is at http://altmetrics.org/workshop2011/neylon-v0/
Here’s a reading of my short story Brave Little Toaster, which was just published in TRSF, the inaugural science fiction anthology from MIT’s Tech Review. It’s a short-short story on the "Internet of Things" and what happens when it all goes wrong.
Mastering by John Taylor Williams: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Taylor Williams is a full-time self-employed audio engineer, producer, composer, and sound designer. In his free time, he makes beer, jewelry, odd musical instruments and furniture. He likes to meditate, to read and to cook. http://craphound.com/?p=3704
A recording of TALKFEST on science and hobbies which took place on 1 Sep 2011. http://www.biochemistry.org/PublicAffairs/Events/TalkfestSeptember2011.aspx
Modern scientific research is a highly professionalised business, for all that people may joke they’re not in it for the money. Still, there are people who enjoy at least a bit of science as part of what they do in their spare time. This talkfest event will discuss some of the possibilities and pitfalls involved in thinking about science and science communication as a hobby.
Can and should crowdsourced citizen science projects tap into the enthuasic occasional workforce of amateurs? Are community groups based around hobbies (e.g. based around photography, reading or knitting) a good way to reach ‘new audiences’, especially for projects aiming to getting people discussing science in society issues? Should the science communication work of scientists, especially blogging, be seen as a hobby or part of their dayjob (or is such a distinction a silly idea in the first place?). Join our panel for these questions, ideas, interesting people, cake and debate.
Hosts: Dr. Kiki and Iyaz Akhtar
Dr. Kiki and Iyaz take us on a tour of the second day of Maker Faire Bay Area.
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Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Vincent Racaniello
How mass spectrometry has become one of the most important technologies in our move toward personalized medicine.
Guest: Prof. Ruedi Aebersold
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Since its launch in 2007, the website Galaxy Zoo (www.galaxyzoo.org) has become the largest astronomical collaboration in history, involving more than 250,00 volunteers in classifying galaxies. Humans outperform computers at this kind of visual classification, and the results from Galaxy Zoo have been spectacular. As well as reviewing the intimate connections between the delicate process of galaxy formation and the evolution of our Universe, this talk will include a review of the weird and wonderful objects identified by Galaxy Zoo users and a few tales from the ups and downs of citizen science.
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