iGEM Synthetic Biology World Championships

Last weekend saw MIT in Cambridge Massachusetts Host the 2011 iGEM World Championship Jamboree. The Jamboree took place over 3 days, from 5th to 7th of November, and for the eighth consecutive year prizes were given for synthetic biology projects. iGem is the International Genetically Engineered Machine Foundation, a foundation that is interested in synthetic ... iGEM Synthetic Biology World Championships

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Is Citizen Science Coming of Age?

Last year I posted an introductory article to citizen science, something that I again touched upon in a newer article about synthetic biology, and recently have been following some interesting developments in the field. One of these developments involves a game called ‘Fold. It’ and gamers appear to have made a breakthrough in scientific understanding. ... Is Citizen Science Coming of Age?

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Innovating Food

In the light of the ‘Innovating Food, Innovating the Law‘ conference taking place in Piacenza this weekend, we take a look at the history of the food argument on this website. The Bassetti Foundation has long been interested in problems related to innovation within the food industry. The following is a selection of articles that ... Innovating Food

Teaching science in schools, some ideas

Science learning in the classroom presents the opportunity for teachers to introduce the problems of ethics and responsibility at an early age. In this post we look at 3 UK based projects that all aim to develop science teaching and involve the students in innovative ways. The BBC news website carries an interesting article about ... Teaching science in schools, some ideas

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Inhabitat: Design will save the world

Inhabitat is a weblog devoted to the future of design that carries some very interesting articles. Their focus is upon tracking innovations in design, materials and practices that are pushing architecture and home design towards a more sustainable future. The site is well worth a browse, offering sections on technology and energy that cover a ... Inhabitat: Design will save the world

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National Academic Press, a host of free publications

On June 2nd the National Academic Press made an interesting strategic choice in making all of its publications available for free download. The National Academic Press has a back catalogue of over 4000 reports and publications covering an array of topics from agriculture, energy conservation, engineering, food and nutrition and policy for science and technology. ... National Academic Press, a host of free publications

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Genetica "fai da te" dai microfoni di formicablu

formicablu ha intercettato l’incontro con Margaret Curnutte svoltosi il 16 maggio 2011 presso la sede della Fondazione Bassetti, intervistando Francesca Petrera e la stessa Curnutte per il programma PiGreco Party in onda ogni settimana in diretta su Radio Città del Capo di Bologna. formicablu è una rete di professionisti che si muove tra il giornalismo, ... Genetica "fai da te" dai microfoni di formicablu

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Home genetic testing and the law

As a lead up to the presentation entitled ‘the construction of the genetic consumer in the US’ that will be delivered by Margaret Curnutte here at the Bassetti Foundation in Milan on 16th May I would like to take a brief look at the way in which the legal community and governmental regulatory organizations view ... Home genetic testing and the law

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A threat to internet democracy?

Last week George Monbiot’s blog hosted by the Guardian UK featured an interesting follow on article about the problem of astroturfing, an issue that Mombiot has written about in greater detail on his personal blog site and in his book Heat. To anyone who is not a jargon fiend, astroturfing is the action of taking ... A threat to internet democracy?

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Responsible Innovation / Sustainable Innovation

This is the paper that Jeff Ubois presented last November 2010 at the Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The presentation was part of the panel organized by Cristina Orsatti entitled ‘Sustainable Innovations: Forging Partnerships, Knowledge Exchange, And Reciprocity’. Soon we shall publish the abstract of the other contributions. Responsible Innovation / Sustainable Innovation ... Responsible Innovation / Sustainable Innovation