Monthly Archives: October 2007

Pop!Tech: Jay Keasling and synthesizing the future

Jay Keasling is a pioneer synthetic biology, the process of hacking microbial DNA to produce ultra-low cost fuel and drugs. His talk, in part, is about just how difficult this hacking process is. In building computers, we can go to … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Victoria Hale and nonprofit drug companies

Dr. Victoria Hale is one of the founders of the US’s first non-profit drug company, One World Health. Her work focuses on diseases you’ve probably never heard of in places you’ve never been. The first disease her firm focused on … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Bill Shannon gets around

Bill Shannon takes the stage on crutches, though he can clearly walk on two legs. It’s disconcerting to see him – is he walking on crutches to make an artistic statement? To explore a four-legged dance style? Because he’s faking? … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Elizabeth Streb – “I prefer the crash.”

Choreographer Elizabeth Streb is obsessed with action. “Action is about the now, the present tense.” She wants to see “extreme action out in the world”, but do so working in an artificial medium, the proscenium stage. She reminds us that … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Nina Jablonski – our skin makes us human

Anthropologist Nina Jablonski praises us as an audience for being, “an exceptional and alert group of primates.” (I will be more exceptional and alert with a bit more coffee.) She invites us to begin her talk by being quite primate … Continue reading

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links for 2007-10-20

Cyberactivism in Russia: Gravikol 21 and the first anti-corporate rebellion | Daily EM Evgeny writes about a fascinating protest in Russia against a company that marketed fake drugs to senior citizens. The activists used an amazing round of techniques to … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Ted Ames and the recovery of Maine’s fisheries

Ted Ames is the only Maine lobsterman who’s received a MacArthur “genius grant”. Listen to him for a few minutes and the reason he’s been honored becomes very clear – he’s doing astounding work in using the knowledge of fishermen … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Enric Sala and pristine reefs

Oceanographer Enric Sala studies coral reefs. But he studies ones that are very different from ones you’ve seen before. Sala is interested in studying pristine reefs, ones that have never been fished, and argues that they are profoundly different from … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech: Claire Nouvian and the deep ocean

Claire Nouvian is a journalist and filmmaker fascinated by the world’s oceans. She’s got a lot to be interested in – she points out that while 75% of the world’s surface is water, 99% of the world’s volume is water. … Continue reading

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Pop!Tech – Sustainable and unsustainable cities

Designer Chris Luebkeman likes to ski. Recently, he went skiing in Dubai, enjoying the indoor slopes while it was 45C outside. He points out that the UAE government finally allowed construction workers to take a few hours off if temperatures … Continue reading

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