October 29, 2014 - It occurred to me that I am part of a phenomenon in the 21st century that can only have happened because of the invention of the Internet - freely distributed information to advance knowledge.
October 17, 2014 - With the outbreak in West Africa teetering out of control, and with the first cases showing up outside of Africa, medical teams are on a fast track to understand how to contain and eradicate this deadly virus.
October 6, 2014 - The Canadian government and provincial Ministries of Health are about to find themselves facing the democratizing of genetic information, forever altering the relationship between patients and their doctors. The latest genome test kit, 23andMe, is selling in Canada for $199 CDN (under $180 USD).
Our individual minds, though distinct and uniquely ours, may also join with others in a kind of mental symphony that now and then becomes audible against a prevailing background of static. That's a conclusion suggested by the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), which got its start at Princeton University in 1998 and now operates as an international collaboration.
Last week the Library of Congress hosted a two-day symposium entitled "Preparing for Discovery: A Rational Approach to the Impact of Finding Microbial, Complex, or Intelligent Life Beyond Earth." The timing seemed right with the discovery of thousands of exoplanets, some lying within Earth-like Goldilocks Zones around their parent stars, and with further evidence from Martian meteorites and discoveries made by Curiosity, the Martian rover, showing a past habitable environment on the Red Planet.
A few weeks ago Peter Diamandis' XPrize sent me an email asking if I was interested in applying to be an XPrize Vanguard. Being a big believer in the concept of awarding prizes to solve technology challenges, I said yes and filled in an application. I was contacted a few days later and told to attend an online web conference call on September 14th.
America appears to have reached the Singles' Singularity—and one of the reasons may be the proliferation of dating sites. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 50.2% of the adult U.S. population are unmarried, up from 22% in 1950.
The number of cases reported is well over 4,300 now, with more than 2,300 having succumbed to the virus. Liberia has reported 2,046 cases with 1,224 deaths as of yesterday. If things continue, this situation may lead to the collapse of the nation.
What is harder than finding the right answers? Asking the right questions.
In Zen Buddhism, a koan is a short story or question that is simply worth meditating on. There might not necessarily be a single good answer, but the process of contemplating the question itself is a worthwhile pursuit that may lead to sudden insights or enlightenment.
It's thought that the word “luck” entered the English language as a gambling term. And now a poker player and air traffic controller called Arif Gasanov, who lives in sunny Ashgabat, in Turkmenistan, believes he’s identified an underlying pattern in the way chance, or luck, actually operates.