Call for abstracts: Seventh annual conference on governance of emerging technologies & science (GETS)

The conference itself will be held from May 22 – 24, 2019 at Arizona State University (ASU) and the deadline for abstracts is January 31, 2019. Here’s the news straight from the January 8, 2019 email announcement, The Seventh Annual Conference on Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science (GETS) May 22-24, 2019 / ASU / Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law111 E. Taylor St., Phoenix, AZ  The conference will consist of plenary and session presentations…

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Celebrate the 150th anniversary and International Year of the Periodic Table of Elements in 2019

The 150th anniversary of the Periodic Table of Elements has occasioned its own International Year as declared by the United Nations (UN) and, hopefully, a revival of the ‘elements cupcake’ craze which seems to have had its heyday in 2011/12. (I wrote about the cupcakes here in a March 21, 2012 posting ‘Periodic table of cupcakes, a new subculture?‘) As for IYPT 2019, let’s get started with Mark Lorch’s (professor of Science, Communication, and Chemistry…

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A Living Wage

Despite the fact that the current Ontario Government cancelled the minimum wage increase that was intended to come into effect on January 1, the reality is that the planned $15/hr wage – although an improvement – was still not enough to meet the current living wage in Guelph. For those curious, the Guelph Wellington Poverty EliminationContinue reading "A Living Wage"

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Carbon nanotube optics and the quantum

A US-France-Germany collaboration has led to some intriguing work with carbon nanotubes. From a June 18, 2018 news item on ScienceDaily, Researchers at Los Alamos and partners in France and Germany are exploring the enhanced potential of carbon nanotubes as single-photon emitters for quantum information processing. Their analysis of progress in the field is published in this week’s edition of the journal Nature Materials. “We are particularly interested in advances in nanotube integration into photonic…

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Cataloging a year of blogging: cancer and fitness landscapes

Happy 2019! As we leave 2018, the Theory, Evolution, and Games Group Blog enters its 9th calendar year. This past year started out slowly with only 4 posts in the first 5 months. However, after May 31st, I managed to maintain a regular posting schedule. This is the 32nd calendar week in a row with at least one new blog post released. I am very happy about this regularity. Let’s see if I can maintain…

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Metcalf Institute Science Immersion Fellowship 2019 for journalists: applications open

I received this January 4, 2018 announcement from the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island (URI; US) in my email this morning. In other words, this is fresh off the email, Get Science Tools to Break StoriesAbout Global Change & Water Resources Apply for Metcalf Institute’s Career-Changing Science Immersion Fellowshiptuition, room and board, and travel support included Global Change Impacts and WaterAccording to the United Nations, water is the “primary medium through which…

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The Evolution Of My Course Outlines – Part II

Last September I wrote about The Evolution Of My Course Outlines after reading a friend’s shared post on Facebook. In particular, I described how I would modify my course outlines to accommodate parents who might need to bring their children to the classroom. Today I’ve opted to evolve my course outlines once more. The newContinue reading "The Evolution Of My Course Outlines – Part II"

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Talking about brains in Vancouver, Canada

I have two items, one featuring past events and one featuring an upcoming January 2019 event. Brain Talks The Brain Talks series folks featuring a bunch of Dept. of Psychiatry types and their ilk at the School of Medicine at the University of British Columbia sent me a December 21, 2018 announcement (via email) about videos featuring past talks, Haven’t been able to make one of the last severals BrainTalks? Luckily, we’ve been filming! HAVE…

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Moths with sound absorption stealth technology

The cabbage tree emperor moth (Thomas Neil) [downloaded from https://www.cbc.ca/radio/quirks/nov-17-2018-greenland-asteroid-impact-short-people-in-the-rain-forest-reef-islands-and-sea-level-and-more-1.4906857/how-moths-evolved-a-kind-of-stealth-jet-technology-to-sneak-past-bats-1.4906866] I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more gorgeous moth and it seems a perfect way to enter 2019, from a November 16, 2018 news item on CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), A species of silk moth has evolved special sound absorbing scales on its wings to absorb the sonar pulses from hunting bats. This is analogous to the special coatings on stealth aircraft that allow them…

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