Sunday, January 1, 2012

INFORMAVOREs SUNDAY NO 488

HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR READERS!

This is a sincere and realistic wish- if we all accept that 2012 has to be a year
of problem solving after so many years of problem manufacturing on industrial and global scale. To see that problems are here to be solved is a the start of
an intellectual awakening and will make the Year one of an useful apocalypse-
the collapse of human violence, greed and (even!) stupidity. Not of human life as predicted by some shameless speculators.
This change of mentality- from peaceful (read “idiotic”) coexistence with problems and capitulation to the dreadful epidemic probletence- to action
and systematic eradication of the painful chronicized nasty problems will
improve the state of our world. If I remain here downstairs- I promise to
help. Please cooperate with me!

Dear Friends- my very wise blog partner, Georgina, who is something between a daughter and a grand-daughter to me, has published an enchanting writing re

For many years, my newsletter INFO KAPPA had the privilege to publish Fireworks of Intelligence the newest aphorisms of  Valeriu Butulescu- whom I consider a genius, based on facts and reading. He is able to attain the highest ratio ideas/words in his writings. And these ideas are very wise. Please find a sample of the Butulescu aphorisms at: http://egooutpeters.blogspot.com/2012/01/quotations-by-valeriu-butulescu.html

Yours in 2012 too,
Peter

SEARCH

INTERNET

How the Internet will Change in 2012: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41700

 

Funny Internet Quotes: Ten Hilarious Quotes About The World Wide Web: http://websearch.about.com/od/referencesearch/tp/Funny-Internet-Quotes-Ten-Hilarious-Quotes-About-The-World-Wide-Web.htm?nl=1

 

Infographic: What Happens Online in 60 Seconds?:


SEARCH & FIND: What, where, how.  

Search engine 101; Part 2:                             http://www.huffingtonpost.com/marc-ostrofsky/search-engines-101-part-2_b_1140523.html

The Top Ten Alternative Search Engines:


Website content key to attracting search engines: http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20111226/business/712269999/

                                     
BLOGS and SOCIAL SITES

It’s a social, social, social world:

 

The Year on the Web Social networking grew up in 2011, becoming more of a fundamental underpinning of the Web:

http://www.technologyreview.com/web/39398/?nlid=nldly&nld=2011-12-28.

 

Social Media in Protests: Study Finds 'Recruiters' and 'Spreaders'


Search and Social Media:

The Myriad Future of Social Networks:  http://bigthink.com/ideas/41721

 

The Law of Online Sharing. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg will eventually have to deal with the fact that all growth has limits.


Texting, Social Networking Popular Worldwide:

GOOGLE

 

Wikipedia of Maps Challenges Google Google starts charging for its maps, and developers jump ship:



Google Zeitgeist:

WORDS, BOOKS, LIBRARIES
                                                                                                                                                                    Children Don't Give Words Special Power to Categorize Their World:


The book beyond the book:                  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/the-book-beyond-the-book

SCIENCE

A Follow-Up Post About Scientism:

http://www.topix.com/forum/city/harrisonburg-va/TCJT7NI5MIB8G0LQV 

 

The Universe in a Nutshell: Dr. Michio Kaku On the Physics of the Impossible; http://bigthink.com/ideas/40172


Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011: http://www.aaas.org/news/releases/2011/1222sp_boy.shtml

 

Forgetting is Key to a Healthy Mind

Letting go of memories supports a sound state of mind, a sharp intellect--and superior recall: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=trying-to-forget


Subtle Electronic Effect in Magnetite Discovered: Long-Standing Puzzle in Study of Magnetism Finally Solved: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111221140345.htm


Bee Swarms Mimic Human Brain Neurons to Make Decisions



TECHNOLOGY

 

The Year in Energy Surprising successes helped offset disappointing failures in solar, biofuels, and nuclear power: http://www.technologyreview.com/energy/39386/?nlid=nldly&nld=2011-12-27

 

The Year in Numbers A look back at 2011's biggest technology stories, by the numbers: http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/39387/?nlid=nldly&nld=2011-12-28


The Year in Materials:

The Year in Computing

Computing has becoming increasingly polarized, with many hardware and software efforts focused on either small mobile devices or vast data centers. http://www.technologyreview.com/computing/39405/?nlid=nldly&nld=2011-12-29


 

Electricity from the Air California company Makani Power is developing a flying wind turbine designed to generate cheap renewable power.

Will the Next War Be Fought Over Water?: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41563

 

What If Electric Cars Were Better? Improving the energy density of batteries is the key to mass-market electric vehicles: http://www.technologyreview.com/business/39220/?nlid=nlbus&nld=2011-12-30

Nanotechnology: Forever on the Horizon?: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41726

 

New Material Cools Under Pressure:

 

New Way to Assess Risk from Chemicals;

 

'Nanoantennas' Show Promise in Optical Innovations:

 

More Powerful Supercomputers? New Device Could Bring Optical Information Processing: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111222152014.htm


2012 predictions:

What to Expect in Tech in 2025: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41698



Electronic cotton:

EDUCATION, CULTURE, ART                                                                                                                          

The (surprisingly upbeat) state of the world A different perspective on the state of the world: four major areas where mankind's long-term progress is striking:

2011- The Year in Ideas: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41730?page=all

Smartphones, E-Readers Replacing Textbooks: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41722

Daydreaming: Distraction or Inspiration?: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41684

To remarkable Random Thoughts: http://culturaloffering.com/2011/12/27/random-thoughts--.aspx


Shroud of Turin- redux:

A letter to your sixteen year old self:


Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy?: http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy.html

Dan Gilbert: Exploring the frontiers of happiness:

 

GDP Up, Happiness Down: From Twitter, Scientists Measure Mood:


Harold Jarche- Friday’s finds for 2011:        http://www.jarche.com/2011/12/fridays-finds-for-2011/

Robert Sapolsky on Stress: An Interview:

http://boingboing.net/2011/11/23/robert-sapolsky-on-stress-an.html                           

 

Crowd dynamics The wisdom of crowds The strange but extremely valuable science of how pedestrians behave: http://www.economist.com/node/21541709?fsrc=nlw%7Cnewe%7C12-30-2011%7Cnew_on_the_economist


BUSINESS

The Arrogance of "Unlimited" Growth: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41671

Corporate Ethics: Not an Oxymoron: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41449

Wanted: Capitalist to Save the Environment: http://bigthink.com/ideas/41711


Are you a Professional?
How would you define a Professional?


10 Big Development Goals for Leaders for 2012:
http://www.greatleadershipbydan.com/2011/12/10-big-development-goals-for-leaders.html                                                                                                                                         

Imagination Igniters: Books for Leaders:

 

Leaders Are Master Learners:


HEALTH & MEDICINE

 

How the Brain Cell Works: A Dive Into Its Inner Network:

 

The Hidden Brain Flashy neurons may get the attention, but a class of cells called glia are behind most of the brain's work—and many of its diseases:                       http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-hidden-brain

 

High Intestinal Microbial Diversity Safeguards Against Allergies, Study Suggests: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111208114853.htm


How Bacteria Build Homes Inside Healthy Cells


Brain Cell Malfunction in Schizophrenia Identified:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/12/111228111731.htm                                    

USEFUL NOW: Scientifically Tested Hangover Cures http://bigthink.com/ideas/41751


FOOD & COOKING

 

Edible Education 101: A Complete Course on Modern Food Production: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2011/12/edible-education-101-a-complete-course-on-modern-food-production/249691/


Anti-aging diet:

 

Belgian beer Brewed force

How a small, unremarkable country came to dominate the world of beermaking: http://www.economist.com/node/21541708?fsrc=nlw%7Cnewe%7C12-28-2011%7Cnew_on_the_economist

 

Which Wheats Make the Best Whole-Grain Cookie Doughs?:


http://www.nature.com/srep/2011/111215/srep00196/fig_tab/srep00196_F2.html                                                                                                                                                       

Emergency Ingredient Substitution List:             http://www.mythirtyspot.com/2011/12/emergency-ingredient-substitution-list.html

Top Spanish  Tapas:


MISCELLANEA

 

100 Things I Learned in 2011, Part 1: http://www.communicatrix.com/2011/12/100-things-part-1/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=100-things-part-1


Really weird: Is Necrophilia Wrong?:
http://bigthink.com/ideas/41643                                                                                                          

Time for a Change? Overhauling the Calendar:
I disagree- the good solution is to accelerate a bit the rotation speed
of the Earth- to exactly 360 days and then all months will have 30 days.

SELECTED NEWS

SPAM & SPYWARE   

VIRUSES & e-CROOKS

 

UPS, FedEx, Postal Shipping Scams: http://antivirus.about.com/b/2011/12/22/ups-fedex-postal-shipping-scams.htm?nl=1

 

System Fix Scareware: http://antivirus.about.com/b/2011/12/21/system-fix-scareware.htm?nl=1


WiFi

Apple plots smartphones powered by hydrogen:

 

100 Best Apps for iPhone iPad in 2011:


Top 100 Best Android apps:

Twelve mobile predictions for 2012;             http://marketingland.com/twelve-mobile-predictions-for-2012-2235

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