Monday, January 25, 2010

The Human Genre Project

The Human Genre Project is a collection of new writing in very short forms — short stories, flash fictions, reflections, poems — inspired by genes and genomics.

Starting with just a few pieces at its launch in July 2009, the collection will grow and develop over time. Please check back regularly to see what has been added.

The project was conceived by Ken MacLeod, writer in residence at the Genomics Forum, who also edits the collection, and was inspired by Michael Swanwick's Periodic Table of Science Fiction.

The Human Genre Project is an initiative of the ESRC Genomics Policy and Research Forum, part of the ESRC Genomics Network, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and based at The University of Edinburgh.

See: The Human Genre Project

Monday, January 18, 2010

Story of Newton's encounter with apple goes online

An 18th-century account of how Newton developed the theory of gravity was posted to the Web Monday, making the fragile paper manuscript widely available to the public for the first time.

Newton's encounter with the apple ranks among science's most celebrated anecdotes, and it can now be read in the faded cursive script in which it was recorded by William Stukeley, Newton's contemporary.

Read the full article at: Story of Newton's encounter with apple goes online

See also: Gallery of Turning the Pages™ presentations from The Royal Society

"Welcome to our gallery of Turning the Pages™ presentations - high-quality digital facsimiles of manuscripts which replicate the physical experience of reading the original works as closely as possible. We hope that these will give you a flavour of the fascinating and diverse range of material held within our collections. We will be adding more items soon."

Friday, January 08, 2010

The Seven Secrets of Rock-it Science

"Children learn best when they engage their whole mind -- the visual, creative right brain, as well as the linear, analytical left brain. Rock-it Science lessons are carefully designed to appeal to children’s natural creativity and imagination and to provide a whole-mind foundation that supports their regular science lessons."

Continue reading at: The Seven Secrets of Rock-it Science and Rock-It Science

Lemelson Foundation - Improving Lives through Invention

Established by Jerome Lemelson, one of America’s most prolific inventors, the Lemelson Foundation sparks, sustains and celebrates innovation and the inventive spirit.

"We focus our activities on educating the inventors of tomorrow, supporting innovators from idea to impact, and delivering technologies that improve people’s lives:

  • From the Classroom to the Real World. The Foundation builds the next generation of inventors by engaging students in hands-on learning opportunities. We believe that the ability to pursue a career as an inventor should be available to all. Towards this end we support activities that inspire girls and minority youth to pursue careers in science, engineering and technology. Education and Inspiration support includes The Lemelson-MIT program, The Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian, and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA)."
See for more details: Lemelson Foundation - Improving Lives through Invention and News

See also: RAMP India

The oldest of the three Recognition and Mentoring Programs (RAMPs), RAMP India was established in 2004 as a partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-M) and the Rural Innovations Network (RIN). Based in Chennai, RAMP India focuses on innovations from the state of Tamil Nadu.

Read more: Villgro, formerly called Rural Innovations Network
Read more: Indian Institute of Technology
Read more: L-RAMP India blog
Read more: L-RAMP India