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Kofi Annan: the peacemaker and his green revolution

Kofi Annan"”fresh from bringing peace to Kenya and as Columbia University president Lee Bollinger introduced him possibly the "true first global citizen""”spoke about the crisis facing not just that East African country but all of sub-Saharan Africa.

March 27, 2008 — David Biello

What is the state of the planet and the people on it?

NASA That's a question a host of speakers from across the globe aim to explore over the next two days at Columbia University. The Earth Institute's biennial conference gets underway today and we can expect updates from: Kofi Annan on the progress of a "green revolution" (read modern agricultural technologies like fertilizer) in Africa, a technique that has seen some success in Malawi, as well as John McArthur who co-heads the Earth Institute's own Millennium Villages Project.

March 27, 2008 — David Biello

The Power of Power Naps

_____________________ Tired? Take A Nap Jessica Payne and Matthew Walker
Harvard University and University of California at Berkeley Sleep is such a fundamental biological drive that it's shared by practically every species, from fruit flies to humans.

March 25, 2008 — Mind Matters

Polar bears will destroy the American way of life

The real threat isn't a changing climate upsetting the foundation of human civilization. The real threat is polar bears: At least that's the real threat according to many attendees at the recent Heartland Institute conference on global warming.

March 24, 2008 — David Biello

Intriguing books found around the Sci Am office, part one: murder

A Cultural History of Causality: Science, Murder Novels, and Systems of Thought By Stephen Kern From Google Books: This pioneering work is the first to trace how our understanding of the causes of human behavior has changed radically over the course of European and American cultural history since 1830.

March 21, 2008 — JR Minkel

Military robot dog cannot be knocked down

A kaleidoscope of emotions unfolds as I watch this video of BigDog, the four-legged pack robot. According to Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that's been developing the system since 2006, BigDog clocks in at four miles-per-hour, carries a load of 340 pounds and can scale a 35-degree incline.

March 21, 2008 — JR Minkel

Sir Arthur C. Clarke, 1917–2008

He wore pajamas and a bathrobe, and a swollen bare foot was propped up on an ottoman. That was the figure cut by the revered science-fiction author Arthur C.

March 20, 2008 — Graham P. Collins

The Reading Brain

_____________________ Routes to Reading Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, and Elizabeth Norton
Tufts University Reading changed the course of intellectual development in our species.

March 18, 2008 — Mind Matters

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