The University of Maryland is a national treasure, one I consider the equal of MIT in part because it is much more focused on practical needs. Many possibilities in the way of innovative technology have been repressed these past decades by proprietary interests, while others have remained undiscovered due to biases and short-comings in research that has not been fully multidisciplinary. The times they are a’changing. Human-centric innovation and multidisciplinary innovation — including smart design informed by true cost economics (supply intelligence), holistic analytics (demand intelligence) and open source everything (engineering intelligence) — are going to accelerate positive developments in academia, the economy, governance, and society.
This is going to be a new development. New graphene-based light detector can unearth everything hidden
Terahertz radiation can be brought to market with the help of a new detector. Terahertz radiation is a type of light with far longer wavelengths compared to infrared rays and may be helpful in examining almost everything very effectively.
Researchers have concluded that this latest graphene-based light detector may be able to calculate wavelengths of light that human eye may not see.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, USA — Monday, September 8, 2014 — The Free Software Foundation (FSF) and the Debian Project today announced cooperation to expand and enhance h-node, a database to help users learn and share information about computers that work with free software operating systems.
While other databases list hardware that is technically compatible with GNU/Linux, h-node lists hardware as compatible only if it does not require any proprietary software or firmware. Information about hardware that flunks this test is also included, so users know what to avoid. The database lists individual components, like WiFi and video cards, as well as complete notebook systems.
The following is an excerpt from the introduction of the book, “What Are Social Laboratories?”
Stanford Social Innovation Review, 19 May 2014
The Social Labs Revolution reports and builds on a decade of practical experiments in addressing social challenges that are complex in nature. These range from the sustainability of global food systems and child malnutrition to state collapse and climate change. Zaid Hassan, a co-founder of Reos Partners, makes the case that taking a planning-based approach risks almost certain failure. Instead he expounds on an experimental, prototyping based approach, social labs, that have proven more effective in addressing complex challenges.