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F or the 10th consecutive December, the magazine has chosen to look back on the past year through a distinctive prism: ideas. Our digest of short entries refracts the light beam of human inspiration, breaking it up into its constituent colors — innovations and insights from a spectrum of fields, including economics, biology, engineering, medicine, literature, sports, music and, of course, raw-meat clothing. Happy thinking! <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
iFive: Qualcomm's Wi-Fi Push, Samsung's Super-Fast Memory, Goldman Sachs-Facebook, Kinect Sells 8 Million, GM's PowermatsRumor has it that LinkedIn, the social net for business communications, is thinking the fresh new 2011 is a good year for an IPO--sources speaking to Reuters say it's rushing, and has already chosen its underwriters. Is the reason for the rush to beat Facebook to the market and grab mindshare? Anyway, on with real news:
"How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose he knows not, though he sometimes thinks he senses it. But without deeper reflection one knows from daily life that one exists for other people -- first of all for those upon whose smiles and well-being our own happiness is wholly dependent, and then for the many, unknown to us, to whose destinies we are bound by the ties of sympathy. A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving... "I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth.
March 28, 2013 at 3:56 PM EDT Students Speak: The Power of STEM Earlier this month, President Obama met with the 40 student finalists of the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition - amazing young discoverers, inventors, problem-solvers, and engineers. These students are living proof that with the right skills, tools, and opportunities, innovation and discovery can happen at any age. Here, some of the finalists share their perspectives on the power of STEM. March 25, 2013 at 9:16 AM EDT Calling all Innovators: Demo @ the Next Health Datapalooza One of the many ways the Federal Government is contributing to the transformation of health care is by unleashing vast amounts of data from the vaults of government, while rigorously protecting privacy. These public data resources, made openly available in machine-readable form, include a broad range of useful information that fuel for innovation and entrepreneurship.
30 July 2010 Last updated at 11:26 ET By Swaminathan Natarajan BBC Tamil The plant could provide a template for solving India's water problems A desalination plant which begins operating in Madras on Saturday will provide some of the cheapest drinking water in India, backers say.