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On Tuesday January 24, 2012 President Obama delivered the State of the Union Address. He highlighted the challenges the economy faces and the direction in which we need to take the country. One of the nation’s biggest challenges he highlighted was unemployment. Obviously, jobs are the solution to unemployment. Crowdfund Investing (CFI) also known as equity-based crowdfunding, is a zero-cost government solution to the jobs crisis.
In the 2011 edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index , Kenya is ranked one of the most corrupt countries in the world, coming in at #154 out of 182 countries on a list that ranks countries from least corrupt to most corrupt. In fact, bribery is such a common practice in Kenya that it's estimated that Kenyans pay, on average, 16 bribes per month. But now Kenyans are fighting back against their country's stigma, and in order to do so they’re using the power of the Internet and of crowdsourcing. Hatari , which means "danger" in Swahili, is the name of the new platform that Kenyans are using to report incidents of crime and corruption in the city of Nairobi.
An enzyme designed by players of the protein-folding game Foldit was better than anything scientists could come up with. Obsessive gamers’ hours at the computer have now topped scientists’ efforts to improve a model enzyme, in what researchers say is the first crowdsourced redesign of a protein. The online game Foldit, developed by teams led by Zoran Popovic, director of the Center for Game Science, and biochemist David Baker, both at the University of Washington in Seattle, allows players to fiddle at folding proteins on their home computers in search of the best-scoring (lowest-energy) configurations. The researchers have previously reported successes by Foldit players in folding proteins 1 , but the latest work moves into the realm of protein design, a more open-ended problem.
Foldit is a revolutionary new computer game enabling you to contribute to important scientific research. This page describes the science behind Foldit and how your playing can help. What is a protein? Proteins are the workhorses in every cell of every living thing. Your body is made up of trillions of cells, of all different kinds: muscle cells, brain cells, blood cells, and more.
Open Source Cities is co-hosting a panel discussion and meetup on urban mobility, cities and the built environment in New York City on May 2nd from 4-6pm at the offices of BMW i Ventures . The event co-hosts are Green Parking Council , AECOM , BüroNY , and TimHaahs . Presentations by:
Bey2ollak is one of two Egyptian start-ups which are US bound, following their participation in the NexGen IT Entrepreneurs Boot Camp last month. Hearing the news that American and Danish entrepreneurs were flying in to Cairo, to host a seminar especially for Egypt’s up-and-coming start-ups, one of Bey2ollak’s five co-founders, Mohamed Rafea snagged a spot at the table. Bey2ollak is the brainchild of five cousins. Aly Rafea, Mohamed Rafea and Gamal Sadek, all computer science graduates, were responsible for development. Mostafa Beltagy, a business administration graduate, took on marketing, while Yehia Ismail, an architect by profession, was responsible for the design and UI. Bey2ollak is a cross-platform mobile app allowing users to share real-time information about Cairo and Alexandria traffic.