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Humans will be extinct in 100 years says eminent scientist (PhysOrg.com) -- Eminent Australian scientist Professor Frank Fenner, who helped to wipe out smallpox, predicts humans will probably be extinct within 100 years, because of overpopulation, environmental destruction and climate change. Fenner, who is emeritus professor of microbiology at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, said homo sapiens will not be able to survive the population explosion and “unbridled consumption,” and will become extinct, perhaps within a century, along with many other species. United Nations official figures from last year estimate the human population is 6.8 billion, and is predicted to pass seven billion next year. Fenner told The Australian he tries not to express his pessimism because people are trying to do something, but keep putting it off. Fenner said that climate change is only at its beginning, but is likely to be the cause of our extinction.

Shifting sands reveal World War Two fighter plane lost for 65 years Last updated at 01:00 15 November 2007 For 65 years, this Second World War fighter had lain hidden under the surface of a beach where it crash-landed. Just a short distance above it, holidaying families have built sandcastles, strolled and swum, all unaware of its existence. But now the P-38 Lightning has re-emerged after freak weather conditions caused the sands to shift and expose its rusting frame. About Us - ideas42 What We Do We grew out of research programs in psychology and economics at top academic institutions, and our work draws on decades of experimental scientific research. We use these insights to design scalable ways to improve programs, policies and products in the real world.

Futures Thinking Decision-making in education often focuses on the short-term, looking to make established practices more efficient. By opening perspectives beyond immediate constraints, Futures Thinking enhances the capacity of policy-makers and practitioners to anticipate change, grasp opportunities, and cope with threats. The Schooling for Tomorrow research on Futures Thinking is organised into the four sections below. More...

50 Must-Read IT Blogs 2012 When we kicked off our list of 50 Must-Read IT Blogs last year, we knew we were onto something special. We scoured the web and read many blogs before we settled on our 50 for the year, but we came away with a deep respect for the abundance of thoughtful content being generated by the collective small business and IT communities. This year, we decided to invite our readers to throw their suggestions into the ring as well. THE FUTURIST Magazine Releases Its Top 10 Forecasts for 2013 and Beyond Each year since 1985, the editors of THE FUTURIST have selected the most thought-provoking ideas and forecasts appearing in the magazine to go into our annual Outlook report. Over the years, Outlook has spotlighted the emergence of such epochal developments as the Internet, virtual reality, the 2008 financial crisis and the end of the Cold War. But these forecasts are meant as conversation starters, not absolute predictions about the future. We hope that this report--covering developments in business and economics, demography, energy, the environment, health and medicine, resources, society and values, and technology--inspires you to tackle the challenges, and seize the opportunities, of the coming decade.

50-million-year-old crickets with ears U. COLORADO-BOULDER (US) — A new study of cricket and katydid fossils suggests the insects evolved ears long before bats, their major predator, came along. How did insects get their hearing? EU Policy Lab The EU Policy Lab is a collaborative and experimental space for innovative policy-making. It is both a physical space and a way of working that combines to explore, connect and find solutions for better policies. By accessing diverse areas of knowledge, we strive to co-create, test and prototype ideas to address complex social problems and to enable collective change. The Lab invites policy-makers to explore scenarios, connect issues and find solutions for better policies, acting as a facilitator and providing a safe-space for open interactions.

ForLearn « European Foresight Platform Future oriented thinking is vital for any forward and strategic planning or policy activity to be able to meet future challenges proactively. Foresight enhances such thinking by gathering anticipatory intelligence from a wide range of knowledge sources in a systematic way and linking it to today’s decision making. What is ForLearn? The ForLearn is an Online Foresight Guide designed to provide a structured and comprehensive foresight data base oriented towards different kind of users. It gives practitioners, policy makers as well as beginners the means to understand, participate and practice foresight and supports. Free Google+ And Twitter Marketing Metric Tools So you’ve got what you think is a relatively successful social media campaign going – but how do you know? What statistics do you go by? Simply having a large number of “followers” or “likes” whilst nice, is not necessarily enough. For example, Lady Gaga has just under 33 million followers on Twitter so does that make her infinitely stronger than Apple who have NO followers (well perhaps that’s due to them not having a twitter page but you get my point)? Not only must you have an audience, but you must also communicate and stimulate conversation on your pages to achieve true social media success. This can be difficult to measure on Twitter, Google+ et al. as they surprisingly fail to provide these statistics and tools by default.

Futuring: The Exploration of the Future Futuring: The Exploration of the Future by Edward Cornish. WFS. 2004. 313 pages. Paperback. ISBN 0-930242-61-0. This comprehensive guide to the study of the future will give you a detailed look at the techniques futurists use, what we can know about the future and what we can't, and the role that forward-looking people can play in creating a better tomorrow. Slavery Footprint - Results Dear , As a supporter of your business, I wanted to let you know I've recently become aware of an issue that affects us both: modern-day slavery. There are over 27 million people enslaved today, many of whom make the things we use and buy. This issue is quickly becoming a priority for millions of consumers world wide.

Foresight and Horizon scanning The JRC relies on foresight and horizon scanning to look into the longer-term impact of policies and technologies and anticipate emerging societal challenges. Foresight explores the future of scientific and technological achievements and their potential impacts on society. It aims to identify the areas of scientific research and technological development most likely to bring about change and drive economic, environmental and social benefits for the future. Foresight studies at the JRC identify and analyse societal challenges that have implications on research and EU policies in extended period of time - from five to thirty years.

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