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Not Resisting Mortality, But Trying To Escape The Pressure It Puts On Us


The recent installations by WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, 2012 laureate, entitled The Refusal of Time "have skillfully integrated moving image, sound, theater and sculptural elements in order to explore themes of science, globalization, colonialism, and memory."

"... outline a history of our changing comprehension of time, from an early celestial understanding to Newton’s absolute or mathematically precise time, to the subjective influence of Einstein and his theory of relativity." 

Read the article, The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston

ZUBIN MEHTA - Connecting People With Music

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Zubin Mehta, 2007 laureate, builds bridges in conflict areas with music. 

"... my ambition to do something to get Muslims and Hindus to sit together in my country and listen to some music.
 ... we still speak the same language — music."

In Tel Aviv, the Buchmann-Mehta School of Music trains Israeli musicians, while his ‘Mifneh’ programme caters to 250 young Arabs in the West Bank that he often visits. “With my Indian passport, I have no problem. The Indian ambassador in Ramallah sends his car.” Mehta’s dream is to find an Israeli-Arab to play in the IPO. “May be,” he muses, “music will help us come together.”

The Times of India, April 20, 2014

The Hindu, May 3, 2014

 

Spray to Keep Patients From Getting Sick in Hospital

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Meital Reches, 2005 scholarship recipient, lead team that developed a spray to stop organisms from sticking to medical surfaces, boat hulls too

"The agent generates a teflon-like, antifouling coating that prevents the adsorption of organisms to substrates. This coating can potentially prevent the adsorption of bacteria to medical devices and consequently reduces the number of hospital-acquired infections," Reches says.

"It is also highly relevant for the marine industry as it reduces the adsorption of marine organisms (such as barnacles and zebra mussels) to marine devices and therefore decreases biocorrosion and fuel consumption," she says.

Read the Haaretz article, June 20, 2013

The Long Now - 10,000 Year Clock in the Mountain

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Dr. Danny Hillis, 2002 laureate, is the inventor of the 10,000 year clock now being built inside a mountain in Texas, whose aim is to provide a counterpoint to today's accelerating culture and help make long-term thinking more common.

"I want to build a clock that ticks once a year. The century hand advances once every 100 years, and the cuckoo comes out on the millennium. I want the cuckoo to come out every millennium for the next 10,000 years.

"I cannot imagine the future, but I care about it. I know I am a part of a story that starts long before I can remember and continues long beyond when anyone will remember me. I sense that I am alive at a time of important change, and I feel a responsibility to make sure that the change comes out well. I plant my acorns knowing that I will never live to harvest the oaks.                 Dr. Danny Hillis 

Visit The Long Now website

Humanized Pig Organs for Transplants

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Genome scientist Craig Venter, 2012 laureate,  in deal to make humanized pig organs

Genome pioneer J. Craig Venter is teaming up with a unit of United Therapeutics Corp to develop pig lungs that have been genetically altered to be compatible with humans, a feat that, if successful, could address the urgent need for transplant organs for people with end-stage lung disease.

Read Reuters article, May 6, 2012

100-years-old the new 60

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J. CRAIG VENTER [2012 laureate], the man who raced the US government to sequence the first human genome, has a new goal: help everyone live to 100, in good health.

Human Longevity will use machines from Illumina, which has a stake in the company, to decode the DNA of people from children to centenarians. San Diego-based Human Longevity will compile the information into a database that will include information on both the genome and the microbiome, the microbes that live in our gut. The aim is to help researchers understand and address diseases associated with age-related decline.

Read the WAtoday article, March 5, 2014