"In 2010, Chad Harbach published an essay called “MFA vs. NYC” that was widely circulated through both of the “cultures of American fiction” it described: a culture focused on (and funded by) the academy and its proliferation of creative writing programs; and a culture focused on (and funded by) the New York publishing industry. The essay garnered a flood of responses, many defensive, and was itself framed as a response to the 2009 publication of Mark McGurl’s The Program Era, a book that became seminal in academic circles for its argument that “the rise of the creative writing program stands as the most important event in postwar American literary history.”"

"Scientists at the University of the Philippines’s Institute of Biology work in one of the most richly biodiverse countries in the world. Yet as recently as last year they lacked one key piece of laboratory equipment—an HPLC, a machine common in biology research labs in the United States—that would help the world understand and benefit from this natural ecology."

"“To reach that goal, among the items that it has to do is to vastly improve its R&D innovation system, in which it is currently ranked 94th in a field of 144 economies. An aspect of such a system is university-industry collaboration in R&D, in which it is ranked 79th,” the report added."

"For the machine’s creators, this process—sparking and controlling a self-sustaining synthetic star—will be the culmination of decades of preparation, billions of dollars’ worth of investment, and immeasurable ingenuity, misdirection, recalibration, infighting, heartache, and ridicule. Few engineering feats can compare, in scale, in technical complexity, in ambition or hubris."

"I suspect the finding also reveals that the research landscape no longer supports innovative thinking in young scientists. There is no reason to suppose that postgraduates and even undergraduates (Lawrence Bragg began the work on X-ray crystallography for which he won the 1915 physics Nobel before he graduated from Cambridge) are any less brilliant than they were 100 years ago. But if they want to get established and secure in the scientific world then they have to start publishing papers rapidly, which encourages them to focus on making incremental advances in safe projects. What’s more, the tremendous pressures they now face—not only expectations about results and papers, but the administrative and teaching duties they must shoulder, and the scrabbling for funding leave little time for thinking about the big ideas."

"Brilliant Blunders, by Mario Livio, is a lively account of five wrong theories proposed by five great scientists during the last two centuries. These examples give for nonexpert readers a good picture of the way science works. "

"Design and innovation are at the heart of the circular economy - a restorative approach to economic activity that could transform our future. Instead of continuing with the linear model - shaped by the industrial revolution of the nineteenth century - in which goods are made from newly extracted finite natural materials, used and then mostly thrown away, there is another way. "

"The interdisciplinary studies centers are the 1) Biofuels Research Studies Center/Rural Economic Development Renewable Energy Program; 2) Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction Studies Center; 3) Food and Nutrition Security and Safety Studies Center; 4) Center for Integrated Natural Resources and Environmental Management; 5) Agribusiness Center for Entrepreneurship; 6) Bee Program; 7) Computational Interdisciplinary Research Laboratories; 8) Industrial Tree Plantation Center; 9) Instrumentation Development Center; 10) Center for Nanotechnology Applications in Agriculture, Forestry and Industry; 11) Natural Products Interdisciplinary Studies Center; 12) National Organic Agriculture Research, Development and Extension Center; 13) Philippine Center for Tropical Forest Science; 14) Rice Program; 15) Southern Luzon Studies Center; 16) University Pulse Survey Research Program; 17) Agricultural Mechanization Development Program; and the 18) Agricultural Machinery Testing and Evaluation Center."

"UP coders win Accenture app-development competition, Program the Future: The Accenture Technology Campus Challenge"

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"For more than a century, it has helped drive industrial economies around the world, provided freedom of mobility to billions and transformed modern society. But its success in the 20th century also came at a cost: a rising number of accidents, traffic congestion, CO2 emissions and oil dependency."

"Rafael Reif, President of MIT, is guest editor of the Forum:Blog today. He has selected the three posts below, and in this article reflects on what this week at Davos tells us about the future of innovation."

"There are variations on these activities, and lots of specific tools that can be utilized, but the basic steps are pretty similar.  In fact, if you look at the hundreds of start-up courses that have sprouted at business schools, innovation centers, and research labs, they all have the same basic flow.  "

"As we start to acknowledge how important design is in how we make policy, it’s high time to start training designers to think like policy makers."

" Kites have been used for hundreds of years to observe the skies, but now Filipino scientists and engineers are using them to observe our oceans. The brainchild of scientists and engineers from University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and the Mapua Institute of Technology, the Automated Rapid Reef Assessment System (ARRAS) is designed to survey large reef areas in a short amount of time, low-cost, and to be easy to dismantle and transport. "