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From Israel to break the wall of biocomplexity and between science and society: two new lectures from Falling Walls 2012

Last November we were honoured to have among our speakers two representatives of the prestigious Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. Prof. Daniel Zajfman, president of the Institute, and Prof. David Harel, William Sussman Professor of Computer Science Applied Mathematics. Enjoy these two...

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First Two New Lectures 2012: Breaking the Wall of Tropical Diseases and of Super Materials

Every month we'll release new lectures from Falling Walls 2012. Keep on following this post, our Facebook page or Twitter account to know when. Today we'll start with two of the most appreciated speakers: Yanis Ben Amor from the Earth Institute at Columbia, and Nicola Pugno form Università di...

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Daniel Libeskind at Falling Walls 2012: Architecture is a Language

by Frank Swain Dressed in a leather jacket and black roll neck, Daniel Libeskind holds an air of affability that complements his passionate and lucid discussion about the importance of architecture in healing and rebuilding communities.  Born into a Jewish family in Poland, he experienced life...

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Developing Drug Accessibility

By Maria Delaney Despite improvement in recent years, one and half billion people do not have access to drugs according to Denis Broun, Executive Director of UNITAID. Imagine you live in a remote part of Africa. In his talk Breaking the Wall of Inaccessible Drugs, Dr Broun, said there are “four...

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Mobile Technology for Drug Delivery

by Jeffrey Marlow “I almost didn’t make it today,” Yanis Ben Amor told the Falling Walls audience during the day’s fourth and final session, “and it was all because of access.” He was stuck in New York – a city bedeviled by hurricane Sandy and a subsequent snow storm – and while...

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Saraceno: 400 slides, a stream of consciousness

by Frank Swain From the moment he springs onto the stage, Tomás Saraceno's  demeanour marks him out as an artist. Dressed in jeans and a hoodie, and wearing a scruffy beard, he stands in contrast to the parade of smartly-dressed academics that have so far made up the Falling Walls...

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Fueling Deep Sea Research

By Maria Delaney One of the last frontiers on Planet Earth is the deep sea according to Professor Peter Herzig in his talk Breaking the Wall of the Dark Side of the Oceans. Venturing down the deep dark depths of the ocean could allow us to harvest vast amounts of energy. Prof Herzig, who is...

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Making cities smarter

by Jeffrey Marlow You’ve got your cup of coffee, your briefcase, and a full tank of gas, and you pull out of your neighborhood to begin the drive to work. At first, everything seems normal, but just before turning right onto the highway, your car makes an executive decision: you’re turning...

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Changing Perceptions of Food

By Maria Delaney Our relationship with food is frequently bittersweet and can lead to anxiety and never-ending diets. Professor Per Møller investigates how flavours can influence the choice of food we eat. In his talk Breaking the Wall of Bad Taste he says “opening the wall up to any taste is...

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My hobby? A democratic internet

by Frank Swain Aaron Kaplan is rather in awe of being invited to the Falling Walls conference for what he calls his “hobby project”.  But not all of us can boast a hobby that connects hundreds of thousands of people to the internet in a democratic, decentralised fashion. He is the founder of...

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