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The Alzheimerization of dementia

by Jeffrey Marlow One-third of all people in the western world will fall victim to dementia, according to Monique Breteler. Breteler is the Director of Population Health Sciences at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases and a lead investigator on the ambitious, iconic Rotterdam...

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Googlin' the future of economy

by Frank Swain Perhaps having anticipated some bleary eyes in the audience following last night’s reception cocktails, Google’s chief economist Hal Varian  starts his Falling Walls lecture with a question: what day of the week are the most Google searches for “hangover”? The answer is,...

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Learning from a Lotus Leaf

By Maria Delaney  If you stick a post-it to the leaf of a lotus flower, you’re probably a bit odd but you’ll also find it falls off. Professor Nicola Pugno in his talk Breaking the Wall of Super Materials used this leaf as an example of material with a very high water repellence. He termed...

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Diamonds, imperfection and the age of quantum computers

by Jeffrey Marlow Nature is not perfect, and that’s a good thing. Just as evolution can harness genetic imperfection to drive evolutionary progress, so too can physicists take advantage of atomic-scale defects to develop computing breakthroughs. David Awschalom, a professor of physics,...

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Reverse engineering an elephant

By Maria Delaney The nematode worm, Caenorhabditis elegans, could be breaking more records in the near future. Being the first multicellular organism to have its entire genome sequenced was not enough for this tiny roundworm. Soon it may have all the chemical and physical reactions encoded in...

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Stefan Kaufmann: Keeping on Breaking Down the Wall of Unequally Distributed Disease

With Prof. Kaufmann we start a new series of posts to talk about how the research of our past speakers developed after their talk at Falling Walls. Prof. Kaufmann today has exciting updates regarding a better vaccine for tuberculosis: At the first Falling Walls conference in 2009, I talked about...

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Falling Walls 2011 in Pictures

For the third year in a row, the Falling Walls Conference has filled Radialsystem with over 700 international representatives from science, business, politics, culture, media, and has animated the web traffic with more than 5000 unique viewers of the Livestream. Here some of the best moments of an...

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Goodnight from the Falling Walls Bloggers!

Spotted without their laptops at the Festive Dinner in the Museum for Communication, Berlin: (L-R): Luca De Biase (@lucadebiase), Beatrice Lugger (@BLugger), Bahar Golipour (@Alterwired), Maria Daly (@maria_daly), Frank Swain (@SciencePunk) and Hillary Rosner (@hillaryrosner)

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Modern chemistry turns lead into gold

by Frank Swain Professor of chemistry Paul Chirik is on a mission to turn lead into gold. Or, to be more precise, to make lead act like gold. Precious metals are instrumental to some of the most widespread and important chemical processes in our world, such as the osmium needed to synthesise...

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The Modern Alchemist

by Beatrice Lugger What a the chance to listen to Paul Chirik who is one of the world’s pre-eminent inorganic chemists at the intersection of the traditional disciplines of organic and inorganic chemistry focused on sustainability. Paul Chirik from Princeton University, USA, is known as the guy...

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