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Ingrid Daubechies: Computer Stupidity

by Maria Daly Ingrid Daubechies talked about how current computation does not capture reality well. Her work includes improving functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) which is used in brain scanning. Daubechies showed us that individual brains do not fold identically. This causes a problem...

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Making a Fine Mess of Things

by Frank Swain Let's face it, having "messes" listed as a research specialism on your business card is pretty neat.  But Horn is exactly that, a man who studies messes, or more accurately "inter-related sets of problems", particularly because business and government strategies are often hatched...

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Ferenc Krausz demonstrates capturing fast motion

by Maria Daly Extremely innovative talk by Ferenc Krausz about how attophysics captures the fastest phenomena of the microcosm. It included a demonstration on capturing fast motion using a drill & flashing light: Twitter: @maria_daly

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Session 3 - The Walls in Global Economy

by Luca De Biase The session dedicated to economics is hosted by Dennis Snower, Professor of Economics, Chair of Economic Theory, University of Kiel, President of the Kiel Institute for the World Economy , Germany. He chooses a big question: what are the economic walls that prevent us from...

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Breaking the Wall of Ecological Risk... with Music?

by Hillary Rosner I've watched a lot of climate models run, but never before had I seen one set to live musical accompaniment. Until now, that is--thanks to Alejandro Litovsky of Earth Security Initiative, a UK-based group that's calling attention to the link between environmental crises and...

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Robert Schlogl: How Heterogeneous Catalysis Can Replace Fossil Fuels

by Frank Swain Robert Schlögl is Director of the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, discussing our reliance on fossil fuels. The problem isn't simply that they are a fast-diminishing resource, but that fossil fuels still represent the world's best energy storage system. We need...

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Waceke Wanjohi: Fighting Food Insecurity by Battling Worms

by Hillary Rosner Waceke Wanjohi of Kenyatta University in Nairobi was the first Falling Walls speaker from Africa. Her talk, "Breaking the Wall of Food Insecurity," highlighted the damage nematodes--tiny worms of .2 to 12 millimeters in size--can do to sub-Saharan Africa's crops. Agriculture...

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Step by Step to the Dream of Renewable Energy

by Beatrice Lugger We all know catalysis from our cars. They somehow help reducing toxic gases. But this is not the whole story. What a catalyst really does is reducing the energy needed for certain reactions by offering certain surfaces and reaction places. Can specially designed new catalysts...

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The era of personalized medicine is on the horizon

by Beatrice Lugger Aaron Ciechanover is an enthusiast and a brilliant scientist and he obviously is one of those scientists who believe in the supporting power of science for a good and healthy future. Here at the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin he said we need to break several walls: walls of...

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Anastasia Ailamaki: Efficient Data Exploration

by Maria Daly Mid-way through session two, Anastasia Ailamaki spoke about gap between data collection and analysis. It was no surprise to anyone when Ailamaki mentioned that no technology grows faster than computer technology and the data we collect grows even more rapidly! An excellent graph...

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