Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws.
John Oliver, host of HBO comedy news program Last Week Tonight, is quickly building up that level of cultural cachet. While his forebears and former colleagues Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart spend as much time lampooning the news media covering world events as they do analyzing events themselves, Oliver’s show stands out for its investigations into topics as varied as the militarization of the police state, Net neutrality and Argentina’s debt crisis.
Now Oliver’s approach has been cited as an inspiration for local government transparency. Just last week a Washington State legislator proposed a new bill that would let citizens comment on new legislation using videos…
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1) Water is weird.
2) Thanks to a particle detector mounted on the International Space Station, scientists are keeping tabs on a lot of cosmic rays.
3) A surprising threat to the rainforest? Noise.
4) The future of antibiotics may lie in silver nanoparticles.
5) Cardiovascular medicine is becoming easier to get (in Cameroon).
6) We owe our lives to aerosol particles.
7) Despite what it may seem at times, we are living in a hugely exciting moment.
Read more about each thing at: 7 things learned from a day spent watching TEDxCERN
Wednesday marked the second-ever TEDxCERN, the event organized by the folks at CERN, the famed particle physics research center in Geneva, Switzerland, responsible for bringing us the World Wide Web, the Large Hadron Collider, and confirmation of the existence of the Higgs boson. You know, just a few minor things.
TEDxCERN brought together a mix of experts from across the sciences and the world, people all working to answer the question: “What are the big ideas in science that will help us address tomorrow’s major global problems?” Particle physicist (and three-time TED speaker) Brian Cox served as quippy host, while more than a thousand attendees watched live in CERN’s Globe of Science and Innovation.
If you weren’t one of the lucky thousand, or were too swamped with work to catch the live webcast, don’t despair. We watched for you. And created a list of things we…
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I’ve read about this on Business Insider here: Here’s One Theory About Why Cops In America Kill So Many People
The chart shown on is very interesting and so are the theories behind it.
«The FBI reports that in 2011, cops in America killed 404 suspects in acts of “justifiable homicide.”» – Business Insider
«Last year, police in England did not record a single shooting fatality, with officers across the country only firing weapons on three occasions. Cops on the street in England do not carry firearms.
In Australia, where police do carry handguns, gun control is relatively tight. Police in some states receive special training for dealing with mentally ill suspects.» – Business Insider
“We see this as a product of the continuing arms race between law enforcement and civilians that has been going on for decades.” (…) The arms race means “police officers have legitimate fears about the nature of the firepower they are confronting on a daily basis” – Business Insider
There has never been more opportunities for entrepreneurs and start-ups to make positive changes to people’s lives, to disrupt the norm and to innovate.
However, there are a great many challenges facing those who attempt to shake up industries: government regulations, monopolised markets, red tape and dirty tricks from competitors can sometimes make it difficult.
So why is all this getting in the way?
Is innovative disruption as active today as it has ever been?
Is change and true innovation being prevented?
Have entrepreneurs lost the will to innovate?
Check the video with the highlights of Virgin Disruptors on Silicon Valley, gathering an incredible panel of experts debating the question: Have entrepreneurs lost the will to innovate?