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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking April 30, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking April 30, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Inteligencia emocional para niños. Guía práctica para padres y educadores - Mireia Golobardes Subirana & Sandra Celeiro González April 30, 2017
    ¿Cómo podemos enseñar a los más pequeños a gestionar sus emociones? ¿Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a mejorar en sus relaciones con los demás? ¿Cómo facilitar a nuestros alumnos su capacidad para identificar sus emociones y la de los demás y favorecer relaciones sanas y positivas, con empatía y respeto? ¿Cómo contribuir a que padres y profesores puedan también […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova April 30, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku April 30, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein April 30, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow April 30, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day April 30, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach April 30, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • El futuro de nuestra mente - Michio Kaku April 30, 2017
    Una nueva teoría sobre la conciencia y el futuro de los estudios de nuestra mente Por primera vez en la historia, gracias a escáneres de alta tecnología diseñados por físicos, se han desvelado secretos del cerebro, y lo que un día fuera territorio de la ciencia ficción, se ha convertido en una asombrosa realidad. Grabación de recuerdos, telepatía, vídeos de […]
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The Disruption And Global Transformation Of The Energy Industry

Co-Authored by Andreas Fornwald, CEO Grünwald Technologies & Sloan MBAThe first hit was the computer mainframe industry in the 1980s, then the conventional camera business of the 1990s was transmogrified followed by the telecommunication industry in the 2000s: and now it is the turn of the electric power utilities to take their place on the anvil of technological and societal change. These behemoths are forced to radically reshape themselves or face extinction.Utility companies for power generation and power transmission have more than 100 years of history and millions, sometimes up to 50 million, customers. Now they are arguably experiencing the biggest challenge to their existence ever. Many will not survive.The energy industry is rapidly changing: power generation is no longer a straightforward business, complexity is becoming overwhelming, and many top executives can not cope with this new situation. Radical transformations are progressing or will come. The Smart Grid wave is still ongoing. The Internet of Things (IoT) is rapidly developing, sophisticated Demand & Response software is coming, and Predictive Energy Consumption Logarithms, which should be in place by the end of 2017 will shape the Power Generation and Power Distribution industry as much as the robotization revolutionized the car industry.Some experts and pundits predict the end of the power generation and power distribution giants and the fragmentation of the industry. We believe that this will not happen; the future of power generation and distribution will be shaped by global service providers that will bundle the utility business and provide significant add-on value to customers. These new energy companies will become the Google and Facebook of an utterly transformed utility business.Some experts and pundits predict the end of the power generation and power distribution giants and the fragmentation of the industry.Currently, many utilities are struggling. […]

Bureo makes skateboards and sunglasses from discarded fishing nets

This young company proves how unnecessary virgin materials are when we’ve got an ocean full of plastic that can be recycled. […]

Clean Energy: The Not-So-Dirty Secret to Global Economic Prosperity

In a week of dark news dominated by a senseless terror attack, police shootings, and the increasingly divisive presidential campaign, there was a moment at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York that instead showed humanity at its most aspirational and generous and reminded us what extraordinary things we are capable of when we put aside narrow self interest and work together. That moment? When over 60 nations formally accepted the Paris Agreement to fight climate change reached at last year’s COP 21 summit. The number is significant because for the agreement to go into force, at least 55 nations collectively responsible for at least 55 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions must, in the words of the UN, “have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.” With these 60-plus nations – who together account for 47.5 percent of emissions and include major economies like the US, China, and Brazil – now on board, we’ve crossed the first threshold. Crossing the second is likely to now only be a matter of weeks, if not days with momentum for all 195 signatories to accept the agreement building with the force of a 20-ton boulder careening down a mountainside. And when we do cross that line, the world will have its first truly international framework to address climate change in effect as a matter of global policy. “Awesome” does not begin to describe the achievement. Many factors, of course, contributed to us being here today in sight of an accomplishment that only six years ago – with the collapse of previous climate talks in Copenhagen painfully fresh in the memory – felt like a distant dream. But one in particular stands out as essential to the achievement that began in Paris and really came into focus during the UNGA and the discussion of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during this week’s meeting. That factor, of course, is clean energy […]

Grades Matter: Changing The Way We See Healthy Rivers

The theme of this year’s IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii is Planet at the Crossroads. The ‘crossroads’ between economic growth and environment is something we come across in freshwater conservation on a daily basis. Water is essential for all life but it is also essential for development. In many of the world’s largest river basins, we see tensions as water is needed for transporting goods, powering energy sources, and producing food but then very little is left in the right amount of quality or quantity to support ecosystem functionality. In most of the world, the impacts of actions that increase growth and development and the role of climate change on river basins are rarely measured and little understood by key stakeholders, from the general public to government decision-makers. In places where information does exist, it often sits in disparate locations and cannot be easily communicated. This knowledge gap allows decisions about water management to be made behind closed doors or without adequate understanding, often at the expense of a watershed’s health. […]

No, America’s National Parks Are Not for Sale. A Q&A With National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis

I am often asked about the role of corporate partners and how their philanthropy supports the National Park System. More recently, I’ve heard concerns about commercialization attaching itself to the national parks themselves. I always welcome the opportunity to have an open conversation about the great need for philanthropic support for national parks. In fact, I receive communications from park lovers every day and am inspired by each individual’s commitment to the national park idea. […]

The Other Entrepreneurs: The Resilient Farmers of Timor-Leste

Maria Fatima is the chief of Maudemo, a village in Timor-Leste where life has long centered on small-scale farming. “Farmers are important, because they are the ones who provide food for the other people,” she says. “If there are no farmers, there will be no food.” But with output from village farms facing rising competition from cheap, factory-processed foods, Maria spends much of her time helping her community look for ways of producing better tasting, higher-value food both for them to eat themselves and sell in nearby markets. The villagers have had some success with snails. Long considered nothing more than a pest, they now collect and prepare them in a way that they can be eaten. Treatment of cassava is also undergoing a rethink. Long the third most important source of calories after rice and maize for people in tropical regions, traditionally villagers would just peel it, boil it and then eat it. Now, says Maria, they prepare it into chips that are both tastier and retain more nutrients. These photographs are drawn from a series commissioned by Oxfam Australia, which is working with local partners in Timor-Leste to reduce hunger and malnutrition. Maudemo, Timor-Leste | Photographer: Rodney Dekker “The Other Hundred” is a series of unique photo book projects aimed as a counterpoint to the Forbes 100 and other media rich lists by telling the stories of people around the world who are not rich but whose lives, struggles and achievements deserve to be celebrated. The second edition of “The Other Hundred” focuses on the world’s everyday entrepreneurs. The book offers an alternative to the view that most successful entrepreneurs were trained at elite business schools. Here are people who have never written a formal business plan, hired an investment bank, planned an exit strategy or dreamt of a stock market floatation. Find out more about the upcoming third edition, “The Other Hundred Educators,” here. More from The Other Hundred The Unlikely Mechanics of Dakar Over Six Decades of Sole The No-Nonsense Barbers of the Netherlands Cairo’s Blind, Female Orchestra The Reality of Education in Liberia — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]

Paris COP21: A Real Turning Point

As the former Secretary of the California EPA, and in my current role as the President of Seventh Generation Advisors and Strategic Advisor to the R20 Regions of Climate Action, I have long been an advocate for the power of action at the state and local level in the fight to curb climate change. California’s leadership set the gold standard and I wanted to help inspire other regions to take similar actions, so for the last several years I have worked alongside the R20, a non-profit launched by former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and other global leaders to continue work at the regional level and facilitate and deploy low-carbon projects worldwide. It is against this backdrop that I attended the COP21 conference in Paris. As a representative for sub-national action our goals were two-fold – 1) To illustrate that sub-national action is real, and if scaled up it could mean significant reductions in emissions at the national level and 2) To inform key policy makers, financial actors, and other stakeholders about the current and future trends taking place in the climate finance efforts, and to set forth new strategies and investment vehicles for rapid scale-up and expansion of climate finance. To support these messages we participated in several high-level events and one-on-one meetings and released two reports “Scaling Up: From Local to Global Climate Action” and “Climate Finance: A Status Report and Action Plan.” The report “Scaling Up: From Local to Global Climate Action” confirms that sub-national action on climate change is in many ways surpassing national efforts in scope and ambition. The report uses case studies from nine regions around the world to highlight initiatives that, if adopted nationally, would contribute significantly to, or even surpass, country-level mitigation goals. The highlighted initiatives have the potential to raise national ambition; spur additional mitigation, adaptation, and climate financing; and inject an emphasis on solutions-directed efforts into the public dialogue on climate change. From California to Rajasthan, India, the case studies reveal a range of local partnerships that exhibit strong climate leadership. “Climate Finance: A Status Report and Action Plan” provides tangible, concrete examples of how to expedite the transition to a low-carbon economy based on proven technologies and projects all over the world, such as those described in “Scaling Up”. Drafted at the request of French President Francois Hollande, who identified climate finance as critical to the negotiations at COP21, the report offers a comprehensive road map to effectively tackle climate finance challenges. The report gives examples of supportive governments in various regions around the world (at the sub-national and national level); mature low-carbon technologies; and substantial amounts of capital, but also points out that intermediaries are needed to align interests and to develop projects. The Report concludes by proposing concrete solutions moving forward and will also serve as the basis for implementation of climate finance solutions post COP21. These reports and the messages that we were able to deliver at COP21 were embraced and significantly elevated. Governor Schwarzenegger participated in a number of COP21 events to draw attention to these two papers and to continue his longstanding commitment in addressing climate change and protecting the environment. Schwarzenegger highlighted the important role that sub-national leadership is providing in reducing carbon emissions and stressed the need to accelerate the action being created at the local level. Schwarzenegger gave a keynote speech to the Inter-Parliamentary Union where he formally announced the reports and presented copies to French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Minister Fabius fully agreed that public policies and funds could unleash much larger private funding from a wide variety of finance institutions and private investors. Schwarzenegger also spoke to the students and faculty of Sciences Po University about the long-term nature of the climate change challenge and the important role future generations of leaders will play in addressing it. Finally – and most critical – Schwarzenegger delivered remarks to the official UN negotiating body that was working formally to integrate sub-national actions into the UNFCCC negotiations for the first time in history. He highlighted how much progress sub-nationals have made to support the reasoning for this new officially sanctioned approach. We now see that the outcome of COP21 is profound. For the first time in history almost 200 countries agreed on a goal to keep global temperature increase “well below” 2C (3.6F) and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5C. There is still much to accomplish and now the real work begins, but this consensus is truly a game-changer for our efforts to lower greenhouse gas emissions and expedite the transition to a clean, green economy. — This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website. […]