March 2014
Peter Baron Friends: With the first annual Atlanta Science Festival taking place in Atlanta this week, we've devoted this issue to all things science. Founded by Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber, the Festival is an opportunity for all to explore the science and technology in our region and see how science is connected to all parts of our lives. We hope you enjoy this issue - and if you're in Atlanta, make plans to attend! Kind regards,
In This Issue
» Celebrating Science and Technology at the Atlanta Science Festival
» Robotic Prosthesis Turns Drummer into a Three-Armed Cyborg
» Beautifully Weird Things
» Atlanta: Tops in Life Science R&D, Competitiveness
» Let Unfamiliar Territory Spark Imagination
» Spring Break Reading: "Brilliant Blunders"

Celebrating Science and Technology at the Atlanta Science Festival
The Atlanta Science Festival celebrates local science and technology this entire week. If you make it there for only one day, head to the Georgia World Congress Center this Saturday, March 29, for the free Exploration Expo. And please, bring the family. Exploration Expo is the biggest interactive science event ever to hit Atlanta, getting adults and kids together with local scientists and engineers in more than 80 exhibits of awesomeness. Killer Plants, New World under the Microscope, Fun with Funky Fluids, Craters and Meteorites, and Don't Be a Zombie are just a sample of the free exhibits waiting for you to explore. The point is to expose our young people to the fun side of science and open their minds, to stimulate their intellectual curiosity so they have the opportunity to include engineering, science, and invention in their thoughts about their futures. The inventive spirit that fuels innovation in our city can begin with experiences like this; little moments make a huge difference in what young people will consider moving forward. Exploration Expo is so much more engaging that watching videos, a hands-on invitation to dozens of important concepts and ideas, all experienced directly. Exploration Expo also lets young people become acquainted with some of our universities' most high-impact professors, and most of us can all reflect on at least one brief teacher encounter that made a lasting impression. In short, it's a perfect opportunity to help your family see how fun and intriguing science really can be, way more cool than the frog dissection you remember from high school – which means you're sure to find something that intrigues you as well.

Robotic Prosthesis Turns Drummer into a Three-Armed Cyborg
Professor Gil Weinberg, founding director of the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology, has created a robotic drumming prosthesis, giving amputees more musical control and creativity. Designed as "robotic synchronization technology," Weinberg says it could potentially be used in the future to control an embedded, mechanical third arm during time-sensitive operations, such as helping astronauts or surgeons perform complex, physical tasks in synchronization with robotic devices. Read more »

Beautifully Weird Things
A zebrafish embryo, a lily flower bud, and sludge. These and other images are the winners of the 2014 Wellcome Image Awards, which celebrate striking science and medical images. Read more »

Atlanta: Tops in Life Science R&D, Competitiveness
According to a new report from IBM Global Business Services and Site Selection Magazine, Metro Atlanta ranks as the sixth most competitive city in the country for life sciences R&D and production. Additionally, our city ranks among the most competitive cities in the world when it comes to attracting companies and international investment. Read more »

Let Unfamiliar Territory Spark Imagination
In this Fast Company article about the neuroscience of imagination, Gregory Berns, a professor of neuroeconomics and director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University, says "The surest way to provoke the imagination… is to seek out environments you have no experience with." According to Berns, novel experiences are so effective at unleashing the imagination because they force the perceptual system out of categorization, the tendency of the brain to take shortcuts. Read more »

Spring Break Reading: "Brilliant Blunders"
Whether you're heading to a beach or still bundled up inside waiting for warm weather, check out "Brilliant Blunders", a book that captures some of the top legitimate mistakes in science. The different blunders reveal the way science progresses and evolves, and the importance of always questioning assumptions in debate with one's fellow scientists and peers. For glimpses into these blunders, you can read a review of the book by astrophysicist Mario Livio. Read more »

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