Month: August 2016

Bits and Bricks: Future of Cities

Cities are undergoing a profound transformation: the convergence of digital information (bits) and physical environment (bricks). As virtual systems become spatialized – entering our world through the Internet of Things – no industry remains unaffected. From utilities to transportation, construction to environmental resilience, the 21st century condition presents new challenges… As well as new opportunities.
In May 2016, The MIT Senseable City Lab presented the 2016 Forum on the Future City: Bits and Bricks in partnership with Mahindra, the City of Boston and the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities. Major stakeholders in the development of cities gathered to propose innovative solutions in urban development and to discuss the challenges of the urban future in terms of higher sustainability, better use of resources and infrastructures, as well as improved equity and quality of life in cities.
In support of this initiative, the World Bank Group Open Learning Campus (OLC) has prepared a series of bite sized learning videos captured from the Bits and bricks conference organized by MIT and World Economic forum. On this page, you will find interesting and innovative information from experts in urban development and smart technologies.


How the blockchain is changing money and business

What is the blockchain? If you don’t know, you should; if you do, chances are you still need some clarification on how it actually works. Don Tapscott is here to help, demystifying this world-changing, trust-building technology which, he says, represents nothing less than the second generation of the internet and holds the potential to transform money, business, government and society.


Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Postdoctoral Fellowship

Rule 1: Start Early and Gather Critical Information
Rule 2: Create a Game Plan and Write Regularly
Rule 3: Find Your Research Niche
Rule 4: Use Your Specific Aims Document as Your Roadmap
Rule 5: Build a First-Rate Team of Mentors
Rule 6: Develop a Complete Career Development Training Plan
Rule 7: STOP! Get Feedback
Rule 8: Tell a Consistent and Cohesive Story
Rule 9: Follow Specific Requirements and Proofread for Errors and Readability
Rule 10: Recycle and Resubmit

Yuan K, Cai L, Ngok SP, Ma L, Botham CM (2016) Ten Simple Rules for Writing a Postdoctoral Fellowship. PLoS Comput Biol 12(7): e1004934. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1004934


Caging and Uncaging Genetics

It is important for biology to understand if observations made in highly reductionist laboratory settings generalise to harsh and noisy natural environments in which genetic variation is sorted to produce adaptation. But what do we learn by studying, in the laboratory, a genetically diverse population that mirrors the wild? What is the best design for studying genetic variation? When should we consider it at all? The right experimental approach depends on what you want to know.


Little TJ, Colegrave N (2016) Caging and Uncaging Genetics. PLoS Biol 14(7): e1002525. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002525