This week in PopTech: Interviews galore!
Friday, September 02, 2011 UTC|
There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.
- Adrien Treuille (2011 Science Fellow), an assistant professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University and creator of Foldit and EteRNA, computer games that challenge citizen scientists to design protein and RNA strands, tells Smart Planet that when it comes to protein folding problems, untrained online gamers are more talented than even the best computer programs.
- This week Smart Planet also interviews Jessika Trancik (2011 Science Fellow) an assistant professor in the Engineering Systems Division of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who wants to speed up the clean energy development process. Trancik explains how she seeks out the best technologies for mitigating climate change and finds ways to help them evolve even faster.
- Stephanie Coontz, a professor of history and family studies and author of Marriage, A History: How Love Conquered Marriage, challenges the current state of feminism in an interviewed with Guernica this week, saying that a focus on empowering women is not enough and that maintaining a social safety net for all Americans is the root of the problem.
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