Felix Finkbeiner – Germany

Children are not often invited to speak to the United Nations General Assembly. But there stood Felix Finkbeiner, German wunderkind in his Harry Potter spectacles, gray hoodie, and mop-top haircut—with a somber question about climate change.

“We children know adults know the challenges and they know the solutions,” he said. “We don’t know why there is so little action.”

The children came up with three possible reasons to explain the lapse, he said. One is differing perspectives on the meaning of the word “future.”

“For most adults, it’s an academic question. For many of us children, it’s a question of survival,” he said. “Twenty-one hundred is still in our lifetime.”

Another explanation is climate denial. The third possibility can be glimpsed in an animal parable about monkeys that made an especially sharp point in the way that only a child delivering the message can.

“If you let a monkey choose if he wants one banana now or six bananas later, the monkey will always chose the one banana now,” he said. “From this, we children understood we cannot trust that adults alone will save our future. To do that, we have to take our future in our hands.”


At the time of his speech, Finkbeiner was four years into leading a remarkable environmental cause that has since expanded into a global network of children activists working to slow the Earth’s warming by reforesting the planet.

Today, Finkbeiner is 19—and Plant-for-the-Planet, the environmental group he founded, together with the UN’s Billion Tree campaign, has planted more than 14 billion trees in more than 130 nations. The group has also pushed the planting goal upward to one trillion trees—150 for every person on the Earth.

The organization also prompted the first scientific, full-scale global tree count, which is now aiding NASA in an ongoing study of forests’ abilities to store carbon dioxide and their potential to better protect the Earth. In many ways, Finkbeiner has done more than any other activist to recruit youth to the climate change movement. Plant-for-the-Planet now has an army of 55,000 “climate justice ambassadors,” who have trained in one-day workshops to become climate activists in their home communities. Most of them are between the ages nine and 12.

“Felix is a combination of inspirational and articulate,” says Thomas Crowther, an ecologist who conducted the tree count while working at Yale University in Connecticut. “A lot of people are good at one of those things. Felix is really good at both.”


Plant-for-the-Planet came about as the result of a fourth grade school assignment in Finkbeiner’s hometown, Uffing am Staffelsee, south of Munich. The topic was climate change. To his nine-year-old worldview, that meant danger for his favorite animal, the polar bear. He consulted Google for his research. Google steered him elsewhere—to stories about Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan woman whose heroic campaign to recover barren land that had been sheared of trees resulted in the planting of 30 million saplings and won her, in 2004, the Nobel Prize.

“I realized it’s not really about the polar bear, it’s about saving humans,” Finkbeiner says in a telephone interview from Britain, where he is a student at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. His report about trees was a hit and as a dramatic close, Finkbeiner laid down the challenge to plant one million trees in Germany. No one expected anything to come of it.

Finkbeiner’s teacher asked him to present his talk again to other students and the headmaster, and two months later, he planted his first tree, a stunted, unimpressive crab apple, near the entrance to his school. If he had known then how much international media coverage that crab apple would receive, he says now, a little ruefully, he would have insisted his mother buy a more majestic first tree.

Looking back, a nine-year-old kid with a cherubic face, a natural gift for public speaking, and a one-million tree-planting challenge was irresistible to the world’s media. Word of Finkbeiner’s project spread rapidly. The next thing he knew, he was speaking to the European Parliament and attending UN conferences in Norway and South Korea. By the time he delivered his speech at the UN in New York in 2011, at the age of 13, Germany had planted its millionth tree, and Plant-for-the-Planet had been officially launched. It had a website and a full-time employee.

The UN also handed over stewardship of its Billion Tree campaign to the group.


Superhuman citizens

US military bosses reveal radical plan to hack soldier’s brains to give them superhuman capabilities

  • DARPA funding eight separate research efforts looking into ‘synaptic plasticity’ 
  • The natural brain process would be activated through electrical stimulation
  • It’s hoped that, if proven safe, it could be used to accelerate soldiers’ learning 

The US military is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance soldiers’ cognitive abilities.

DARPA revealed it is funding eight separate research efforts to determine if electrical stimulation can safely be used to ‘enhance learning and accelerate training skills.’

Ultimately, doing this could allow a person to quickly master complex skills that would normally take thousands of hours of practice.

The US military is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance soldiers’ cognitive abilities. DARPA revealed it is funding eight separate research efforts to determine if electrical stimulation can safely be used to ‘enhance learning and accelerate training skills’

The US military is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance soldiers’ cognitive abilities. DARPA revealed it is funding eight separate research efforts to determine if electrical stimulation can safely be used to ‘enhance learning and accelerate training skills’

The program, called the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program, aims to use the body’s peripheral nervous system to accelerate the learning process.

This would be done by activating a process known as ‘synaptic plasticity’ – a key process in the brain involved in learning – with electrical stimulation.

The program was first announced last year, and now, the research branch is funding eight efforts at seven institutions to understand how this could be carried out.

‘DARPA is approaching the study of synaptic plasticity from multiple angles to determine whether there are safe and responsible ways to enhance learning and accelerate training for skills relevant to national security missions,’ said Doug Weber, TNT Program Manager.

Researchers are working to identify the physiological mechanisms that could make the brain more ‘adaptive’ during the learning process when stimulated.

This could, for example, be used to speed up the process of learning foreign languages.

A team at the Texas Biomedical Device Center at the University of Texas at Dallas are studying this effect, after being awarded a contract worth up to $5.8 million from DARPA.

‘Military personnel are required to utilize a wide variety of complex perceptual, motor, and cognitive skills under challenging conditions,’ said Dr Robert Rennaker, Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Bioengineering, director of the TxBDC and chairman of the Department of Bioengineering.

‘Mastery of these difficult skills, including fluency in foreign language, typically requires thousands of hours of practice.’

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French interview by ‘Le Figaro’

Who will be the new Einstein…?

Who is she…? What’s her name…?

¿Es acaso la nueva ‘Einstein’ en versiòn femenina?
http://physicsgirl.com/lfm.pdf * http://www.lainformacion.com/tecnologia/nueva-Einstein-apellida-Gonzalez-volar_0_1007900575.html * https://mundohispanico.com/noticias/nacionales/una-latina-es-el-nuevo-einstein

Imagen relacionada

Esta genio cubana de 22 años podría cambiar la manera de cómo entendemos el universo.

  • De madre cubana, está considerada una de las mentes más brillantes del MIT, después de graduarse con la nota más alta de la historia. Tiene una oferta permanente de Jeff Bezos.
  • Investiga los agujeros negros y el espacio tiempo, usa emoticonos, no tiene cuenta en Twitter, ni el curriculum en LinkedIn. Su smartphone no es de última generación.

A los 9 años fabricó un avión y a los 14 años lo hizo volar.Sabrina González Pasterski tiene ahora 23 y está considerada una de las mentes más brillantes del Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts (MIT), después de graduarse con la nota más alta de la historia.

Nacida en Chicago, de madre cubana y padre estadounidense, González Pasterski se centra en la comprensión de la gravedad cuántica, explicando la gravedad dentro del contexto de la mecánica cuántica. Investiga sobre los agujeros negros y el espacio-tiempo.

Probablemente no es ninguna sorpresa que ella sea muy conocida por los científicos de la NASA y que tenga una oferta de trabajo permanente de Jeff Bezos, dueño y creador de Amazon.com y de Blue Origin cuyo padrastro también era cubano.

Sus investigaciones son semejantes a las que llevaron a cabo personajes como Albert Einstein o Stephen Hawking en su juventud y los descubrimientos a los que llegue esta joven podrían cambiar drásticamente la comprensión que tenemos hoy del funcionamiento del universo.

La trayectoria y las singularidades de González

Hace ocho años, Sabrina González entró entró a las oficinas del campus de MIT con un pequeño avión de un solo motor construido, que ya había hecho volar. Solo cinco años, antes, con nueve había empezado con el proyecto.

Pasterski Gonzalez es alta, delgada y elegante y no tiene cuenta en Twitter ni actualiza la que abrió este año en Facebook. No tiene fotos en Instagram y no tiene su currículo en LinkedIn. Su teléfono no móvil no es un smartphone de última generación.

En la entrevista para OZY, la entrevistadora aseguro que Sabrina González habla con cierta torpeza y puntúa sus e-mails con caritas felices y signos de exclamación. Dice que solo tiene un puñado de amigos íntimos, pero nunca ha tenido novio, ni ha probado bebidas alcohólicas o cigarrillos.
Eso sí, se dedica a actualizar periódicamente el sitio web PhysicsGirl, que tiene un diseño muy sencillo y donde relata una larga lista de logros y habilidades, entre ellas, “distinguir la elegancia en medio del caos”.
Ya ha recibido cientos de miles de dólares en becas de la Fundación Hertz, la Fundación Smith y la Fundación Nacional para las Ciencias y pese a su curriculum, el MIT la puso en lista de espera.

Museo de pintura 3D en Filipinas

Los visitantes forman parte del arte…

En algunos museos se prohíbe a los visitantes tocar o tomar fotos de las obras de arte, sin embargo “Art in Island”, un museo de arte 3D en Filipinas, quitó todas estas restricciones ya que ahí los visitantes pueden interactuar con obras de artistas reconocidos mundialmente.

3d-paintings-13-museo-arabiaEn el museo interactivo, que alguna vez fue una estación de autobuses, los espectadores se transforman en protagonistas de más de 200 exóticas obras de arte, la mayoría de ellas son tridimensionales que dan vida al recinto ubicado en Manila.

La secretaria corporativa del Museo de Arte “Art In Island”, Blyth Cambaya,  aseguró  que: “Art In Island es un museo de arte tridimensional interactivo que anima a la gente a ser parte del arte. Por eso aquí las pinturas no están completas si no estás en ellas, si no te sacas una fotografía con ellas.

3d-paintings-2“Las obras en el interior de Art In Island son trabajos artísticos en 3D. Por lo que aprovechamos las paredes y suelos. Todo el museo está pintado. Todo parece real cuando usas la perspectiva y profundidad de campo de las pinturas”.

Parece que estás en el interior de la imagen siempre que te tomas una foto, es por eso que se llama 3D” concluyó.