Archive for July, 2010

Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure

July 7, 2010 1 comment

Sergey Brin’s Search for a Parkinson’s Cure.

Several evenings a week, after a day’s work at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, Sergey Brin drives up the road to a local pool. There, he changes into swim trunks, steps out on a 3-meter springboard, looks at the water below, and dives.

Brin is competent at all four types of springboard diving—forward, back, reverse, and inward. Recently, he’s been working on his twists, which have been something of a struggle. But overall, he’s not bad; in 2006 he competed in the master’s division world championships. (He’s quick to point out he placed sixth out of six in his event.)

The diving is the sort of challenge that Brin, who has also dabbled in yoga, gymnastics, and acrobatics, is drawn to: equal parts physical and mental exertion. “The dive itself is brief but intense,” he says. “You push off really hard and then have to twist right away. It does get your heart rate going.”

There’s another benefit as well: With every dive, Brin gains a little bit of leverage—leverage against a risk, looming somewhere out there, that someday he may develop the neurodegenerative disorder Parkinson’s disease. Buried deep within each cell in Brin’s body—in a gene called LRRK2, which sits on the 12th chromosome—is a genetic mutation that has been associated with higher rates of Parkinson’s.

The Irish Economy » Blog Archive » The OECD Innovation Strategy

The Irish Economy » Blog Archive » The OECD Innovation Strategy.

(Complete repost)

The OECD Innovation Strategy

This post was written by Iulia Siedschlag

The OECD Innovation Strategy brings together the results of a three-year analysis of innovation and innovation policies.

The Executive Summary of the analytical study can be found here and the Key Findings here. A Compendium of Indicators to measure innovation and monitor the implementation of the strategy can be found here.

An Expert Advisory Group including experts nominated by the governments of member states and other selected governments has provided advice and feedback on the project. As far as I can see in this Expert Advisory Group Ireland is not represented.


Latest from the Science Gallery – BIORHYTHM: MUSIC AND THE BODY

The latest exhibition from the Science Gallery – including a contribution from Ian Robertson, who blogs here occasionally.


Are you looking to turn up the music now that summer’s finally here? Keen to find out if there is a formula to create the perfect hit? Want to know what makes us dance?

BIORHYTHM, Science Gallery’s latest exhibition, will explore all of these questions and more in an interactive bonanza of unique sonic experiences, where curators include Professor Ian Robertson, from the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, musician Gavin Friday and composer Linda Buckley, featuring research by Professor Carol O’ Sullivan’s GV2 group amongst the many experiments and experiences into the sounds around us.

BIORHYTHM opens to the public on July 2nd and runs until October 1st and will feature exhibits ranging from a sonic bed to musical instruments that respond to your heartbeat. BIORHYTHM will be open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00.

Do you want to be the first to experience BIORHYTHM at Science Gallery? Why not join the exclusive VIP Preview on July 1st (19:00-21:00)

Explore the installations, chat to the artists and enjoy an evening of aural delights.  Tickets (€10) are available for the launch on

However, do you fancy supporting Science Gallery, get FREE into all previews, get priority booking, free WiFi and discounts in the cafe and shop?

Then join as a Science Gallery MEMBER+ today.

All staff and students at Trinity College can sign up for only €20/year (compared to €30 standard rate) = sign up in Gallery only and please remember to bring your TCD ID.

If you join before June 30th you will automatically be on the guest list for the BIORHYTHM launch on July 1st and you will be entered into a draw to join Science Gallery Crew at Electric Picnic!

We look forward to welcoming you to a musical summer at BIORHYTHM at Science Gallery!

Kind regards

Michael John Gorman

Director of Science Gallery