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Horizon highlights – Mad scientist edition

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: A peek at a mad scientist's island. Can science save the economy? And mini-nuclear power plants. Let’s kick it off:

Destination: Welcome to LED Island
"Dean Kamen is best known as the inventor of the Segway scooter and medical devices including a portable insulin pump, a stair-climbing wheelchair, and a robotic prosthetic arm. Like any good inventor or mad genius, Kamen can be called eccentric. He lives in a hexagonal-shaped home, commutes to work via helicopter, and owns his very own island. Kamen has declared his island, the three-acre North Dumpling Island off the coast of Connecticut, an independent state with its own constitution, currency (based on Pi), and navy (a lone amphibious vehicle). The island comes complete with a replica of Stonehenge." [via CNET]

Dismal science: Can science help solve the economic crisis?
"The economic crisis has to be stabilized immediately. This has to be carried out pragmatically, without undue ideology, and without reliance on the failed ideas and assumptions which led to the crisis. Complexity science can help here." [via Edge]

Future watch: What's next for computer interfaces?
"Touch tricks for small and large displays could be the next big thing." [via Technology Review]


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