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Horizon highlights – 'Rethinking the basics' edition

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Our regular roundup of sci-tech stories from across the Web includes: The life of a serial inventor, a field guide to digital photography, and, oh yeah, the world might be a hologram. Let’s kick it off:

Essay: Elevating science, elevating democracy
"To be honest, the restoration of science was the least of it, but when Barack Obama proclaimed during his Inaugural Address that he would 'restore science to its rightful place,' you could feel a dark cloud lifting like a sigh from the shoulders of the scientific community in this country.... My first reaction was to worry that scientists were now in the awkward position of being expected to save the world. As they say, be careful what you wish for." [via NYTimes]

Video: Woody Norris on inventing the next amazing thing
"Woody Norris shows off two of his inventions that treat sound in new ways, and talks about his untraditional approach to inventing and education. As he puts it: 'Almost nothing has been invented yet.' So – what's next?" [via TED]

Business plan: Netflix attracting more subscribers through streaming video
"Netflix showed little sign of the economic slowdown that's been nailing other companies this corporate earnings season. But it attributed its fourth-quarter jump in revenue, profit and subscribers to a surprising factor: surging popularity of its online video streaming service." [via LATimes]


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