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TED of the Month: Joi Ito – Want te innovate? Become a “now-ist”

“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly, without waiting for permission or for proof that you have the right idea. This kind of bottom-up innovation is seen in the most fascinating, futuristic projects emerging today, and it starts, he says, with being open and alert to what’s going on around you right now. Don’t be a futurist, he suggests: be a now-ist.

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Keeping the gut barrier intact – The thin line between cell survival and cell death

VIB - LogoResearchers at VIB and Ghent University have unraveled the crucial role of a protein (RIPK1) in keeping the gut epithelium intact. The epithelium of the gut plays a critical role in the human body as it allows absorption of nutrients and functions as a barrier to protect our body from intestinal bacteria.

Keeping of this epithelium intact therefore requires tight control, which is ensured by a subtle balance between cell renewal, cell survival and cell death. RIPK1 is a protein that fulfills a dual role as regulator of cell death and cell survival. In many pathological conditions, the pro-death function of RIPK1 is predominant.

Nozomi Takahashi and Peter Vandenabeele (VIB/UGent) found that , under normal conditions, RIPK1 is essential to protect gut epithelial cells from excessive cell death, and thereby ensures the barrier function of this organ from bacterial infiltration. Targeting RIPK1’s functions may therefore open new doors for the therapeutic control of diseases that are characterized by gut inflammation and local barrier loss, such as Crohn’s disease.

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First opening of academic year at Ghent Uni Global Campus in Korea

1 September 2014 is a historic day for Ghent University. The first academic year at their brand new Global Campus in South Korea was inaugurated that day.

Ghent University Global Campus offers Bachelor’s programs in food technology, environmental technology and molecular biotechnology. A permanent staff supplemented by a ‘flying faculty’ of Ghent University professors will teach the students. The programs are accredited by the Dutch-Flemish Accreditation Organization (NVAO) and by the Korean government.

At the Songdo Global University Campus, near the city of Incheon, 3 other American universities are active. By attracting reputed foreign universities to South Korea, the government hopes to reduce the brain drain to – especially – the United States.

More info and source: website Ghent University

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4 iMinds affiliated companies at International Broadcasting Convention

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Four successful tech companies, who benefited from iMinds business support programs in the past years, will showcase their products and services to over 50,000 visitors, at IBC2014. The International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam, with exhibitions from 12-16 September, is the event not to be missed for everyone involved in the world of content creation, management and delivery.

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