The New Florence blog set a blistering pace during 2012 with 750+ posts. Each one of the posts makes you go “wow”, and very tough to play favorites but I scanned the titles to come up with a few that will remind us of 2012 years from now.
5 categories– The London Olympics, The Presidential Race, the Industry events I was part of, Mobile devices/apps/pays, and Advanced Analytics/Big Data - contributed over 150 posts to the blog. The first 5 entries below represent (only) one from each of those categories. The others represent either the end of an era (as with the Space Shuttle), the start of a new one (as with Japan diversifying its energy policy after the tsunami and Facebook’s IPO ) or some that just stood out like the use of plastic bottles as bulbs in slums around the world or Israel’s missile shield during the altercation with Hamas.
“From a control centre on the bridge, fireworks director Fortunato "Forch" Foti will oversee a team of 45 crew using 16 laptops to fire a barrage of colour - and 10,000 cues - all synchronised to a musical score co-written by Minogue based on the theme of Embrace.”
“The fireworks are made from about 40 to 50 different chemicals using secret "recipes" or compositions that have been passed down through the generations of the Foti family.”
Mr Foti is a seventh generation fireworks maker with the family business started in 1793.
Technology for viewers this year includes a NYE12 mobile app
Our cups ran over with the many beautiful and amazing images scientists and satellites captured this year when they looked around and out from Earth. From things microscopic to those light years across, and from morning coffee to the deep recesses scattered around the universe…including the one below of jack courting behavior captured off the coast of Cabo Pulmo, Mexico
This week I am running a series on the best of 2012 and what to look forward to in 2013.
Scientific American reveals 10 innovations that could be game changers: an artificial alternative to DNA, oil that cleans water, pacemakers powered by our blood, and more. These are not pie-in-the-sky notions but practical breakthroughs that have been proved or prototyped and are poised to scale up greatly. Each has the potential to make what may now seem impossible possible.
Photo Credit mc10 which makes “systems that can bend, stretch and wrap into novel form factors” such as diagnostics embedded in paper in photo and is cited in the article