Happy Birthday, Einstein. But What Have You Done For Me Lately? Everything.
Albert Einstein, the most famous scientist of all time, was born on this day in 1879 in the village of Ulm, located in the southwestern corner of the German Empire.
Einstein spent 20 years teaching at Princeton University, where his birthday will be celebrated today, along with math teachers' favorite holiday, Pi Day, since, by coincidence, today is 3/14. At Princeton the day's festivities will involve pie eating, the recitation of many decimal digits as well as Einstein look-alike contests.
That's all good fun. Yet here at Big Think we are celebrating Einstein's birthday in a different way. In the video below, Dr. Michio Kaku describes Einstein's legacy in less than one minute.
Watch the video here:
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- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
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- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
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- A huge segment of America's population — the Baby Boom generation — is aging and will live longer than any American generation in history.
- The story we read about in the news? Their drain on social services like Social Security and Medicare.
- But increased longevity is a cause for celebration, says Ashton Applewhite, not doom and gloom.
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