"The proliferation of R&D" How much do companies worldwide spend on R&D?

"The Proliferation of R&D"
How much do Companies spend on R&D?

INFOGRAPHIC: Asia’s billion-dollar R&D club is growing: Percentage of share of companies globally that spent US$1bn or more on R&D (view full picture).


Manufacturers in the future will increasingly invest more in their own laboratories.“By developing infrastructure and training skilled workers, foreign investors can contribute to a country’s broader R&D ecosystem.”

Manufacturers are investing in and prioritising research and development (R&D) as never before, even in an uncertain economic environment, as they seek to gain a competitive advantage. In a 2015 KPMG survey of global manufacturers, half said their strategic focus was innovation-led, with almost three-quarters planning to devote more than 4% of revenues to R&D over the next two years—up from almost 60% who did so over the past two years.

Broadly speaking, virtually all manufacturers have R&D divisions or centres devoted to the development of technologies meant to give them a competitive edge. As the US National Institute of Standards and Technology notes, companies can focus their efforts in several directions: they might overhaul manufacturing processes to produce substantial productivity or quality gains; improve production equipment for gains in speed, accuracy or environmental efficiency; create technologies that empower the development of new products or processes (such as prototyping or supply chain integration); or pursue advances that improve workforce conditions. Full Article via The Economist Intelligence Unit

"Paro Mundial de Mujeres" #NiUnaMeNos


"Paro Mundial de Mujeres" #NiUnaMENOS



BUSCAMOS UN CAMBIO, UNA REVOLUCIÓN ANTE LA MISOGINIA Y EL ASESINATO,  YA NO HAY EXCUSAS!. #NiUnaMenos En cada rincón del mundo hay que rechazar absolutamente la violencia de género en cualquiera de sus formas, física y emocional. 

Este miércoles 19 de Octubre distintas organizaciones y personas -en varios países simultáneamente- llaman a manifestarse en contra de genero y la violencia hacia la mujer bajo la consigna “Ni una Menos”. Y es que también fue mundial la indignación que provocó el crudo asesinato de Lucía de 16 años en Argentina, a la que se sumó el horroroso crimen de Florencia, niña de 10 años, a manos de su padrastro en la ciudad de Coyhaique, Chile. 

"L'Amour Sorcier"

"L'Amour Sorcier (El Amor Brujo)"
by Marc Lamey via 500px

"The Art of Climate Change"


Interview wi an MIT researcher on science, design, and optimism


It was Thursday night at the Asian Art Museum. Opaque black balloons hovered over a grand stairwell leading to the main event.  Each balloon in the canopy represented carbon emissions. While passing underneath, attendees could tug on a balloon and with a satisfying pop, release a message on a way they could impact the world’s CO2 levels with seemingly small choices. The point? Individual decisions can — and do — add up.

Ani Liu, an artist and technologist currently completing her Master’s degree at MIT’s famed Media Lab, spent the summer  in IDEO’s Food Studio. Trained in fine arts as well as architecture, Ani found herself increasingly inspired by a whole new medium: science. It’s a strange intersection with surprising crossovers, and is the basis of her research in what she calls “speculative storytelling”. She came to IDEO to learn the approach to design in food and to inspire us with her unique perspective on science and art. Misa Misono converse  with Ani about her experience creating this exhibit and what we could learn from it.

"Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize"

"Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize" 
"his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power."

Bob Dylan is American songwriter, singer, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades and now  win the Nobel Prize. Dylan received the Nobel Prize in Literature for "having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition". 


Metal, atmosphere and sentimentality with Simone Simons

The music of Epica is aggressive, bombastic and excessive with some songs being "epic, grand and majestic" and others "more subdued and introspective." The band is also known to have progressive tendencies while a gothic atmosphere and sentimentality is also present in their music.

"Cry for the moon" is  first song of  the album The Phantom Agony. It was written by Markus Jansen ;Adrianus A.d. Sluijter & Simone J.m. Simons. Epica is a Dutch symphonic metal band, founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Jansen after his departure from After Forever. They are known for their symphonic sound and the use of female vocals and male growls, performed by Simone Simons and Mark Jansen respectively, whilst writing primarily their lyrics. Their songs largely deal with philosophical topics, including science, politics, society, religion, and world events. 

"Congreso del Futuro"

"Congreso del Futuro"
La Convención de Ciencia que puso a Chile en la escena Mundial

"Este año el Congreso tuvo un gran impacto mediático y debemos saber utilizarlo en pro de generar aquellas conversaciones que definirán nuestra sociedad en el aspecto social, político, cultural y económico" Nicolás Fernández, organizador del Congreso del Futuro.

 Más 110 invitados, 35 mil asistentes en seis regiones y un millón de conectados online al Congreso, convirtieron al evento en la convención de ciencia más importante del país. La calidad de las exposiciones, la buena evaluación de los invitados como la atención que despertó en la audiencia los grandes temas en discusión, ayudaron a posicionar a Chile en el mapa mundial de la divulgación científica, justo en el momento en que la crisis de financiamiento a la investigación en ciencias se develó como uno de los grandes desafíos pendientes del país. 


"B E    O P E N"
By Lidor Wyssocky via CreativityPost

Creativity does not start with a solution. It starts with a problem. Creativity is not a search for something someone else thought of - it's not a guessing game. Do all these brain-teasers we come across really have something to do with creativity?

Creativity is not a search for something someone else thought of - it's not a guessing game. Creativity is a search that does not have a predefined result. In most cases, creativity is expecting the unexpected. So, the question is: how can we tease our brain to practice and improve our creativity? ...Read this full article via

"World Animal Day"

"World Animal Day"

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

World Animal Day is an international day of action for animal rights and welfare celebrated annually on October 4, the feast day of Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals.

"THE 39 STEPS" The Hitchcock Movie

The Hitchcock Movie
Great film with comedy, drama & mystery

Of the four major film versions of the novel, Hitchcock's film has been the most acclaimed. In 1999, the British Film Institute ranked it the fourth best British film of the 20th century; In 2004, Total Film named it the 21st greatest British film of all time, and in 2011 named it the second greatest Best Book to Film Adaptation.

The 39 Steps is a 1935 British thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Robert Donat and Madeleine Carroll. Loosely based on the 1915 adventure novel The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan, the film is about a man in London who tries to help a counter-espionage agent prevent an organisation of spies called The 39 Steps from stealing top secret information. When the agent is killed and he stands accused of the murder, he goes on the run with an attractive woman to save himself and stop the spy ring and clearing his name.

"Climate Change Nightmares Are Already Here"


The Point of No Return:


Climate Change Nightmares

 Are Already Here


The worst predicted impacts of climate change are starting to happen — and much faster than climate scientists expected.

Historians may look to 2015 as the year when shit really started hitting the fan. Some snapshots: In just the past few months, record-setting heat waves in Pakistan and India each killed more than 1,000 people. In Washington state's Olympic National Park, the rainforest caught fire for the first time in living memory. London reached 98 degrees Fahrenheit during the hottest July day ever recorded in the U.K.; The Guardian briefly had to pause its live blog of the heat wave because its computer servers overheated. In California, suffering from its worst drought in a millennium, a 50-acre brush fire swelled seventyfold in a matter of hours, jumping across the I-15 freeway during rush-hour traffic. Then, a few days later, the region was pounded by intense, virtually unheard-of summer rains. Puerto Rico is under its strictest water rationing in history as a monster El Niño forms in the tropical Pacific Ocean, shifting weather patterns worldwide. Read full article via

"The Gathering A Sound Relief" Live Concert


The Gathering 
"A Sound Relief" LIVE
"Music gives a Soul to the universe, wings to the Mind, flight to the Imagination & life to everything" Plato... Watch now this amazing and magic concert, "A Sound Relief" with Anneke van Giersbergen & The Gathering  at Paradiso, Amsterdam, NL 2005.

The Gathering is a Dutch progressive/alternative rock band, founded in 1989 by brothers Hans and René Ruttent; Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist who became known worldwide as the lead singer and songwriter for "The Gathering" between 1995 and 2007.

"Mode:lina creates a surprising Micro-Studio"

"Mode:lina creates a surprising Micro-Studio"
  By Peter Corboy via Designboom

Mode:lina’s main objective was to create a functional, intimate space for brandburg business meetings that could also be used for more casual creative development workshops. after work, the flat needed to transition seamlessly into a calm, domestic space that could accommodate the needs of  designer.
Mode:lina studio has designed a functional micro live & work space for maciej kawecki, owner of polish design group brandburg studio. the flat — which is a neat 37 square meters in total — incorporates kawecki’s living room, office, kitchen, bedroom and washroom — and even manages to include a secret hiding spot for the designer’s six year old son. See Full Article "Mode:lina creates a surprisingly spacious Micro-Studio"  via BURNING-MAN-2016-Gallery.html

"BATGIRL" more than a superheroine

Batgirl more than a superheroine
A Symbol of Female Empowerment

"Kesel's version of Batgirl established her as a character separate from Batman and Robin: a woman motivated to do what men do, but alone and in her own way. " Barbara Gordon initially conformed to hackneyed stereotypes as a dowdy librarian, but her transformation into Batgirl could be seen in retrospect as a symbol of the female empowerment.
  In The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines (2009), author Mike Madrid states that what set Barbara Gordon as Batgirl apart from other female characters was her motivation for crime-fighting. Unlike Batwoman who preceded her, "she wears his symbol on her chest, but she is not his girlfriend or faithful handmaiden." Because of the fact she does not pursue a romantic interest in Batman, "Batgirl is a female Batman can actually regard as a brilliant peer and a partner in the war on crime, the same way he would a male."


 To Celebrate The Redhead Day

“While the rest of the species is descended from apes, redheads are descended from cats.”  
 ― Mark Twain
Red hair is the rarest natural hair color in humans and today is celebrated in UK  "The National RedHead Day,"  commemorating this day  we have sought the the biological secret behind this hair color.
Cultural reactions have varied from ridicule to admiration; many common stereotypes exist regarding redheads and they are often portrayed as fiery-tempered. The term redhead has been in use since at least 1510. BURNING-MAN-2016-Gallery.html

"The SKY is NOT the LIMIT"

"Amy Winehouse"

"Amy Winehouse"
 To Celebrate The Singer's Birthday

"Life's short. Anything could happen, and it usually does, so there is no point in sitting around thinking about all the ifs, ands and buts."  Amy Winehouse

Today  celebrate Amy Winehouse's  birthday, remembered for her amazing musical talent. BURNING-MAN-2016-Gallery.html