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Future Studies 101
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This week CFM launches a mini-course in Futures Studies — with each episode short enough to read over a cup of espresso. Check out the first installment on the CFM Blog.

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Family getaway or get away?
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Millions are setting off on their summer breaks, but for many the experience will be anything but relaxing. Why do we persist with the ordeal of family holidays? More

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Children congregated in western, southern US metro areas
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Metropolitan areas with the highest percentage of residents younger than 18 are disproportionately located in the Western and Southern U.S., according to data from The Urban Institute MetroTrends. A look at the national map of U.S. metropolitan areas shows that the share of children is distributed extremely unevenly in different geographic areas. No metropolitan area on the Atlantic seaboard has more than 27 percent residents younger than 18, and most have 23.1 percent or less of their population represented by this age demographic. More

A salary gap between men and women? Oh, please.
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Business blogger Penelope Trunk says, "It is absolutely ridiculous that the White House recently announced an initiative to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to help women during this lousy economy. First of all, it's already illegal to pay people based on gender criteria. Second, during this downturn women are doing much better than men in terms of job loss. And third, there simply is no longer a salary gap between men and women." More

All Museums Can Learn from NASA Participatory Exploration

A masterplan for Kennedy Space Center incorporates PE in a museum. The implications for the future of museums go beyond the innovative NASA model. Read more.

No pain, no gain: The good news about arts funding cuts
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It is understandable that the British arts community is concerned about government proposals to cut arts funding. Apprehension is high around how the funding gap will be filled, and whether private funding will compromise artistic integrity and progress. The government proposes that the arts community adopt the U.S.-based approach to arts funding, with less dependence upon public and more upon private funding sources. More

Poll: Identity, blending in important to Hispanics
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Tomasa Bulux speaks Spanish to her children, maintains an altar at home representing her Mayan culture's view of the world and meets once a week with Mayan immigrants who speak her indigenous Quiché tongue. At the same time, she's becoming a part of the diverse, cosmopolitan city she lives in. Her Guatemalan dishes share space on the table with experiments in cooking Thai or Arabic food. She's fluent in English and socializes with her European-American husband's English-speaking family as much as with other Hispanics. More


Nonprofits could lose tax-exempt status
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Like thousands of other mostly small nonprofits in Pennsylvania and across the country, the Catasauqua Band is listed by the IRS as being at risk for losing its tax exemption because it failed to file the proper paperwork for the past three years. A Morning Call review found more than 700 nonprofits across the region on the IRS list. It is unclear exactly how many organizations are nominally at risk and how many face a real threat. Some of the organizations on the list are defunct, some are in limbo and some ... are still in business but just learning about their precarious tax status. More

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Affirmative action's time is up
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Former CFM lecturer Gregory Rodriguez argues that "white racial anxiety, not immigration, will be the most significant and potentially dangerous socio-demographic trend of the coming decade. The combination of changing demographics and symbolic political victories on the part of nonwhites will inspire in whites a greater racial consciousness, a growing sense of beleagurement and louder calls to end affirmative action or to be included in it." More

The near-term future of global travel
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Tour and theme park operators, hoteliers, airlines, and other groups will soon be offering more tours and other services in (Brazilian) Portuguese, Russian, and Chinese to encourage more visitors from Brazil, Russia, India, and China (the BRIC countries) to visit their destinations. A new study's findings reiterate the necessity of reaching out to this "new" travel audience and capitalizing on their growing interest in the U.S. More


American Museum of Natural History launches mobile app
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Lost at the museum? There's an app for that. The American Museum of Natural History moved into the future recently, launching a mobile app for visitors to navigate its exhibition halls and maybe learn a new thing or two. Visitors will be able to download the interactive application to their iPhones, iPads or iPod touches — or they can borrow one from the museum for free. In addition to maps, the program will provide additional information on 140 objects on display. More

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Remington Museum takes foray into Flickr
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Laura A. Foster, curator of the Frederic Remington Art Museum, flips through a selection of Remington-related postcards, relics that had been sent to her just as they were 100 years ago: Snail mail. A thought pops into her head: "I should put these on Flickr," she said, the photo-sharing social media site that the Remington Museum has started to use. This digital expansion would have been unheard of three years ago, much less in the days of Remington. More

Museum of Craft & Folk Art school program brings world cultures to life for California students
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San Francisco's Museum of Craft & Folk Art brings the world alive for Bay Area youth through a School Program designed to link the arts with cultural studies and social sciences taught in kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms. More

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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing visits Sodexo's 'Feeding Our Future' program at Detroit Institute of Arts
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While attending the Woodward Light Rail press conference along with U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Governor Jennifer Granholm at Detroit Institute of Arts, Mayor Dave Bing went the extra mile to acknowledge the efforts of Sodexo and DIA to fight hunger. Executive Chef Larry Duren, along with other Sodexo employees and DIA volunteers, continue to donate their time to prepare and package 18,500 summer lunches for area school children who rely on free and reduced-price meals during the academic year. More

Portland Acupuncture Project
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This project explores the interface between art, regional planning, traditional Chinese medicine and the health of a city. Needles appearing across the city will bring attention to the some of the city's most challenging problems, greatest assets, as well as places with enormous potential. ♦ Not a museum project as such, but a striking example of a public art project addressing significant community issues.

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America's best little-known museums
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Criteria for making this list came down to two questions. Is the museum flying under the radar of most travelers? And would you tell your vacationing mother, best friend, or boss to go out of their way to visit this place, knowing that your reputation as a recommender is on the line? More

A cultural vacation for plants
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The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles invites your favorite plant to a Houseplant Vacation — a "cultural retreat for plants." This month-long green holiday will pamper your plant as it's never been pampered before. Not only will the lucky plants get to hang out on a light-flooded terrace, they'll get their portrait photograph taken, experience "psychic plant healing," learn some cultural plant history, and take in readings, performances, and musical events every Saturday. More

Sabiha Al Khemir on Islam and the West
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An authority on Islamic art, Sabiha Al Khemir, who was born in Tunisia and lives in London and New York City, has curated exhibitions at museums around the world, seeking to build understanding between Islamic and Western cultures. More

Ipswich Museum in the UK celebrates opening of new Egyptian gallery with 'CSI My Mummy'
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This week sees the opening of the Ipswich Museum's new Egyptian Gallery in the U.K. Visitors will be able to marvel at the mummy of Lady Tahathor, or find out about daily life in ancient Egypt as they journey down the Nile. But wait... there has been a terrible crime! A thief has broken into the museum, and stolen a very rare and precious Egyptian artefact! Can you — or your kids — help solve the mystery? More

Tools for the Future

How gaming can change the world
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VideoBriefA year ago, games researcher Jane McGonigal developed SuperBetter as a game-based method for recovering from the traumatic brain injury she was suffering from at the time, and has now announced the upcoming launch of a Kickstarter project aimed at funding a published game guide. In this five-minute video she gives her take on how games can change behavior and the world. ♦ Dr. McGonigal developed some of the same themes in her 2008 lecture for CFM, Gaming (is) the Future of Museums. More

The anti-crisis project: Thinking our way to a better future
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An ambitious new scientific effort now aims to transform our ability to understand and manage mutually entangled social, economic, and technological systems through an Apollo-like project uniting scientists across Europe. The FuturICT initiative will exploit the revolution in modern computation and information technologies to build an immeasurably more powerful science of human systems and their interaction with the global environment. More

The business case for greener, smarter buildings
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says we spend some 90 percent of our time indoors. So why aren't we thinking more about smarter, greener buildings?
SmartPlanet interviews sustainable design expert Peter Syrett.

A history of blank, empty & missing things
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Astonishment wears quickly. For example, the long line of vanished astonishment in communications shows how thin wonder becomes over the course of time, as communication is facilitated by a postal delivery system to a ground semaphore to an electric telegraph to the telephone to wireless radio to airmail to television to DARPAnet to e-mail to texting to Twitter. ♦ A humbling discussion of how all cutting-edge technologies eventually become commonplace, then obsolescent. More

A new twist as nanofabrication technology
meets the "printing" revolution

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Blogger Valkyrie Ice says "Recently, in a variety of different breakthroughs, I've been watching a new paradigm evolve in manufacturing. This new paradigm is 'printing.' Over the last few years, each and every discrete component that we currently use to make electronic devices has gradually been made smaller and smaller, to the point that now almost every electronic component in an electronic circuit can be 'printed.'" ♦ Part of larger trend towards fabrication on demand. More

Holographic displays, robot eyes hint at your interactive future
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The eyes may be the window to the soul. But what do you see when you look into robotic eyes so real that it's almost impossible to tell they are just empty, mechanical vessels? At Siggraph, the annual conference for graphics geeks that ended recently, Disney researchers created an animatronic eye that moves in a lifelike way, makes eye contact and tracks those who pass by. More

Embedded technologies: Power from the people
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Sensor-studded clothing worn by a soldier tracks his movements and vital signs. A disposable electrocardiogram machine the size of a Band-Aid monitors a heart patient. A cellphone is implanted in a tooth. Scientists and engineers are trying to develop such "embedded" devices: Miniature electronics that plug people into computer and communication networks. ♦ Are special interactive "museum suits" in our future? More

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