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2012-10-04 14:44:37

The winners of a contest that encourages scientists and students across the globe to explore fundamental, big questions in astronomy and cosmology will present their proposals and essays in a joint conference Oct. 12-13 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grant and Essay Competition, led by Donald G. York, the Horace B. Horton Professor in Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Chicago, will award more than $4...

“New Frontiers” Award For Work On “Origami Universe” Received By JHU Cosmologists
2012-10-04 14:36:08

Two Johns Hopkins University research scientists who use the Japanese art of paper folding, known as origami, as a metaphor for understanding the complexity of the cosmos have been named winners of an award through the “New Frontiers in Astronomy & Cosmology International Grant and Essay Writing Competition,” funded by the John Templeton Foundation. Mark Neyrinck and Miguel Aragón-Calvo, both of the Henry A. Rowland Department of Physics and Astronomy at the...

Immortality Project Set To Begin
2012-08-05 06:50:09

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A University of California at Riverside (UCR) philosopher will be placed in charge of a new project analyzing the concept of immortality after receiving the largest grant ever presented to a humanities professor at the school, various media outlets reported last week. According to a July 31 UCR press release announcing the grant, the university announced that philosopher John Martin Fischer would oversee research on all aspects of...

2011-11-03 08:00:00

Making an Extraordinary Impact in Their Encore Careers SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Civic Ventures today announced the 2011 winners of its Purpose Prize. Five social entrepreneurs over 60 will receive $100,000 each for using their experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on some of society's biggest challenges. Now in its sixth year, the $17 million program is the nation's only large-scale investment in social innovators in the second half...

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2011-04-08 07:05:00

A British astrophysicist and cosmologist known for his studies into the origins of the universe and its future was awarded one of the world's top religious awards this week for his work in exploring life's spiritual dimension. Martin Rees, 68, who is an expert on the extreme physics of black holes and the Big Bang, is the recipient of the $1.6 million 2011 Templeton Prize, announced by the John Templeton Foundation on Wednesday. Rees was chosen for the award because of the nature of his...

2010-11-12 07:12:00

Purpose Prizes Honor Americans Over Age 60 for Making an Extraordinary Impact in their Encore Careers PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Civic Ventures today announced that Larry Hochendoner , from Harrisburg and Philadelphia, is a 2010 Purpose Prize Fellow. Hochendoner was recognized as a social entrepreneur over 60 who, in his encore careers, is using his experience and passion to make an extraordinary impact on society's biggest challenges. Now in its fifth year,...

2010-03-18 13:09:00

NASSAU, Bahamas, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- It was the Clinton Global Initiative in New York that inspired Jane Siebels, founder of iGivingWorld, to create an invitation-only, secure social media Web site to connect philanthropists and foundations around the globe. While there were so many people who attended the Global Initiative, there were still so many more people to connect. After extensive research and multiple brainstorming sessions, iGivingWorld was born. The platform resembles...

2009-03-16 23:44:51

French physicist Bernard d'Espagnat has won the $1.4 million Templeton Prize for his theory of alternative realities. The John Templeton Foundation said the award honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution affirming life's spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works. D'Espagnat, 87, is a theoretical physicist and philosopher of science at the University of Paris-Orsay, the Christian Science Monitor reported Monday. The John Templeton...

2008-07-15 09:00:56

By Marjorie Cortez Deseret News I had a "Moment of Truth" the other night. While preparing dinner, Fox's "Are you Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" was on, although it was mostly background noise. Before I knew it, an hour had passed. Next was "Moment of Truth," which is part Jerry Springer-part game show also on Fox. Contestants answer 21 increasingly personal questions. A polygraph examination conducted prior to their turn on the hot seat determines whether they're being honest. The night I...