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Researchers develop nanodiamond thermometer to take temperature of individual cells

(Phys.org) —Researchers working at a lab at Harvard University have developed a technique that allows for taking the temperature of individual living cells. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their technique and just how precise temperature measurements taken with it can be. …read more

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Lifelike cooling for sunbaked windows: Adaptable microfluidic circulatory system could cut air-conditioning costs

Sun-drenched rooms make for happy residents, but large glass windows also bring higher air-conditioning bills. Now a bioinspired microfluidic circulatory system for windows developed by researchers at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University could save energy and cut cooling costs dramatically—while letting in just as much sunlight. …read more

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Web tool could help measure subjective impressions of urban environments

CAMBRIDGE, Mass- The “broken-windows theory,” which was propounded by two Harvard University researchers in the early 1980s, holds that urban “disorder”—visible signs of neglect, such as broken windows—actually promotes crime, initiating a vicious feedback loop. The theory was the basis for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani’s crackdown on petty crime, but it’s come under sharp criticism from some social scientists. One of the difficulties in evaluating the theory is that it’s hard to quantify something as subjective as visible disorder. …read more

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Lizards show evolution is predictable

If you could hit the reset button on evolution and start over, would essentially the same species appear? Yes, according to a study of Caribbean lizards by researchers at the University of California, Davis, Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts. The work is published July 19 in the journal Science. …read more

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Math in a Time of Spreadsheets: Economists' Error Undermines Influential Paper

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Getty ImagesCarmen Reinhart (L) a Professor of the International Financial System at Harvard Kennedy School and Kenneth Rogoff (R)a Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff are at the top of the economics profession, with influence inside and outside the academy. Both have worked in senior positions at the International Monetary Fund; both have chairs at Harvard. Rogoff was a chess grandmaster in his mid-twenties, before giving up the royal game to focus on economics. “I’m not a great mathematician,” he told the Financial Times, explaining the relation between his interests, “but game theory really clicked for me.” This method of analysis offers insight into government behavior during a debt crisis, Rogoff suggested: “One of the reasons that Carmine Reinhart and I hit it off, is that we are both incredibly cynical about governments.”

Now the most influential product of their collaboration – an argument widely considered to have laid the basis for the West’s recent shift toward austerity economics – has been shown to rest in large part on a simple error, a spreadsheet coding mistake discovered by a 28 year-old graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst named Thomas Herndon.

“I almost didn’t believe my eyes when I saw the basic spreadsheet error,” Herndon told Reuters. “I was like, am I just looking at this wrong? There has to be some other explanation.” Herndon asked his girlfriend for confirmation that he wasn’t missing something. He was right, she said.

The story begins with a large-scale research project carried out by Reinhart and Rogoff, investigating hundreds of years of financial crises around the world. The result was a well-received 2009 book, This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly. They also published a paper based on a selection of their data, titled “Growth in a Time of Debt” (2010), which claimed to show that economic growth slows appreciably once a country’s public debt to GDP ratio gets above 90 percent.

It was an argument bound to receive attention from the press and policymakers, because, according to some projections, the U.S. was set to pass that purported 90 percent red line in the coming decade. And the Reinhart-Rogoff result achieved notoriety on both sides of the Atlantic: Reinhart testified before the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform; Paul Ryan cited the study in his 2013 budget, “The Path to Prosperity: A Blueprint for American Renewal”; and European Union Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn spoke in February of “serious academic research” that indicated an economic danger zone above 90 percent debt-to-GDP. (The G20 countries have said they will soon consider a proposal “to cut public debt over the longer term to well below 90 percent of gross domestic product,” The Fiscal Times reports.)

The Washington Post editorial board even presented the “Growth in a

From: http://www.dailyfinance.com/on/reinhart-rogoff-debt-GDP-spreadsheet-error/

Google search manipulation starves some websites of traffic

Google’s placement of its own flight-finding service in search results is resulting in lower click-through rates for companies that have not bought advertising, according to a study by Harvard University academics.

The study provides data for how Google’s placement of its own services amid “organic” search results may hurt competitors, which is the focus of an ongoing antitrust case between Google and the European Union.

How paid and non-paid search results are displayed has a powerful sway over consumers, the study found. Ben Edelman, an associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Zhenyu Lai, a Harvard doctoral candidate, looked at when Google began inserting its own Flight Search feature, launched in December 2011, into search results.

They found that Google chose to display Flight Search depending on a user’s search terms. When Flight Search was displayed, it takes a top position in the search results, pushing lower down non-paid search results.

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His Excellency Abdullah A. Alireza Joins AECOM Global Advisory Board

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His Excellency Abdullah A. Alireza Joins AECOM Global Advisory Board

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– AECOM Technology Corporation (NYS: ACM) , a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for public and private sector clients in more than 140 countries around the world, announced today thatHis Excellency Abdullah A. Alireza has joined the AECOM Global Advisory Board. Chaired by former U.K. Prime Minister, The Right Honourable Sir John Major KG CH, and composed of other leaders in business and geopolitical affairs, the AECOM Global Advisory Board supports the company’s efforts to enter and grow in new geographies, business lines and high-growth service areas.

H.E. Alireza is Vice Chairman of Xenel in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also served as Minister of Commerce and Industry from 2008 to 2011. Previously, H.E. Alireza was Minister of State and a member of the Council of Ministers from 2003 to 2008, and the Supreme Economic Council from 2000 to 2011. He has also served as Chairman, Kingdom’s World Trade Organization Working Team; Chairman, Board of Directors of the Saudi Arabia Standards Organization; and Chairman, Board of Directors of the Commission for Development of Industrial Cities and Technical Zones.

In addition, H.E. Alireza headed the Kingdom’s Delegation to the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the Kingdom’s Delegations at the Gulf Cooperation Council in the Commerce Cooperation Committee and Industrial Cooperation Committee. H.E. Alireza was also Chairman, Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry; Co-Chairman, National U.S. Arab Chamber of Commerce; and Chairman, Commission for Industrial Cities & Technology Parks.

In his many years of experience, H.E. Alireza has worked closely with world-renowned academic institutions and nonprofit organizations in promoting education. He initiated a development program for senior Saudi executives and government officials at Harvard University.

His Excellency Alireza possesses substantial experience and valuable perspective through his years of service with the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and as a successful, visionary business executive,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. “I am pleased that we will have the benefit of H.E.’s tremendous insights as part of the AECOM Global Advisory Board. As we advance AECOM‘s diversified global growth strategy, our advisory board members offer expert knowledge for issues at the intersection of global business operations and society at large, including humanitarian affairs, socially responsible business practices and sustainability.”

In addition to AECOM Global Advisory Board Chairman, Sir John Major, who also served as the U.K. Foreign Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, members

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Andy Molinsky: How to Adapt to Cultural Changes in Foreign Countries

By Dan Schawbel, Contributor

I recently spoke to Andy Molinsky, who is an associate professor at Brandeis University’s International Business School and author of the new book, Global Dexterity: How to Adapt Your Behavior Across Cultures without Losing Yourself in the Process. He specializes in cross-cultural interaction in business settings and has created a popular MBA course focused on cross-cultural adaptation. He has published widely on the topic of cultural adaptation; his work has been featured by a range of media outlets including the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, NPR, and Voice of America. He received his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Brown University.

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Chew on This: Nicotine Gum Faces Growing E-Cig Threat

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Before there was even a fancy term like “nicotine replacement therapy,” the Swedish were using nicotine gum in the 1960s to help royal navy submariners manage their nicotine cravings while aboard the confines of the vessel. That gum eventually became Nicorette gum, which today is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson‘s  McNeil subsidiary and is distributed in the U.S. by GlaxoSmithKline , the industry’s largest NRT manufacturer, with 50% market share.

Since then, a whole class of NRTs have been recognized by the FDA that include skin patches, lozenges, nasal sprays, and inhalers, but because their intended use is to have you quit smoking as opposed to merely get a nicotine fix through a different means — and the fact that, when introduced, there was no data available about the health effects of long-term use — the FDA requires manufacturers to carry warning labels to cease use after 12 weeks.

Today, however, there is a growing global body of evidence that there are no ill effects from extended usage of NRTs, and after long consideration, the FDA recently signed off on their safety and will allow manufacturers to remove the warning labels from their packaging..

That’s not an insignificant development, because there are growing competitive threats to the industry. While Glaxo’s dominance has long held generic NRTs largely at bay and has seen only modest competition from Novartis, with its Habitrol lozenges, and Pfizer, with prescription-grade NRTs, some studies suggest that gums, patches, and the rest have little impact on helping smokers actually quit. At the same time, the rise of cigarette alternatives such as electronic cigarettes could eat into the NRT market.

Harvard University found that NRT use was no more effective in helping smoking cessation over the long haul than people trying to quit on their own. Despite the prevalence of NRTs in the market for decades, they point to CDC data showing that previous declines in adult smoking rates and quitting rates have stalled in the past five years. 

But electronic cigarettes could be the bigger threat. Featuring no smoke, no ash, and, more importantly, no tar — it’s the tar that kills you — electronic cigarettes are a small but growing niche for tobacco companies. From 750,000 e-cigs sold in 2010, its estimated some 3.5 million were sold in 2012.

The FDA originally sought to prevent their importation but lost several court cases and now says so long as they’re not marketed as therapeutic, they’re legal. Lorillard  has become a big e-cig manufacturer, with more than $39 million in sales and enjoying a 30% share of the market. Goldman Sachs estimates it will be a $1 billion in industry sales in a few years, which may prove too lucrative an option for Altria , the biggest tobacco company and one still on the e-cig sidelines. Reynolds American plans to play all sides, as it will soon introduce both e-cigs and NRT gum.

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Starbucks Appoints New Global Chief Strategy Officer

By Kevin Chen, The Motley Fool

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Starbucks   (NAS: SBUX)  has appointed Matthew Ryan as its global chief strategy officer.

Starting in May, Ryan will report to CEO Howard Schultz and serve on Starbucks’ senior leadership team. He will lead the company’s long-term strategic planning process; improve the monetization of its retail, channel, and emerging brands; and strengthen the company’s relationship management and loyalty capabilities. Starbucks’ global customer insights and strategy teams will report to Ryan.

Moreover, Ryan will serve on Starbucks’ Global Brand Leadership Team, which is responsible for integrating its regional brand and marketing initiatives. He will partner with Sharon Rothstein, its recently appointed global chief marketing officer, to bring customer insights and analytics to the company’s brand expression and customer experience.

Previously, Ryan was the senior vice president of global brand, franchise, and customer relationship management for Disney. He provided customer input into the company’s long-term strategic planning, oversaw the development and cultivation of character franchises, and led development of customer relationship management programs. Before joining Disney in 1998, Ryan held senior strategic planning roles with several advertising agencies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University.

Howard Schultz, Starbucks’ chairman, president, and CEO, said of the appointment:

Matt’s innovative approach to customer analytics, market segmentation and brand optimization will bring a new level of insight and imagination to Starbucks and our significant brand ambitions.

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Latin American Nurses Migrating To US Could Help National Healthcare

By The Huffington Post News Editors

Solving healthcare issues on both sides of the border is the theme of the recently released report Strengthening Health Systems in North and Central America: What role for migration?

Migration Policy Institute Policy Analyst Eleanor Sohnen tells Saludify the study, which is co-authored by New York University College of Nursing’s Allison Squires, PhD, RN and Hiram Beltrán-Sánchez of the Population Studies Center at Harvard University, reveals two main findings.

“Although current registered nurse production in the U.S. is seen as sufficient to fulfill needs in the short- to medium-term, there are needs for under-served populations, specifically Spanish-speaking populations,” Sohnen said. “A very small percentage of these nurses speak Spanish, even those with Hispanic heritage. Another lesson is for Mexico and Central America, some of these countries have a critical lack of health services professionals, specifically nurses.”

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Meditation Could Boost Compassion, Study Suggests

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Meditation doesn’t just make you a better person mentally and physically, but it could also make you a better person when it comes to compassion.

A new study from Northeastern University and Harvard University researchers shows that meditation can improve compassion and do-gooder behavior. The new findings are published in the journal Psychological Science.

For the study, researchers tested study participants’ compassionate behavior after they underwent meditation sessions. Specifically, they did eight-week-long training sessions in two meditation types, after which they were tested to see if they would help someone (who was really an actor) in pain and using crutches while sitting in a fake waiting room.

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Groupon Wins 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Award for Best POS Transformation

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Groupon Wins 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Award for Best POS Transformation

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Groupon announces it has garnered top honors at the 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards for the category of Best POS Transformation. PYMNTS.com, the leading platform for news and content related to the latest in payments innovation, recognized Groupon for two of the company’s merchant solutions: Groupon Payments (https://www.grouponworks.com/merchant-solutions/payments), a convenient way for merchants to accept credit cards at the guaranteed lowest overall rates, and Breadcrumb (http://www.breadcrumbpos.com/), an easy-to-use, powerful and affordable iPad POS system for restaurants, bars and cafes.

Winners were selected across 16 categories by a panel of judges with vast expertise in payments and point of sale innovations. Finalists received their awards at the 2013 PYMNTS.com Innovator Awards Dinner on March 21, 2013 at Harvard University.

“It’s an honor to be recognized as 2013’s Best POS Transformation,” said Mihir Shah, VP/GM, Merchant OS. “Groupon Payments and Breadcrumb are two prime examples of our mission to provide merchants with affordable and effective technology solutions to run and grow their businesses.”

The Innovation Project, hosted by PYMNTS.com, is an exclusive gathering of CEOs of innovative start-ups and senior executives and elite innovators from established payments companies worldwide. The annual two-day program aims to challenge the way the broader commerce ecosystem approaches, develops and fosters innovation.

For more information on Groupon Payments and Breadcrumb, visit the GrouponWorks.com (https://www.grouponworks.com/merchant-solutions/payments) and Breadcrumb (http://www.breadcrumbpos.com/) websites. To see a complete list of all winners by category, along with a brief description of their innovations, check out (http://theinnovationproject2013.com/awards/).

About Groupon

Groupon (NAS: GRPN) is a global leader in local commerce, making it easy for people around the world to search and discover great businesses at unbeatable prices. Groupon is reinventing the traditional small business world by providing merchants with a suite of products and services, including customizable deal campaigns, credit card payments processing capabilities and point-of-sale solutions to help them attract more customers and run their operations more effectively. By leveraging the company’s global relationships and scale, Groupon offers consumers incredible deals on the best stuff to eat, see, do, and buy in 48 countries. With Groupon, shoppers discover the best a city has to offer with Groupon Local, enjoy vacations with Groupon Getaways, and find a curated selection of electronics, fashion, home furnishings and more with Groupon Goods. To subscribe to Groupon emails …read more
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Annie's Appoints Isobel Jones as General Counsel and Secretary

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Annie’s Appoints Isobel Jones as General Counsel and Secretary

BERKELEY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Annie’s, Inc. (NYS: BNNY) , a leading natural and organic food company, today announced the appointment of Isobel Jones to the position of General Counsel and Secretary, effective April 1, 2013. Ms. Jones will serve as in-house legal counsel, managing legal and compliance matters and serving as a key member of Annie’s management team.

Ms. Jones will be based in the Company’s Berkeley headquarters and report directly to John Foraker, CEO of Annie’s.

“With extensive experience in compliance, governance and employment issues, as well as specific knowledge of the food industry, Isobel will be an ideal member of our executive team and we are excited to welcome her to Annie’s. The addition of Isobel to our senior management furthers our continued effort to position the Company to thrive as we continue to grow and expand,” said Mr. Foraker.

Prior to joining the Annie’s, Ms. Jones most recently served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc., where she provided legal advice, guidance and support on corporate governance, securities compliance, employment and labor matters, litigation, contracts, intellectual property, investor relations, and other matters. From June 2003 to January 2012, Ms. Jones was Associate General Counsel at Del Monte Foods, where she was responsible for SEC reporting and compliance, corporate governance matters, mergers and acquisitions, support of the treasury and investor relations functions and other general corporate matters. Ms. Jones also spent ten years as an associate at a national law firm. Ms. Jones earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She also holds an A.B. in East Asian Studies and Economics from Harvard University.

About Annie’s

Annie’s (NYS: BNNY) is a natural and organic food company that offers great-tasting products in large packaged food categories. Annie’s products are made without artificial flavors and synthetic colors and preservatives regularly used in many conventional packaged foods. Today, Annie’s offers over 125 products and is present in over 25,000 retail locations in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1989, Annie’s is committed to operating in a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable manner. For more information, visit www.annies.com.

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Massive Dynamics in Discussion to Use 3D Printing for Iconic Cartoon Character

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Massive Dynamics in Discussion to Use 3D Printing for Iconic Cartoon Character

CUPERTINO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Massive Dynamics, Inc. (OTCQB: MSSD) has initiated discussions with the creators of an Iconic Cartoon Character to develop plans for using the Company’s 3D Printer, currently in post production, to create toys and figurines.

Action figures and figurines started gaining popularity in the 1960s. Today, it is a multimillion dollar business, spanning involvement from film production companies to fast food chains. 3D Printing is poised to enhance this industry for both manufacturers and consumers. Consumers will now have the chance to customize their toys and be able to choose the pose they like best for their beloved characters – even allowing full articulation.

An article published on Geek.com explains how a team of Harvard University computer scientists have developed software that allows anyone to 3D print their own action figures at home. “Not only will the models carry the likeness of the character, they will also be fully articulated,” stated the article posted August 2012.

“We are hopeful that a definitive agreement can be reached for Massive Dynamics to be involved with this Famous Cartoon Character,” said President Oscar Hines. “This would be a notable accomplishment for a company, such as us, entering into the 3D space.”

Further details will be released as talks progress. For more information about Massive Dynamics 3D Printing Division please visit http://www.massivedynamicsinc.com.

About Massive Dynamics, Inc. (OTCQB: MSSD)

Massive Dynamics, Inc. is a Nevada corporation listed on the OTCQB under the trading symbol MSSD. The Company is an acquirer, developer and seller of leading edge consumer oriented technologies and products ready for rapid commercialization.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking information within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, including statements that include the words “believes,” “expects,” “anticipate” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. In addition, description of anyone’s past success, either financial or strategic, is no guarantee of future success. This news release only speaks as of the date of its distribution.

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ACT's Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Robert Lanza to Deliver the Nerem Lecture 2013 at the 17th Annual

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ACT’s Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Robert Lanza to Deliver the Nerem Lecture 2013 at the 17 th Annual Hilton Head Workshop

Leading Scientists, Engineers, Clinicians & Industry Participants to Discuss Cutting Edge Research in the Regenerative Medicine Field

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Advanced Cell Technology, Inc. (“ACT”; OTCBB: ACTC), a leader in the field of regenerative medicine, announced today that its chief scientific officer, Robert Lanza, M.D., will be delivering the “Robert M. Nerem Lecture” at the 17th Annual Hilton Head Workshop, “Regenerative Medicine: Technologies Enabling Novel Therapies” being held on Hilton Head Island, March 20-23. The goal of the workshop is to bring the community together in an intimate, “Gordon-conference style” forum to share the latest insights and discoveries in this rapidly progressing field. Dr. Lanza’s Lecture, entitled “The Use of Pluripotent Stem Cells in Regenerative Medicine,” will take place on Saturday, March 23, at 5:00p.m. EDT.

Dr. Lanza’s presentation is the second annual Nerem Lecture, with the first having been delivered last year by George Q. Daley, M.D., Ph.D. Samuel E. Lux IV Professor of Hematology/Oncology and Director of the Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Children’s Hospital Boston, and Professor at Harvard Medical School.

The conference brings together leading researchers in the field of regenerative medicine, along with other scientists, engineers, and clinicians, including speakers from Harvard University, Stanford, Cornell, Duke, UCLA, and the University of Pennsylvania, among others.

About Advanced Cell Technology, Inc.

Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., is a biotechnology company applying cellular technology in the field of regenerative medicine. For more information, visit www.advancedcell.com.

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How Harvard Students Explore Ancient Egypt From Cambridge With New 3D Technology

By John Gaudiosi, Contributor

Back when I was in college and grad school, we still used microfiche and the Dewey Decimal System. Today’s students get the full benefit of cutting-edge technology to enhance their education. I was able to check out some proprietary new 3D technology in Cambridge at Harvard University, where Egyptology students are being offered courses that literally transport them to a real-time virtual reconstruction of the Giza Plateau, based on actual archeological data gathered by Harvard and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) expeditions to Egypt in the first part of the 20th century. …read more
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B.F. Skinner, Behavioral Scientist Who Invented ‘Skinner Box,’ Remembered By His Daughter

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Today is the birthday of B.F. Skinner. The celebrated and sometimes controversial American behavioral scientist, who was born in Susquehanna, Penn. on March 20, 1904 and spent much of his career as a psychology professor at Harvard University, would have turned 104.

Skinner, who died in 1990, is best remembered for his radical ideas about animal and human behavior. A story on the PBS website described him in this way:

Skinner expressed no interest in understanding the human psyche… He sought only to determine how behavior is caused by external forces. He believed everything we do and are is shaped by our experience of punishment and reward. He believed that the ‘mind’ (as opposed to the brain) and other such subjective phenomena were simply matters of language; they didn’t really exist.

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