This week in PopTech: Cerebral matters, education toolkits and sports racers

There's always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects, and ideas in our network, a handful of this week's highlights follows.

  • Sports Racers rejoice! Ze Frank (PopTech 2004, 2005) of videoblogging fame is bringing back "The Show,” a webseries that's a continuation of an experiment with interactive storytelling he began six years ago. As he says, "...the core of the original show was never really about what I did. It was about what you did. And I have no idea what is going to happen there. It's risky, unknown and awesome." 
  • Graphic designer Nicholas Felton (PopTech 2009) is obsessed with data. He knows how many songs he’s listened to and how much it costs him per mile to fly. Felton visualized these numerous details in personal “Annual Reports.” This week Felton released The 2010/2011 Feltron Biennial Report.
  • At PopTech 2011, author Robert Neuwirth talked about life in the informal economy. Neuwirth contributed to the Mobility Issue of Makeshift, revealing the world of shadow goods, legal items that are sold around the world in quasi-legal ways. He described how these interactions can cause unexpected feedback loops. 
  • Adrian Owen (PopTech 2010) and his collaborators have utilized their own game-changing technology – previously developed for use with patients in a vegetative state – to assess a more prevalent group of brain-injured patients, those in the minimally conscious state (MCS). Their findings were released earlier this week in Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
  • Yasser Ansari’s (Social Innovation Fellow 2010) Project Noah (Networked Organisms and Habitats), strives to be what he calls “a field guide for every organism.” Today Project Noah released an education toolkit with tools and resources to help teachers and students harness the powert of Project Noah in the classroom. 

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Image: Ze Frank

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