This week in PopTech: PopTech-ers making news

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.

  • Sarah Fortune's (2010 Science Fellow) collaboration with Crowdflower, a company that facilitates crowdsourcing small data tasks for people to solve, was featured in FastCo Exist for the success they've had with a protocol that is able to identify TB bacteria via crowdsourcing. Fortune says, "I consider it a workhorse tool for my research, and I personally conceive of it as a workhorse tool for biology in general." 
  • In more crowdsourcing science news, Adrien Treuille (2011 Science Fellow) was interviewed by Forbes about the games he builds to solve biochemistry problems. 
  • The Daily Beast profiled 2009 Social Innovation Fellow Hayat Sindi who launched i2, the Institute for Imagination and Ingenuity, at PopTech 2011. Dr. Sindi created the institute to bridge the gap between education and opportunity in the Middle East.
  • A new study that examines how fossils, climate records and DNA reveal the unpredictability of Ice Age die-offs was published in Nature and written by evolutionary biologist Beth Shapiro (2010 Science Fellow). The results from Shapiro and her colleagues have taken the science news media by storm with stories appearing everywhere from ABC Science Online to USA Today
  • CNN was in Camden for PopTech 2011 and chose a handful of speakers that they deemed the "5 most fascinating people you've never heard of." The list includes the "real life batman," a game designer, a connector and advocate for 'maker' culture, and the locust whisperer. Curious to find out more? Click through for the complete list and more, including video. 

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