Snowden: Spotted in Brooklyn, Moscow, & Last Week Tonight

Who’s Watching the Watchers?

Artists in Brooklyn Park secretly erected a bust of Edward Snowden. Manhunt ensues.

Amidst government efforts to tighten security and tackle cybercrime, Edward Snowden re-enters civil discourse as Congress prepares to consider reauthorization of the US Patriot Act and FISA provisions. Here’s what you need to know, and how to monitor the legislation. Continue reading Snowden: Spotted in Brooklyn, Moscow, & Last Week Tonight

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Are Magnetic Liquids Key to Making Chemo Suck Just a Little Bit Less?

The Power of Neodymium Magnets

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How Fluid Mechanics & Plasma Physics May Help Cancer Patients

Ferrofluid is a liquid that reacts to a magnetic field. It’s usually made from a mixture of oil and tiny iron particles. A portmanteau of ferromagnetic and fluid, ferrofluid s a liquid that becomes strongly magnetized in the presence of a magnetic field. It was invented in 1963 by NASA’s Steve Papell as a liquid rocket fuel that could be drawn toward a pump inlet in a weightless environment by applying a magnetic field.

In addition to science, technology, and even art applications, ferrofluid is being tested in magnetic drug targeting.

This process would drastically decrease the necessary dose for a treatment down to a level at which there would be no adverse side effects.

Almost all applications in medicine exploit the extreme relative size difference between magnetic nanoparticles and living cells. The applications presented in this section make use of ferrofluids composed of iron oxide nanoparticles and are called SPION, short for superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles.

Magnetic Drug Targeting

In this process the drugs would be enclosed by a layer of ferrofluid in some way. The combination would be injected into an area of the patient’s body that required the drug treatment. The drugs would then be held in the desired location by a magnetic field and allowed to act for a time period (approximately 1 hour). The field would then be turned off and the drugs would be allowed to disperse through the body.

This process would drastically decrease the necessary dose for a treatment down to a level at which there would be no adverse side effects once the drug is released from the magnetic field. The motivation behind this type of treatment is for it to be used for drugs with adverse side effects, i.e. chemotherapy.


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Donate to Charity Via New Instagram Ads

Scroll or Swipe?

Philanthropy is about to become instantaneous.

Get ready nonprofits. Instagram is rolling out clickable ad functionality.

This new iteration allows you to link to your site or add a donate button along with the ad photo. Previously, user interface and interaction required Instagram followers to go back to your profile to link to your page. For now, the roll-out is limited to a few select companies that are working with Instagram to analyze user experience. So, get your awareness campaigns ready to launch. All of Instagram’s ad functionality will be available soon.

What was it like to be a part of the MIT Blackjack Team?

MIT Blackjack Reunion

It was completely secret, for years and years and years.   So it was something you were doing where you couldn’t tell anyone.

Continue reading What was it like to be a part of the MIT Blackjack Team?

Nonprofit Tech: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Donor CRM

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Growth Hack Your Fundraising

Kindful, a tech firm provider of fundraising and nonprofit management software, offers some good advice on their blog for selecting a CRM platform.

Continue reading Nonprofit Tech: 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Donor CRM

Educators and Creatives: FiftyThree to Launch Think Kit for Paper. They’re also hiring!

Makers of Paper, Pencil & Mix to Offer Think Kit

New tool for Pencil users allows creatives, communicators and educators to quickly create diagrams, charts, and presentation sketches. As an added bonus, jobs are created.

Continue reading Educators and Creatives: FiftyThree to Launch Think Kit for Paper. They’re also hiring!

The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal

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An Artist, A Scientist, A Love Story

Remember the film “Sleepless In Seattle”? This love story could be its fundraising fan fiction version.

Last week, The Chronicle of Philanthropy offered up an interactive map demonstrating How America Gives. New Yorkers ranked No. 2 on that list, with the Big Apple contributing a whopping $11.3 billion.

At the same time, Seattle resident Matthew Inman, a/k/a The Oatmeal launched a campaign on Indiegogo. Oatmeal’s campaign sought to raise match funds for a $850,00 grant from the state of New York. Together, the $1.7 million would allow The Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe (a 501(c)3 that has been trying for 15 years to purchase the real estate for Tesla’s old lab) the opportunity to outbid the other offer for the property. Inman’s home of Washington state made the No. 15 spot on America’s Giving list with $3 billion in contributions. Could the Oatmeal rally the giving power of both coasts to raise a museum for science, for a dead scientist named Nikola Tesla? Continue reading The First Tesla Museum, Raised With Oatmeal