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The Horse: reframing the history of human progress

Frederick Woodhouse Senior, 1820–1909. The Cup of 1862-1863, oil on canvas. Donated by Mr F. W. Prell, 1889 Victoria Racing Club Collection. The National Gallery of Victoria, Author providedIn a fascinating exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, the relationship between horses and humans is explored, in the course of which a veritable social history of the horse emerges. It is extraordinary that one animal has had such a profound impact on human history. In the words of Captain Cook: "They are human creatures … more entitled to his favour [they] may appear to some to be the most wretched upon the earth; but in reality they are far happier than … we Europeans."

(Social history is one of the categories for the 2016 Dan David Prize. Learn more here: selected fields 2016 - past social history)

Making 3D Objects Disappear

A 3D illustration of a metasurface skin cloak made from an ultrathin layer of nanoantennas (gold blocks) covering an arbitrarily shaped object. Light reflects off the cloak (red arrows) as if it were reflecting off a flat mirror.- Berkeley LabInvisibility cloaks are closer than ever to being a reality. Scientists at Berkeley have fashioned a "skin cloak" out of blocks of gold nanoantennas to effectively render a small 3D object invisible. The scientists believe that upscaling the technology to macroscopic objects is just a matter of engineering.

(Nanoscience is one of the categories for the 2016 Dan David Prize. Learn more here: Selected fields 2016 - Nanoscience)

Read the article "Making 3D Objects Disappear" - Berkeley Lab

Interview: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Calls Internet.org a ‘Transitory Phenomenon’

Jimmy Wales, 2009. Credit: williambrawley/Flickr, CC BY 2.0In this brief but compelling interview, former Dan David Prize laureate Jimmy Wales addresses the new Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN (to address global poverty) as they relate to technology and connectivity. Worth the click.

(One of the Dan David Prize categories for 2016 is combatting poverty. Learn more here: Selected fields 2016 - combatting poverty)

Read the article Interview: Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales Calls Internet.org a ‘Transitory Phenomenon’ - The Wire

ARGUMENT: Who Foots the Bill for Ending Extreme Poverty?

image: http://foreignpolicy.com/The UN passed its new Sustainable Development Goals - or SDGs - last week. Building on the success of the Millennium Development Goals, under which the world managed to halve extreme poverty and child mortality since 1990, the SDGs constitute an ambitious, future-focused anti-poverty agenda. One of the big changes: a reduced reliance on foreign aid from developed countries, and an enhanced role for domestic funding by developing countries themselves, as well as private sector finance.

(One of the Dan David Prize categories for 2016 is combatting poverty. Learn more here: Selected fields 2016 - combatting povertycombatting poverty

Read the article: ARGUMENT: Who Foots the Bill for Ending Extreme Poverty? - FP (foreignpolicy)

Amos Oz Picked for South Korea’s Top Literary Prize

Amos Oz Credit: Olivier Fitoussi & Moti Milrod2008 Dan David Prize laureate Amos Oz has been selected to receive South Korea's most prestigious literary prize. "The prize jury noted that his writing reflects what it called complex aspects of human nature and complex relationships in addition to a deep respect for life. Oz’s writing, the jury said, requires his readers to do their own soul-searching."

Read the article "Amos Oz Picked for South Korea’s Top Literary Prize" - HaaretzHaaretz