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Free webcast on the future of museum audiences
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Register for CFM's free webcast "Towards a New Mainstream?" and connect with museum professionals across the nation in a free–ranging discussion of race, multiculturalism, assimilation and diversity. Who will be coming to museums in 10, 20, 30 years? Join us on Wednesday, Jan. 27, for an exploration of your future audiences. More

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National Science Foundation releases latest Science and Engineering Indicators
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"Science and Engineering Indicators," published by the National Science Board, provides a broad base of quantitative information on the U.S. and international science and engineering enterprise. Among the other facts in this report: In 2008, 59 percent of Americans indicated that they had visited an informal science venue during the previous year. Half said they had visited a zoo or aquarium and over one–quarter had visited a "natural history museum" (27 percent) or a "science and technology museum" (26 percent). One in three Americans had visited an art museum and 64 percent had visited a public library. More

More wives are the higher-income spouse, Pew report says
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In a trend that researchers call "the rise of wives," women are increasingly better–educated than their husbands and have emerged as the dominant income–provider in one of five marriages, according to a new report. Looking at the impact of nearly four decades of social change, the report shows that men increasingly get a significant economic boost when they tie the knot — improving their household incomes and often pairing up with a partner who has at least as much education as they do. ♦ Read or download the full report here. More

Report: Immigrants' children fastest growing youth population in Nebraska
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Nearly one in eight Nebraska kids were born to immigrants in 2008 — making them the state's fastest growing youth population. But statistics find these kids face more barriers than children of U.S.–born parents, according to the 2009 "Kids Count" report. More

Understanding 'Generation Jones' and other mini–generation gaps
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They were the Baby Boomers who didn't make it to Woodstock — because it would have taken them way past their bedtimes. While much has been made about the heritage of the Baby Boomers, who fomented the hippie counterculture and burned down draft boards, there is actually a larger segment of this cohort — their younger siblings — who more or less missed the 1960s and came of age in the following decade. More

Blacks report better future prospects, despite widening unemployment gap
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Blacks in America are reporting that they are more optimistic about their prospects for the future than they've ever been, at least when polled by the Pew Research Center over the last quarter century. However, this week, another newly–released report by United for a Fair Economy, a nonpartisan nonprofit, has found that the economic opportunity gap between blacks and whites is actually growing. ♦ What impact will this have on future museum–going, given the persistent correlation between income and museum participation? More

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Latinos online: Narrowing the gap
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From 2006 to 2008, internet use among Latino adults rose by 10 percentage points, from 54 percent to 64 percent. In comparison, the rates for whites rose four percentage points, and the rates for blacks rose only two percentage points during that time period. Though Latinos continue to lag behind whites, the gap in internet use has shrunk considerably. More

The college admissions wave: Will the number of students keep rising forever?
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It is no shock to anyone with college–aged children that college campuses are a lot more crowded these days. Much of the focus in the media has been that a higher percentage of American youths were attending college. We conceded that this was true, but we insisted that the primary diver of the increased demand was not the higher percentage of kids going to school but the sheer number of kids in the Echo Boom. We now have some numbers to test this. More


Where America stands: A portrait of the museum of the future
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America's recessionary report card for the arts is pretty bleak, with donations to the arts down almost 10 percent. In our continuing "Where America Stands" series, correspondent Sandra Hughes investigates what some of America's wealthiest art collectors are doing to bring art to the public. She meets billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad, who is working to make his hometown of Los Angeles a world class destination for contemporary art. He has some innovative ideas, such as lending his art instead of giving it away, so that other museums can borrow and show it. Also looks at mega–donors in Dallas and San Francisco.

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We have 4G technologies, but we are yet to leave Plato's cave
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As we go into a new decade, the technological revolution carries on apace. But the short– and long–term implications can create confusion and distrust. So what is the best way forward for science? An expert panel considers the key challenges and opportunities for science in 2010 and beyond. More

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Too many tourists may make sites vanish
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Travelers yearning to explore prehistoric Stonehenge or Machu Picchu's Inca ruins better start packing, as both are on a list of endangered destinations, according to a British travel magazine. Wanderlust Magazine's second annual "Threatened Wonders List" has identified eight top travel picks that have been over–exploited. Most are plagued by tourists, poor planning and shoddy security. More


NASA revises cost and schedule for displaying retired shuttles
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NASA has issued a follow–up Request for Information, or RFI, for ideas from education institutions, science museums and other appropriate organizations about the community's ability to acquire and publicly display orbiters after the conclusion of the Space Shuttle Program. The original RFI in December 2008 noted that a potential shuttle recipient would have to pay an estimated $42 million for the cost of "safeing" an orbiter, preparing it for display and ferrying it to a U.S. destination airport. Now the agency will not ask recipients to provide the funds for this activity. More

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Travels with Charlie: Don't let lure of technology spoil the joy of traveling
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Have we become a bit overly overactive? The next time you're in a museum, at a historical site or a zoo, look around. Few attractions are devoid of dazzling electronic gadgets that invite and encourage visitors to click and connect with gizmos and games that are related to their missions. But, is this interactivity counterproductive? A friend returned from a museum recently and told tales of the extensive electronic exhibits that were packed with people — and static displays that were not. More

Museums turn works of art into hot commodities
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Not many people go to museums or art galleries just to buy a tea pot or a handbag, but that's beginning to change. The artfully crafted, limited–edition fashion pieces that have begun cropping up at galleries around Seoul are drawing a new kind of visitor into the art world — the shopper. The National Museum of Korea is one of the museums that is attracting new visitors by stocking their gift shop with high quality, designer items. More

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Online, it's the mouse that runs the museum
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Since the Make History site began in September, about 1,000 users have contributed more than 3,000 photos, videos and personal stories to it — online submissions that will play a central role in the exhibition space of the bricks–and–mortar National September 11 Museum and Memorial at ground zero, which is projected to open in 2012. More

Tools for the Future

Self–Sustaining Canopy Powers Museum
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The Energy Roof is a design project for the University of Perugia, featuring a canopy in the center of the Italian city covered in transparent photovoltaic cells. Paired with a system of wind turbines underneath the solar panels, the Energy Roof will generate enough energy to power the museum–like passage underneath covering the history of Perugia. More

"Horizon Report" highlights six technologies to watch in education
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"The Horizon Report," an annual guide to tech trends, comes out Jan. 19. And it's predicting a new technology king: open content. Also two to three years on the horizon is simple augmented reality, the idea of blending virtual data with what you see in the real world. The educational potential of this technology emerges, for example, when students visit a historic site. An augmented–reality application could overlay details about how the place looked at different eras in history, the report says. ♦ Read or download the report at More

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Greetings from future camp
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According to Ray Kurzweil, the Singularity is a point at which man will become one with machine and then live eternally — which makes Singularity University, a nine–week academic retreat named for the concept, sound a little cultish. Popular Science writer Josh Dean traveled west to investigate and found 40 stunningly sane brainiacs out to change the world. More

HP plans line of (relatively) affordable 3–D printers
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Printers equipped for 3–D are poised to go mainstream, now that Hewlett–Packard plans to start selling them. The devices, which can crank out three–dimensional plastic models through a process similar to printing text on sheets of paper, have until recently been available only to high–end industrial designers. HP's devices will be targeted at a broader market of mechanical–design professionals, and will probably cost less than $15,000. ♦ Will museums use these to fabricate exhibits or make replicas of precious objects? More


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