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Our war against nouns
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The first targets are "museum" and "curator." Read the CFM blog to learn why.

Learning in museums for the 21st century
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What makes an extraordinary learning environment? Find out by participating in the upcoming seminar, "Learning in Museums 2011: Creating Extraordinary Learning Environments," June 23-25, in Brooklyn, N.Y. More



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New York City museums see record attendance, but institutions still hurting for cash
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New Yorkers and tourists are lining up at city museums in record numbers, but the boost won't be enough to make up for the plunge in government and corporate funding. The trend is national and is not uncommon during recessions or when people are feeling uneasy about the economic outlook, experts say. ♦ For more details on national trends, see the recent AAM research report on museums and economic conditions. More

Key senator asks whether charity tax break is fair to all
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Sen. Max Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, recently raised questions about whether it's wise for the tax code to allow upper-income people to write off their charitable gifts while people who are poor or middle income — and don't itemize their tax returns — can't do the same. More

Millennial Intelligence for Museums

This new national study reveals attitudes and interests of the Millennial generation. Findings outline the ways in which this group will transform learning and leisure. MORE

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American travelers prefer flexibility of the open road
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Gas prices continue to hover around the $4-per-gallon mark, but most Americans still prefer the flexibility of a drive trip. New data from a Mandala Research/Solutionz study of American travelers suggests itinerary control is the primary reason why almost three-quarters (74 percent) opt to drive their own vehicle to their destination, compared to the 17 percent who choose air travel. More

Electronic devices redefine family quality time
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One family. One room. Four screens. Four realities, basically. The American living room in 2011 can often seem less like an oasis for shared activity, even if that just means watching television together, than an entangled intersection of data traffic — everyone huddled in a cyber-cocoon. More

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The myth of the starving artist
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Conventional wisdom has long held that pursuing a career in the arts is a likely ticket to a life of perennial unhappiness, hunger and unemployment. But the opposite appears to be true — graduates of arts programs are likely to find jobs and satisfaction, even if they won't necessarily get wealthy in the process — according to a new national survey of more than 13,000 alumni of 154 different arts programs. More

Projection


In US, optimism about future for youth reaches all-time low
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Forty-four percent of Americans believe it is likely that today's youth will have a better life than their parents, even fewer than said so amid the 2008-2009 recession, and the lowest on record for a trend dating to 1983. Young adults, however, are mostly hopeful that today's youth will have a better living standard, better homes and a better education than their parents. More

Law would crack down on museum freebies
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Lawmakers in Springfield, Ill., want to stop out-of-state visitors from taking advantage of free-admission days at Illinois museums. More

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44 billion mobile app downloads by 2016
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A new study from ABI Research reveals that the worldwide app industry is well on its way to achieving 44 billion cumulative downloads by 2016. Android and Windows Phone 7 are steadily catching up with Apple as adoption picks up pace. The mobile app ecosystem and market model is also expected to evolve with the increasing pool of smartphone and tablet users. ♦ Good news for those museums planning to expand their use of mobile technology? More

2020 vision: A look forward to the promises of a truly amazing year
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Robotic moon bases, chips implanted in our brains, self-driving cars and high-speed rail linking London to Beijing. According to a dazzling number of technology predictions that single out the year 2020, it's going to be to be one hell of a year. Here, Popular Science takes a look at some of the wonders it holds in store. More

Solid State Hi-Def video player.

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The non-organic future
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Think organic food plays an essential role in feeding the future? Think again. Public Radio's "Marketplace" explores sustainable efforts to feed the world. More

US to get younger — and older — over next decade
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Financial columnist Mark Hulbert takes a look at demographic trends and predictions that could impact stock market moves over the next decade. "For years now, there has been a drumbeat from economists about the increasing proportion of the U.S. population that is in or approaching retirement," he writes. ♦ Museums will have to grapple with related changes in tourism patterns, cultural participation and individual philanthropy. More

Innovation


Rethinking the museum
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On an early April afternoon, about 20 people settle into small rows of chairs to watch three female inmates of Estrella Jail dance with their young daughters via Skype. The mothers are in a jailhouse pen in West Phoenix; the daughters and audience are in the Turk Gallery of ASU Art Museum in Tempe, Ariz. Video cameras serve doubly to connect the dancers and to document the experience. The workshop, called Mother-Daughter Distance Dance, is part of the larger Social Studies project, which itself is part of a larger shift by the museum toward rethinking its role and function in the 21st Century. More

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Guggenheim 'Lab' set to swing through Berlin
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The project is basically a travelling think tank on what cities ought to be now and in the future. The BMW Guggenheim Lab — a collaboration between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and German carmaker BMW — will travel the world drumming up ideas. The host cities are still a secret. But various media reports have said Berlin has been chosen as the European host. More

Old city, new ideas: The Festival of Ideas kicks off on the Lower East Side of New York City
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Beginning on Wednesday, new ideas are coming to New York City. The Festival of Ideas for the New City, which runs from May 4-8, pairs workshops and lectures about everything from sustainability to urban planning to public policy in various locations on the Lower East Side. The festival was organized by the New Museum and others. More

Tools for the Future


Handwriting is a 21st-century skill
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Technology writer Edward Tenner asks whether "preserving and reviving cursive handwriting [is] retro sentimentality or neo-Luddism? No, it's good teaching and good neuroscience. ... Handwriting has also been surprisingly relevant technologically. What has Steve Jobs always cited as a formative experience? A course in calligraphy at Reed College." More

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Design exhibition showcases holographic products
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Design exhibitions have always been a good place to scout out the latest advancements in design and technology. IES Project's holographic displays at Tortona Design Week in Milan remove the need for spending on the production and transportation of an idea and simultaneously eliminate the environmental impact of shipping products to the exhibition. Rather, the displays present a 3-D spinning hologram of the featured product set to music, and come loaded with the designer's contact details and purchase links. More

Revolutionary new paper computer shows flexible future
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"This is the future. Everything is going to look and feel like this within five years," says creator Roel Vertegaal, the director of Queen's University Human Media Lab in Canada. "This computer looks, feels and operates like a small sheet of interactive paper. You interact with it by bending it into a cell phone, flipping the corner to turn pages or writing on it with a pen." More

Gates: 'Cute' tech won't solve planet's energy woes
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Bill Gates has a simple plan for the future of energy: Don't rely on the cute stuff. Sure, attaching solar panels to roofs, building windmills in backyards or deploying other small-scale energy technologies is a fine idea, Microsoft's co-founder told a packed auditorium at the Wired Business Conference: Disruptive by Design. Trouble is, they can't significantly aide developing nations thirsty for cheap energy, he said. ♦ Should museums bother with small-scale green initiatives, then? More

Crowdsourcing app GigWalk pays iPhone users for their snapshots
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Gigwalk is designed to act as a mobile workforce for companies looking to fill holes in their databases with photos and other information that would be too expensive to do otherwise. For example, TomTom, Gigwalk's first beta customer, can have "micro employees" correct street information on their map database, adding pictures and detailing the correction right on their iPhones. ♦ Imagine using this tool to identify the location of every museum in the U.S.! More
 


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