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Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has been appointed to serve on the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology

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Trenton NJ, Senator Robert Singer (R-Monmouth, Ocean) has been appointed to serve on the New Jersey Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology.

“New Jersey has long-been an incubator for innovators,” Singer said. “From the light bulb, to the solar panel, to dozens of lifesaving pharmaceuticals, countless innovations were created right here in the Garden State. By reinstating the Commission on Science, Innovation and Technology, we are continuing that historic legacy. I am honored to have the opportunity to serve as a member of this commission. Together, we will develop strategies to encourage more groundbreaking researchers and entrepreneurs to set up shop in New Jersey.”

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Murphy Signs DePhillips bill putting New Jersey at the forefront of science and technology


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Midland Park NJ,  Legislation (A3652/S2329) sponsored by Assemblyman Christopher DePhillips establishing a state commission on science, innovation and technology is now law.
DePhillips said the new law will help make New Jersey one of the most innovative states in the country in science and technology. New Jersey is currently a global leader in biotechnology, especially pharmaceuticals, but other states have been ramping up their efforts to get the industry to come to them.

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Reader says News Papers are Dying

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The NY Times will likely always exist in some form, but it is fading in relevance. It’s dying for a number of reasons, but mostly, it’s dying because the trend in how people consume news is rapidly changing. It’s no different to record companies and record stores managing the music business. The Times keeps trying to sell itself through online subscriptions but people simply won’t pay a cent for it. News is easily available elsewhere for free. Same deal with lesser outlets, like The Record. The other main reason is its content. The liberal bias might work on the Upper West Side, but not in Preoria. America is predominantly right-of-center, and The NYT, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, and a whole host of what’s known as the mainstream media is losing market share and dying.

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The Zonopact Innovation Lab : Innovation platform for students

The Zonopact Innovation Lab

October 29,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Students today grow up in a technological society. Social platforms have replaced in person or on phone conversations and the thought of traveling is on almost everyone’s mind. So, a commonplace or what is better know as ‘An Innovation Lab’ was developed to share their stories and journeys while collaborating on projects.

 The Zonopact Innovation Lab ( provides education, sparks inspiration, and enables kids across the globe to follow their aspirations.

 Mayur Ramgir, President & CEO Zonopact, Inc. is the creator of the Zonopact Innovation Lab (ZIL). It provides a social platform like Facebook for students to mingle with other like-minded people, work on real world projects, share ideas and see the impact, it creates an opportunity to travel worldwide and make a real impact in someone else’s life. ZIL also provides an opportunity to work on industry sponsored projects so students can earn money as well. Colleges can even partner with ZIL to extend these benefits to their students without investing too much money on setting up their own platform.

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Ridgewood’s Benjamin Franklin Middle School Goes Solar

BF Solar
August 19,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, The solar panels were approved by the Board of Education in 2015, and were supposed to be erected last summer, but were pushed back for various reason to this summer.

According to the Ridgewood Board of Education ,Eight Ridgewood schools have been receiving a portion of their electricity from solar power since late 2012/early 2013 ; • Ridgewood High • BF Middle • Glen • Hawes • Orchard • Ridge • Somerville • Travell •

Total installed solar capacity of 841 kW • 2014 solar energy production of ~875,000 kWh • 2014 savings from using solar energy ~$70,000

BF Middle School will add • 329.4 kW Carport Mounted System • $0.125/kWh year 1 PPA Price with a 3% Escalator • Year 1 Savings ~$18,000 • 15-Year Savings Potential >$275,000

Information was pulled from March 25,2015 presentation from Verterra :

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Brianna Alexandra Patek of Ridgewood High School will present a research project at the 2016 Research Symposium of the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University

Health-Monitoring Wearables
July 21,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Brianna Alexandra Patek, of Ridgewood High School will present  a research project Friday at the 2016 Research Symposium of the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University’s Busch campus in Piscataway. Patek will be joining 80 of her peers in presenting the results of their respective research projects.

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM Health-Monitoring Wearables Amy Liang, Brianna Patek, Sruthi Srinivasan, Eileen Wang, Andrew Zheng

The introduction of the final symposium from 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM in the Allison Road Classroom Building Room 103 on Rutgers’ Busch Campus (directions at the end of this invitation). (Visitors on the day of the symposium may park in Lots 51, 59, 60B, and 67 without permits.

Links to the parking lots are at the bottom of this document). Light refreshments will be served.  Students’ research presentations will run from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM concurrently in three locations: the Computing Research and Education (CoRE) Building Auditorium, located on the first floor of the CoRE Building; the Easton Hub Auditorium, located in the Fiber Optic Materials Research Building; and the CAIT Auditorium, located in the Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation Building.

The schedule of presentations from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM there will be a one hour break for individuals to examine the final project results in the Life Sciences Building Atrium

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Super Science Saturday exhibits science and technology in Ridgewood



RIDGEWOOD – An award-winning Ridgewood tradition, Super Science Saturday (SSS), is ready to educate and inspire community members of all ages.

The event, which is being held on Feb. 27 for the 28th straight year, will feature professional presenters and student projects, according to its website.

This popular village event received an award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame last October.

“SSS is an annual science exhibition that brings students at all grade levels and adults together to experience the wonder and excitement of science and technology in our daily lives,” said Mary Ann Copp, a member of the SSS Executive Committee. “Since its founding in 1988 by former Ben Franklin [Middle School] science teacher Jim Wallace, SSS is fun [makes science approachable and understandable], free [for anyone to attend] and non-competitive. Any student and adult can exhibit just by registering in advance.”

This year’s version of SSS will have a “special interactive show” featuring an actor playing Thomas Edison, Copp said, noting that the Edison show will begin at 9:30 a.m.

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Cheer up, the post-human era is dawning


Martin Rees

Artificial minds will not be confined to the planet on which we have evolved, writes Martin Rees

So vast are the expanses of space and time that fall within an astronomer’s gaze that people in my profession are mindful not only of our moment in history, but also of our place in the wider cosmos. We wonder whether there is intelligent life elsewhere; some of us even search for it. People will not be the culmination of evolution. We are near the dawn of a post-human future that could be just as prolonged as the billions of years of Darwinian selection that preceded humanity’s emergence.

The far future will bear traces of humanity, just as our own age retains influences of ancient civilisations. Humans and all they have thought might be a transient precursor to the deeper cogitations of another culture — one dominated by machines, extending deep into the future and spreading far beyond earth.

Not everyone considers this an uplifting scenario. There are those who fear that artificial intelligence will supplant us, taking our jobs and living beyond the writ of human laws. Others regard such scenarios as too futuristic to be worth fretting over. But the disagreements are about the rate of travel, not the direction. Few doubt that machines will one day surpass more of our distinctively human capabilities. It may take centuries but, compared to the aeons of evolution that led to humanity’s emergence, even that is a mere bat of the eye. This is not a fatalistic projection. It is cause for optimism. The civilisation that supplants us could accomplish unimaginable advances — feats, perhaps, that we cannot even understand.

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Screen Addiction Is Taking a Toll on Children


By JANE E. BRODY JULY 6, 2015 6:00 AM July 6, 2015 6:00 am

Excessive use of computer games among young people in China appears to be taking an alarming turn and may have particular relevance for American parents whose children spend many hours a day focused on electronic screens. The documentary “Web Junkie,” to be shown next Monday on PBS, highlights the tragic effects on teenagers who become hooked on video games, playing for dozens of hours at a time often without breaks to eat, sleep or even use the bathroom. Many come to view the real world as fake.

Chinese doctors consider this phenomenon a clinical disorder and have established rehabilitation centers where afflicted youngsters are confined for months of sometimes draconian therapy, completely isolated from all media, the effectiveness of which remains to be demonstrated.

While Internet addiction is not yet considered a clinical diagnosis here, there’s no question that American youths are plugged in and tuned out of “live” action for many more hours of the day than experts consider healthy for normal development. And it starts early, often with preverbal toddlers handed their parents’ cellphones and tablets to entertain themselves when they should be observing the world around them and interacting with their caregivers.

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Scientist claims immortality within reach


Published: 11:43AM Saturday July 04, 2015 Source: Sunday

A visiting American research scientist says he is close to discovering a ‘cure’ for ageing, that he could have a drug ready for testing by the end of next year.

Molecular Biologist Dr Bill Andrews told TV ONE’s SUNDAY programme that humans shouldn’t have to suffer from the ravages of ageing. He says that ageing is a disease that should, and could be cured.

His research centres around Telomeres – small caps at the end of our chromosomes that become shorter every time our cells divide.

When they become critically short, we age and eventually die.