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Benno Hansen
Patent Assistant (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Focusing on our bright green future, environmental sustainability, global partnership and climate change.

MSc degree in horticulture from Copenhagen University, thesis on Hidden Markov Modelling of protein sequences - which is the same algorithm that lies at the core of Google. Winner of TH!NK2, Y!HAA

Have written for magazines at an advertising bureau, supported university students in their IT-tasks, helped maintain the university hardware, software and websites, vacuum cleaned bodies of escaped laboratory test frogs, been a mail man with the Danish Postal Service and counted the number of passengers for the Danish Railways.

My goal is to publish a best selling science fiction novel and/or get elected for parliament with an intellectual party. But I spend a lot more time betting on football matches (and winning), attending FC Copenhagen home games which I hold a season ticket for, reading lots of science fiction and popularized science, skating and eating organic meals with my beautiful, eco-friendly biomedicine ethicist girlfriend.

Oh yeah... every now and then I also blog ;-)

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MDG press clips - week 29

Published 22nd July 2010 - 5 comments - 5731 views -

Geek battle: oil vs electrics and London vs Copenhagen, global warming caused by aliens, shrimps on prozac. You need to see this!

#5 Geeks in traffic

You either get this. Or you don't.

Geek Cars

London bike super highwayIn other traffical news London city planners have mapped out a network of "cycling highways". Looks like the London traffic workers took the blue lines on the map a bit too literal? Jokes aside, it's no doubt a major step forward. I, however, came to think of my bike trip to and from work every day. Most Copenhagen bike "highways" are better than the ones London is getting. Plus, like the motorists above, I'm a geek too. So I strapped my Flip Mino camera to my bike and recorded most of the trip! The Flip Facebook channel suggests I add "Eye of the tiger" as a soundtrack!

#4 From YouTube

Just a bit more "traffic": The Great Power Race is a clean energy competition between students in China, India and the United States. Join in at (Nice soundtrack!)

And a bit more geeky stuff: The thousands of expert climate scientists whose work forms the consensus have no celebrity, no street cred with the average person. But for a lot of people, the archetypes of scientific expertise, are more popular media figures like Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan.

Free Range Studios have a new video out. Everyone loves those so here it is:

Don't have a lot of celebrities for you this week but here is a real hero: Pavel Fomenko has helped catch up to 2,000 poachers in a single year. Guarding the world's largest sub-species of tiger - the Amur tiger - Pavel takes us through what his work entails in protecting the world's foremost iconic animal. One that is now seriously in danger of becoming extinct in the wild.

Serious stuff in a second. Just one more...


#3 Let's make fun of America in stead

(Can't take the endless misery in Somalia videos.)

If global warming were caused by aliens...

Stop big govt

Now I'm at it: Despite having promised to stop funding climatology disinformation groups, ExxonMobil still gave 1.5 million USD to such "climate change deniers" in 2009.

#2 National Geographic / Prozac Pollution Making Shrimp Reckless

"Remnants of antidepressant drugs flushed into waterways worldwide are altering shrimp behavior and making them easier prey [...] Antidepressant use is rising rapidly—more than 10 percent of U.S. citizens, or about 27 million people, used the drugs in 2005 [...] more public awareness about responsible drug disposal and better technology for breaking down pharmaceuticals at sewage works, among other solutions, could help to solve the problem."

Seriously. This is crazier than the license plates.

#1 UN

He's busy. But in between defending BP and apologizing for being lobbied by BP and I don't know what else, British PM David Cameron found time to hang out wiht UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a great photo op.

British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) meets UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


According to an artificial intelligence, the most interesting article on TH!NK3 this week is One in five Finns wants to cut development aid by Liisa Leeve.


  • Johan Knols on 23rd July 2010:

    Hi Benno,

    #3 is that the Tour de Denmark? I must say I always enjoy the press clips. Especially if I see you sweated over them….! But you could have taken the guy in front of you (light blue shirt) earlier!

  • Helena Goldon on 23rd July 2010:

    HI Benno,
    have bookmarked the !

  • Benno Hansen on 24th July 2010:

    LOL Johan… I don’t have the temper to go slow enough to not sweat a bit at 25 degrees but I’m not racing either. Tour de France freaks go swooosh by me regularly.

  • Clare Herbert on 28th July 2010:

    I don’t get it. Loving the piece on safe Cosmetics - I was planning to post it, but you beat me to it Benno. smile

  • Benno Hansen on 28th July 2010:

    Well, Clare… if you have something to add why don’t you post it?

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