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The 100 Books Facebook Users Love

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“List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way,” it begins. “Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the ‘right’ books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.” ...

How Google’s Autonomous Car Passed the First U.S. State Self-Driving Test

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Google’s experimental self-driving cars will officially be allowed on California’s roads starting 16 September. They have driven more than 1 million kilometers since the company started secretly developing them in 2009, but they have been tested only once by a government body on open roads—by Nevada Department of ...

3D Printing Artist is Pulling Strings and Saving Puppets From Extinction

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“While I’ll be using these parts for my own shows, I don’t want it to stop there.” – Laurie Berenhaus 3D printing has been wowing the world with innovations in making items such as prosthetics, casts, and implants. Puppets can benefit from 3D printed parts now also, it ...

A Kickstarter for journalism enters the big leagues

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Journalism is expensive. As big publishers close bureaus and slash staff, they’re leaving major areas and big issues uncovered. And crowdfunding platform Beacon has been quietly picking up some slack. While the site — a sort of Kickstarter for journalism — has been largely focused on helping solo writers fund their projects since its launch a year ago, it has more recently entered the big leagues, with mainstream outlets like The Huffington Post and popular niche site TechDirt tapping the platform for funding. The Huffington Post, for example, used Beacon ...

This legendary accounting firm ran the numbers on climate change

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With every year that passes, we’re getting further away from averting a human-caused climate disaster. That’s the key message in this year’s “Low Carbon Economy Index,” a report released by the accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers. The report highlights an “unmistakable trend.” The world’s major economies are increasingly failing to ...

Universal Social Rules Underlie Languages

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The Study of animal communication has a long and colorful history. In the 1950s Dutch biologist Niko Tinbergen collected stickleback fish and carefully observed how they interacted. He noticed that the abdomen of male fish would flush bright red during breeding season, as the fish built nests and ...

The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin's Physical Interface

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Two years ago, Zach Harvey and his brother, Josh, were saddled with a failing guitar shop selling vintage and handmade pieces in New Hampshire. The guitar venture had once been a roaring success, but that had been in Tel Aviv, before the duo decided to move back to ...

The Face of the Apple Watch Holds Clues to a More Flexible Future

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One of the innovations packed inside the Apple Watch—and highlighted by designer Jony Ive at the company’s grand unveiling this week—is a flexible display. Contrary to some earlier speculation about the device, however, this doesn’t mean you can actually bend the screen. As with other devices featuring flexible ...

This Is The Best 3D Food Printer We've Seen Yet

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3D Systems/TwitterA 3D Systems ChefJet printer displayed at CES 2014.There are a number of 3D food printers on the market, promising to print everything from pasta to Nutella. But most simply create shapes from pre-prepared ingredients.One company, however, has gone a different direction, designing 3D printer that turns ...

Elon Musk: SpaceX Wants To Build A City On Mars

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Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, Calif. "The reason I haven't taken SpaceX public is the goals of SpaceX are very long-term, which is to establish a city on Mars," ...

Can solar power save South Asia?

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Small-scale entrepreneurs could force politicians to make dramatic changes to South Asia's dire energy problem. A laborer stands beside a solar panel outside a shelter in Little Rann of Kutch in the western Indian state of Gujarat on March 2.(Photo: Corbis) In 2010, Shazia Khan had a bright ...

Peter Thiel: Competition Is for Losers

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Only one thing can allow a business to transcend the daily brute struggle for survival: monopoly profits. Javier Jaén What valuable company is nobody building? This question is harder than it looks, because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself. Creating value ...

Self-Driving Cars From Tesla In About 3 Years, Says CEO Elon Musk

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Autonomous vehicles have become a hot talking point in recent years, as major firms like Google continue high-profile development of the technology. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has also expressed an interest in recent years, and now tells Nikkei that the firm could introduce self-driving technology ...

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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2 mentions4 days ago
This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right. Earth protective but fragile ozone layer is finally starting to rebound, says a United ...

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

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Because people who deny climate change can seem comical, here's a great project to deal with them on their level: hand-scrawled cartoons of real-life scientists, popping off word balloons loaded with climate facts. The playful series is called "97 Hours of Consensus," a reference to the 97 percent ...

Diversified farming practices might preserve wildlife diversity, say Stanford biologists

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A long-term study in Costa Rica has revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species. The research suggests alternative land-use practices that sustain farming and biodiversity. The great tinamou is an evolutionarily-distinct bird that declines in farmland but thrives in tropical rainforest. As humans ...

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come

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I am currently the managing director of Sapient Global Markets and e.v.p. of Sapient Corporation and have been voted one of the top 25 consultants in the world, specifically for my work in the energy sector. Prior to joining Sapient, I built and managed trading groups around the ...

Amagi Metals CEO: Bitcoin Will Replace the US Dollar in My Lifetime

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Amagi Metals took the bitcoin community by surprise this August when it broke ranks with even its more progressive peers in the precious metals space to boldly announce it would stop accepting the US dollar as a payment method by 2017. Though some in the bitcoin community decried ...

An Astrobiologist Asks a Sci-fi Novelist How to Survive the Anthropocene

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Nautilus publishes a new chapter of feature stories on its monthly theme, every Thursday.Sign up to this list to stay up to date on the latest and greatest. Humans will have a chance to prove their adaptability as the Earth undergoes unprecedented challenges in the Anthropocene, an era ...

Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland and safeguard rainforests

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Since the birth of agriculture thousands of years ago, humans have cut down the world's forests to grow food and expand their population. But now experts believe the end of our "war on trees" is in sight amid what some are calling a new "green revolution" – finally ...

3D-printed Car by Local Motors

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The Strati is the world’s first 3D-printed car.See for yourself: 3D-printed electric car will be manufactured with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and delivered at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September of 2014.The Strati will be 3D-printed in just 44 hours, in one piece, using ...

Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.

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The JOBS Act became law on April 5, 2012, with the promise to open a new world of funding for startup businesses through equity crowdfunding. Entrepreneurs were excited that Congress passed a law creating a Kickstarter-like tool to raise capital by selling stock online. Equity crowdfunding had promised ...

We Are On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough

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Electric vehicles are cool. They’re inexpensive to operate, can make our air cleaner, and help reduce the amount of climate change-causing gases released into the atmosphere. But right now, they’re also mostly just for rich people. The initial cost of buying the car, combined with their limited availability,

[Review] Digital Revolution at the Barbican

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The Barbican is one of London’s architectural treasures, a modern-day brutalist fortress whose concrete facades and communal recreation areas would fit comfortably in utopian/dystopian genre fiction. The arts centre hosted there has a well-established history of confronting a number of important (and often fringe) cultural subjects amongst its ...

The Networked Economy promises to transform just about every aspect of how people live and work.

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No question about it: The Networked Economy is the next economic revolution. In the coming years, it will offer unprecedented opportunities for businesses and improve the lives of billions worldwide. “Over the last few decades, we’ve grown beyond the industrial economy to the IT economy and the Internet ...

LinkedIn Has Already Shaken Up The Way Professionals Are Hired

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REUTERS/Jason ReedU.S. President Barack Obama participates in a LinkedIn town hall-style meeting with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (L) in Mountain View, California, September 26, 2011. A LOT of room in an office is a sign either of a blossoming company or a shrivelling one. Happily for Frank Han,

Crowdfunding and Ownership in the Sharing Economy

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At the end of the first week of August 2014, two different crowdfunding pitches closed almost simultaneously.FarmDrop, based in the UK, had raised three quarters of a million pounds, which was not far from double their original goal, from 359 investors. Open Food Network, based in Australia, had ...

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

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These women have changed history forever by being strong, brave, and human, regardless of society’s expectations for them. If you liked this, you'll love these 42 Powerful Moments Of Human Compassion In The Face Of Violence!

5 Secret Communication Codes for Great Leaders

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Posted by Eileen McDargh on Aug 21, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership | 0 comments In the age of 144 characters, Instagram, and OMG, BFF and LOL, authentic communication has taken a back seat to brevity and expediency, often at the expense of clarity and accuracy. From ...

The Rise of Tech Designed for Low-Income Americans

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One of the pieces of advice I hear regularly for startup founders looking for a business idea is to find a problem they’re experiencing and set out to solve it. It’s excellent advice – some of the best companies have been built on that premise – but it ...

How housing experiments at Burning Man could help refugees

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The question of building instant, post-trauma communities for the 21st century is one that has racked brains from Syria to New Orleans and Dhaka, but some of the answers could be provided by an experimental festival held every year in a North American desert. Burning Man is set ...

Messaging apps are shaping the mobile web’s future with a strategy straight from the ’90s

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1 mentions4 weeks ago
They were all competitors to Yahoo, back when finding interesting things online meant going to a web portal (or typing in a web address you had committed to memory). Portals were appropriately named: they really were the gateway to the world wide web. But the gateway was narrow.

Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers

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Quality of life is perhaps the single largest factor underpinning human happiness, and that quality is largely determined by one’s job. It should be no wonder then that so many activists and politicians have made improving work a key element of their advocacy for generations. The history of ...

5 basic skills of power, and how you can learn to wield them

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Eric Liu is on a mission to make civics “as sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.” As he describes in today’s TED Talk (watch: Why ordinary people need to understand power), we are at a moment of crisis in the United ...

Could a DNA Test Have Predicted the Suicide of Robin Williams?

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2 mentions1 month ago
About 39,000 people kill themselves in the U.S. each year. It is the 10th most common cause of death. When someone commits suicide, the reaction is often the same. It’s disbelief, mixed with a recognition that the signs were all there. Depression. Maybe talk of ending one’s life.

Implanted neuronal stem cells generate neurons and synapses, becoming a functioning part of mouse brain

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Part of a brain slice showing a functioning transplanted induced neural stem cell (green) fully integrated in the neuronal network of the brain (blue) (credit: LCSB) Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into ...

3D sketching system ‘revolutionizes’ design interaction and collaboration

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University of Montreal researchers present their Hyve-3D system at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference this week (credit: University of Montreal) University of Montreal researchers have developed a collaborative 3D sketching system called Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), which they presented at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver this week.

Drones Can Now Perch on Power Lines to Recharge

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By Nestor Bailly, PSFKon August 12, 2014 inTechnologyMIT researchers have created flying drones that can recharge on power lines rather than returning to base when they run out of batteries You glance up at high-tension power lines while driving along the highway. You spot ominous black shapes perched ...

NASA Funds Robotic Tumbling Cubes for Space Exploration

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NASA wants to go to an asteroid. Great! And once NASA gets there, then what? Exploration, of course, since that's what NASA does. But the microgravity (or minigravity?) environment is a challenging one to get around in. There's likely not enough gravity to use wheels or treads to ...

Do We Look Fat in These Suburbs?

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Just seeing someone wearing a Fitbit makes me nervous. I'm told I have a tendency to become “obsessive.” A count of steps or calories burned would be a destructive competition, just one more thing haunting quiet moments telling me I could be working harder, doing more. Pedometers are ...

Use a Remote Control Robot to Roam a Closed Museum Right Now

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Remember way back in February when we reported that this summer you'd be able to remotely control robots to explore the Tate Britain After DarkWell—it's (finally) this summer, and now's your chance! Starting this very minute, you can check out the live footage of four bots gone wild—and ...

Rooms with Moods: Built-In Emotional Awareness Is Changing the Home and Beyond

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Devices that can understand and anticipate what we are feeling are helping us interact and communicate more effectively with each other, our surroundings and ourselves.Our emotions are subject to the ebbs and flow of daily life. Even the subtlest differences in our environments can have a visceral effect ...

Building Mind-Controlled Gadgets Just Got Easier

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The guys who decided to make a mind-reading tool for the masses are not neuroscientists. In fact, they’re artists who met at Parsons the New School for Design, in New York City. In this day and age, you don’t have to be a neuroscientist to muck around with ...

Best Quotes and Sayings about Books

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It is no secret that I love books.Though I prefer the printed book, I also have electronic collections on every advice imaginable.From speaking about the future of books or how books make a better life to visiting bookstores and libraries around the globe, I share this passion with ...

Bert Vogelstein’s Liquid Biopsy Blood Test for DNA Could Stop Cancer

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He watched his brother die from a cancer no drug could cure. Now one of the world’s most renowned cancer researchers says it’s time for Plan B. Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineSeptember/October 2014More in this issue »Vogelstein is among the most highly cited scientists in the world.

Researchers Create a No-Power Internet of Things

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We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think ...

Researchers Teach Smartphone Camera to Act as Depth Sensor

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Microsoft researchers say simple hardware changes and machine learning techniques let a regular smartphone camera act as a depth sensor. On camera: With a few hardware changes, such as a ring of near-infrared LEDs, a Microsoft LifeCam is adapted to work as a depth camera. Just about everybody ...

How robots have already taken over our world

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If you think it's just a joke that robots are going to replace humans, it's not. It's going to happen. In fact, CGP Grey explains in 'Humans Need Not Apply' how it's already happening around us right now. You might not notice it but you will after you ...

PARC Researchers’ Invention Could Revolutionize Electronics

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Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineSeptember/October 2014More in this issue »In the same research lab where the ethernet, laser printer, and graphical user interface were born, engineers are forging an entirely new way to assemble electronic devices—a technique that could be faster, cheaper, and more versatile.Typically, chips are ...

Brain regeneration: Crayfish turn blood into neurons

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Think crayfish and you probably think supper, perhaps with mayo on the side. You probably don't think of their brains. Admittedly, crayfish aren't known for their grey matter, but that might be about to change: they can grow new brain cells from blood. Humans can make new neurons,

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