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10 Surprising things you didn’t know about African leaders

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In August, dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. Here are 10 surprising facts you may not know about some of these heads of state!Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first elected female head of ...

Lessons from a school that scrapped a longer student day and made time for teachers

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. –– Talizha Jones returned from summer vacation after fourth grade to an unwelcome surprise at school: Students would have to stay in class until 4:15 p.m. four days a week.“I was very upset,” the now-14-year-old recalled. “I was asking my grandma if I could switch ...

From Outliers To A Growing Force: What Do Women Entrepreneurs In The Middle East Need To Thrive?

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For many years in the Middle East, the harsh weather, the oil wealth, male dominance of the public space, as well as a traditional patriarchal society made it difficult—or unnecessary—for women to enter the business world. But some were able to break through and thrive in that sector.

The $1 Paper Microscope That Could Change the World

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When diagnosing people in the developing world, health workers often go into the field lugging bulky, fragile, and expensive microscopes. “We ship research equipment and hope it’ll survive,” says Manu Prakash, a biophysicist. While traveling in Thailand, the scientist dreamt up a lightweight, low-cost alternative: a pocket-sized paper ...

When Technologies Combine, Amazing Innovation Happens

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6 mentions3 days ago
Innovation occurs both within fields, and in combinations of fields. It's perhaps the latter that ends up being most groundbreaking. When people of disparate expertise, mindset and ideas work together, new possibilities pop up.In a new report, the Institute for the Future argues that "technological change is increasingly ...

4 Essential Elements of Storytelling

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I’m involved in an economic-development project between a nonprofit and a foundation. We’re pretty good at telling stories, but we’re looking to be more strategic and support the broader field. Any advice on how we should approach this?Good stories have a certain magic to them, don’t they? But ...

A Brief History of How Bees Sexed Up Earth and Gave Flowers Their Colors

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The great E.O. Wilson is credited with having once said, “If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.” But while the one ...

How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms

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The Maker movement is a unique combination of artistry, circuitry, and old-fashioned craftsmanship. Certainly, learning by doing or "making" has been happening since our ancestors refined the wheel.Don’t treat making as a sidebar to an already overtaxed curriculum. As you investigate the principles behind teaching STEAM via making,

We’re heading into a jobless future, no matter what the government does

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In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers revived a debate I’d had with futurist Ray Kurzweil in 2012 about the jobless future.He echoed the words of Peter Diamandis, who says that we are moving from a history of scarcity to an era ...

Sixth-Grader's Science Fair Finding Shocks Ecologists

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When 12-year-old Lauren Arrington heard about her sixth-grade science project, she knew she wanted to study lionfish. Growing up in Jupiter, Fla., she saw them in the ocean while snorkeling and fishing with her dad.Her project showed that the lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water. The results ...

Radio frequency ID tags on honey bees reveal hive dynamics

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Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.Tagging the bees revealed that about 20 ...

Future Phone Displays Could Take Your Temperature, Analyze DNA

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Researchers from Polytechnique Montreal and Gorilla Glass manufacturer Corning are working together to develop display sensors that read your spit.The sensors would be embedded within the smartphone's display and allow users to take their temperature, assess blood levels (if diabetic) and in theory, work alongside platforms such as ...

How Data Will Transform Science

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In the late 17th century a middle-aged draper named Antonie van Leeuwenhoek became interested in the magnifying glasses he used to inspect fabric.He started experimenting with making his own, eventually creating one of the world’s first microscopes.His work caught the attention of the Royal Society in London, which ...

Flexible Printed Batteries May Soon Power Wearable Tech

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A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultra-thin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels ... - US Army investigating ways to produce 3D printed food for soldiers

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US Army investigating ways to produce 3D printed food for soldiersU.S. Army researchers are investigating ways to use 3D printing to produce food for soldiers. Their mission is to advance novel food technologies to make them suitable for military field feeding needs, according to Lauren Oleksyk of Natick ...

Top 10 Programming Languages

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Computer-generated humans in movies and video games are paving the way for new forms of entertainment27 MayThe FBI's new database of face images will allow law enforcement to search for suspect matches among ordinary citizens16 Apr IBM is investing $1 billion in its Watson supercomputer in hopes of ...

Light Could Restore Lost Hearing

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2 mentions1 week ago
An orchestra crescendos, and deaf audience members hear every note, thanks to cochlear implants that translate the complex sounds into a rainbow of optical light. That is the vision of a team of scientists in Germany, Japan, South Korea and Singapore, who believe a device that uses optics ...

How Einstein Thought: Why “Combinatory Play” Is the Secret of Genius

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For as long as I can remember — and certainly long before I had the term for it — I’ve believed that creativity is combinatorial: Alive and awake to the world, we amass a collection of cross-disciplinary building blocks — knowledge, memories, bits of information, sparks of inspiration,

Forget the Wisdom of Crowds; Neurobiologists Reveal the Wisdom of the Confident

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
The wisdom of crowds breaks down when people are biased. Now researchers have discovered a simple method of removing this bias–just listen to the most confident.Way back in 1906, the English polymath Francis Galton visited a country fair in which 800 people took part in a contest to ...

Gorgeous Slow-Mo of the Machine-Like Beauty of Honeybees in Flight

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Photographer Michael Sutton spent hours getting up close and personal with a hive of honey bees at Hillside Apiaries in New Hampshire. He got stung three times. But he also got this gorgeous slo-mo footage of honey bees in flight. I bet you'll never look at a bee ...

Wearable Tech’s New Frontier: Charting Hospital Patients’ Progress

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It started with headaches. Melissa Carleton originally wrote them off as an annoyance, a normal irritation of her pregnancy, then in its third month. But after the headaches grew in intensity, the doctors confirmed the worst: Lande had a fist-size brain tumor, and just five days after her ...

Joi Ito: Want to innovate? Become a "now-ist"

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“Remember before the internet?” asks Joi Ito. “Remember when people used to try to predict the future?” In this engaging talk, the head of the MIT Media Lab skips the future predictions and instead shares a new approach to creating in the moment: building quickly and improving constantly,

Why whale poo could be the secret to reversing the effects of climate change

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
I have been at the wrong end of a defecating sperm whale: it smells, it's nutrient rich, and could just save the worldA whale seen under a whalewatching boat in Peninsula Valdez, Argentina. Photograph: Justin Hofman / Barcroft Media The first success of the environmental movements of the ...

Remote-Controlled Contraceptive

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
A startup has developed a contraceptive chip that could be deactivated and reactivated using a wireless remote.The hunt for a perfect contraceptive has gone on for millennia. A new candidate is now on the horizon: a wireless implant that can be turned on and off with a remote ...

How the Internet is Democratizing Luxury

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
First there was the damning New York Times piece about how all the French entrepreneurs are moving to London and anywhere else that isn’t France because of the terrible economic climate for technology startups. Then the news of French rules against the handling of emails after 6pm, leaving ...

Size of the human genome reduced to 19,000 genes

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A new study updates the number of human genes to 19,000; 1,700 fewer than the genes in the most recent annotation, and well below the initial estimations of 100,000 genes. The work concludes that almost all of these genes have ancestors prior to the appearance of primates 50 ...

Ten Things I Learned Researching Ten of the World’s Fastest Growing Startups

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When we launched back in late September we had a notion of doing “growth teardowns” of the fastest growing startups. We wanted to answer the question that everyone on the outside of these rocketships wanted to know the answer to: “How did they grow so fast?” So ...

Solar has won. Even if coal were free to burn, power stations couldn't compete

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
Last week, for the first time in memory, the wholesale price of electricity in Queensland fell into negative territory – in the middle of the day.For several days the price, normally around $40-$50 a megawatt hour, hovered in and around zero. Prices were deflated throughout the week, largely ...

A Massive Amount Of Floating Plastic Is Mysteriously Disappearing — Here Are 4 Theories Why

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"These studies suggest that surface waters are not the final destination for buoyant plastic debris in the ocean," researchers wrote in a study published on Monday, June 30, in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Most plastics that enter the ocean tend to get broken down ...

Persuasion: Fascinating Study Shows How To Open A Closed Mind

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I need to persuade you I’ve invented a better mousetrap. But you, the expert, know that mousetraps are so over.The facts say you’re wrong. Mousetrap sales are on the rise. You could look it up yourself. But you won’t, because you already know you’re right. I’ll tell you ...

America is running out of farm workers. Will robots step in?

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The United States is likely to face a serious shortage of farm labor in the years ahead — especially as Mexico gets richer and sends fewer low-wage workers our way.So what happens then? One option is that the United States could just grow fewer crops that need lots ...

Creative Spark: Neuroscientist-Turned-Artist Shares His Process

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Greg Dunn knows firsthand the twists and turns of the creative process. After finishing his graduate studies in neuroscience, he switched careers and became a painter. But it was an insect’s unwanted visit that triggered the flash of inspiration for what has since become one of his signature ...

Exclusive: A review of the Blackphone, the Android for the paranoid

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
Further ReadingA week spent playing NSA reveals just how much data we leak online.Based on some recent experience, I'm of the opinion that smartphones are about as private as a gas station bathroom. They're full of leaks, prone to surveillance, and what security they do have comes from ...

Principles for Open Innovation and Open Leadingship

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3 mentions4 weeks ago
Just found this awesome 27 min talk by Joi Ito on the 9 principles of open innovation. They are not that new – first version appeared in 2012 – but they seem to have matured, like good wine in well kept cellars. Almost every sentence he speaks is ...

The Uberization of Everything, and beyond…

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I am just back from the #disruptiontour with tour leaders Peter Hinssen and Steven Van Belleghem, and flawlessly put together by tour organizer Ilse Debondt from Connected Visions ( ).The PDF of the full program can be found here: The tour started in the Bay ...

A Step-by-Step Guide to Your Next Creative Breakthrough

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
Take a moment to look at the image on the opposite page. What do you see? Just a neural network? Perhaps you spotted the hidden figure. If so, you have just had a moment of insight. You may have felt a similar jolt when discovering the solution to ...

Shared decisions benefit next generations

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
A controlled voting system can help a community manage resources sustainably so that future generations can still enjoy them, according to a study published today in Nature1 and re-enacted in this Nature Video. Having empirical support for the long-held view that people are mostly cooperative could help to ...

These Haptic Gloves Can Teach Your Brain Skills Even When You're Not Paying Attention

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
This story contains interviews with Thad Starner, founder of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech and advisor to Google's Project Glass and Caitlyn Seim, PhD student.Last week at the MIT Tech Review Conference, Thad Starner, professor and director at Georgia Tech's School of Interactive Computing, showed off ...

4 ways cities can invest now in climate resilience

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By 2050, sea level will have risen two feet from now, with forecasts of seven-foot swells during major storms and up to 14-feet surges during category 3 hurricanes. By 2100, sea levels are projected to rise as much as six feet. This means big changes for cities and ...

Fuel subsidies 'drive fishing industry's plunder of the high seas'

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Eighteen countries are underwriting the “plunder of the high seas” on an industrial scale through government hand-outs to fishing fleets, an international commission has found.The hand-outs, in the form of fuel subsidies, have enabled fleets to strip the high seas of tuna and other fish stocks, and threaten ...

Humanitarians in the Sky: Using UAVs for Disaster Response

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The following is a presentation that I recently gave at the 2014 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems Conference (RPAS 2014) held in Brussels, Belgium. The case studies on the Philippines and Haiti are also featured in my upcoming book on “Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face ...

Inside Amnesty's Panic Button App: Simple Technology, Serious Impact For Activists

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Amnesty International released its Panic Button app for Android today, providing a new tool aimed at getting activists out of trouble (if not jail) and protecting dissent around the world.The concept is simple: the app transforms a smart phone into a secret alarm that can alert friends and colleagues that the user is in trouble – for instance, under attack or about to be arrested. When the app is installed, pressing the power button sends an alert to one of three contacts pre-entered by the user. It’s available in four ...

The 7 essential innovation questions

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The path to innovation usually starts with a question. That’s what Autodesk’s Innovation Genome Project developed after it tried to quantify what worked about the 1,000 greatest innovations of all time. With that data in hand, they quickly identified seven questions that famous innovators have consistently asked and ...

VC Takes Sand Hill Rd Approach to African Tech Startups

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How do you convince investors to sink money into an African technology venture capital fund? Tell them their investments are likely to fail, just like everywhere else.Political crises, under-developed communications and electricity, as well as a lack of a proven technology ecosystem make raising funds for tech startups ...

A 3D-printed car is coming that stretches the boundaries of design

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Local Motors has been building cars with the help of community-submitted part designs for years now, but this September, it has far more ambitious plans: creating a working, 3D-printed electric vehicle, also based on a design by someone from its community. The contest ran during May, and a ...

A super-stretchable yarn made of graphene

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Strong, stretchable fibers made of graphene oxide can be knotted like yarn (credit: Terrones group/Penn State)A simple, scalable method of making strong, stretchable graphene oxide fibers that are easily scrolled into yarns and have strengths approaching that of Kevlar is possible, according to Penn State and Shinshu University,

German State to Reach 100% Renewable Power This Year

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Germany recently smashed three solar energy records in just two weeks and set a new overall renewables record last month with 74 percent clean energy use during the middle of the day. Now the Federal Republic’s northernmost — and windiest — state of Schleswig-Holstein is set to generate ...

Economic Direct Democracy: A Framework to End Poverty and Maximize Well-Being

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“Landsgemeinde Glarus 2006” by Adrian Sulc – German Wikipedia, own photograph by Adrian Sulc. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.Each generation has its visionaries. No real progress is possible without some individuals seeing beyond the day-to-day complacency of conventional wisdom to help us imagine a better ...

After Piketty, the ownership revolution

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A man emerges with groceries from the Park Slope Food Co-op on September 17, 2010, in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Shoppers at the co-op must work periodic shifts at the grocery store in order to buy there. Chris Hondros / Getty ImagesTrend-altering change will take ...

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