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Forget GMOs. Better Data Is the Key to Reinventing Food

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2 mentions3 days ago
In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Global Learning XPRIZE Home Page

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2 mentions16 hours ago
Announcing the Global Learning XPRIZE! Empowering young minds everywhere. #LearningPrize Announcing the Global Learning XPRIZE! Learn how you can help empower young minds everywhere. Announcing the Global Learning XPRIZE! Learn how you can help empower young minds everywhere. http:/... View on Google+ Peter Diamandis and ...

Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation

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2 mentions1 day ago
The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise. Visitors to the Crosspointe Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, Virginia, have to don safety glasses and steel-tipped shoes, just as they would at any traditional factory. But ...

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says

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3 mentions4 days ago
As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects, Google CEO Larry Page has apparently been working behind the scenes to set up even bolder tasks for his company. The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the ...

American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil

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4 mentions6 days ago
Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human space flight. From day ...

A Guide To Who Hates Whom In The Middle East

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4 mentions7 days ago
David McCandless's tool visualizes the political labyrinth of Middle East politics. Guess who's the most hated player? Hint: not the U.S. The relationships between all the players in the Middle East can seem impossible to unknot: a mass of countries, states, and political groups that are hopelessly intertwined.

Against Sharing

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13 mentions3 days ago
Kazi drives a Toyota Prius for Uber in Los Angeles. He hates it. He barely makes minimum wage, and his back hurts after long shifts. But every time a passenger asks what it’s like working for Uber, he lies: “It’s like owning my own business; I love it.” ...

Kostakis & Bauwens: Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

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2 mentions4 days ago
Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis have just published a new book that offers a rich, sophisticated critique of our current brand of capitalism, and looks to current trends in digital collaboration to propose the outlines of the next, network-based economy and society. Network Society and Future Scenarios for ...

The Killer App For Sharing Is Cities

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12 mentions4 days ago
The urban environment, where people want connections and convenience, is where the vision will come together. It’s quite possible that I could seriously ask myself that question in 2030. If it is, we will be able to pinpoint the cultural shift that took place in the aftermath of ...

IFTF: Reworking Health: Activating Community Health Libraries

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It could be that the hype around the sharing economy—using connected, digital platforms to rent out underused personal assets such as cars, apartments, parking spaces, expertise, spare time—is reaching its peak. In May, The Wall Street Journal columnist David Weidner joined a growing cadre of economists and analysts ...

Plantation companies agree to process to define zero deforestation commitments

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10 mentions4 days ago
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An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans

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3 mentions5 days ago
Home › Contributors › Frances Beinecke › An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans I started working to protect the oceans soon after I joined NRDC four decades ago. Over the years, I have witnessed devastating setbacks like the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills.

Gallery: The otherworldly beauty of microscopic organisms

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Marine diatoms are one of the smallest creatures on Earth. UK-based biologist Klaus Kemp and filmographer Matthew Killip teamed up to showcase these minuscule organisms' diverse beauty. Diatoms are single-celled organisms found in oceans all over the world. There are estimated to be 100,000 species of these micron-sized ...

5 Key Themes Emerging From the 'New Science of Cities'

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2 mentions4 days ago
In the most innovate incubators of urban research, the lessons of Jane Jacobs are more vital than ever. In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at ...

An Adorable, Tiny First Aid Kit So Anyone Can Help Rescue The Bees

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9 mentions7 days ago
The Bee Saver gadget, a keychain holding a small bioplastic container of artificial nectar, is designed to be carried along on a walk. Because the container is shaped like a flower, made in a bee-attracting shade of blue, and smells sweet, there's a good chance the bee will ...

10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

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3 mentions6 days ago
As we head deeper into the 21st century, we're starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we're also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence. As I ...

Cross-bred crops get fit faster

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1 mentions7 days ago
Old-fashioned breeding techniques seem to be leading genetic modification in a race to develop crops that can withstand drought and poor soils. As the climate warms and rainfall becomes more erratic, farmers worldwide will increasingly need crops that can thrive in drought conditions. And the high costs of ...

The Subjectivity of Consciousness and the Illusion of Self, with Dr. Sam Harris

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3 mentions5 days ago
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 ...

The corals that come back from the dead

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4 mentions5 days ago
In an astonishing and unexpected revival, dubbed the 'Phoenix Effect', reefs around the world are returning to life Last year, marine biologist Peter Mumby took a dive into the Rangiroa lagoon, in French Polynesia. What he saw shocked him so much he thought he might be lost. He’d ...

You little genius! How to cultivate your creative gifts

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2 mentions6 days ago
Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will grow up believing it is stupid. — Albert Einstein ‘What is your genius?’ I’d like you to reflect on this for a moment. I find that when I ask ...

Smartphones and the Uncertain Future of 'Spatial Thinking'

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7 mentions2 days ago
Like most New Yorkers, I spend an inordinate amount of time in transit. I have an unlimited Metrocard and a Citi Bike key, two bicycles and a motorcycle, and a dozen pairs of shoes. Proper wayfinding is my lifelong neurosis, as if a personal score could be tallied ...

From Paper to Smartphones, These Medical Diagnostics Are Changing Healthcare — NOVA Next

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1 mentions5 days ago
As a child in Nigeria, Onyx Adegbola contracted malaria. She would come down with the typical symptoms—fever and body aches, nausea, and headaches—and to ease her suffering, she would take anti-malarial tablets. But here’s the thing. One isn’t supposed to self-diagnose malaria; there are simple tests you can ...

How Close Are We to Star Trek Propulsion? - The Crux

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2 mentions5 days ago
It’s popular to talk about how the original Star Trek, set in the 23rd century, predicted many devices that we’re using already here in 2014. It started with communicators that manifested as flip-open cell phones that many already consider too primitive, moved through computers that talk and recognize ...

A Glossary of Collaborative Economy Slang

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4 mentions6 days ago
Buzzwords, buzzwords, buzzwords! Nothing is more fun than using buzzwords – except one thing: Reading all the buzzwords on a single page. Impress your colleagues at the co-working spot, your tatted Lyft drivers, and your hot Tinder dates with your immense knowledge on the latest hipster technology terms.

How to be not ignorant about the world

5 mentions7 days ago
Recurring TED talker Hans Rosling returns with his son and Gapminder Foundation co-founder Ola Rosling and an update on their latest work: the Ignorance Project. They hope to shift people's biased perception of world progress towards the statistics — and to surpass chimps in correctness. The audience quiz and real-time results work perfectly. I'm guessing the audience answers on their keypads, Ola enters the results backstage, and then the audience sees the finished slide by the time Hans gets there. FlowingData explores how designers, statisticians, and computer scientists are using ...

Infographic: Understanding the Sharing Economy

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We’ve learnt it in pre-school and we’ve been doing it ever since – sharing clothes, food, bikes, toys and old rugged musical instruments that we once used to play with, and now no-longer need them. Imagine this idea being extrapolated to a global scale. That idea then evolves ...

Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed

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2 mentions7 days ago
Paul Currion is a consultant to humanitarian organisations, having previously worked on responses in Kosovo, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Indian Ocean Tsunami. He lives in Belgrade. I became an aid worker in the 1990s, just as the break-up of Yugoslavia and the genocide in Rwanda cast a long ...

How Big Data Is Helping to Save the Planet

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7 mentions7 days ago
A little more than a year ago, Conservation International (CI) was wrestling with a mammoth big data problem. The nonprofit environmental organization's mission is to protect nature and its biodiversity, but monitoring and analyzing the health of species — particularly in the tropical forests that half of all ...

How The Internet Killed Profit

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2 mentions6 days ago
Editor’s note: Tom Goodwin is the founder of Tomorrow Group, a marketing and advertising consultancy for the post-digital age. New eras in technology have always brought a fear of job losses and the devastation of legacy industries, but the Internet has taken us beyond “creative destruction.” It’s destroying ...

Scientists twist radio beams to send data: Transmissions reach speeds of 32 gigibits per second

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2 mentions5 days ago
Building on previous research that twisted light to send data at unheard-of speeds, scientists at USC have developed a similar technique with radiowaves, reaching high speeds without some of the hassles that can go with optical systems. The researchers, led by electrical engineering professor Alan Willner of the ...

How Will Synthetic Biology Change the Way We Live?

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2 mentions5 days ago
Humankind is entering a new age of evolution. Genetic engineering and synthetic biology will soon allow us to program DNA with the same ease we program computers. Already, scientists working in the U.S. can recreate a strain of the flu virus causing infections in China from a digital ...

Book of the Day: How Sharing, Localism, and Connectedness are Creating a New Social Design

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2 mentions1 week ago
* Book: Sustainist Design Guide: How Sharing, Localism, Connectedness, and Proportionality are Creating a New Agenda for Social Design, by Michiel Schwarz and Diana Krabbendam. BIS Publishers, 2014 “A new culture of sharing is emerging. We are increasingly sharing goods, places, services, and information. It is creating social value and community. In this way, shareability is becoming a valued quality that drives new business practices, community cooperatives, and new forms of “collaborative consumption.” The open source movement and the emerging open design practice reflect the same mentality. Centred around collaboration ...

Australians Create Life-Saving Water Purifier From a Chip Packet

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3 mentions6 days ago
SYDNEY — A group of Australian engineering students have designed a water purifier that can be created from an empty packet of chips. Harrison Evans, Anthony Liew, Mark Padovan and Michael Watchman from the School of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Adelaide created a potentially life-saving water ...

This “zero-waste” supermarket got rid of all food packaging

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Topics: food waste, Pollution, plastic pollution, supermarket, Food, Sustainability News, Business News, Life News, News Forget plastic bag bans. Berlin is now home to a supermarket that’s gotten rid of all disposable packaging. Original Unverpackt (“Original Unpackaged”), which opened Saturday, is more of a shop, to be exact,

'New Berlin': The Rise and Fall of Cool Cities

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2 mentions1 week ago
When Andre Herrmann first moved to Leipzig in 2007, the post-industrial East German city wasn’t exactly known for its glamour. Since the Berlin Wall had fallen, the city had mostly been in dire economic straits, with many empty buildings left to rot. “The GDR had let many of ...

A Cambrian Explosion In AI Is Coming

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1 mentions7 days ago
Editor’s note: Dag Kittlaus is co-founder and CEO of Viv, which attempts to simplify the world by providing an intelligent interface to everything. Previously, he was co-founder and CEO of Siri.You can call it a Virtual Personal Assistant, an Intelligent Agent, an Intelligent Interface or whatever you wish.

Agribusiness Drives Most Illegal Deforestation

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5 mentions6 days ago
Everyday products like beef, soy and palm oil already are widely blamed for spurring massive losses of the world's tropical forests. These products are also frequently linked to clearing that takes place in spite of local laws enacted to protect these forests. But a new report from the ...

Assange: Bitcoin and WikiLeaks Helped Keep Each Other Alive

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5 mentions7 days ago
Julian Assange has described how bitcoin founder ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ asked him not to use the fledgling digital currency for WikiLeaks fundraising, and how going along with that request helped protect bitcoin from government scrutiny during its early days. The revelations came in a Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA) ...

Neuroscientists decode conscious experiences with Hitchcock film

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(Medical Xpress)—Western researchers have extended their game-changing brain scanning techniques by showing that a short Alfred Hitchcock movie can be used to detect consciousness in vegetative state patients. The study included a Canadian participant who had been entirely unresponsive for 16 years, but is now known to be ...

Toyota tests ride-sharing with its adorable electric vehicles

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12 mentions7 days ago
forgot username/password?remember me"The sharing economy" is a buzzword that's thrown around to talk about services like AirBnB and Lyft, and now it looks as if Toyota wants in on the trend. The automaker is putting 70 electric cars into commission in France, half of them being i-Road EVs,

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

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
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 ...

These maps show where the world’s youngest and oldest people live

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7 mentions1 week ago
Turns out, quite a bit. Using data from the CIA Factbook, we’ve created the graphics below to show you the median age of every country in the world. There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means ...

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

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1 mentions1 week ago
Regulations governing Google’s experimental self-driving cars will come into effect 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 ...

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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29 mentions1 week ago
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 ...

The Option of Sensing the City

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In his second article written from France, Wolfe argues for enhanced opportunities for "place decoding" and distinguishes directed responses to the urban environment from intuitive opportunities to experience the city in context: Sensing the city is a personal experience owned by each of us.From a legal perspective, it ...

Wisdom in the Age of Information and the Importance of Storytelling in Making Sense of the World: An Animated Essay

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1 mentions1 week ago
For my part in the 2014 Future of Storytelling Summit, I had the pleasure of collaborating with animator Drew Christie — the talent behind that wonderful short film about Mark Twain and the myth of originality — on an animated essay that I wrote and narrated, exploring a ...

Largest City In Vermont Now Gets All Its Power From Wind, Water And Biomass

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3 mentions1 week ago
Water flows through the Winooski One hydro-electric plant in Winooski, VT. The Burlington Electric Department’s recent purchase of the facility, located in the Winooski River between Burlington and the city of Winooski, enabled it to reach 100 percent renewable power. The 42,000 people living in Burlington, Vermont can ...

This legendary accounting firm ran the numbers on climate change

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4 mentions1 week ago
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 ...

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

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Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the ...

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