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iRobot and Others Look Ahead to Robotic Elder Care

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3 mentions4 days ago
A European project has equipped some elderly people’s homes with technology including telepresence robots. Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot. As robots ...

Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

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In 2013, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a mind-bending debate on the nature of “nothing” — an inquiry that has occupied thinkers since the dawn of recorded thought and permeates everything from Hamlet’s iconic question to the boldest frontiers of quantum physics. That’s precisely what New Scientist editor-in-chief Jeremy ...

The 'Radicalized' Tweet

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2 mentions1 week ago
Authorities in the United Kingdom want Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to help them track down terrorists and their sympathizers. The Islamic State publishes many of its beheading videos to social media, and officials are seeking to use the group's penchant for propaganda against it, according to ...

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, in 20 minutes

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2 mentions1 week ago
Piketty's bestselling economics book is seismic, a vital infusion of data into the ideological debate over economics -- but it's also 700 pages long.That's not because the argument is difficult to lay out -- it's because the evidence to support it is so prodigious, and because Piketty predicted ...

5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven't Solved

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2 mentions1 week ago
Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between. "The ocean is 95% unexplored, unknown,

China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future

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2 mentions1 week ago
With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population. Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineNovember/December 2014More in this issue »It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City ...

How hackers transform biology into building material

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3 mentions1 week ago
How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also ...

All Things Alt: The Internet of Block Chains and an Injunction Against Moolah

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4 mentions7 days ago
The altcoin community has often been rocked by scandals and platform crises, and the past two weeks have been no exception. Despite the controversies and occasional market panics, however, project development soldiers on, aspiring toward ever more lofty goals in the face of this adversity. The syscoin development ...

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People

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2 mentions1 week ago
The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system. The 21 decentralizing technologies and innovations in this list are all related to food, energy, water, shelter and waste and they are ...

What Role Does Technology Play in Record Levels of Income Inequality?

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5 mentions1 week ago
The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why? Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineNovember/December 2014More in this issue »The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to ...

Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

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5 mentions1 week ago
In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of nuclear weapons on aircraft structures. The company received a contract with the acronym GLIPAR (Guide Line Identification Program for Antimissile Research) from ...

The real cyborgs

8 mentions1 week ago
Ian Burkhart concentrated hard. A thick cable protruded from the crown of his shaven head. A sleeve sprouting wires enveloped his right arm. The 23 year-old had been paralysed from the neck down since a diving accident four years ago. But, in June this year, in a crowded ...

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
On July 20 a man who was ill flew on commercial planes from the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That man became Nigeria's first Ebola case—the index patient. In a matter of weeks some 19 people across two states were diagnosed ...

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

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The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor. But six years into his administration,

Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient's cheek

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2 mentions1 week ago
A surgical robot can perform corrective epilepsy brain surgery in a much safer and less invasive way. For a percentage of epilepsy patients, medication is less effective at controlling seizures, or it doesn't work at all. For these patients, there is another option: brain surgery. This is usually ...

A Wild Idea: Save Tasmanian Devils While Controlling Killer Cats

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Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) disappeared from mainland Australia centuries ago, probably not long after humans first brought dingoes to the continent. A new plan could bring the infamous, snarling predators back from the island of Tasmania to Oz. That would not only benefit the devils, which are dying ...

Your life on earth

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1 mentions2 weeks ago
How you and the world have changed since you were born. Best viewed on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have ...

Let Your Finger Do The Reading With This Great Device From MIT Media Lab

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2 mentions2 weeks 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 ...

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

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Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the ...

Network Theory Reveals The Hidden Link Between Trade And Military Alliances That Leads to Conflict-Free Stability

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
The first game-theoretical study of military alliances shows that they cannot alone lead to global stability. The study of modern history is currently undergoing a revolution. That is largely because historians are beginning to apply the ideas in network theory to the complex interactions that have forged our ...

Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

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19 mentions3 weeks ago
Editor’s Note: Ilya Subkhankulov is the COO of BTX Trader, the digital currency trading platform. He has also recently launched a consumer-friendly bitcoin and dogecoin buying service called Celery. Since the advent of electronic payments, there has been a clear shift away from cash and checks. Credit and ...

8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

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14 mentions3 weeks ago
Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder and Benjamin Joffe is general partner of the hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (“HAX”). Both have been living in China and Asia for over a decade. This is the fifth part of their series on “Lean Hardware.” So far HAX startups have ...

First Demonstration Of Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer

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1 mentions2 weeks ago
Physicists have long claimed that quantum computers have the potential to dramatically outperform the most powerful conventional processors. The secret sauce at work here is the strange quantum phenomenon of superposition, where a quantum object can exist in two states at the same time. The advantage comes when ...

World's first 3D-printed car released in US

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4 mentions3 weeks ago
American company Local Motors has built the world's first 3D-printed car, made from a mix of carbon fibre and plastic. It then took one day to refine the shape and two days to assemble the lightweight vehicle... which weighs in around 1,000 kilograms. Local Motors engineer James Earl ...

The Future of Food: Experts Predict How Our Plates Will Change

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Unless there are big changes within the next 20 years, I foresee a two-class food system. One class will eat industrialized food produced as cheaply as possible at the expense of its workers and natural resources. The other will enjoy home gardens and locally and sustainably produced food, - Reseachers exploring biodegradable 3D printed metal bone scaffolds

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3D printers can produce custom replacement parts for machines. Why couldn't the same process used in the medical field? Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine are proposing a new technique to image a damaged structure like a ...

3D printed heart saves baby’s life as medical technology leaps ahead

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50 mentions3 weeks ago
Surgeons at a New York hospital have credited 3D printing with helping to save the life of a 2-week-old baby who required complicated heart surgery. Using MRI scan data, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City 3D printed a copy of the child’s heart, which was both ...

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

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22 mentions3 weeks ago
On Sept. 29, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a call for a “paradigm shift towards sustainable agriculture and family farming.” On Twitter, people interpreted this as a rejection of high technology in agriculture. One anti-GMO campaigner said it was a call for non-GMO alternatives. But ...

Student Creates 3D Printed ‘Airy Arm’, Allowing For Surprising Use of Paralyzed Appendages

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We have seen many extremely helpful 3D printed prosthetic hands and arms come to fruition over the past two years. Thanks to groups like e-NABLE and the Robohand Project, there are hundreds of people who now have gained use of both of their hands. The incredible thing about ...

Can cities save our wild bees?

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9 mentions4 weeks ago
Imagine you’re a bee. You’ve spent winter in your tiny underground nest. The light levels change, signalling the arrival of spring and out you come, hungry – but there’s no food. What should be a blossoming garden is all tight buds. The end. I love bees. Everyone I ...

Bitcoin's 'BearWhale' and the future of a cryptocurrency

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8 mentions3 weeks ago
If none of that made sense, here's the skinny: Someone posted a limit order to sell 30,000 bitcoins at $300 each—well below the mid-300s price level the cryptocurrency had been trading at throughout the weekend. In the still-nascent market, an order of that size spooked the market, sending ...

Qualcomm Says Future Smartphones Will Have Built-In AI for Understanding Images and Faces

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1 mentions1 month ago
Future smartphones could have specialized hardware that uses simulated neurons to do things like recognize objects or faces. Giving phones the ability to understand the world around them could enable many new experiences, apps, and services. Future smartphones will be able to understand what you’re taking photos of ...

Don’t Ask Google’s Eric Schmidt How to Achieve “Work-Life Balance”

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2 mentions1 month ago
The ex-CEO and another longtime Google executive say the “new style of managing” they developed should be widely copied. Google is daring, creative, and by multiple accounts an enviable place to work—but is the way it’s run a model for other companies to follow? After all, quintessentially Googley ...

New fuel cell system will heat and power homes using natural gas

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2 mentions1 month ago
Those interested in off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home might soon be getting a new option. The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system,

A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

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4 mentions1 month ago
Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it.Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one ...

What Email Does to Your Brain

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
Have you ever been in a situation in which you were feeling great until you received an email out of the blue that completely upset your day? How does it feel to receive 30 such emails first thing in the morning? Research shows that just looking through your ...

Harry Potter Is Fiction, but Invisibility Cloak(ing Device)s Are Real

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2 mentions1 month ago
University of Rochester researchers have developed — take a breath — a “three-dimensional, transmitting, continuously multidirectional cloaking” device. That pileup of adjectives basically means the “perfect paraxial” cloak makes an object invisible, and it stays invisible even when the viewer isn’t looking straight at it. That’s an improvement ...

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

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5 mentions1 month ago
Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop yields by pairing a nitrogen-fixing bacteria that naturally occurs in the soil with cereal crops ...

'Bookcycle' peddles a new take on feminism

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On a mural-lined corner of Echo Park, a dozen people gather around a tricycle painted a summery yellow. But even more eye-catching than the color is its main feature: a triple-decker shelf filled with books. Shaded by a parasol, classics like "The Second Sex" sit a few spines ...


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Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe ...

This Guy's Ted Talk Describes The Next Great Design Challenge For Changing The World

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2 mentions1 month ago
I'm a bike nut who lives in New York City, and I'm often frustrated by how difficult it is to get from A to B. Despite regularly ranking within the top 10 or 15 bike-friendly cities in the country, it's often needlessly difficult here to ride your bike ...

Climate Change Will Be Solved in Cities--Or Not at All

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2 mentions1 month ago
In the 1980s, the Chinese city of Shenzhen had some 300,000 mostly impoverished inhabitants. Today that city, the first to experience China's reforms and economic opening, has more than 15 million residents and also hosts another first in China's history—a carbon market. Shenzhen's market to reduce global warming ...

Carless cities

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Pollution and congestion most readily spring to mind when we think of the problems caused by cars in urban areas. It is estimated that, depending on the area, between 6 and 9% of deaths in London are caused by airborne man-made particles, prompting Mike Kane – MP for ...

End of hierarchies - network effects

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3 mentions1 month ago
How do speed and scale disrupt HR, corporate organization and hierarchies? Session about the evolution from hierarchies to wierarchies and what this means for employee’s motivation, personal leadership and agency. What happens when one of your silent change agents deep in the fabric of your organization gets elected as business woman of the year by the most influential business magazine in your country?

Why this tiny Italian restaurant gives a discount for bad Yelp reviews

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2 mentions1 month ago
Further ReadingYelp sues small San Diego law firm over alleged fake reviewsMiffed by "extortion" tactics, man took Yelp to small claims, then Yelp sued.RICHMOND, CA—Of all the places that have come up with a clever way to protest Yelp’s alleged aggressive advertising tactics, a small plucky Italian restaurant ...

Life with a Hardcore Cyclist: How amazing can riding a bike really be?

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4 mentions1 month ago
Bike advocates — organizations and individuals — are always trying to convince more people to ride a bike. Oftentimes, these messages are focused on the health or economic benefits of riding a bike. Which, is fine and all. But, I think the best way to convince others to ...

Built By Women New York City (BxW NYC)

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The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women. You are invited to nominate a ...

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

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8 mentions1 month ago
In the most innovative 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 ...

Google's self-driving cars and others get permits to drive in California

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2 mentions1 month ago
Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at least one accident reportedly caused by a human driver). But starting this month, Google and any other ambitious automakers need ...

Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard

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Missed the Kickstarter campaign for the Qwerkywriter? You can still PRE-ORDER now. Limited Quantities Available. Will retail for $399. Estimated ship date Summer 2015. The Qwerkywriter is an 84 key, USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that simulates a tactile clicky feel of a vintage typewriter. It features ...

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