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Africa’s Tech Edge

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16 mentions2 days ago
How the continent's many obstacles, from widespread poverty to failed states, allowed African entrepreneurs to beat the West at reinventing money for the mobile ageIt’s a painfully First World problem: Splitting dinner with friends, we do the dance of the seven credit cards. No one, it seems, carries ...

We're approaching the post-Internet age. You need to learn about mesh networks

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5 mentions18 hours ago
Once, the Internet was the paradigm of decentralized, anonymous, citizen-based, secure communication. Now, mesh networks are being touted for that role.Mesh networks are small, standalone communications exchanges that rely on phones (or other devices) talking directly to each other, with their range sometimes amplified through line-of-sight routers or ...

Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First

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2 mentions6 days ago
A picture taken on October 9, 2008 shows an ultralight helicopter hovering above a field where Greenpeace activists and Austrian organic farming association BIO AUSTRIA wrote the message 'NO GMO' (Genetically Modified Organism) by planting light green coloured organic buckwheat in a field of organic peas in Breitenfurt,

What’s Old Becomes New: Regulating the Sharing Economy

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9 mentions3 days ago
The Sharing Economy: An old concept made new through the internet-based sharing of underutilized space, skills, and stuff for monetary and non-monetary benefits.Recently, a proliferation of start-ups have created digital platforms to connect owners with consumers.These companies encourage people—and businesses—to use resources more efficiently and to share non-product ...

Plant Breeders Release First 'Open Source Seeds'

7 mentions5 days ago
Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on Thursday.Backers of the new Open Source Seed Initiative will pass out 29 new varieties of 14 different crops, including broccoli, carrots and kale, on ...

Carbon Capture Technology Could Be More Important for Limiting Climate Change than Renewables

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1 mentions6 days ago
Carbon test: A facility in Norway for testing carbon capture technologies. So far, the technology has not been demonstrated at a large scale at power plants.When it comes to technology for averting climate change, renewable energy often gets the limelight. But a relatively neglected technology—capturing carbon dioxide from ...

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

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2 mentions1 week ago
Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.The climate effects generated on these wobbling worlds could prevent them from turning into ...

Is it time for a real war on cars?

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3 mentions5 days ago
In railing against everything from bike lanes to transit spending, pundits and politicians often raise the spectre of a "war on cars." Of course, there is no war on cars — but there should be.Cars directly kill and hurt more people every year than most diseases, resulting in ...

The Bike-Powered Coffee Cart That Could Take On Starbucks

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4 mentions5 days ago
With a solar-powered-battery powering the coffeemaker, Wheely's wants to reinvent the franchise model: sustainable, hip, and affordable--but with the power of a global brand.There are over 13,000 Starbucks in the U.S. In cities like New York, where there are over 100 locations in Midtown Manhattan alone, it feels ...

Thinnest-possible nanomembrane produced

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3 mentions6 days ago
Part of a graphene membrane with a multiplicity of pores (black) of precisely defined size (credit: Celebi K. et al. /Science)ETH Zurich, Empa, LG Electronics researchershave created the thinnest-possible nanomembrane. Made out of graphene, it is extremely light and breathable, and could lead to a new generation of ...

Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components

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2 mentions7 days ago
Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.Building big: A team of three small, magnetically steered robots worked together to build this structure from toothpick-sized carbon rods. Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at ...

How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness

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2 mentions1 week ago
“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being,” Isaac Asimov told Bill Moyers in their magnificent 1988 conversation on science and religion. And yet ours is a culture that frequently turns to rigid external rules — be ...

How Drones And Driverless Cars Raise Questions For The Future Of City Services

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6 mentions1 week ago
Technology developments will enhance our urban experience, but they also risk leaving more people behind. The city of the future must be a city for everyone.Written By Brooks Rainwater What does the future of the city look like? Will it be full of driverless cars ferrying us about ...

Nielsen: 46 million people used fitness apps in January

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7 mentions6 days ago
Almost one-third of US smartphone owners, which is about 46 million unique people, used apps from the fitness and health category in January 2014, according to a report from Nielsen’s Mobile NetView 3.0 software, which is on-device software installed onto iOS and Android smartphones with permission from survey ...

Funding Daily: In which a crowdfunding site raises venture capital for itself

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3 mentions1 week ago
Get all the tech funding news of the day delivered straight to your mailbox! Sign up for Funding Daily and never miss a deal.Napster cofounder and billionaire Sean Parker has raised a $9.3 million round of funding for new startup Brigade Media, according to an SEC doc filed ...

Study indicates Robots could replace 80% of Jobs

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1 mentions1 week ago
In a few decades, twenty or thirty years — or sooner – robots and their associated technology will be as ubiquitous as mobile phones are today, at least that is the prediction of Bill Gates; and we would be hard-pressed to find a roboticist, automation expert or economist ...

MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
The Transform, from MIT's Tangible Media Group, changes shape depending upon how users interact with it. Imagine a chair that could transform from an upright rocker to a sumptuous lounge, just by detecting your mood.More Co.Design coverage of Milan Design Week: 36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather See ...

Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
A plant growth chamber bound for the International Space Station inside the Dragon capsule on the SpaceX-3 resupply mission may help expand in-orbit food production capabilities in more ways than one, and offer astronauts something they don’t take for granted, fresh food.NASA’s Veg-01 experiment will be used to ...

Breakthrough DNA study could slow big cat extinction

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3 mentions1 week ago
New research comparing genes from living lions with ancient lion remains could help scientists boost dwindling populations.A team of scientists has for the first time compared the genetic signatures from living and extinct lions to identify five distinct geographical groups within the lion species. The research team, led ...

10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever.Many people know the names of influential architects, artists, and fashion designers; far fewer know the names of graphic designers. It’s strange to me, since graphic designers ...

Crowdfunding Seen Topping $5 Billion for Rooftop Solar

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7 mentions2 weeks ago
Workers install Solar Service Inc. photovoltaic (PV) solar electric panels on the roof of a home in Park Ridge, Illinois, on Sept. 10, 2013. U.S. homeowners installed 792 megawatts of solar power in 2013. CloseWorkers install Solar Service Inc. photovoltaic (PV) solar electric panels on the roof... Read ...

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

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8 mentions2 weeks ago
These DNA machines (or origami robots, so-called since they can unfold and deliver drugs stored within) carry fluorescent markers, allowing researchers to tell where in the roach's body they are traveling and what they are doing. Incredibly, the "accuracy of delivery and control of the nanobots is equivalent ...

Micro 3D printer Kickstarter funding: $1 million in just one day

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Micro, an unusually sleek 3D printer, is about to hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter just a day after it started raising funds. The project hits the sweet spot for anyone interested in 3D printing as it might be the first commercially viable $300 3D printer the ...

Sand Pile Model of Mind Grows in Popularity

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balanceIn 1999, the Danish physicist Per Bak proclaimed to a group of neuroscientists that it had taken him only 10 minutes to determine where the ...

Solving Solar Power Intermittency with Mirrors, Plastic Bottles, and Salt

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Searing sun: Thousands of mirrors focus sunlight on a tower to generate high temperatures at a power plant in Ivanpah, California.When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive. A collection of 300,000 ...

How Is The Internet Changing Education?

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15 mentions2 weeks ago
The internet has brought many wonders to our lives. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t get lost much anymore (thanks to my Google Maps app), I never have to look up hot spots for meals ahead of time when I travel (thanks, Yelp),

Land Rover augmented reality concept lets you see through your car

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6 mentions2 weeks ago
The car-maker's 'transparent bonnet' uses cameras and a head-up display to turn the front of your car effectively see-through, giving you a view beneath your auto.Land Rover is cooking up a new car concept, that shows you an augmented reality view of what's just ahead of your wheels.

Scientists make new sensor that could lead to night vision contact lenses

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Night vision contact lenses may be the stuff of science fiction movies, but new research points the way to how we could some day see in the dark with our own eyes. Electrical Engineers at the University of Michigan have found a new way to sense infrared light ...

A Revolution in Business

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt from Thomas W. Malone’s 2004 book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your ManagementStyle, and Your Life. Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is among ...

Car-Sharing Means There Are Already 500,000 Fewer Vehicles On The Road

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
Driving around U.S. cities, it may not seem like there are fewer cars on the road. Many places are as congested as ever. But a new study suggests that it could be a lot worse. Changing attitudes about owning a vehicle and the rise of sharing services like ...

Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

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16 mentions3 weeks ago
Richard Florida is Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities. He's also a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Global Research Professor at New York University. He is a frequent speaker ...

The UN's Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized

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6 mentions2 weeks ago
If you can't slog through the IPCC's 2,600-page report on the latest dangers of climate change, here are some handy charts and graphs about the new consensus on how bad things are going to get.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group that issues reports ...

Influent Turns Spatial Memorization into a Language Learning Game

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
If you’ve ever attempted to learn a second language, you might have found yourself overwhelmed by this apparently daunting task, or even worse, got yourself disengaged because of the dryness of traditional textbooks and lecture formats they are conveyed in.Don’t give up just yet! There are a couple ...

USAID Is Getting Its Own DARPA-Like Innovation Lab To Solve Global Development Challenges

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5 mentions2 weeks ago
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency inside the US Department of Defense, is at least partially responsible for some of the biggest technological advances in recent history, including ARPANET (predecessor to the Internet), self-driving cars, and the predecessor to modern GPS. But DARPA's projects tend ...

MIND Reviews: Moral Tribes

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
Ethical Conundrums: Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them by Joshua Greene Penguin Press: 2013We begin on a serene pasture inhabited by a tribe of shepherds. Motivated by personal wealth, one by one the herders begin adding more sheep to their individual flocks. Soon ...

Gravitational Waves Reveal the Universe before the Big Bang: An Interview with Physicist Gabriele Veneziano

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
It’s not usually put like this, but the discovery of primordial gravitational waves two weeks ago has given us our first direct glimpse of a period before the big bang. The term “big bang” is sometimes taken to mean the beginning of the universe, and that’s the impression ...

Ethan Zuckerman Wins Zócalo’s Fourth Annual Book Prize

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3 mentions3 weeks ago
The Fourth Annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize is made possible by the generous support of the California Community Foundation.We’re delighted to award the fourth annual Zócalo Book Prize to Ethan Zuckerman for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. In the view of our distinguished panel ...

Even better than more cowbell: Doctors are prescribing bikeshare memberships

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
Feeling the wind in your hair is way more fun than popping a pill. And now Boston residents can say, “I HAVE to go for a bike ride. Doctor’s orders!”Beantown physicians have started offering poor patients $5 memberships to the Hubway bikesharing program, which normally costs $85 a ...

Artist Turns Your Brainwaves Into 3D-Printed Sculptures

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6 mentions3 weeks ago
I'm sitting in artist Ion Popian's light-filled Long Island City, N.Y., studio, with a NeuroSky electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor pressing against my temple and forehead. I watch a TV screen, where abstract shapes ripple and mutate in crisp 4K resolution.Behind me, a computer measures my brain activity, mapping it ...

How a Chinese Company 3D-Printed Ten Houses In a Single Day

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
This month, architects in Amsterdam started work on the world's first completely 3D-printed house. It'll take three years and quite a bit of money to finish. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a company claims to have printed ten houses with inexpensive industrial scraps in less than a day. What's the ...

Tube amplifiers aren't just for audiophiles

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
The backside of a Blackie Pagano guitar amp. Blackie Pagano Vacuum tube technology goes all the way back to the first decade of the twentieth century, and tubes were integral to the development of radio, television, home/professional audio, radar, telephone networks, medical test instruments, and early computers! The ...

Monkeys that cut calories live longer

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
Monkeys on a reduced-calorie diet live longer than those that can eat as much as they want, a new study suggests. The findings add to a thread of studies on how a restricted diet prolongs life in a range of species, but they complicate the debate over whether ...

Google Naps Best Places to Nap Near You on Google Maps

1 mentions3 weeks ago
Have you ever found yourself stranded in a city struck with the overwhelming desire to take a nap, but with nowhere to curl up and sneak in some shut eye? Enter Google Naps, a crowdsourced map project that will tell you the best places in your city to ...

‘Electronic skin' equipped with memory

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person’s movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin.Similar efforts to develop ‘electronic skin’ abound, but the device is the first that can store information ...

Woman Helps Design Own 3D Printed Leg

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5 mentions3 weeks ago
A Nova Scotia woman involved in a terrible car accident has done something few could imagine years ago: designing a replacement limb.Art student Natasha Hope-Simpson lost a leg in a hit-and-run accident in November 2013. Like many amputees, she was issued a standard prosthetic leg, but she found ...

One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State's power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was ...

Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award

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6 mentions3 weeks ago
CITATION: (March 19, 2014). Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award.

How To Decode A Genome In Just A Single Day

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3 mentions4 weeks ago
Genome analysis is big business. Thanks to the human genome project, two related fields of medicine--computational biology and personalized medicine--have become part of our health care vocabulary over the past few years. Because genome sequencing requires multi-terabyte files and mind-boggling amounts of server power, it's been a boon ...

Using Health IT to Connect Rural Vets With Their Data

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8 mentions3 weeks ago
Connecting veterans with their health-care providers across the vast expanses of the country is not an easy task, but the White House Rural Health Council – with the help of ONC – has launched a pilot in Florida, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota to do just that.The Department of Veterans Affairs and ONC recently launched the Veteran-Initiated Electronic Care Coordination Project to “help veterans useBlue Button technology to access their health information stored in the VA’s system, and transmit this information to their local rural clinic or Critical Access Hospital,” says ...

A Sharing Economy Cliffhanger: What Will Governments Do?

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9 mentions3 weeks ago
Earlier this month, a group backed by companies including Airbnb and Taskrabbit began urging users to petition for changes in regulation—will politicians uphold the rules or loosen them? Or is there is a third option? “We are starting campaigns to push back against entrenched interests,” claims Peers, an ...

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