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The Return of Nature

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2 mentions5 days ago
Despite predictions of runaway ecological destruction, beginning in the 1970s, Americans began to consume less and tread more lightly on the planet. Over the past several decades, through technological innovation,

China’s on track for the biggest reduction in coal use ever recorded

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4 mentions1 week ago
China is cutting down on its coal habit. In the first four months of 2015, the country consumed almost 8% less coal than in the same period a year earlier,

The First Building That Can Heal Its Own Cracks With Biological Cement

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2 mentions1 week ago
Three years ago, we learned that a Dutch team had developed a biological concrete that could repair its own cracks. They said it might be two or three years before ...

Using Smartphone Activity for Authentication

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
Researchers are investigating whether recalling text messages, calls, and Facebook likes could be a useful log-in strategy. Most people struggle to manage passwords for multiple apps and services. Before you ...

Ex-Nasa man to plant one billion trees a year using drones

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5 mentions4 weeks ago
Christopher Hooton is a Senior Reporter for Independent.co.uk A drone start-up is going to counter industrial scale deforestation using industrial scale reforestation. BioCarbon Engineering wants to use drones for good,

Citizen Scientists Discover Five New Supernovas

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5 mentions4 weeks ago
More than 40,000 citizen stargazers have helped to classify over 2 million celestial objects and identify five never-before-seen supernovas, in a massive example of citizen science at work. An amateur ...

The Future of Games Will Focus on Escaping From Reality—and Improving It

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4 mentions4 weeks ago
Do you want an escape from everyday life, or a way to change your life? In the coming decades, gaming technology will make both choices possible in 3-D virtual reality ...

Why Coding Is Your Child’s Key to Unlocking the Future

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1 mentions4 weeks ago
Racing across the U.S. in your taco truck, you must fight off animals mutated by fallout from a nuclear war, and you must also turn them into delicious filling for ...

Discover the Chemical Composition of Everyday Stuff…With a Smartphone Camera

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2 mentions1 month ago
Our smartphones can do a lot—compute, pin down our location, sense motion and orientation, send and receive wireless signals, take photographs and video. What if you could also learn exactly ...

How to get the entire immune system to attack cancer

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5 mentions1 month ago
Two T lymphocyte cells (orange) attack a cancer cell (blue), using special receptors to zero in on the cancer (credit: Science Source) The human immune system is poised to spring ...

Fat-Fighting Bacteria Show the Microbiome’s Therapeutic Potential

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3 mentions1 month ago
We're experimenting with new ways for you to comment and discuss stories that you read. You can now read and write comments directly on sentences, paragraphs, images and quotes. Highlight ...

This Violin Looks Like A Sci-Fi Weapon

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1 mentions1 month ago
Monad Studio is radically reinventing instruments for their 3-D printed musical ensemble. Husband and wife design team Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, founders of Miami's Monad Studio, have a consistent ...

Mesh networks - 12 US communities experimenting with independent WIFI networks

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2 mentions1 month ago
Mesh networks – 12 US communities experimenting with independent WIFI networks Local WiFi mesh networks are an idea that would radically change how we connect. They reduce the necessity of ...

Here’s How We Can Reinvent the Classroom for the Digital Age

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2 mentions1 month ago
When I was in elementary school, about 50 years ago, teachers used to stand in front of a class of 40 or 50 children and write on a blackboard with ...

Creative Commons Launches Open Business Models Initiative

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3 mentions1 month ago
In January, we wrote about Team Open, a project documenting some of the many artists, teachers, and scientists using Creative Commons licenses to share their work. Since then, Creative Commons ...

Future electronics based on carbon nanotubes now more likely

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5 mentions1 month ago
Thermal gradients associated with mild heating of a metallic carbon nanotube induces thermocapillary flows in a thin organic overcoat. The result is an open trench with the tube at the ...

Light therapy for brain injuries

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2 mentions2 months ago
A staffer in Dr. Margaret Naeser’s lab demonstrates the equipment built especially for the research: an LED helmet (Photomedex), intranasal diodes (Vielight), and LED cluster heads placed on the ears ...

How to dramatically improve public transit without building more of it

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1 mentions2 months ago
Let's say you live north of Oakland and commute every day to a job in Silicon Valley about 45 miles away. It's entirely possible to get there by public transit,

Mexico just shamed the rest of the world with its climate plan

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1 mentions2 months ago
Mexico is the first developing country to formally make its climate action pledge ahead of U.N. negotiations to be held in Paris later this year. And its plan is actually ...

Gold in faeces 'is worth millions and could save the environment'

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2 mentions2 months ago
Geologist suggests extracting precious metals from human waste would keep harmful substances out of the ground – and recover valuable objectsMonday 23 March 2015 11.24 EDTLast modified on Monday 23 ...

Technologies Smart Enough to Exploit Human Nature

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4 mentions2 months ago
Persuasive technologies surround us, and they’re growing smarter. How do these technologies work? And why? GSN Games, which designs mobile games like poker and bingo, collects billions of signals every ...

SparkFun Stair Climbing Robot Challenge

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2 mentions2 months ago
In case you missed it, SparkFun recently held the Actobotics Stair Climber Challenge competition, where you could build a robot capable of ascending stairs and win some sweet SparkFun cash!

Sushi parasite inspires worm test for cancer

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2 mentions2 months ago
Dogs do it. Rats do it. Even some people seem to be able to sniff out cancer and other diseases. Now we can add the humble roundworm to the list ...

Girl Talk: When It Comes to Our Language Women are in Charge

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3 mentions2 months ago
Sarah Hyland of Modern Family has something to say (Getty Images). Everybody knows that a language never stays the same. Today’s English speakers could no more chat with an Old ...

Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Winemaking?

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5 mentions2 months ago
Modern winemakers may have erred when they switched to producing high alcohol wines. According to a new paper, from Spanish neuroscientists Ram Frost and colleagues, a low alcohol content wine ...

Photos Snapped by Drones Can Be Made into High-Resolution 3-D Scans of Monuments, Buildings, and More

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2 mentions2 months ago
We're experimenting with new ways for you to comment and discuss stories that you read. You can now read and write comments directly on sentences, paragraphs, images and quotes. Highlight ...

The Fuzzy, Insane Math That's Creating So Many Billion-Dollar Tech Companies

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4 mentions2 months ago
Snapchat, the photo-messaging app raising cash at a $15 billion valuation, probably isn't actually worth more than Clorox or Campbell Soup. So where did investors come up with that enormous ...

Will the Largest Financial Prize in the World Improve Governance in Africa?

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4 mentions2 months ago
Namibia's outgoing president Hifikepunye Pohamba. Photo released under Creative Commons by Agência Brasil. After 2011, it took almost four years for the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to find a suitable next ...

How Adam Curtis' film "Bitter Lake" will change everything you believe about news

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2 mentions2 months ago
Commissioned for the BBC, and quite radically for a major filmmaker’s work, it premiered on and will only be available through their online iPlayer service. While the Sundance Film Festival ...

What is the future of transportation?

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5 mentions2 months ago
In the decades to come, filling up a car with petrol will sound as backwards as the horse and cart is today. I enjoyed a stimulating debate about the future ...

Electric cars are so cool they may make it colder

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3 mentions2 months ago
There's more than one way to cut emissions. Swapping conventional cars for electric ones might cut emissions from cars, but it may also help cities like Beijing beat the heat,

How design fiction imagines future technology

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7 mentions2 months ago
Picture yourself in a supermarket aisle in 2050. These new ‘magic meatballs’, brightly coloured for the kids, seem worth a try. Better have some of the meat powder too, one ...

Smart Cities Built on Emerging Tech is India’s Latest Initiative

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2 mentions2 months ago
They’re where the opportunities are. In 2014, the world’s 300 largest cities accounted for 20 percent of the world’s population and nearly half of global output. It is estimated that ...

Your Inevitable Robocar Future

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5 mentions2 months ago
Watch just about any movie or television show set in the not-too-distant future and you’ll soon notice that although there are still plenty of cars on the road, nobody drives ...

Why Cities Around The World Are Suddenly Ditching Traffic Lights

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6 mentions2 months ago
Chicago joins other urban areas from England to the Netherlands in rethinking the relationship between pedestrians and automobiles. Common sense says that cars and pedestrians should be kept apart. Pretty ...

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

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1 mentions2 months ago
Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memories back. Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound technology that clears the brain of neurotoxic amyloid ...

PeopleforBikes Report Drills Down Into the Real Role of Bike Lanes in Social Equity

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5 mentions2 months ago
A detailed new report tries to quantify the impact better bicycle infrastructure can have in lower income communities. Can better bicycle infrastructure help make cities more just and equitable places?

Distributed Energy Storage Market Growing Beyond Expectations

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9 mentions2 months ago
Renewable Energy World EditorsMarch 18, 2015| New Hampshire --Coming on the heels of Demand Energy’s announcement that it is installing 1 MW of energy storage capacity in a series ...

MIT's DragonBot Evolving to Better Teach Kids

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7 mentions2 months ago
MIT introduced Kombusto, their dragon robot designed to teach stuff to preschoolers, back in 2011. Since then, the Personal Robots Group has been doing a substantial amount of research and ...

Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20

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5 mentions2 months ago
On March 20 – same date as the 2015 March equinox – the moon turns new only 14 hours after reaching lunar perigee – moon’s closest point to Earth in ...

Touring Portland’s Brand New Car-Free Bridge

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3 mentions2 months ago
Portland’s Tilikum Bridge will carry transit, biking, and walking traffic over the Willamette River, but no cars. Photo: Jonathan Maus/Bike Portland Okay, it seems like now Portland is just showing ...

Network theory suggests consciousness is global in the brain

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10 mentions2 months ago
The black dots correspond to the 264 areas of the cerebral cortex that the researchers studied; the lines correspond to the increased strength of the functional connections between each of ...

China To Install More Than 20 GW Wind Capacity In 2015, Make Reports

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4 mentions2 months ago
Published on March 19th, 2015 |by Joshua S Hill Working from an analysis of China’s approved wind energy project pipeline, as well as their own statistics, MAKE Consulting predicts that ...

Tires Could Help Power Your Car

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4 mentions2 months ago
Goodyear is developing a concept tire that could someday allow vehicles to run on electricity generated when the rubber meets the road. In many hybrid and electric vehicles, some energy ...

PV Conversion Efficiency Doubled In NanoWire Array Solar Cell

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3 mentions2 months ago
Published on March 19th, 2015 |by Jake Richardson March 19th, 2015 by Jake RichardsonSweden-based Sol Voltaics has announced that it has doubled the previous world record forphotovoltaic (PV) conversion efficiency ...

Instead of Dropping Bombs, Can Drones Locate Unexploded Ones?

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6 mentions2 months ago
In much of the world, an American drone hovering overhead means danger: Predator drones and the like can unleash fury out of the deep blue sky. But drones can also ...

The space suit you could be wearing a few years from now is being designed in a small workshop in Brooklyn

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2 mentions2 months ago
While you can always find next season’s most cutting-edge looks in Manhattan’s Garment District, the most futuristic outerwear in New York City wasn’t on the runways during the recent Fashion ...

The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

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9 mentions2 months ago
14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come. All ideas change the world in ...

How neuroscience is offering hope for a more peaceful world

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3 mentions2 months ago
For many of us, the flood of tribal hate and violence in the news can lead to a feeling of inevitability, that we human beings are inherently at the throats ...

Summit Spain: We’re Going to Rewire the Way Your Brain Views the Future

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9 mentions2 months ago
There’s a story about Napoleon that goes something like this: At a state dinner, he gave his soldiers silver utensils and his court gold. But the guest of honor, the ...
 

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