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A Guide To Who Hates Whom In The Middle East

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4 mentions21 hours 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.

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

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9 mentions21 hours 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 ...

How not to be ignorant about the world

5 mentions15 hours 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 ...

Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed

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2 mentions15 hours 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 mentions14 hours 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 ...

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

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2 mentions2 days 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 ...

Assange: Bitcoin and WikiLeaks Helped Keep Each Other Alive

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5 mentions13 hours 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) ...

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

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4 mentions5 days 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 mentions2 days 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 mentions4 days 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

6 mentions3 days ago
“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 mentions4 days 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 ...

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

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3 mentions1 day 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 mentions4 days 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 ...

Universal Social Rules Underlie Languages

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2 mentions6 days ago
The Study of animal communication has a long and colorful history. In the 1950s Dutch biologist Niko Tinbergen collected stickleback fish and carefully observed how they interacted. He noticed that the abdomen of male fish would flush bright red during breeding season, as the fish built nests and ...

The ATM and the Battle for Bitcoin's Physical Interface

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5 mentions4 days ago
Two years ago, Zach Harvey and his brother, Josh, were saddled with a failing guitar shop selling vintage and handmade pieces in New Hampshire. The guitar venture had once been a roaring success, but that had been in Tel Aviv, before the duo decided to move back to ...

The Face of the Apple Watch Holds Clues to a More Flexible Future

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2 mentions6 days ago
One of the innovations packed inside the Apple Watch—and highlighted by designer Jony Ive at the company’s grand unveiling this week—is a flexible display. Contrary to some earlier speculation about the device, however, this doesn’t mean you can actually bend the screen. As with other devices featuring flexible ...

ARPA-E Project Takes an Innovative Approach to the Electrical Grid

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With support from ARPA-E, AutoGrid Systems developed software to monitor the flow of power through the electric grid and help utilities better meet real-time electricity demands. | Graphic courtesy of AutoGrids. What if consumers were empowered with real-time data on the cost and efficiency of their energy use?

The Bees' Needs

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18 mentions4 days ago
The sky darkens above the ruins of a cluster of ponderosa pine that burned 20 years ago. Two women stand amid grass and wildflowers, in a field studded with the charred stumps and downed trunks of dead trees. In the dry hills of Montana’s Helena National Forest, the ...

This Is The Best 3D Food Printer We've Seen Yet

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11 mentions2 days ago
3D Systems/TwitterA 3D Systems ChefJet printer displayed at CES 2014.There are a number of 3D food printers on the market, promising to print everything from pasta to Nutella. But most simply create shapes from pre-prepared ingredients.One company, however, has gone a different direction, designing 3D printer that turns ...

Elon Musk: SpaceX Wants To Build A City On Mars

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3 mentions3 days ago
Elon Musk, CEO and CTO of SpaceX, introduces the SpaceX Dragon V2 spaceship at the SpaceX headquarters on Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Hawthorne, Calif. "The reason I haven't taken SpaceX public is the goals of SpaceX are very long-term, which is to establish a city on Mars," ...

Can solar power save South Asia?

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Small-scale entrepreneurs could force politicians to make dramatic changes to South Asia's dire energy problem. A laborer stands beside a solar panel outside a shelter in Little Rann of Kutch in the western Indian state of Gujarat on March 2.(Photo: Corbis) In 2010, Shazia Khan had a bright ...

Peter Thiel: Competition Is for Losers

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2 mentions4 days ago
Only one thing can allow a business to transcend the daily brute struggle for survival: monopoly profits. Javier Jaén What valuable company is nobody building? This question is harder than it looks, because your company could create a lot of value without becoming very valuable itself. Creating value ...

Self-Driving Cars From Tesla In About 3 Years, Says CEO Elon Musk

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2 mentions6 days ago
Autonomous vehicles have become a hot talking point in recent years, as major firms like Google continue high-profile development of the technology. Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] has also expressed an interest in recent years, and now tells Nikkei that the firm could introduce self-driving technology ...

Scientists say the ozone layer is recovering

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2 mentions6 days ago
This undated image provided by NASA shows the ozone layer over the years, Sept. 17, 1979, top left, Oct. 7, 1989, top right, Oct. 9, 2006, lower left, and Oct. 1, 2010, lower right. Earth protective but fragile ozone layer is finally starting to rebound, says a United ...

Using Mobile Phone Payments To Get People With No Credit History Some Credit

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2 mentions6 days ago
If you're on the outside the financial system, you often face a Catch 22. Banks won't give loans without credit histories. It's this problem that Nicole Stubbs has been trying to address with First Access, a New York startup that mines alternative data, including mobile phone payment histories.

The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change, Illustrated in Cartoons

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2 mentions4 days ago
Because people who deny climate change can seem comical, here's a great project to deal with them on their level: hand-scrawled cartoons of real-life scientists, popping off word balloons loaded with climate facts. The playful series is called "97 Hours of Consensus," a reference to the 97 percent ...

Diversified farming practices might preserve wildlife diversity, say Stanford biologists

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4 mentions4 days ago
A long-term study in Costa Rica has revealed that habitat destruction significantly reduces the incidence of evolutionarily distinct species. The research suggests alternative land-use practices that sustain farming and biodiversity. The great tinamou is an evolutionarily-distinct bird that declines in farmland but thrives in tropical rainforest. As humans ...

Solar Continues Trumping Fossil Fuel Pricing, With More Innovations To Come

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2 mentions4 days ago
I am currently the managing director of Sapient Global Markets and e.v.p. of Sapient Corporation and have been voted one of the top 25 consultants in the world, specifically for my work in the energy sector. Prior to joining Sapient, I built and managed trading groups around the ...

Amagi Metals CEO: Bitcoin Will Replace the US Dollar in My Lifetime

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6 mentions5 days ago
Amagi Metals took the bitcoin community by surprise this August when it broke ranks with even its more progressive peers in the precious metals space to boldly announce it would stop accepting the US dollar as a payment method by 2017. Though some in the bitcoin community decried ...

Is this the end of the 'war on trees'? UN members pledge to restore woodland and safeguard rainforests

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2 mentions7 days ago
Since the birth of agriculture thousands of years ago, humans have cut down the world's forests to grow food and expand their population. But now experts believe the end of our "war on trees" is in sight amid what some are calling a new "green revolution" – finally ...

3D-printed Car by Local Motors

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2 mentions1 week ago
The Strati is the world’s first 3D-printed car.See for yourself: 3D-printed electric car will be manufactured with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and delivered at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in September of 2014.The Strati will be 3D-printed in just 44 hours, in one piece, using ...

Want to Make Equity Crowdfunding Legal? 3 Experts Sound Off.

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
The JOBS Act became law on April 5, 2012, with the promise to open a new world of funding for startup businesses through equity crowdfunding. Entrepreneurs were excited that Congress passed a law creating a Kickstarter-like tool to raise capital by selling stock online. Equity crowdfunding had promised ...

We Are On The Verge Of An Electric Car Battery Breakthrough

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3 mentions5 days ago
Electric vehicles are cool. They’re inexpensive to operate, can make our air cleaner, and help reduce the amount of climate change-causing gases released into the atmosphere. But right now, they’re also mostly just for rich people. The initial cost of buying the car, combined with their limited availability,

[Review] Digital Revolution at the Barbican

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
The Barbican is one of London’s architectural treasures, a modern-day brutalist fortress whose concrete facades and communal recreation areas would fit comfortably in utopian/dystopian genre fiction. The arts centre hosted there has a well-established history of confronting a number of important (and often fringe) cultural subjects amongst its ...

The Networked Economy promises to transform just about every aspect of how people live and work.

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6 mentions3 weeks ago
No question about it: The Networked Economy is the next economic revolution. In the coming years, it will offer unprecedented opportunities for businesses and improve the lives of billions worldwide. “Over the last few decades, we’ve grown beyond the industrial economy to the IT economy and the Internet ...

LinkedIn Has Already Shaken Up The Way Professionals Are Hired

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3 mentions3 weeks ago
REUTERS/Jason ReedU.S. President Barack Obama participates in a LinkedIn town hall-style meeting with LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner (L) in Mountain View, California, September 26, 2011. A LOT of room in an office is a sign either of a blossoming company or a shrivelling one. Happily for Frank Han,

Crowdfunding and Ownership in the Sharing Economy

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3 mentions3 weeks ago
At the end of the first week of August 2014, two different crowdfunding pitches closed almost simultaneously.FarmDrop, based in the UK, had raised three quarters of a million pounds, which was not far from double their original goal, from 359 investors. Open Food Network, based in Australia, had ...

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
These women have changed history forever by being strong, brave, and human, regardless of society’s expectations for them. If you liked this, you'll love these 42 Powerful Moments Of Human Compassion In The Face Of Violence!

5 Secret Communication Codes for Great Leaders

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4 mentions3 weeks ago
Posted by Eileen McDargh on Aug 21, 2014 in Communication, Culture, Featured, Leadership | 0 comments In the age of 144 characters, Instagram, and OMG, BFF and LOL, authentic communication has taken a back seat to brevity and expediency, often at the expense of clarity and accuracy. From ...

The Rise of Tech Designed for Low-Income Americans

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
One of the pieces of advice I hear regularly for startup founders looking for a business idea is to find a problem they’re experiencing and set out to solve it. It’s excellent advice – some of the best companies have been built on that premise – but it ...

How housing experiments at Burning Man could help refugees

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
The question of building instant, post-trauma communities for the 21st century is one that has racked brains from Syria to New Orleans and Dhaka, but some of the answers could be provided by an experimental festival held every year in a North American desert. Burning Man is set ...

Messaging apps are shaping the mobile web’s future with a strategy straight from the ’90s

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1 mentions4 weeks ago
They were all competitors to Yahoo, back when finding interesting things online meant going to a web portal (or typing in a web address you had committed to memory). Portals were appropriately named: they really were the gateway to the world wide web. But the gateway was narrow.

Algorithms Are Replacing Unions As The Champions of Workers

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1 mentions4 weeks ago
Quality of life is perhaps the single largest factor underpinning human happiness, and that quality is largely determined by one’s job. It should be no wonder then that so many activists and politicians have made improving work a key element of their advocacy for generations. The history of ...

5 basic skills of power, and how you can learn to wield them

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Eric Liu is on a mission to make civics “as sexy as it was during the American Revolution or the Civil Rights Movement.” As he describes in today’s TED Talk (watch: Why ordinary people need to understand power), we are at a moment of crisis in the United ...

Could a DNA Test Have Predicted the Suicide of Robin Williams?

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2 mentions1 month ago
About 39,000 people kill themselves in the U.S. each year. It is the 10th most common cause of death. When someone commits suicide, the reaction is often the same. It’s disbelief, mixed with a recognition that the signs were all there. Depression. Maybe talk of ending one’s life.

Implanted neuronal stem cells generate neurons and synapses, becoming a functioning part of mouse brain

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3 mentions1 month ago
Part of a brain slice showing a functioning transplanted induced neural stem cell (green) fully integrated in the neuronal network of the brain (blue) (credit: LCSB) Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have grafted induced neuronal stem cells (iNSC) into ...

3D sketching system ‘revolutionizes’ design interaction and collaboration

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3 mentions1 month ago
University of Montreal researchers present their Hyve-3D system at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference this week (credit: University of Montreal) University of Montreal researchers have developed a collaborative 3D sketching system called Hyve-3D (Hybrid Virtual Environment 3D), which they presented at the SIGGRAPH 2014 conference in Vancouver this week.

Drones Can Now Perch on Power Lines to Recharge

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By Nestor Bailly, PSFKon August 12, 2014 inTechnologyMIT researchers have created flying drones that can recharge on power lines rather than returning to base when they run out of batteries You glance up at high-tension power lines while driving along the highway. You spot ominous black shapes perched ...

NASA Funds Robotic Tumbling Cubes for Space Exploration

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7 mentions1 month ago
NASA wants to go to an asteroid. Great! And once NASA gets there, then what? Exploration, of course, since that's what NASA does. But the microgravity (or minigravity?) environment is a challenging one to get around in. There's likely not enough gravity to use wheels or treads to ...

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