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

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2 mentions6 days 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 March 2015 11.34 EDTFortunes could be saved from going down the drain by extracting gold and precious metals ...

Technologies Smart Enough to Exploit Human Nature

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4 mentions6 days 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 day from the phones and tablets its players are using—revealing everything from the time of day they play ...

SparkFun Stair Climbing Robot Challenge

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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! The contest is over now and the winners have just been announced — and some of the bots ...

Sushi parasite inspires worm test for cancer

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2 mentions6 days 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 of super-smellers. Japanese researchers have discovered that Caenorhabditis elegans worms can detect cancer in people's urine. They are ...

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

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3 mentions5 days 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 English speaker than a German speaker, and even people in old movies sound increasingly strange to us today.

Can Neuroscience Teach Us About Winemaking?

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5 mentions6 days 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 actually produces more brain activity in ‘taste processing’ areas than more alcoholic varieties do. But what does the ...

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

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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 headline number? Here's the secret to how Silicon Valley calculates the value of its hottest companies: The numbers ...

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

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4 mentions1 week 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 recipient for its Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. In late 2014, the Prize Committee selected Namibian ...

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

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2 mentions1 week 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 and various awards ceremonies were dominating media coverage of filmmaking, Curtis may have just released one of the ...

Electric cars are so cool they may make it colder

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3 mentions1 week 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, further lowering emissions of carbon dioxide by cutting the use of air conditioning. The role of electric cars ...

How design fiction imagines future technology

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7 mentions1 week 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 of the more established products from the mass-manufacturers of cultured meat – you can make that creamy meat-based ...

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

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2 mentions1 week 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 growing cities could bring nearly $30 trillion a year into the global economy by 2025. As we rapidly ...

Your Inevitable Robocar Future

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5 mentions1 week 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 them. Or, I should say, no human drives them. From the Johnny Cabs in Total Recall to the ...

Why Cities Around The World Are Suddenly Ditching Traffic Lights

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6 mentions1 week 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 straightforward. So why are so many cities challenging that idea? This spring, Chicago will become the latest to ...

New Alzheimer’s treatment fully restores memory function

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1 mentions1 week 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 plaques - structures that are responsible for memory loss and a decline in cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients. If a person has Alzheimer’s disease, it’s usually the result of a build-up of two types of lesions - amyloid plaques, and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques sit between the neurons and end up as dense clusters of beta-amyloid molecules, a sticky type ...

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

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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? That may be asking too much of some simple bike lanes. But a new “idea book” from PeopleforBikes ...

Distributed Energy Storage Market Growing Beyond Expectations

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9 mentions2 weeks 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 of Glenwood residential apartment buildings in New York City, a report released today concludes that the distributed energy ...

MIT's DragonBot Evolving to Better Teach Kids

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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 experimentation to figure out how best to utilize the robot to productively interact with children. We have some ...

Supermoon total eclipse of equinox sun on March 20

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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 its orbit. Thus this moon is a supermoon – at the new phase – not visible in our ...

Touring Portland’s Brand New Car-Free Bridge

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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 off. The city is putting the finishing touches on the Tilikum Bridge, a multi-modal span that will serve ...

Network theory suggests consciousness is global in the brain

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10 mentions2 weeks 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 these brain areas when subjects consciously perceive the target. The “hotter” colors are associated with stronger connections. This ...

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

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4 mentions1 week 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 China will deliver approximately 21.5 GW of new grid-connected wind energy capacity in 2015. Following rapid growth in ...

Tires Could Help Power Your Car

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4 mentions2 weeks 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 is already provided from the wheels via regenerative breaking, which temporarily turns the electric motor used to drive ...

PV Conversion Efficiency Doubled In NanoWire Array Solar Cell

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3 mentions2 weeks 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 using a gallium-arsenide (GaAs) nanowire array (NWA). The company’s 1-sun conversion efficiency of 15.3% in a GaAs NWA ...

Instead of Dropping Bombs, Can Drones Locate Unexploded Ones?

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6 mentions2 weeks 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 help war-torn countries recover, argued Ryan Baker, CEO of the drone-making company Arch Aerial, at a SXSW Interactive ...

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 weeks 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 Week. Rather, it’s to be found in a small studio in Brooklyn, where an émigré Russian engineer and ...

The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

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9 mentions1 week 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 some small way, but not all ideas are "world changing." At Co.Exist, we like to consider the ideas ...

How neuroscience is offering hope for a more peaceful world

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3 mentions2 weeks 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 of those unlike us, and that it will be forever so. But for those in the conflict resolution ...

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

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9 mentions2 weeks 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 king of Siam, was given utensils of—aluminum. Was it a not-so-subtle slight to the king? Not at all.

Linda Hill: How to manage for collective creativity

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What's the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of "Collective Genius," has studied some of the world's most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep ...

Why Pi Matters

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
Every March 14th, mathematicians like me are prodded out of our burrows like Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day, blinking and bewildered by all the fuss. Yes, it’s Pi Day again. And not just any Pi Day. They’re calling this the Pi Day of the century: 3.14.15. Pi to ...

Harassmap's Research "Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data."

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3 mentions3 weeks ago
Guest blog post by Amel Fahmy, Co-Founder of Harassmap, Principle Investigator of “Towards a Safer City. Sexual Harassment in Greater Cairo: Effectiveness of Crowdsourced Data.” HarassMap was launched in 2010 with a mission to end the social acceptability of sexual harassment. HarassMap argues that, regardless of other factors,

How the Blockchain May Support and Facilitate Community Governance

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Bitcoin was the first decentralized cryptocurrency that operate independently of any government or central bank. But the really interesting thing about Bitcoin is not the currency itself, rather than the underlying technology, the blockchain: a decentralized public ledger that relies on cryptography to ensure that every transaction is ...

Are Psychedelics The Wonder Drug We've Been Waiting For?

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
I cover the far frontiers of science, technology and culture.full bio → I'm an author, journalist and Director of Research for the Flow Genome Project, an organization dedicated to decoding the science of ultimate human performance. My books include "The Rise of Superman," “Abundance,” “A Small Furry Prayer,” ...

Bitcoin is being used by African migrant workers to send money home

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
The digital commodity is a cheaper alternative to Western Union and MoneyGram Migrant African workers are increasingly turning to bitcoin to send money home. BitPesa, a service that allows bitcoins to be transferred to Kenya and Ghana for a flat fee of 3 per cent, said its user ...

How to Grow 6,000 Lbs of Food on 1/10TH Acre

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Who would have thought you could find this self-sufficient beauty 15 minutes away from downtown Los Angeles? If you want to grow your own food and make sure that everything you put on the table is 100% healthy and free of any chemicals, take the example of this ...

Google Taps Starchitects Thomas Heatherwick And Bjarke Ingels For New Headquarters

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2 mentions1 month ago
Google's Mountain View-based Googleplex is a whopping 3.1 million square feet—that's almost half the size of the Pentagon, and enough space for 53 football fields, side by side. But its architecture is uninspired, consisting of the anonymously functional buildings you’d see in any suburban commercial park. According to ...

For 11 Years, This Man Has Taken Photos Of Everything His Right Hand Touches

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Cheese knives. Chinese yo-yos. Tools on a Swedish farm. For the past 11 years, artist Alberto Frigo has taken a photo of everything his right hand has touched. By 2040, when the project ends, Frigo believes he’ll have photographed a million different objects. Ultimately, they’ll assemble in a ...

Americans Think Geniuses Are Men: Inside Our Contradictory Attitudes On Brilliance

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More people think Donald Trump is a genius than Bill Clinton. And 15% of people think that they are a genius themselves. Quick, picture a genius. Your reflexive image is probably a man with wild hair who works, isolated, in a cluttered room. An Einstein or a Beethoven ...

Business + Innovation

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2 mentions1 month ago
We've partnered with Adobe to come up with a dynamic reading experience for iPhone and iPad. Let's start with a spoiler alert: The next issue of Fast Company's print magazine will feature a dramatic reinterpretation of Steve Jobs. Anchored by excerpts from a terrific new book, Becoming Steve ...

What A Sober 6 A.M. Rave Can Do For You

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We go inside Daybreaker to see why throngs of young office dwellers are flocking to pre-dawn sober raves. There's no coffee at this rave, and it's a problem. "It's hard to get people to deliver in the sixes," says the woman behind the bar, referring to the 6 ...

Why The New .Green Domain Name Is An Idea Thankfully Past Its Time

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Being green used to be progressive. Now it's a meaningless word used by companies that are insecure about their greenness. If you're considering a new website, there's a new domain name option to add to suffixes like .biz, .porn, .tattoo, .plumbing, and the rest. If your thing is ...

In Pursuit Of A Healthier Cupcake: A Startup Turns Fruit Peels Into A Junk-Food Ingredient

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2 mentions1 month ago
The plant-based ingredient can replace about 40% of the eggs and oil in a cupcake. So now you can binge away. Fruit peels and seeds usually end up in the trash. But a Mexican startup is beginning to transform this type of food waste into an ingredient they ...

Fast Company on Product Hunt

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I'm like it when publishers move to an outside of the Newsstand experience. At least for me, Newsstand has always been on Page 2 of an Apple folder on my final home screen. The app is well designed and has a bunch of fun navigation gestures. Definitely check ...

The Most Detailed Map Of The World's Cropland Shows Where There's Room To Feed Everyone

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To meet rising global food demand, we need to know where farm production has room to grow. If we don't start producing more food, we're going to run out in the future. With world population growing and climate change affecting crop yields, studies show a "calorie gap" of ...

Designers Imagine Creative Ways That Boston Can Live When It's Mostly Underwater

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Many of the designs, from floating parks to hydrokinetic canals, invite water in rather than try to keep it away. As climate change raises sea levels, many cities face the near certainty of flooding in the future. Take Boston. By 2100, forecasts show water levels climbing by five ...

13 Striking Soviet Propaganda Posters You Can Hang On Your Wall

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"Soon the Whole World Will Be Ours. Workers of All Countries, Unite!" After the Bolsheviks established the world’s first communist state during the Russian Revolution of 1917, its next goal, as dictated by the Communist Manifesto, was to extend its revolution around the world. Visual propaganda, especially in ...

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