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Net Zero Energy Building Case Study: Bullitt Center

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Published on January 17th, 2015 |by Important Media Cross-Post January 17th, 2015 by Important Media Cross-PostOriginally published on Green Building Elements. By Dawn Killough The Bullitt Center in Seattle, Washington, is one of the most self-sufficient buildings on the planet. It is net zero energy and, after the ...

Kickstarter for a New Civilization

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A few days ago, my friend Liam Sharp sent me this video from the British Television program Charlie Brooker’s Wipe. The gist is this: there are profound powers of control out there that have enormous influence over the Narrative — the stories that we tell in order to make sense ...

Vanderbilt University Team Develops 3D Printed Device to Diagnose and Fight Malaria in Zambia

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While we are fighting a number of issues worldwide, health and otherwise, it can be hard to decide what’s at the top of the priority list. Some very brave and dedicated individuals have decided that for themselves though — and thank goodness they have done so. With the ...

In a First, the Word of the Year is a Hashtag: "#blacklivesmatter"

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The American Dialect Society made its 25th annual selection for Word of the Year, and for the first time the winner was actually a Twitter hashtag: #blacklivesmatter. Even though the socially conscious slogan is formed by combining three words, as a hashtag it was converted into something linguistically ...

5 Mind-Bending Sights: Finally, The Future Is Starting To Look Like We Thought It Would

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2015—that just sounds like the future, right.But does it look like the future? Because, that’s the thing, right—we all know technology is advancing at exponential rates. We are making soaring progress in a host of whiz-bang fields. But other than Tokyo, Times Square and, sometimes, Las Vegas from ...

Why the Tech Elite Is Getting Behind Universal Basic Income

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As if Silicon Valley hasn't given us enough already, it may have to start giving us all money. The first indication I got of this came one evening last summer, when I sat in on a meet-up of virtual-currency enthusiasts at a hackerspace a few miles from the ...

Brainstormers: Obama’s big research push kicks off with a meeting of the minds

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The motley group included men and women, old and young, in sweatshirts and three-piece suits, shod in socks and sandals, wingtips and heels. They were a kind of neuroscience dream team, more than 100 scientists gathered in a Bethesda, Md., hotel not to talk about their latest breakthroughs ...

China goes organic amid food scandals

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Food safety concerns have prompted the younger generation in China to seek alternative channels for fresh produce and meat. CNBC's Eunice Yoon reports. An organic food craze is emerging among China's urbanites as food safety scandals spur the younger generation toward alternative ways to buy fresh produce and ...

Robot Chefs Watch YouTube to Learn How to Cook

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Robbins explains the influence Carl Icahn had on his new financial advice book, "Money: Master the Game." Vivek Wadhwa explains why he's both optimistic and pessimistic about the inevitable change that will come about by way of technological advancement. The Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks tonight but astronomers warn ...

Radical new economic system will emerge from collapse of capitalism

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Political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin believes that the creation of a super internet heralds new economic system that could solve society’s sustainability challenges This is the belief of political adviser and author Jeremy Rifkin, who argues the current economic system has become so successful at lowering the ...

Researchers Create Artificial Organs On Microchips : Shots

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Postdoctoral researcher Jennifer Foulke-Abel holds the gut-on-a-chip inside the lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.Richard Harris/NPRhide caption Postdoctoral researcher Jennifer Foulke-Abel holds the gut-on-a-chip inside the lab at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Great balls of cells! Scientists are developing mock human organs that can fit in ...

Mankind's Greatest Architectural Achievements Since Prehistory

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Pop Chart Lab's latest infographic charts the most significant works of architecture since 4,800 B.C. Yet another creation has rolled off the powerhouse infographics assembly line over at Pop Chart Lab, and this time, the indefatigable taxonomizers of alcohols and famous quotes have turned their attention to works ...

6 tech trends for 2015 that will change our future

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Technology and innovation can be frustrating to watch in action. That’s because there usually isn’t much action — just incremental change with occasional flashes of brilliance. But the only way to truly understand what’s happening and why is to keep watching. Breakthroughs from years ago are finally leading ...

The Future of Meat Is Plant-Based Burgers

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The southernmost region of South America is huge in every way: Patagonia is twice the size of California and home to some of... Restaurants make us impulsive, which means it can be hard to turn down the cheesecake no matter how big a label it comes... More protein ...

Existing drug riluzole may prevent foggy ‘old age’ brain

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When researchers looked at certain neurons (similar to the one shown on top) in rats treated with riluzole, they found an important change in one brain region, the hippocampus: more clusters of spines, receiving connections that extend from the branches of a neuron (bottom) (credit: John H. Morrison’s ...

The Dominant Life Form in the Cosmos is Probably Superintelligent Robots

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If and when we finally encounter aliens, they probably won’t look like little green men, or spiny insectoids. It’s likely they won’t be biological creatures at all, but rather, advanced robots that outstrip our intelligence in every conceivable way. While scores of philosophers, scientists and futurists have prophesied ...

Floating Toilets That Clean Themselves Grow On A Lake

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A pod to pick up your poo: The Handy Pod features floating hyacinth plants placed underneath a house boat's latrine. The blue tarp offers privacy.Courtesy Taber Handhide caption A pod to pick up your poo: The Handy Pod features floating hyacinth plants placed underneath a house boat's latrine.

The year in tech: Net neutrality, IoT grows up, Uber turns heads

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Company-wide access to Gigaom Research, analyst briefings or inquiries, Gigaom Event tickets & much more. As 2014 draws to a close, the tech world seems a little weary. It was a draining year if you were plugged into social media, with conflicts at home and overseas juxtaposed against ...

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

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The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The idea of ...

Explore ONE's Interactive Response Tracker

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Find out what money, health care workers and other support has been pledged--and delivered--for the Ebola crisis by countries and private donors so far.

Get your head around the 13 boldest ideas in science

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(Image: Mario Wagner) Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts. To make any progress at all, scientists must get their heads around infinity, space, deep time, relativity and more.In the articles below the people who perform these conceptual feats on a daily basis describe how they do ...

Three Key Steps for Boosting Mobile Money in Nigeria

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As the largest among the fast-growing economies of Africa, Nigeria is a promising market for mobile financial services. More than 80 percent of adults have access to a mobile phone and a sizeable number (64 percent) own their phones. In addition, there are now more than 20 licensed ...

You Need an Algorithm, Not a Data Scientist

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Mark Twain once said: “The past does not repeat itself, but it rhymes.” Although future events have unique circumstances, they typically follow familiar past patterns. Today, data scientists can predict everything from disease outbreaks to mortality to riots. It’s no surprise, then, that companies trying to hear the ...

What we read about deep learning is just the tip of the iceberg

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Company-wide access to Gigaom Research, analyst briefings or inquiries, Gigaom Event tickets & much more. The artificial intelligence technique known as deep learning is white hot right now, as we have noted numerous times before. It’s powering many of the advances in computer vision, voice recognition and text ...

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

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One September day in 2008, Leonard Shlain found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by ...

Does It Pay to Feed Your Employees? (Infographic)

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There's no such thing as a free lunch. But, providing food for employees could lead to payoffs down the line. If you're thinking about offering perks for employees, this bonus could help employees in more ways than one. A new study by business-lunch delivery service EAT Club shows ...

Peering Into The Minds Of The 4.3 Billion Unconnected

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Editor’s note: Hassan Baig is an entrepreneur who runs ClubInternet, a “connecting the unconnected” startup. In a recent column on TechCrunch, I wrote about the mental challenges faced by the world’s offline population of 4.3 billion when trying to use the Internet for the first time. After all,

Stanford to host 100-year study on artificial intelligence

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Stanford University has invited leading thinkers from several institutions to begin a 100-year effort to study and anticipate how the effects of artificial intelligence on every aspect of how people work, live, and play. This effort, called the One Hundred Year Study on Artificial Intelligence (AI100) is the ...

Fail Festival 2014: Failure Happens and Flowers Grow From It

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At a typical development meeting, the person responsible for an epic fail would slip into a trapdoor and be consumed by sharks with freakin’ lasers. Yet at Fail Festival 2014, work-related failures from the spectacular to the personal, were proudly shared in laughter with more than 300 international ...

The secret to the Uber economy is wealth inequality

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Of the many attractions offered by my hometown, a west coast peninsula famed for its deep natural harbor, perhaps the most striking is that you never have to leave the house. With nothing more technologically advanced than a phone, you can arrange to have delivered to your doorstep,

Out now: Understanding the World, The Atlas of Infographics

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Taschen’s new large format book on infographics has been out in the U.S. for a few days. The luxurious volume, by Sandra Rendgen and editor Julius Wiedemann, follows the same format as the Information Graphics volume published in 2012. The new book includes 280 contemporary and vintage visualizations,

Humans 2.0: Seeing Ourselves Anew in ‘Algorithmic Cascades of Data’

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Sensors are cheap and abundant. They’re already in our devices, and soon enough, many of us may elect to carry sensors in and on our bodies, and embed them in our homes, offices, and cities. This terrifies people, Jason Silva says in a new video. Who hasn’t heard ...

Organic Nearly as Productive as Industrial Farming, New Study Says

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Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman is Center for Food Safety’s Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist. Prior to that, he was a senior scientist in the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is a widely cited expert on biotechnology and genetically engineered food. Previously,

The Graphic Continuum

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How many different graph types exist? How do they relate to one another? That and more in this great resource. How many different graph types exist? How do they relate to one another? Can you use the same graphic type for different types of data? These are the ...

Skinny Puppy demands $666,000 in royalties from U.S. government for using their music in Guantanamo torture

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Canadian industrial band Skinny Puppy have invoiced the U.S. government $666,000 in royalties after learning their music was used as a torture device at Guantánamo Bay: "We sent them an invoice for our musical services considering they had gone ahead and used our music without our knowledge and ...

The new seven wonders: Defining the top technological marvels of the contemporary age.

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The seven wonders of classical antiquity were architectural marvels, triumphs of human ego and raw power. The great achievements of today, however, are made possible by systems, infrastructure, and technologies that are invisible. Check back every week for a new wonder of the modern world. When the ...

MicroMappers: Towards Next Generation Humanitarian Technology

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The MicroMappers platform has come a long way and still has a ways to go. Our vision for MicroMappers is simple: combine human computing (smart crowd-sourcing) with machine computing (artificial intelligence) to filter, fuse and map a variety of different data types such as text, photo, video and ...

A Worm's Mind In A Lego Body

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Take the connectome of a worm and transplant it as software in a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot - what happens next? It is a deep and long standing philosophical question. Are we just the sum of our neural networks. Of course, if you work in AI you take ...

Autonomous Cars Will Require a Totally New Kind of Map

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Scientists develop artificial skin that can feel rain and the touch of a hand

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The prosthetic hand equipped with the proposed prosthetic skin is used just like an actual hand to cuddle a baby doll. The prosthetic skin shows soft mechanical properties, multimodal sensing capabilities, and warmth corresponding to that of human body.Kim et al. There have been dramatic leaps in developing ...

Could Drugs Heal A Broken Heart?

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Love and heartache have always been inexorably tied. Recall the paranoid, lust-dizzy characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the tortured, memory-deprived lovers in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if a pill could take away the pain of a breakup? Researchers are looking ...

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet. In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors ...

Keys to saving our endangered bees may be just lying along the roadside

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In 1938, the entomologist Edith Patch predicted that by the beginning of this century, the federal government would find it necessary to protect bees and other pollinating insects by planting “insect gardens” across the country, and that “entomologists will be as much or more concerned with the conservation ...

Spotlight TEDx Talk: What your speaking style, like, says about you

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Vera Regan studies the way we use language. At TEDxDublin, the sociolinguist shares her research into a few global linguistic tics — including the many ways we “like” in English. It turns out that how people use filler words like “like” reveals interesting details about how they see ...

Digital ethics and the future of humans in a connected world

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This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Digital ethics and the future of humans in a connected worldGerd Leonhard is a well-known Futurist and Author of 5 books, a highly influential Keynote Speaker, Think-Tank Leader & Advisor, the Founder of ...

Meet Generate Capital, a new way to fund energy projects

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Company-wide access to Gigaom Research, analyst briefings or inquiries, Gigaom Event tickets & much more. By now, most of us know the story of how Silicon Valley’s love affair with “cleantech” didn’t turn out so well. As of the end of 2014, most VCs no longer do energy ...

How Sensors That Test Our Stress Could Revolutionize Product Design

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm

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Lawyers are the latest to find themselves in the firing line of robots—or artificially intelligent algorithms, at any rate. The robotic revolution has been predicted to spread its techno-tendrils far and wide in the job market, and a recent repo​rt by UK consultancy firm Jomati Consultants suggests that ...

Printing Circuitry for Bionic Implants

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With new “inks” containing semiconductors, researchers have been able to print LEDs for the first time. 3-D printing allows many things to be custom-made, but its usefulness is limited by the range of compatible materials and the available techniques for fabrication. A 3-D printer can already make a ...

Intel futurist: 'imagination is the undeveloped skill' (Wired UK)

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Brian David Johnson was the first futurist to work at Intel. It takes around 10-15 years to design,build and deploy a new chip, he tells the audience at WIRED Retail, which is why Intel needssomeone who can look 10-15 years into the future and tell them whatthe world ...

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