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How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

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On July 20 a man who was ill flew on commercial planes from the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That man became Nigeria's first Ebola case—the index patient. In a matter of weeks some 19 people across two states were diagnosed ...

A Wild Idea: Save Tasmanian Devils While Controlling Killer Cats

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Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) disappeared from mainland Australia centuries ago, probably not long after humans first brought dingoes to the continent. A new plan could bring the infamous, snarling predators back from the island of Tasmania to Oz. That would not only benefit the devils, which are dying ...

Your life on earth

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How you and the world have changed since you were born. Best viewed on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have ...

Let Your Finger Do The Reading With This Great Device From MIT Media Lab

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2 mentions6 days ago
We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think ...

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

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Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the ...

Network Theory Reveals The Hidden Link Between Trade And Military Alliances That Leads to Conflict-Free Stability

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The first game-theoretical study of military alliances shows that they cannot alone lead to global stability. The study of modern history is currently undergoing a revolution. That is largely because historians are beginning to apply the ideas in network theory to the complex interactions that have forged our ...

Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

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Editor’s Note: Ilya Subkhankulov is the COO of BTX Trader, the digital currency trading platform. He has also recently launched a consumer-friendly bitcoin and dogecoin buying service called Celery. Since the advent of electronic payments, there has been a clear shift away from cash and checks. Credit and ...

8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

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Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder and Benjamin Joffe is general partner of the hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (“HAX”). Both have been living in China and Asia for over a decade. This is the fifth part of their series on “Lean Hardware.” So far HAX startups have ...

First Demonstration Of Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer

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Physicists have long claimed that quantum computers have the potential to dramatically outperform the most powerful conventional processors. The secret sauce at work here is the strange quantum phenomenon of superposition, where a quantum object can exist in two states at the same time. The advantage comes when ...

World's first 3D-printed car released in US

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American company Local Motors has built the world's first 3D-printed car, made from a mix of carbon fibre and plastic. It then took one day to refine the shape and two days to assemble the lightweight vehicle... which weighs in around 1,000 kilograms. Local Motors engineer James Earl ...

The Future of Food: Experts Predict How Our Plates Will Change

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Unless there are big changes within the next 20 years, I foresee a two-class food system. One class will eat industrialized food produced as cheaply as possible at the expense of its workers and natural resources. The other will enjoy home gardens and locally and sustainably produced food, - Reseachers exploring biodegradable 3D printed metal bone scaffolds

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3D printers can produce custom replacement parts for machines. Why couldn't the same process used in the medical field? Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine are proposing a new technique to image a damaged structure like a ...

3D printed heart saves baby’s life as medical technology leaps ahead

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50 mentions2 weeks ago
Surgeons at a New York hospital have credited 3D printing with helping to save the life of a 2-week-old baby who required complicated heart surgery. Using MRI scan data, Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital in New York City 3D printed a copy of the child’s heart, which was both ...

Farm tech isn’t a war between good and evil — it’s a quest for whatever works

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On Sept. 29, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a call for a “paradigm shift towards sustainable agriculture and family farming.” On Twitter, people interpreted this as a rejection of high technology in agriculture. One anti-GMO campaigner said it was a call for non-GMO alternatives. But ...

Student Creates 3D Printed ‘Airy Arm’, Allowing For Surprising Use of Paralyzed Appendages

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We have seen many extremely helpful 3D printed prosthetic hands and arms come to fruition over the past two years. Thanks to groups like e-NABLE and the Robohand Project, there are hundreds of people who now have gained use of both of their hands. The incredible thing about ...

Can cities save our wild bees?

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9 mentions2 weeks ago
Imagine you’re a bee. You’ve spent winter in your tiny underground nest. The light levels change, signalling the arrival of spring and out you come, hungry – but there’s no food. What should be a blossoming garden is all tight buds. The end. I love bees. Everyone I ...

Bitcoin's 'BearWhale' and the future of a cryptocurrency

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If none of that made sense, here's the skinny: Someone posted a limit order to sell 30,000 bitcoins at $300 each—well below the mid-300s price level the cryptocurrency had been trading at throughout the weekend. In the still-nascent market, an order of that size spooked the market, sending ...

Qualcomm Says Future Smartphones Will Have Built-In AI for Understanding Images and Faces

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
Future smartphones could have specialized hardware that uses simulated neurons to do things like recognize objects or faces. Giving phones the ability to understand the world around them could enable many new experiences, apps, and services. Future smartphones will be able to understand what you’re taking photos of ...

Don’t Ask Google’s Eric Schmidt How to Achieve “Work-Life Balance”

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
The ex-CEO and another longtime Google executive say the “new style of managing” they developed should be widely copied. Google is daring, creative, and by multiple accounts an enviable place to work—but is the way it’s run a model for other companies to follow? After all, quintessentially Googley ...

New fuel cell system will heat and power homes using natural gas

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2 mentions3 weeks ago
Those interested in off-the-grid heating and power sources for the home might soon be getting a new option. The Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS) has joined forces with the heater manufacturer Vaillant and together they have come up with a domestic fuel cell system,

A Wearable Camera That Would Turn Into a Drone and Fly Off Your Wrist

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4 mentions3 weeks ago
Meet Nixie, a wearable camera concept that flies off your wrist and turns into a remote-controlled quadcopter. It's the bizarre-yet-appealing wearable camera drone nobody asked for... and now I kind of want it.Intel is holding a competition to encourage new wearable technology ideas, and the Nixie is one ...

What Email Does to Your Brain

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Have you ever been in a situation in which you were feeling great until you received an email out of the blue that completely upset your day? How does it feel to receive 30 such emails first thing in the morning? Research shows that just looking through your ...

Harry Potter Is Fiction, but Invisibility Cloak(ing Device)s Are Real

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
University of Rochester researchers have developed — take a breath — a “three-dimensional, transmitting, continuously multidirectional cloaking” device. That pileup of adjectives basically means the “perfect paraxial” cloak makes an object invisible, and it stays invisible even when the viewer isn’t looking straight at it. That’s an improvement ...

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

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Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop yields by pairing a nitrogen-fixing bacteria that naturally occurs in the soil with cereal crops ...

'Bookcycle' peddles a new take on feminism

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On a mural-lined corner of Echo Park, a dozen people gather around a tricycle painted a summery yellow. But even more eye-catching than the color is its main feature: a triple-decker shelf filled with books. Shaded by a parasol, classics like "The Second Sex" sit a few spines ...


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Every post you share, every friend you make and every link you follow is tracked, recorded and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold. We believe there is a better way. We believe ...

This Guy's Ted Talk Describes The Next Great Design Challenge For Changing The World

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I'm a bike nut who lives in New York City, and I'm often frustrated by how difficult it is to get from A to B. Despite regularly ranking within the top 10 or 15 bike-friendly cities in the country, it's often needlessly difficult here to ride your bike ...

Climate Change Will Be Solved in Cities--Or Not at All

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In the 1980s, the Chinese city of Shenzhen had some 300,000 mostly impoverished inhabitants. Today that city, the first to experience China's reforms and economic opening, has more than 15 million residents and also hosts another first in China's history—a carbon market. Shenzhen's market to reduce global warming ...

Carless cities

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Pollution and congestion most readily spring to mind when we think of the problems caused by cars in urban areas. It is estimated that, depending on the area, between 6 and 9% of deaths in London are caused by airborne man-made particles, prompting Mike Kane – MP for ...

End of hierarchies - network effects

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How do speed and scale disrupt HR, corporate organization and hierarchies? Session about the evolution from hierarchies to wierarchies and what this means for employee’s motivation, personal leadership and agency. What happens when one of your silent change agents deep in the fabric of your organization gets elected as business woman of the year by the most influential business magazine in your country?

Why this tiny Italian restaurant gives a discount for bad Yelp reviews

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2 mentions4 weeks ago
Further ReadingYelp sues small San Diego law firm over alleged fake reviewsMiffed by "extortion" tactics, man took Yelp to small claims, then Yelp sued.RICHMOND, CA—Of all the places that have come up with a clever way to protest Yelp’s alleged aggressive advertising tactics, a small plucky Italian restaurant ...

Life with a Hardcore Cyclist: How amazing can riding a bike really be?

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4 mentions4 weeks ago
Bike advocates — organizations and individuals — are always trying to convince more people to ride a bike. Oftentimes, these messages are focused on the health or economic benefits of riding a bike. Which, is fine and all. But, I think the best way to convince others to ...

Built By Women New York City (BxW NYC)

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The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation received grants from the New York Building Foundation and the New York Council for the Humanities to identify 100 outstanding structures and built environments in New York City, either contemporary or historic, designed and/or constructed by women. You are invited to nominate a ...

5 Key Themes Emerging From the 'New Science of Cities'

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In the most innovative incubators of urban research, the lessons of Jane Jacobs are more vital than ever. In the past few years, a remarkable body of scientific research has begun to shed new light on the dynamic behavior of cities, carrying important implications for city-makers. Researchers at ...

Google's self-driving cars and others get permits to drive in California

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Google's self-driving cars have made impressive progress in the past few years, logging over 700,000 accident-free miles without human intervention, according to the company (there has been at least one accident reportedly caused by a human driver). But starting this month, Google and any other ambitious automakers need ...

Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard

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Missed the Kickstarter campaign for the Qwerkywriter? You can still PRE-ORDER now. Limited Quantities Available. Will retail for $399. Estimated ship date Summer 2015. The Qwerkywriter is an 84 key, USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard that simulates a tactile clicky feel of a vintage typewriter. It features ...

Learn All About Positrons and Antimatter in Three Minutes

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MinutePhysics is a YouTube channel that aims to deliver complex science to your brain in short, easily digestible videos. The channel has hundreds of eye-opening bits of science you can click through, but the team's latest video seemed ambitious—explaining the concepts of antimatter in only three minutes. Antimatter ...

A 17-Year-Old Invented This Smart Device That Makes Clean Water And Power At The Same Time

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Around the world, many of the 783 million people who don't have clean drinking water also don't have access to electricity. A new design from an Australian high school student aims to solve both problems at once: While the device purifies wastewater, it uses pollutants in the water ...

What Makes an ‘Extreme Learner’?

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When Mollie Cueva-Dabkoski was dissecting a sheep’s heart during an eighth-grade science class, she had an epiphany that changed her life. “That heart told the story of anatomy and physiology!” she said. Realizing that science is best communicated through stories, Cueva-Dabkoski, now just 19 years old, went on ...

Fostering Long-Term Thinking

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Published quarterly, the member newsletter gives in-depth and behind the scenes updates on Long Now's projects. The Long Now Foundation was established in 01996 to creatively foster long-term thinking and responsibility in the framework of the next 10,000 years. Read More... SFJAZZ Center Mon, Oct 20, 02014 @ ...

Top 10 Emerging Technologies That Are Changing The World

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The world is changing fast, and it can be hard to keep up with all the various technologies being developed at any one time. From agriculture to medicine to energy, advancements are being made every day — and some of them will change the world as we know ...

This Musical Bike Rack Is Designed To Add Some Joy To Boring Infrastructure

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Last summer, artist George Zisiadis started playfully reimagining parts of the urban infrastructure that we usually ignore. How could the everyday parts of the world around us be more fun, and spark more creativity in the rest of our lives? He published his ideas in a series of ...

Evidence Grows That Online Social Networks Have Insidious Negative Effects

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A study of 50,000 people in Italy concludes that online social networks have a significant negative impact on individual welfare. Online social networks have permeated our lives with far-reaching consequences. Many people have used them to connect with friends and family in distant parts of the world, to ...

Can women fix capitalism?

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Forget GMOs. The Future of Food Is Data—Mountains of It

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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 ...

Global Learning XPRIZE Home Page

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ONE WEEK left to enter our Disney’s Big Hero 6 - @xprize Challenge! @DisneyAnimation #BH6 Calling all young innovators: Only one week left to enter your big idea in our Disney’s Big Hero 6 – XPRIZE Challenge! How would you change the world? #BigHero6 #BH6Challenge ...

Advanced Manufacturing: Incubating Innovation

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The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise. Visitors to the Crosspointe Rolls-Royce facility in Prince George County, Virginia, have to don safety glasses and steel-tipped shoes, just as they would at any traditional factory. But ...

A Global Gathering Reveals the Untapped Potential of Mayors

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If Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti can summon Jay Z, does that make him the most powerful mayor in the deck? "Murder is a tough thing to digest, it's a slow process/ And I ain't got nothing but time," Jay Z raps on "Dead Presidents 2"—suggesting a strong ...

How Crowdsourcing Becomes an Innovation Engine: 6 Rules to Follow

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At Novozymes, an industrial bio-tech company, internal crowdsourcing is an important means to engage the employees in the creative process. The crowdsourcing campaigns have proved to be very successful with high engagement levels and many qualified proposals, some of which even led to patent applications. This is what ...

How to Live Off-the-grid in a Tiny House

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LaMar Alexander grew up in a homesteading family. For him, self-sufficiency, including gardening, raising animals and “doing for ourselves” was normal and necessary. He tried city life after college, but says he felt like a slave to a house, bills and employers. At 35, he made a change.

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