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Mandatory GMO Labeling Bill Passed In Vermont Senate, Could Be Nation's First

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A picture taken on October 9, 2008 shows an ultralight helicopter hovering above a field where Greenpeace activists and Austrian organic farming association BIO AUSTRIA wrote the message 'NO GMO' (Genetically Modified Organism) by planting light green coloured organic buckwheat in a field of organic peas in Breitenfurt,

Odd Tilts Could Make More Worlds Habitable

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Pivoting planets that lean one way and then change orientation within a short geological time period might be surprisingly habitable, according to new modeling by NASA and university scientists affiliated with the NASA Astrobiology Institute.The climate effects generated on these wobbling worlds could prevent them from turning into ...

Microrobots Work Together to Build with Metal, Glass and Electronic Components

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Tiny robots that work together like ants could lead to a new way to manufacture complex structures and electronics.Building big: A team of three small, magnetically steered robots worked together to build this structure from toothpick-sized carbon rods. Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at ...

The Art of Wisdom and the Psychology of How We Use Categories, Frames, and Stories to Make Sense of the World

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“It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being,” Isaac Asimov told Bill Moyers in their magnificent 1988 conversation on science and religion. And yet ours is a culture that frequently turns to rigid external rules — be ...

Nielsen: 46 million people used fitness apps in January

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Almost one-third of US smartphone owners, which is about 46 million unique people, used apps from the fitness and health category in January 2014, according to a report from Nielsen’s Mobile NetView 3.0 software, which is on-device software installed onto iOS and Android smartphones with permission from survey ...

MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future

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The Transform, from MIT's Tangible Media Group, changes shape depending upon how users interact with it. Imagine a chair that could transform from an upright rocker to a sumptuous lounge, just by detecting your mood.More Co.Design coverage of Milan Design Week: 36 Ways To Reconsider The Weather See ...

Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station

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A plant growth chamber bound for the International Space Station inside the Dragon capsule on the SpaceX-3 resupply mission may help expand in-orbit food production capabilities in more ways than one, and offer astronauts something they don’t take for granted, fresh food.NASA’s Veg-01 experiment will be used to ...

Breakthrough DNA study could slow big cat extinction

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New research comparing genes from living lions with ancient lion remains could help scientists boost dwindling populations.A team of scientists has for the first time compared the genetic signatures from living and extinct lions to identify five distinct geographical groups within the lion species. The research team, led ...

10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers

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Simplify, visualize, know your user: the lessons of these design pioneers, from El Lissitzky to Paula Scher, are as relevant as ever.Many people know the names of influential architects, artists, and fashion designers; far fewer know the names of graphic designers. It’s strange to me, since graphic designers ...

Crowdfunding Seen Topping $5 Billion for Rooftop Solar

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Workers install Solar Service Inc. photovoltaic (PV) solar electric panels on the roof of a home in Park Ridge, Illinois, on Sept. 10, 2013. U.S. homeowners installed 792 megawatts of solar power in 2013. CloseWorkers install Solar Service Inc. photovoltaic (PV) solar electric panels on the roof... Read ...

Nano-Robots That Compute With DNA Installed Into Living Cockroach

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These DNA machines (or origami robots, so-called since they can unfold and deliver drugs stored within) carry fluorescent markers, allowing researchers to tell where in the roach's body they are traveling and what they are doing. Incredibly, the "accuracy of delivery and control of the nanobots is equivalent ...

Micro 3D printer Kickstarter funding: $1 million in just one day

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Micro, an unusually sleek 3D printer, is about to hit $1 million in funding on Kickstarter just a day after it started raising funds. The project hits the sweet spot for anyone interested in 3D printing as it might be the first commercially viable $300 3D printer the ...

Sand Pile Model of Mind Grows in Popularity

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Support is growing for a decades-old physics idea suggesting that localized episodes of disordered brain activity help keep the overall system in healthy balanceIn 1999, the Danish physicist Per Bak proclaimed to a group of neuroscientists that it had taken him only 10 minutes to determine where the ...

Solving Solar Power Intermittency with Mirrors, Plastic Bottles, and Salt

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Searing sun: Thousands of mirrors focus sunlight on a tower to generate high temperatures at a power plant in Ivanpah, California.When the world’s largest solar thermal power plant—in Ivanpah, California—opened earlier this year, it was greeted with skepticism. The power plant is undeniably impressive. A collection of 300,000 ...

How Is The Internet Changing Education?

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The internet has brought many wonders to our lives. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I don’t get lost much anymore (thanks to my Google Maps app), I never have to look up hot spots for meals ahead of time when I travel (thanks, Yelp),

Land Rover augmented reality concept lets you see through your car

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The car-maker's 'transparent bonnet' uses cameras and a head-up display to turn the front of your car effectively see-through, giving you a view beneath your auto.Land Rover is cooking up a new car concept, that shows you an augmented reality view of what's just ahead of your wheels.

Scientists make new sensor that could lead to night vision contact lenses

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Night vision contact lenses may be the stuff of science fiction movies, but new research points the way to how we could some day see in the dark with our own eyes. Electrical Engineers at the University of Michigan have found a new way to sense infrared light ...

A Revolution in Business

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Editor’s Note: Following is an excerpt from Thomas W. Malone’s 2004 book, The Future of Work: How the New Order of Business Will Shape Your Organization, Your ManagementStyle, and Your Life. Malone, the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, is among ...

Car-Sharing Means There Are Already 500,000 Fewer Vehicles On The Road

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Driving around U.S. cities, it may not seem like there are fewer cars on the road. Many places are as congested as ever. But a new study suggests that it could be a lot worse. Changing attitudes about owning a vehicle and the rise of sharing services like ...

Visualizing 200 Years of Urban Sprawl in Paris, São Paulo, and L.A.

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Richard Florida is Co-Founder and Editor at Large at The Atlantic Cities. He's also a Senior Editor at The Atlantic, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management, and Global Research Professor at New York University. He is a frequent speaker ...

The UN's Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized

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If you can't slog through the IPCC's 2,600-page report on the latest dangers of climate change, here are some handy charts and graphs about the new consensus on how bad things are going to get.The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations group that issues reports ...

Influent Turns Spatial Memorization into a Language Learning Game

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If you’ve ever attempted to learn a second language, you might have found yourself overwhelmed by this apparently daunting task, or even worse, got yourself disengaged because of the dryness of traditional textbooks and lecture formats they are conveyed in.Don’t give up just yet! There are a couple ...

USAID Is Getting Its Own DARPA-Like Innovation Lab To Solve Global Development Challenges

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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency inside the US Department of Defense, is at least partially responsible for some of the biggest technological advances in recent history, including ARPANET (predecessor to the Internet), self-driving cars, and the predecessor to modern GPS. But DARPA's projects tend ...

MIND Reviews: Moral Tribes

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Ethical Conundrums: Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap between Us and Them by Joshua Greene Penguin Press: 2013We begin on a serene pasture inhabited by a tribe of shepherds. Motivated by personal wealth, one by one the herders begin adding more sheep to their individual flocks. Soon ...

Gravitational Waves Reveal the Universe before the Big Bang: An Interview with Physicist Gabriele Veneziano

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It’s not usually put like this, but the discovery of primordial gravitational waves two weeks ago has given us our first direct glimpse of a period before the big bang. The term “big bang” is sometimes taken to mean the beginning of the universe, and that’s the impression ...

Ethan Zuckerman Wins Zócalo’s Fourth Annual Book Prize

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The Fourth Annual Zócalo Public Square Book Prize is made possible by the generous support of the California Community Foundation.We’re delighted to award the fourth annual Zócalo Book Prize to Ethan Zuckerman for Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection. In the view of our distinguished panel ...

Even better than more cowbell: Doctors are prescribing bikeshare memberships

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Feeling the wind in your hair is way more fun than popping a pill. And now Boston residents can say, “I HAVE to go for a bike ride. Doctor’s orders!”Beantown physicians have started offering poor patients $5 memberships to the Hubway bikesharing program, which normally costs $85 a ...

Artist Turns Your Brainwaves Into 3D-Printed Sculptures

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I'm sitting in artist Ion Popian's light-filled Long Island City, N.Y., studio, with a NeuroSky electroencephalogram (EEG) sensor pressing against my temple and forehead. I watch a TV screen, where abstract shapes ripple and mutate in crisp 4K resolution.Behind me, a computer measures my brain activity, mapping it ...

How a Chinese Company 3D-Printed Ten Houses In a Single Day

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This month, architects in Amsterdam started work on the world's first completely 3D-printed house. It'll take three years and quite a bit of money to finish. Meanwhile, in Shanghai, a company claims to have printed ten houses with inexpensive industrial scraps in less than a day. What's the ...

Tube amplifiers aren't just for audiophiles

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The backside of a Blackie Pagano guitar amp. Blackie Pagano Vacuum tube technology goes all the way back to the first decade of the twentieth century, and tubes were integral to the development of radio, television, home/professional audio, radar, telephone networks, medical test instruments, and early computers! The ...

Monkeys that cut calories live longer

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1 mentions3 weeks ago
Monkeys on a reduced-calorie diet live longer than those that can eat as much as they want, a new study suggests. The findings add to a thread of studies on how a restricted diet prolongs life in a range of species, but they complicate the debate over whether ...

Google Naps Best Places to Nap Near You on Google Maps

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Have you ever found yourself stranded in a city struck with the overwhelming desire to take a nap, but with nowhere to curl up and sneak in some shut eye? Enter Google Naps, a crowdsourced map project that will tell you the best places in your city to ...

‘Electronic skin' equipped with memory

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Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person’s movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin.Similar efforts to develop ‘electronic skin’ abound, but the device is the first that can store information ...

Woman Helps Design Own 3D Printed Leg

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A Nova Scotia woman involved in a terrible car accident has done something few could imagine years ago: designing a replacement limb.Art student Natasha Hope-Simpson lost a leg in a hit-and-run accident in November 2013. Like many amputees, she was issued a standard prosthetic leg, but she found ...

One-Third of Texas Was Running on Wind Power This Week

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On Wednesday, March 27th, the largest state in the contiguous United States got almost one-third of its electricity by harnessing the wind. According to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, which manages the bulk of the Lone Star State's power grid, a record-breaking 10,296 MW of electricity was ...

Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award

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CITATION: (March 19, 2014). Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award.

How To Decode A Genome In Just A Single Day

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Genome analysis is big business. Thanks to the human genome project, two related fields of medicine--computational biology and personalized medicine--have become part of our health care vocabulary over the past few years. Because genome sequencing requires multi-terabyte files and mind-boggling amounts of server power, it's been a boon ...

Using Health IT to Connect Rural Vets With Their Data

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Connecting veterans with their health-care providers across the vast expanses of the country is not an easy task, but the White House Rural Health Council – with the help of ONC – has launched a pilot in Florida, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota to do just that.The Department of Veterans Affairs and ONC recently launched the Veteran-Initiated Electronic Care Coordination Project to “help veterans useBlue Button technology to access their health information stored in the VA’s system, and transmit this information to their local rural clinic or Critical Access Hospital,” says ...

A Sharing Economy Cliffhanger: What Will Governments Do?

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Earlier this month, a group backed by companies including Airbnb and Taskrabbit began urging users to petition for changes in regulation—will politicians uphold the rules or loosen them? Or is there is a third option? “We are starting campaigns to push back against entrenched interests,” claims Peers, an ...

Chemistry of love: Using pheromones to find your match

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It is evening at Stories, a bar in east London, and here men and women are huddled around a table full of plastic bags stuffed with t-shirts. With the online dating market now worth over £2bn a year, it is among the firms turning to chemistry to create ...

Agriculture Education Blooms in Urban, Rural High Schools

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Plant cultivation, fish farming and urban forestry are among the topics covered in agriculture classes in high schools today.No longer just about cows and plows, the modern agriculture industry encompasses subsectors such as urban forestry and agricultural biotechnology, which includes the genetic engineering of crops. As the industry ...

Coming Soon: Taking a Blood Test with Your Smartphone Screen

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A micro-engineering laboratory at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) has developed a diagnostic tool that performs blood tests via smartphone screens. The tool allows people undergoing anticoagulant treatments to easily test their blood at home, with the entire process taking mere minutes. Anticoagulants are used to ...

New Report: Policies for Shareable Cities

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After six months of diligent research, Shareable and Sustainable Economies Law Center present our 40 page guide, Policies for Shareable Cities: A Sharing Economy Policy Primer for Urban Leaders.The guide curates scores of innovative, high impact policies that US city governments have put in place to help citizens ...

Caterna offers prescribable, reimbursed eye-strengthening gaming app in Germany

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Berlin-based Caterna Vision Therapy will soon become the developer of the first mobile medical app in Germany to be prescribed to patients by physicians and that has reimbursement in place from a health plan, Caterna’s founder Dr. Markus Müschenich told MobiHealthNews. Beginning tomorrow — April 1st — Caterna’s ...

Wearable Tech for Tracking When Cows Are 'in Heat

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2014 might be the year for wearable tech, but there’s no reason for it to stop at humans. Or dogs. Is there?That’s right, although it’s not quite the bovine Fitbit you might have been thinking of, the company behind the Silent Herdsman (formerly known as Embedded Technology Systems,

Researchers Use Game Theory to Identify Potential Problems for Bitcoin

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Game theory suggests the rules governing Bitcoin may need to be updated if the currency is to endure. One thing cannot be disputed about the person (or persons) responsible for creating Bitcoin: they were skilled in math, and expert at coding. Five years after the Bitcoin software was ...

Enter The Blockchain: How Bitcoin Can Turn The Cloud Inside Out

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Drop whatever you’re doing and go read Maciej Cegłowski’s absolutely magnificent essay Our Comrade The Electron, an astonishing history of the amazing Russian engineer Lev Sergeyevich Termen. Make sure you read right down to its punchline, “the most badass answer imaginable.” But if time is short, or you ...

3D-printed splint used to help a baby breathe again

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3D printing doesn't have to be limited to tchotchkes. The production method has already proven its utility in surgery, and now a doctor has used 3D printing to help save a baby's life. The baby was born with a condition known as tracheomalacia that left him with a ...

10 Open Hardware Projects to Save the Earth

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On the coattails of the rise of intellectual property and economic monopolies, the Open Source movement is thriving, expanding public access to knowledge, culture and tools. Advocates have opened up everything from software to science, media to politics...and of course, data. Now we even have an emerging model ...

Visualizing The Companies That Have Created The Most Climate Change

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Just 90 major corporations have produced two-thirds of fossil fuels burned in the industrial era. Should they be blamed for the climate crisis?The question of who has accelerated climate change the most isn't that complicated. It was just a few dozen companies that extracted the majority of our ...

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