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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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2 mentions2 days ago
“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 ...

MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future

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3 mentions3 days ago
product | Top Stories | Design |
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 ...

10 Crucial Lessons From History's Greatest Graphic Designers

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3 mentions5 days ago
creativity | Top Stories | Design |
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 ...

Veggie Will Expand Fresh Food Production on Space Station

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2 mentions6 days ago
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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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3 mentions3 days ago
biology | Science | Top Stories | biodiversity | nature | Enviro |
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 ...

Crowdfunding Seen Topping $5 Billion for Rooftop Solar

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4 mentions1 week ago
New Economy | Top Stories | energy |
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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4 mentions4 days ago
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 ...

The UN's Latest Dire Climate Warnings, Visualized

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2 mentions1 week ago
climate | Top Stories | data |
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 ...

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

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4 mentions1 week ago
Top Stories | innovation |
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 ...

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

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1 mentions1 week ago
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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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3 mentions1 week ago
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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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2 mentions1 week ago
Top Stories | innovation |
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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8 mentions1 week ago
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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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4 mentions1 week ago
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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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2 mentions1 week ago
Living | body | Science | self | Top Stories | health |
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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2 mentions1 week ago
New Economy | Top Stories | Business |
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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1 mentions2 weeks ago
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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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7 mentions2 weeks ago
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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 ...

Influent Turns Spatial Memorization into a Language Learning Game

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3 mentions1 week ago
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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 ...

MIND Reviews: Moral Tribes

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
community | books | Living | Top Stories | psychology |
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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1 mentions2 weeks ago
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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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3 mentions2 weeks ago
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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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2 mentions2 weeks ago
Top Stories | health |
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 ...

Why The 'Sharing Economy' Is Bad For Friendship

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
family | Top Stories | innovation |
This is a guest post by Michal Tsur,president and co-founder of Kaltura and Leah Belsky, the company’ssenior vice president of operations.A friend asks whether she can stay in your New York City apartment during Spring break, when you will be out of town. “Sorry, I rented it out ...

Artist Turns Your Brainwaves Into 3D-Printed Sculptures

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
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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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1 mentions2 weeks ago
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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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1 mentions2 weeks ago
Top Stories | Culture |
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 ...

Google Naps Best Places to Nap Near You on Google Maps

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Top Stories | health |
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 ...

Monkeys that cut calories live longer

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1 mentions2 weeks ago
Top Stories | health |
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 ...

Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award

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4 mentions2 weeks ago
Top Stories | data | nature |
CITATION: (March 19, 2014). Deforestation tracking system recognized with global innovation award.

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