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

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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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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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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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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 ...

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

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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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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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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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RT @JyovianStorm: Our Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health @XPRIZE 'Garden of Sensors' in the #MBARI tank for Phase 2b trials! @MBARI_News http://t.c… Check out the new trailer for Disney’s Big Hero 6! While you’re at it don’t forget to enter our Disney’s Big Hero 6 - XPRIZE Challenge. By ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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.

Larry Page wants a Google 2.0 that will build cities and airports, report says

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As if self-driving cars, balloon-carried internet, or the eradication of death weren't ambitious enough projects, Google CEO Larry Page has apparently been working behind the scenes to set up even bolder tasks for his company. The Information reports that Page started up a Google 2.0 project inside the ...

So, this exists: A working car has been 3D-printed out of carbon fiber plastic

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This is a car that is made almost entirely out of plastic. The Strati took 44 hours to make, and it's completely driveable. It's lighter and, if you believe its creators, also stronger than its metal counterparts. And it just might be the future of automotive technology everywhere.

21 Photos of Women Who Shatter the Stereotype of What a Real Biker Looks Like

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"The Gender Gap." This all-encompassing and infamous term often describes tangible inequalities between women and men. It covers things like the pay-gap (women make 77 cents for every dollar men make) and executive office gap (Fortune 500 female CEOs make 18% less than their male colleagues). But too ...

American Companies Selected to Return Astronaut Launches to American Soil

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Today, with the selection of Boeing and SpaceX to be the first American companies to launch our astronauts to the International Space Station, NASA has set the stage for what promises to be the most ambitious and exciting chapter in the history of human space flight. From day ...

A Guide To Who Hates Whom In The Middle East

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David McCandless's tool visualizes the political labyrinth of Middle East politics. Guess who's the most hated player? Hint: not the U.S. The relationships between all the players in the Middle East can seem impossible to unknot: a mass of countries, states, and political groups that are hopelessly intertwined.

Florida Makes Off-Grid Living Illegal – Mandates All Homes Must Be Connected To An Electricity Grid

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CE inspires us to begin expanding our way of thinking so we can take conscious steps towards creating BIG change on the planet. CE's Mission! It’s no secret that an opposition to sustainable living exists. Earlier this year, Texas state brought several SWAT teams to a sustainable community ...

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

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In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones.McKinsey & Company noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant.It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units, and advised ...

Against Sharing

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Kazi drives a Toyota Prius for Uber in Los Angeles. He hates it. He barely makes minimum wage, and his back hurts after long shifts. But every time a passenger asks what it’s like working for Uber, he lies: “It’s like owning my own business; I love it.” ...

Kostakis & Bauwens: Network Society and Future Scenarios for a Collaborative Economy

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Michel Bauwens and Vasilis Kostakis have just published a new book that offers a rich, sophisticated critique of our current brand of capitalism, and looks to current trends in digital collaboration to propose the outlines of the next, network-based economy and society. Network Society and Future Scenarios for ...

Study Reveals that a Trip to the Library Feels the same as a $2,282 pay raise.

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A recent study commissioned in the UK has revealed that a trip to the library gives the same stimulational effect as a pay raise – a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact. The study, published by Daniel Fujiwara, Laura Kudrna, and Paul Dolan states that A significant ...

The Killer App For Sharing Is Cities

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The urban environment, where people want connections and convenience, is where the vision will come together. It’s quite possible that I could seriously ask myself that question in 2030. If it is, we will be able to pinpoint the cultural shift that took place in the aftermath of ...

IFTF: Reworking Health: Activating Community Health Libraries

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It could be that the hype around the sharing economy—using connected, digital platforms to rent out underused personal assets such as cars, apartments, parking spaces, expertise, spare time—is reaching its peak. In May, The Wall Street Journal columnist David Weidner joined a growing cadre of economists and analysts ...

Plantation companies agree to process to define zero deforestation commitments

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What the 17th Century Can Teach Us About Vaginas

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Think back to the last time you heard a hymen or a scrotum lovingly described. Have you ever? There’s a lamentably utilitarian slant to the way we talk about genitals these days. Our language might be clinical or obscene, but it’s rarely interesting or companionable; one rarely hears ...

An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans

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Home › Contributors › Frances Beinecke › An Unprecedented Opportunity to Protect Two-Thirds of the World's Oceans I started working to protect the oceans soon after I joined NRDC four decades ago. Over the years, I have witnessed devastating setbacks like the Exxon Valdez and BP oil spills.

Gallery: The otherworldly beauty of microscopic organisms

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Marine diatoms are one of the smallest creatures on Earth. UK-based biologist Klaus Kemp and filmographer Matthew Killip teamed up to showcase these minuscule organisms' diverse beauty. Diatoms are single-celled organisms found in oceans all over the world. There are estimated to be 100,000 species of these micron-sized ...

An Adorable, Tiny First Aid Kit So Anyone Can Help Rescue The Bees

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The Bee Saver gadget, a keychain holding a small bioplastic container of artificial nectar, is designed to be carried along on a walk. Because the container is shaped like a flower, made in a bee-attracting shade of blue, and smells sweet, there's a good chance the bee will ...

10 Horrifying Technologies That Should Never Be Allowed To Exist

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As we head deeper into the 21st century, we're starting to catch a glimpse of the fantastic technological possibilities that await. But we're also starting to get a grim sense of the potential horrors. Here are 10 frightening technologies that should never, ever, come into existence. As I ...

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