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Max Tegmark: Our Mathematical Universe (Guardian Science Weekly)

March 30, 2014 – 5:29 am | Comments Off

MP3 Guardian science correspondent Ian Sample meets the celebrated cosmologist Max Tegmark to discuss his latest book, Our Mathematical Universe. In an extended interview, Max talks about our scientific understanding of the structure of the …

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Marco Annunziata: Welcome to the Age of the Industrial Internet

April 19, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Everyone’s talking about the “Internet of Things,” but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react — so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It’s a future with exciting implications for us all. (12m 36s)

The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab’s Closed Doors (Fast Comapny Co.DESIGN)

April 19, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Astro Teller is sharing a story about something bad. Or maybe it’s something good. At Google X, it’s sometimes hard to know the difference. Teller is the scientist who directs day-to-day work …

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics (MIT Technology Review)

April 19, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy’s lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants. Dark shapes about a centimeter across move to and fro over elevated …

Michael Lewis: ‘Wall Street Has Gone Insane’ (Guardian)

April 19, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – The cornerstone of Flash Boys is a discovery made by an obscure Canadian banker, Brad Katsuyama, who noticed that whenever he tried to execute a trade, the stock price moved before the …

Here Comes an App to Tie Your Carbon Footprint With What You Buy (GigaOM)

April 19, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – There are plenty of apps out there that help people calculate and lower their carbon footprints, but the reality is that most of these apps receive little use — they’re just not …

Chinese Government Admits One Fifth of Country’s Farmland is Polluted (Business Insider)

April 19, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – China’s government says in a report that nearly one-fifth of the country’s farmland is polluted, mostly from yearslong accumulations of toxins from factories, mining and agriculture. The report raises sharp concerns about …

The Countries Where Youth Are Doing the Best and the Worst (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 19, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – Half of the world’s population is now under the age of 25, and 1.8 billion people are between the ages of 10 and 25. This is the largest youth generation ever to …

A Yelp For Medicine, So Doctors Can Rate Whether Treatments Work (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 18, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – A good doctor keeps up with the latest research and listens closely to patients. But even the best doctor can’t possibly know every single treatment–conventional, naturopathic, chiropractic, and so on–for every ailment. …

Google Eyes a Creepier Glass — A Camera-Bearing Contact Lens (ReadWrite)

April 18, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Imagine the Google Glass headgear, which currently makes some camera-shy onlookers nervous, shrinking down to near-invisibility—say, into a super-thin transparent layer that sits on the cornea. Google certainly has, as we now …

Inside the University of Maryland Lab Where They Build Robots That are Smaller Than Pennies (Business Insider)

April 18, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Sarah Bergbreiter is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, and she and her team build tiny robots. Just how tiny? Bergbreiter calls it “ant-scale,” but said, “That’s …

Social Data as a Business is Dead. Long Live Big Data Services (CNN)

April 18, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – In recent years, the big social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and even Foursquare have discovered there’s great value in the data they produce. Knowing that, some are less …

Global E-Waste Will Jump 33 Percent in the Next Five Years (IEEE Spectrum)

April 18, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – All of those cell phones, computers, tablets, toys, and toaster ovens really add up. Not only are consumers gathering more and more electrical and electronic equipment, but we are also tossing much …

These Are The Most Endangered Rivers In America (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 17, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The San Joaquin River in Central California provides water for a huge agricultural area, generates up to 3,000 megawatts of hydropower a year, and delivers drinking water for 4.5 million people, including …

This Concrete-Eating Robot Can Recycle an Entire Building on the Spot (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 17, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Knocking down a concrete building usually takes brute force: Wrecking balls, huge excavators, or explosives rip apart walls while fire hoses spray water to keep the clouds of dust down. It’s an …

4 Tips to Help Millennials Find Meaningful Work (Fast Comapny Co.EXIST)

April 17, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Adam Smiley Poswalsky – “When I interviewed dozens of millennials about their career choices for The Quarter-Life Breakthrough, not once did someone answer that they wanted to “make lots of money,” “have …

Your Voice Will Control the Future (Forbes)

April 17, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Google acquired Nest for billions, then Facebook spent several more billion on Oculus VR. We’re only a few months in to 2014 and already billions have been spent by some of the …

Cool Idea: Using Tiny 3-D Printed Parts to Hack Other Products (Wired)

April 17, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Thanks to advances in technology and drops in price, it’s become possible to imagine a 3-D printer in every home. What’s less clear is what we’ll do with these wondrous machines. It’ll …

Google Glass Signals a Wearables Revolution (CNN)

April 16, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – While the current generation of Google Glass is doomed to become a clunky eBay collectible, it’s nonetheless a leading indicator of a vast wearables revolution poised to sweep into our lives. That …

Google Wants to Make ‘Science Fiction’ a Reality — And That’s Limiting Their Imagination (Atlantic)

April 16, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – “Science fiction” provides but a tiny porthole onto the vast strangeness of the future. When we imagine a “science fiction”-like future, I think we tend to picture completed worlds, flying cars, the …

The Bacteria That Might Just Be the Future of Materials Science (Motherboard)

April 16, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Science Trend – Sci-fi, as a super-generalized set of ideas, likes to view the encroaching future-world as a metallic, post-biology realm where robots and computer-brains populate the day to day, and even food is consumed …

Study Indicates Robots Could Replace 80% of Jobs (Robotenomics)

April 16, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – In a few decades, twenty or thirty years — or sooner – robots and their associated technology will be as ubiquitous as mobile phones are today, at least that is the prediction …

7 First Steps for Building an Organization’s Foresight (Foresight Culture)

April 16, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – Are you in a place where you want to kick-start foresight, but you are not sure how to start? You can start simple and you can succeed. But you probably can’t just …

Google Was Making a Space Elevator and a Hoverboard, But Couldn’t Get Them to Work (Business Insider)

April 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Google X, the search giant’s lab responsible for “moonshot” projects like Google Glass, driverless cars, and Project Loon, has unsuccessfully tried to build a space elevator, Fast Company reports. Google X encountered …

The Sad, Slow Death of America’s Retail Workforce (Atlantic)

April 15, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Retail sales just notched their best month since 2012 and the industry has added almost one million jobs since 2010. But the rosy headline stats obscure a more complex and potentially troubling …

Zebra to Buy Motorola Enterprise Unit for $3.45B in Hot Pursuit of IoT Market (GigaOM)

April 15, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Barb Darrow – “Zebra Technologies, an inventory tracking specialist that helps Amazon and other customers keep track of products, is buying Motorola Solutions enterprise business unit for a whopping $3.45 billion in …

What America’s Internal Migration Tells Us About the Death of the Mall, and the Brand (Quartz)

April 15, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – According to analysis of US census data by Piper Jaffray, people in rural areas accounted for just 16% of the population in 2010, down from 72% a century earlier, while the largest …

Canadian Economy Will Lose Billions to Climate Change: Report (Toronto Star)

April 15, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – A new report on the financial implications of climate change notes that while natural catastrophes are estimated to cost Canadians $21-$43 billion per year by 2050, popular economic measures like GDP fail …

How Drones and Driverless Cars Raise Questions for the Future of City Services (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 14, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Future Trend – Brooks Rainwater – “What does the future of the city look like? Will it be full of driverless cars ferrying us about and drones delivering beer and pizza? Probably yes, and I …

Pollution From Asia Makes Pacific Storms Stronger (National Geographic)

April 14, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – What happens in Asia doesn’t stay in Asia, a new study warns. Pollution from booming economies in the Far East is causing stronger storms and changing weather patterns over the Pacific Ocean, …

Surgeons 3D Print a Cancerous Kidney Model to Simulate Surgery (3D Print)

April 14, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Every day it seems as if there is another amazing use for 3D printing, which emerges within the medical community. Today we hear about a 3D printed kidney. No, scientists have …

Space Surgery Robot Will Enter Astronauts Via the Belly Button (Wired)

April 13, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – What happens if an astronaut develops appendicitis halfway through the journey to Mars? He or she may be saved by a small surgery robot that enters the body via the belly button. …

China’s New Megalopolis Would Be Bigger Than Uruguay and More Populous Than Germany (Quartz)

April 12, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – China might not be willing to relocate its capital city, but it can make it bigger. The country’s top economic planner has reportedly drawn up a plan for a Beijing-centered “economic circle” …

Internet of Things: The ‘Ghosts’ That Haunt the Machine (BBC)

April 12, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Welcome to the imminent era of the Internet of Things, in which our previously dumb objects and machines will wise up thanks to in-built sensors and web connections. By 2020, analyst firm …

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age (New York Review of Books)

April 12, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Thomas Piketty, professor at the Paris School of Economics, isn’t a household name, although that may change with the English-language publication of his magnificent, sweeping meditation on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First …

Staples Wants to Bring 3D Printing to the Masses (Businessweek)

April 12, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Staples has been selling 3D printers for about a year. Now it wants to begin selling access to them. The office supply retailer began offering 3D printing services in two stores on …

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