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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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Solar Power Is Now As Cheap as Grid Electricity in These European Countries (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 23, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Choosing solar power no longer has to be a sacrifice for the sake of the environment. In Germany, Italy, and Spain, installing your own solar panels can now actually save money. A report released by European renewable energy consulting firm Eclareon shows that solar energy has reached “grid parity.” In other words, over the full lifetime of the equipment, the total cost of owning and operating rooftop solar panels is about the same as buying electricity from the grid. … Read more

Brazil Passes ‘Internet Constitution’ (Wired UK)

April 23, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Brazil’s Senate has unanimously adopted a bill enshrining the right to online privacy and equal access to the internet dubbed the “Internet Constitution”. The bill was adopted only a day before the …

The Internet is Going Private. It’s Also Grown to 138 Tbps of Capacity (GigaOM)

April 23, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Last year a quarter of international bandwidth was used on private networks, as companies try to figure out how to expand their reach and lower the costs they pay for networking. This …

Accelerated Innovation: The New Challenge From China (MIT Sloan Management Review)

April 23, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – Chinese companies are opening up a new front in global competition. It centers on what we call accelerated innovation — that is, reengineering research and development and innovation processes to make new …

Wealthy Chinese are Turning to American Surrogates to Birth Their Children (Quartz)

April 23, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – The familiar image of international surrogacy until now has mainly involved Americans and Europeans crossing the world to find women to birth their children. Now, wealthy Chinese couples are seeking surrogates in …

Astronaut: ‘Blind Luck’ Protects Us from ‘City-Killer’ Asteroids (Wired UK)

April 22, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – A nuclear weapons test warning network — the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organisation — in Canada has detected 26 multi-kiloton explosions since 2001: all due to asteroid impacts. This could be just …

Google Ventures On 12 Shortcuts Designers Should Never Take (Fast Company Co.DESIGN)

April 22, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Designers can be tempted to cut corners to get the job done. Whether you’re a designer–or a CEO, a product manager, or an engineer who works with designers–you’ll want to watch out …

The American Middle Class is No Longer the World’s Richest (New York Times)

April 22, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – The American middle class, long the most affluent in the world, has lost that distinction. While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows …

Why Playful Learning is the Key to Prosperity (Forbes)

April 21, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to …

Tesla Will Source Battery Materials from North America Exclusively (Venture Beat)

April 21, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – There is no such thing as a truly green car. All cars require raw materials and energy to produce, use energy during their time as transport, and require energy to recycle–the components …

The Rise of Solar Co-ops (Rocky Mountain Institute)

April 21, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – While many people associate cooperatives with a place for hippies to buy organic food, the cooperative movement has actually grown far and wide, creating sustainable enterprises that generate jobs and strengthen local …

Transcending Complacency on Superintelligent Machines (Huffington Post)

April 21, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – Artificial intelligence (AI) research is now progressing rapidly. Recent landmarks such as self-driving cars, a computer winning at Jeopardy!, and the digital personal assistants Siri, Google Now and Cortana are merely symptoms …

Why Facebook and Google are Buying into Drones (Guardian)

April 21, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Google and Facebook are on exactly the same wavelength. Since internet access in the industrialised world is now effectively a done deal, all of the future growth is going to come from …

How Microsoft Created A Virtual Assistant That Could Blow Siri Away (Business Insider)

April 20, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Windows Phone is still a distant third to Apple and Android in the smartphone market, but Microsoft is hoping to change that with the introduction of Windows Phone 8.1— and more importantly …

How Close Are We Really to Finding Life in Outer Space? (PolicyMic)

April 20, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Science Trend – NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-186f, the first habitable Earth-sized planet is big news in humankind’s long search for extraterrestrial life. A universe full of exoplanets: Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, which …

VC Investment Hits 13-Year High (CNN)

April 20, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – VCs pumped $9.5 billion into 951 U.S.-based companies last quarter, which was the most money invested in any quarter since Q2 2001, according to MoneyTree survey data published today by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the …

Major Media Publisher Admits it is ‘Afraid of Google’ (Wired)

April 20, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – The chief executive of Axel Springer, one of Europe’s largest media publishers, has said that his company is afraid of the power that Google has accumulated, and worries that the search giant …

How A Chinese Company 3-D Printed 10 Houses In A Day (Business Insider)

April 20, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – A Chinese company 3-D printed 10 houses in 24 hours in Shanghai’s Qingpu district using recycled construction materials. The WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. (link in Chinese) designed the printer that made …

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 …

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 …

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