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Mohamed Hijri: A Simple Solution to the Coming Phosphorus Crisis (TED)

November 1, 2013 – 5:18 am | Comments Off
Mohamed Hijri: A Simple Solution to the Coming Phosphorus Crisis (TED)Play

Biologist Mohamed Hijri brings to light a farming crisis no one is talking about: We are running out of phosphorus, an essential element that’s a key component of DNA and the basis of cellular communication. …

Bitcoin Pursues the Mainstream (New York Times)

November 1, 2013 – 5:16 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – The currency known as bitcoin — a much-hyped and much-doubted type of digital cash that can be bought with traditional money — has mostly attracted attention for its popularity in the black …

Al Gore: World is on Brink of ‘Carbon Bubble’ (Guardian)

November 1, 2013 – 5:14 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – The world is on the brink of the “largest bubble ever” in finance, because of the undisclosed value of high-carbon assets on companies’ balance sheets, and investment managers who fail to take …

Meet The Company That Tracks More Phones Than Google or Facebook (Forbes)

October 31, 2013 – 6:43 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Picture this scenario. A bored woman sits waiting in an airline lounge. She scrolls through her iPhone and taps on a brightly colored square to launch a free mobile game. In the …

Israel to Build the 5th Largest Solar Power Station on the Planet (Mashable)

October 31, 2013 – 6:41 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Israel plans to start construction next year on what will become the fifth largest solar power station in the world, part of a plan to build three such structures that will curb …

The Chinese Electric-Car Firm That Hopes to Win Over Americans By Building Them Taxis (Quartz)

October 31, 2013 – 6:38 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – If you drive around Los Angeles you just might spot a silent-running sport utility vehicle sporting an unfamiliar automaker’s badge. The electric car can go nearly 200 miles on a charge, and …

Rise of the Renter Class: In a Spotify World, Need We Own Anything? (ReadWrite)

October 31, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Neither owning nor renting is necessarily optimal in every case, and will differ based on our individual circumstances. But we seem to be moving ever closer to ceding control of our mobile …

As Interest Fades in the Humanities, Colleges Worry (New York Times)

October 31, 2013 – 6:32 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – On Stanford University’s sprawling campus, where a long palm-lined drive leads to manicured quads, humanities professors produce highly regarded scholarship on Renaissance French literature and the philosophy of language. They have generous …

UrbanSensing: Listening to the Digital City (Tafter Journal)

October 31, 2013 – 6:30 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Urban real-time data are increasingly popular, but what is still missing is indicator capacity at all levels of government. Real-time data can be processed to produce knowledge, in order to collect useful …

The Five Technologies That Will Converge to Predict the Future (Wired UK)

October 30, 2013 – 7:07 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – A world of converging technologies will be able to predict what we want next, Robert Scoble and Shel Israel told the audience at Web Summit. Scoble and Israel are the authors …

Elon Musk’s Electric Car Company Did a Powerful Thing: The ‘Supercharger Corridor’ (Business Insider)

October 30, 2013 – 7:03 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Tesla owners can now travel free from San Diego to Vancouver. The company just opened what it the “Supercharger Corridor” spanning the whole West Coast. Tesla has placed super fast electric vehicle …

From Cash to Code: The Silent Rise of Digital Currency (Business Spectator)

October 30, 2013 – 7:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – In less than a decade businesses will need to accept some form of digital currency as Big Data promotes a shift from cash to code. Just how businesses prepare for that shift …

Intel is Investing Billions of Dollars into this Unproven Technology (Business Insider)

October 30, 2013 – 6:55 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Moore’s Law, named after Intel co-founder Gordon Moore, predicts that the number of transistors that can be cost-effectively packed into a chip will double every two years. The more transistors on a …

Carbon Trust to Design Eco-Labeling Scheme for Mexico (Sustainable Brands)

October 30, 2013 – 6:53 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The Carbon Trust has been selected to develop an environmental labeling scheme for products and services in Mexico, designed to promote sustainable purchasing and procurement for consumers, companies and the public sector. …

Craig Venter’s ‘Biological Teleportation’ Device (Kurzweil AI)

October 30, 2013 – 6:49 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – Craig Venter has built a prototype of a “Digital Biological Converter” (DBC) that would allow what he calls “biological teleportation”: receiving DNA sequences over the Internet to synthesize proteins, viruses and even …

Talent Wants to be Free: Why We Should Learn to Love Leaks, Raids, and Free Riding

October 28, 2013 – 5:35 pm | Comments Off

In every industry and every market, battles to recruit, retain, train, energize, and motivate the best people are fierce. From Facebook to Google, Coca-Cola to Intel, JetBlue to Mattel, Lobel uncovers specific factors that produce …

We Could Save 1,000 Lives Per Year If Just 10 Percent Of Cars Were Self-Driving (Huffington Post)

October 28, 2013 – 4:47 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – In some ways, computers make ideal drivers: They don’t drink and then climb behind the wheel. They don’t do drugs, get distracted, fall asleep, run red lights or tailgate. And their …

Charles Robertson: Africa’s Next Boom (TED)

October 28, 2013 – 4:44 pm | Comments Off
Charles Robertson: Africa’s Next Boom (TED)Play

The past decade has seen slow and steady economic growth across the continent of Africa. But economist Charles Robertson has a bold thesis: Africa’s about to boom. He talks through a few of the indicators …

Big Nanotech: An Unexpected Future (Guardian)

October 28, 2013 – 4:42 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Eric Drexler – “In my initial post in this series, I asked, ‘What if nanotechnology could deliver on its original promise, not only new, useful, nanoscale products, but a new, transformative …

Making Robots More Like Us (New York Times)

October 28, 2013 – 4:38 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Until recently, most robots were carefully separated from humans. They have largely been used in factories to perform repetitive tasks that required speed, precision and force. That generation of robots is …

Ancient DNA Links Native Americans With Europe (Science)

October 28, 2013 – 4:36 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – Where did the first Americans come from? Most researchers agree that Paleoamericans moved across the Bering Land Bridge from Asia sometime before 15,000 years ago, suggesting roots in East Asia. But just …

Honda Has Made An Adorably Tiny Jet Engine (Gadget Review)

October 28, 2013 – 4:33 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – The Hondajet has been in development for roughly a decade or so as Honda tries to expand into aviation. The Hondajet started being built in 2011, but it’s been waiting to be …

Russia: Hidden Chips ‘Launch Spam Attacks from Irons’ (BBC)

October 28, 2013 – 12:12 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Cyber criminals are planting chips in electric irons and kettles to launch spam attacks, reports in Russia suggest. State-owned channel Rossiya 24 even showed footage of a technician opening up an iron …

The Battle for Power on the Internet (Atlantic)

October 28, 2013 – 12:10 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – We’re in the middle of an epic battle for power in cyberspace. On one side are the traditional, organized, institutional powers such as governments and large multinational corporations. On the other are …

Google And Facebook Get a Thumbs Down from this New Site that Reviews Privacy Policies (Forbes)

October 28, 2013 – 12:07 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Tosdr.org rates the privacy policies of leading companies from Class A (the best) to Class E (the worst) and gives thumbs up or down to aspects of their policies. A lot of …

Should Your Product Connect to the Internet of Things? (Fast Company Co.DESIGN)

October 28, 2013 – 12:03 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Thanks to widespread Internet adoption and over 10 billion connected devices around the world, companies today are more excited than ever about the Internet of Things. Add in the hype about Google …

A Look Inside the Mind of Google (Globe and Mail)

October 28, 2013 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Globe and Mail reporter Omar El Akkad visited Google’s headquarters to explore how, 15 years after its founding, the company is researching new ways to act as the intermediary between humans and …

Boyan Slat: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves (TED Delft)

October 26, 2013 – 4:40 pm | Comments Off
Boyan Slat: How the Oceans Can Clean Themselves (TED Delft)Play

18-year-old Boyan Slat combines environmentalism, entrepreneurism and technology to tackle global issues of sustainability. After diving in Greece, and coming across more plastic bags than fish, he wondered; “why can’t we clean this up?” While …

David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence (TED)

October 19, 2013 – 6:48 pm | Comments Off
David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence (TED)Play

Is your school or workplace divided into “creatives” versus practical people? Yet surely, David Kelley suggests, creativity is not the domain of only a chosen few. Telling stories from his legendary design career and his …

The CEOs are Wrong: Smart Machines Will Replace Millions of Jobs (Tech Crunch)

October 19, 2013 – 6:35 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Smart machines are coming to the business world, but don’t tell that to the CEOs. Sixty-percent of CEOs surveyed by Gartner Research say the emergence of smart machines capable of absorbing millions …

Human Brain Project: Henry Markram Plans to Spend €1bn Building a Perfect Model of the Human Brain (Guardian)

October 19, 2013 – 6:30 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – In a spartan office looking across Lake Geneva to the French Alps, Henry Markram is searching for a suitably big metaphor to describe his latest project. “It’s going to be the Higgs …

Nike CEO Hints at Collaborative Future for FuelBand (Fast Company)

October 19, 2013 – 5:54 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Nike has a long history of partnering with innovators for projects seemingly outside its core business. For the FuelBand, it teamed with a range of companies, including Astro Studios, R/GA, Whipsaw, and …

Apple’s New Consumer Experience Chief, Angela Ahrendts, on the Future of Retail (Fast Company)

October 19, 2013 – 5:49 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Austin Carr – “During her tenure at Burberry Ahrendts made Apple a centerpiece of the retail experience, from the iPads that store associates carry to the digital initiatives she’s empowered through apps …

Aereo: The Cloud Based Content Upstart That Could Upend the TV Industry (Quartz)

October 19, 2013 – 5:42 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Aereo uses tiny antennae to capture broadcast television signals, which it then stores in the cloud and sells to subscribers. For a relatively low monthly fee, users can access just about anything …

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