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Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook Home, Money, and the Future of Communication (Wired)

April 6, 2013 – 7:44 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – First, what it’s not: Home isn’t the long-rumored Facebook Phone. That was always a red herring. Instead, Home turns your phone into a Facebook device. Even with the lock screen on, …

Sales in Our Wind: Ireland’s Ambitious Wind-Energy Plans (Irish Times)

April 6, 2013 – 7:38 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The EU is so dependent on imports of both oil and gas, it needs secure supplies. Hence the importance of the Supergrid, an EU initiative to integrate renewable energy …

Britain ‘Running Out of Wheat’ Owing to Bad Weather (BBC)

April 6, 2013 – 7:31 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Britain will become a net importer of wheat for the first time in a decade this year because of bad weather, the National Farmers’ Union has said. NFU president Peter Kendall …

This Neuroscientist Worries That Facebook Home Will Change Our Brains (Business Insider)

April 6, 2013 – 7:09 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Susan Greenfield – “Facebook is going to be in your face even more than before. The arrival of the ‘Facebook Phone’ and the eventual availability of the latest it has to …

Lake Erie’s Record-Breaking Algae Bloom May Become the Norm (Discover)

April 6, 2013 – 6:57 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – In 2011, Lake Erie experienced the largest algae bloom in its recorded history. At its peak in October, the mat of green scum on the lake’s surface was nearly four inches …

The Most Successful NEW College Dropouts (Business Insider)

April 4, 2013 – 9:43 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Every generation has its college dropout heroes. The Baby Boom had Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Paul Allen and Michael Dell. Generation X had people like Digg founder Kevin Rose, Napster’s Shawn …

Breakthrough in Hydrogen Fuel Production Could Revolutionize Alternative Energy Market (e! Science News)

April 4, 2013 – 9:35 am | Comments Off

Science Trend – A team of Virginia Tech researchers has discovered a way to extract large quantities of hydrogen from any plant, a breakthrough that has the potential to bring a low-cost, environmentally friendly …

Mountain Pine Beetle Poised to Ravage Eastern Canada (CBC)

April 4, 2013 – 9:19 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Billions of mountain pine beetles from B.C. are expected to devastate forests in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces as they munch their way east over the next two decades, scientists …

Microsoft Could Be Completely Irrelevant In Four Years, Warns Analyst (Business Insider)

April 4, 2013 – 9:02 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Microsoft faces a slide into irrelevance in the next four years unless it can make progress in the smartphone and tablet markets, because the PC market will continue shrinking, warns the …

Your Internet Shopping Sprees are Driving an Astonishing Building Boom (Wired)

April 4, 2013 – 8:55 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Online shopping might feel just a short step removed from a Star Trek replicator — click a button and the thing you want (eventually) appears. But this virtualization of consumer commerce …

Yale Senior: We Millennials Don’t Stand a Chance (Quartz)

April 4, 2013 – 8:36 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks extensively quoted Victoria Buhler, one of his students and a fellow classmate of mine. Through him, she describes our generation as the …

Yes, You Should Care About Bitcoin, and Here’s Why (GigaOM)

April 4, 2013 – 8:09 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Bitcoin is a complex subject, but an important one. Whether it succeeds or fails, it represents a crucial experiment in using technology to turn our financial system upside-down, and it will have …

Douglas Rushkoff is Right — Traditional Media are Caught Between the Stream and the Reservoir (Paid Content)

April 4, 2013 – 7:48 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Media theorist Douglas Rushkoff has a new book out entitled “Present Shock,” which is about modern society’s obsession with what is happening now, and how that obsession is exacerbated by tools and …

Slow and Steady Wins the Solar Race (GigaOM)

April 4, 2013 – 7:27 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The Solar Energies Industries Association (SEIA) recently released final solar installation figures for 2012. From all the bad news surrounding bankruptcies among solar manufacturers and tariffs with China, one might have expected …

Upstart Company Wants to Deliver Your Stuff to the Moon (Wired)

April 4, 2013 – 7:18 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – “I believe the first trillionaires will come from space,” said entrepreneur Bob Richards, clutching a small plastic model of the moon he was given as a gift. Richards, the founder and CEO …

Getting Innovation Right: How Leaders Leverage Inflection Points to Drive Success. By Seth Kahan. Wiley.

April 3, 2013 – 7:28 pm | Comments Off

Innovation is not just a creative approach or new idea. Innovation is about success. If you are only marginally better off than when you started, you have not achieved innovation. To count as successful innovation, …

Using Futures to Generate Innovations for the Informal City Dialogues (Next City)

April 3, 2013 – 5:59 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – We may not be able to plan for a single, specific future, but we can plan for futures. We can imagine what changes might take place in cities in the coming decades …

Can Synthetic Biology Save Wildlife? From Re-Creating Extinct Species to the Risk of Genetically Modified Super-Species (Science Daily)

April 3, 2013 – 5:55 am | Comments Off

Science Trend – What effects will the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology have on the conservation of nature? The ecological and ethical challenges stemming from this question will require a new and continuing dialogue …

Beyond the Pivot: A New Road Map for U.S.-Chinese Relations (Foreign Affairs)

April 3, 2013 – 5:53 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – Now that it is clear that the United States will remain in Asia for the long haul, the time has come for both Washington and Beijing to take stock, look ahead, and …

Earth-Cooling Schemes Need Global Sign-Off, Researchers Say (Grist)

April 2, 2013 – 7:46 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Controversial geoengineering projects that may be used to cool the planet must be approved by world governments to reduce the danger of catastrophic accidents, British scientists said. Met Office researchers have called …

South Korea to Set Up Cyberpolicy Unit (ZDNet)

April 2, 2013 – 7:41 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – South Korea will establish a cyberpolicy department to oversee policies and prepare information security measures. This follows the launch of the country’s cybercommand division in early 2010 to handle cybersecurity issues along …

Leading Open Innovation. By Anne Sigismund Huff, Kathrin M. Moslein and Ralf Reichwald, eds. MIT Press.

April 2, 2013 – 7:16 pm | Comments Off

In today’s competitive globalized market, firms are increasingly reaching beyond conventional internal methods of research and development to use ideas developed through processes of open innovation (OI). Organizations including Siemens, Nokia, Wikipedia, Hyve, and innosabi …

Regulating Code: Good Governance and Better Regulation in the Information Age. By Ian Brown and Christopher T. Marsden. MIT Press.

April 2, 2013 – 6:59 pm | Comments Off

Internet use has become ubiquitous in the past two decades, but governments, legislators, and their regulatory agencies have struggled to keep up with the rapidly changing Internet technologies and uses. In this groundbreaking collaboration, regulatory …

Fabricated: The New World of 3D Printing. By Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman. John Wiley and Sons.

April 2, 2013 – 4:02 pm | Comments Off

Fabricated offers you practical and imaginative insight into the question, “How will 3D printing change my life?” This book is an informative and fast-paced exploration of 3D printing technologies and the people who use them. You’ll …

How to Short Bitcoins (If You Really Must) (Quartz)

April 2, 2013 – 12:31 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – The rise of bitcoin, an electronic currency traded on an online exchange, has generated a media frenzy. Once scoffed at, its value has risen by 631% (denominated in dollars) since the start …

Ideas That Could Change Your Life (Sydney Morning Herald)

April 2, 2013 – 11:33 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – They might be a long way off, but groundwork for some amazing breakthroughs is being laid right here in Australia and right now. Below, we list the Melbourne research that could change …

5 Innovations That Show Libraries Don’t Have to Die (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 2, 2013 – 8:33 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Sure, the age of browsing for books and checking them out may be coming slowly to a close, but the idea of a library can adapt rather than fade away. These five …

The Great State Space Race (Space Review)

April 2, 2013 – 8:27 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – It’s a sign of the maturation of the commercial space industry, though, that cities and states are making more of an effort to attract such companies. There’s been some activity in the …

Amazon Purchase of Goodreads Stuns Book Industry (Guardian)

April 2, 2013 – 8:25 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – “Truly devastating” for some authors but “like finding out my mom is marrying that cool dude next door that I’ve been palling around with” for another, Amazon’s announcement late last week that …

7 States Running Out Of Water: 24/7 Wall St.(Huffington Post)

April 1, 2013 – 8:10 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The United States is in the midst of one of the biggest droughts in recent memory. At last count, over half of the lower 48 states had abnormally dry conditions and are …

You Still Can’t Resell Your iTunes Songs, Court Rules (All Things D)

April 1, 2013 – 8:04 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – In the U.S. it’s perfectly legal to buy a CD or DVD and then sell it to someone else — that’s the reason Netflix exists. But when it comes to digital media, …

3 Ways That UAVs Could Transform America’s Food System (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 1, 2013 – 8:02 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – It’s expected that agriculture– not public safety–will be the number one market for domestic drones. Across the country, land grant universities are researching ways to make use of the new technology, from …

Sorry, Mates, Strictly Business: Australia Wants to Cut Out US Dollar in Trade With China (International Business Times)

March 30, 2013 – 7:41 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – The Australian government has made no secret of its aims to shift away trade from the U.S. dollar, the world’s primary reserve currency used in international commerce. A government report titled, “Australia …

EPA: More Than Half of U.S. Rivers Unsuitable for Aquatic Life (NBC)

March 30, 2013 – 7:35 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Fifty-five percent of U.S. river and stream lengths were in poor condition for aquatic life, largely under threat from runoff contaminated by fertilizers, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said. High levels of …

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