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Climate Zones Will Shift Faster as World Warms (Nature)

April 22, 2013 – 5:52 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Earth’s regional climate zones will shift more quickly in response to warming as the globe grows hotter in coming decades, according to a study published online in Nature Climate Change on Sunday1. …

Are Student Loans Destroying the Economy? (Atlantic)

April 22, 2013 – 5:46 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Recoveries are powered by two things. Houses and cars. And young people aren’t buying either. That’s the conclusion from a new study out of the New York Fed, via Brad Plumer, that …

Bioengineered Kidney Transplanted into Rat (Science News)

April 20, 2013 – 1:16 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – By stripping a kidney of its cells and repopulating it with new ones, scientists have shown in a rat that a bioengineered kidney can function to some extent like a normal one. …

Nilofer Merchant on #SocialEra (Authors@Google)

April 20, 2013 – 1:00 pm | Comments Off
Nilofer Merchant on #SocialEra (Authors@Google)Play

Nilofer Merchant has gone from admin to CEO to Corporate Director of a NASDAQ-traded company along her 20-year career. Her latest bestselling book, 11 Rules for Creating Value in the #SocialEra was published by Harvard …

Relentless And Disruptive Innovation Will Shortly Affect US Electric Utilities (Forbes)

April 19, 2013 – 9:09 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – The Edison Electric Institute recently released a report entitled Disruptive Challenges: Financial Implications and Strategic Responses to a Changing Retail Electric Business. The report highlights some of the trends likely to affect …

Carbon Bubble Will Plunge the World into Another Financial Crisis (Guardian)

April 19, 2013 – 7:49 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – The world could be heading for a major economic crisis as stock markets inflate an investment bubble in fossil fuels to the tune of trillions of dollars, according to leading economists. “The …

The Death of Language? (BBC)

April 19, 2013 – 7:34 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – In 1992 a prominent US linguist stunned the academic world by predicting that by the year 2100, 90% of the world’s languages would have ceased to exist. Far from inspiring the world …

Gene Patents are Sabotaging the Future of Medicine (Wired)

April 19, 2013 – 7:11 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – The business of DNA is undergoing a revolution. We can already get our genes scanned for the bargain-basement price of $99. Soon we’ll be able to have entire genomes sequenced for less …

The Genius of Google Fiber (Read Write)

April 19, 2013 – 4:08 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – According to Internet entrepreneur Jason Calacanis, the broadband Internet access game is already over, and Google has won. As he notes, “Google Fiber is not a test, it’s a takeover plan.” Calacanis …

California Universities Aggressively Expand Online Courses, Finds Failure Rates Drop (Tech Crunch)

April 19, 2013 – 3:13 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – The largest university system in America is aggressively expanding its experimental foray into Massive Online Open Learning (MOOCs), based on an unusually promising pilot course. The California State University system will offer …

The Remarkable Decline in the Wall Street Journal’s Long-Form Journalism (Atlantic)

April 18, 2013 – 8:38 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Alexis C. Madrigal – “I do not have any particular expertise in the inner workings of the Wall Street Journal newsroom, but this chart speaks for itself. It shows the number …

Proceed with Caution toward the Self-Driving Car (Technology Review)

April 18, 2013 – 8:25 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – The technology behind this kind of vehicle automation is being developed at a blistering pace, and it should make driving safer, more fuel-efficient, and less tiring. But despite such progress and …

The Digital Public Library of America Launches Today, Opening Up Knowledge for All (Open Culture)

April 18, 2013 – 7:45 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – A group of top American libraries and academic institutions launched a new centralized research resource, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), making millions of resources (books, images, audiovisual resources, etc.) …

As Fab Labs Spread Across U.S., Modern-Day Tinkerers Reimagine a Nation That Makes Stuff (Washington Post)

April 17, 2013 – 9:59 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – The purpose of a “fab lab” is . . . is what? An artists’ collective? A manufacturing plant? A job-training program? Yes. (Ish.) Fab labs are community-based spaces providing members of the public …

Wearable Computing: A New Mobile Market Takes Shape (Business Insider)

April 17, 2013 – 9:40 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Those betting big on wearable computing believe an assorted new crop of gadgets — mostly worn on the wrist or as eyewear — will transform the way in which we interact …

Brain in a Dish Controls Power Grid (Discovery)

April 17, 2013 – 9:30 pm | Comments Off

Future Trend – In thinking about ways to optimize the electrical power grid, Kumar Venayagamoorthy looked for a system that could monitor, forecast, plan, learn, make decisions, he told LiveScience.com. What does that better …

Moving to a Subscription Economy (Decoding the New Economy)

April 17, 2013 – 9:19 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – One of the biggest changes in business is the move to subscription based services rather than selling one-off, lump sum products. This is affecting industries ranging from the motor industry to software. …

Father of EV1 Says Electric Car Breakthrough is Close (Forbes)

April 17, 2013 – 9:05 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Bob Purcell, known in the automotive industry as the father of General Motors GM -0.68%‘ EV1 plug-in car, has been in the automotive business for 45 years, the last 20 of which …

Battery Breakthrough Offers 30 Times More Power, Charges 1,000 Times Faster (mashable)

April 17, 2013 – 8:53 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Battery technology has improved over the past decade, but now scientists claim they have made a giant leap in power storage, giving lithium-ion batteries 30 times more power and the ability to …

We Could Eat Trees: Scientists Turn Inedible Plant Cellulose Into Starchy Snack (Popular Science)

April 17, 2013 – 8:40 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – Someday, it will be be summer again and it will be time for fresh sweet corn. In the future, you might be able to eat the whole thing, cob and all. This …

The Ever-Shrinking Role of Tenured College Professors in One Chart (Atlantic)

April 16, 2013 – 7:36 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Once, being a college professor was a career. Today, it’s a gig. That, broadly speaking, is the transformation captured in the graph from a new report by the American Association of University …

Coming Soon to a Body Near You? World’s Smallest Chip to Be Swallowable (Singularity Hub)

April 16, 2013 – 7:34 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – The Internet of Things is coming, but chips need to be more efficient, powerful—and even smaller than they are now. In all categories, Freescale Semiconductor is making waves. And their most recent …

World Bank: Africa’s Economic Growth to Outpace Average (BBC)

April 16, 2013 – 8:38 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – Economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa should significantly outpace the global average over the next three years, according to the World Bank. Higher commodities, increasing investment and a general pick-up in the world …

The World Needs 1.8 Billion Jobs — But What if They Already Exist? (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 16, 2013 – 7:04 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – Even as technology contributes to the everyday quality of our lives, robots and software are eliminating human jobs at an unprecedented rate, leading to a “great decoupling” of output/wages and jobs/income that’s …

China Cozies Up to Iceland in Race for Arctic Resources (Christian Science Monitor)

April 16, 2013 – 5:48 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – It is clear why Iceland is interested in China: the Arctic nation’s prime minister is currently in Beijing to sign a free trade agreement that will boost Icelandic fish exports more than …

A Turning Tide? Why More Chinese Migrant Workers Are Saying ‘Goodbye’ to First-Tier Cities (Tea Leaf Nation)

April 15, 2013 – 11:48 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – In Beijing, budget rental housing—especially bunk beds, small apartments and single rooms in the more dilapidated hutong areas — are easy to find after Chinese New Year. This is because many migrant …

Fixing the World’s Infrastructure Problems (Harvard Business Review)

April 15, 2013 – 10:55 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – We all have a stake in the infrastructure surrounding us — the roads, buildings, power lines, and telephone networks that we rely on daily. How well they’re built and operated is crucial …

Visualizing the Future Urban World (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

April 15, 2013 – 10:47 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – Think of the world’s biggest, most important cities and you probably picture London, New York, Beijing, Singapore–the bustling cities of today. But as the world’s population migrates into cities, new urban centers …

Will the Supreme Court End Human Gene Patents After Three Decades? (Ars Technica)

April 15, 2013 – 10:43 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Since the 1980s, patent lawyers have been claiming pieces of humanity’s genetic code. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted thousands of gene patents. The Federal Circuit, the court that …

Recent CyberAttacks Could Be Part of a Chinese Military Strategy Started Nearly 20 Years Ago (Quartz)

April 15, 2013 – 10:36 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – The recent spate of hacking attacks alleged to have originated from China’s military has taken many world governments, business leaders and individuals largely by surprise. But it shouldn’t have. Chinese generals have …

Micro-Drones That are Completely 3D Printed (Futuristic News)

April 11, 2013 – 1:10 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Researchers from the Harvard University have created tiny micro-drones that are totally 3D printed and feature intricate technologies incorporated into them. They are as large as a thumbnail and can reach a …

Australia Elevates China Ties, a Strategic ‘Breakthrough’ (The Hindu)

April 10, 2013 – 6:31 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – Australia elevated its ties with China to a “strategic partnership” – a level of engagement the country has with few nations, such as India and Indonesia – with Prime Minister Julia Gillard …

The PC Market is a Horror Show Right Now (GigaOM)

April 10, 2013 – 6:07 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Going into the first quarter of 2013, IDC was projecting a dismal 7.7 percent decline in worldwide PC shipments from the same quarter a year ago. Turns out, they were wrong: the …

Trojan Turns Your PC into Bitcoin Mining Slave (Wired UK)

April 9, 2013 – 8:06 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Maybe it’s a sign of the Bitcoin bubble. Criminals are trying to take control of PCs and turn them into Bitcoin miners. According to antivirus seller Kaspersky Lab, there’s a new Trojan …

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