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Could Future Clothes, Bottles and Chairs Be Made from Carbon Emissions? (Guardian)

February 27, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – The vast majority of plastic is produced from petroleum, which means that the long carbon chains that make up the material come from one of the most environmentally costly materials on the …

Agriculture Feels the Choke as China Smog Starts to Foster Disastrous Conditions (South China Morning Post)

February 27, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Worsening smog on the mainland is blocking natural light and could spell disaster for agriculture, scientists have warned. He Dongxian, an associate professor with China Agricultural University’s College of Water Resources and …

Project “Outernet” Looking to Bring Free Internet to Entire World (PhysOrg)

February 27, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – A small team of workers at a New York based non-profit organization called Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) has announced its intention to build an “Outernet”—a global network of cube satellites broadcasting …

Connect Debuts A “Living” Address Book That Maps Your Nearby Friends (Tech Crunch)

February 27, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Connect, a new location-based address book and friend-finder utility launching for both web and iPhone, will tell you who’s nearby, allowing for more “serendipitous” encounters. If that idea sounds vaguely familiar, it’s …

Knowledge-based programming: Wolfram Releases First Demo of New Language, 30 Years in the Making (Venture Beat)

February 26, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Wolfram Language is not yet released, but it will be embedded on upcoming Raspberry Pi micro-computers. It’s already widely used within Wolfram’s Mathematica computing environment for scientists, and it is also deployed …

The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place (Andreessen Horowitz)

February 26, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Marc Andreessen – “I am more bullish about the future of the news industry over the next 20 years than almost anyone I know. You are going to see it grow 10X …

NHS: Oops, We Already Gave Your Medical Records to Insurers (Wired UK)

February 26, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – Following vehement assurances that it would be illegal for NHS England to sell patient medical records to insurance companies through the controversial Care.data initiative, it transpires that the health service has already …

Richard Branson Launches a Green Energy Plan for the Caribbean (Forbes)

February 26, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – In early February, Branson leveraged his star power to convene a three-day meeting of dignitaries from 13 Caribbean nations including the Virgin Island, St. Kitts & Nevis, Turks & Caicos and the …

The New World of Non-Home Owners (BRW)

February 26, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Home ownership is not so much a dream for young people. It is more of a mirage, as rising house prices are forcing young people to rent or remain with their parents. …

Can Vocativ Crack the Data-Journalism Code? (Digiday)

February 26, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – In the data era, it only stands to reason that several new publications would rely on data mining as a key differentiator. ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight and the still-unnamed Vox Media venture from former …

Tesla’s Next Trillion-Dollar Industry (Business Insider)

February 26, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas sees huge opportunities for growth in Tesla. “Tesla’s quest to disrupt a trillion $ car industry offers an adjacent opportunity to disrupt a trillion $ electric utility industry,” …

Rolls Royce Said to Be Developing Drone Cargo Ships (CNET)

February 26, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Who needs maritime crews to run cargo ships? That seems to be the question Rolls-Royce is trying to ask, as it works to develop what amounts to drone freighters, ships that could …

This Could Be the End of the Line for Bitcoin (Huffington Post)

February 25, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – The unregulated digital currency beloved by techies, libertarians and the Winklevoss twins is having a crisis moment that could end its hopes to ever be accepted as a legitimate currency. Its busiest …

Augmented Reality Gets to Work (MIT Technology Review)

February 25, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – For Thomas Caudell, it started with a desire to make it easier to build airplanes. It was 1990, and Caudell, then a scientist at Boeing, was trying to figure out how to …

‘Microbial Pompeii’ Found on Teeth of 1,000-Year-Old Skeletons (Live Science)

February 25, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Science Trend – A “microbial Pompeii” has been found on the teeth of 1,000-year-old human skeletons. Just as volcanic ash entombed the citizens of the ancient Roman city, dental plaque preserved bacteria and food particles …

It Takes How Much Water to Grow an Almond?! (Mother Jones)

February 25, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – California, supplier of nearly half of all US fruits, veggies, and nuts, is on track to experience the driest year in the past half millennium. Farms use about 80 percent of the …

How Khan Academy is Using Design to Pave the Way for the Future of Education (GigaOM)

February 25, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the first 15 minutes of his day reading over the constant flow of new feedback from Khan Academy’s 10 million monthly users, who …

Li Ka-Shing Invests $23m Into Fake Eggs. No Yolk (Wired UK)

February 25, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – On one level, it’s a picture of a guy making scrambled eggs. But it provides a window onto a much bigger story. In the photo, Li Ka-Shing — perhaps the richest man …

Cyberattacks Fallout Could Cost the Global Economy $3 Trillion by 2020 (Tech Republic)

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

Business Trend – The global risk of cyberattacks is a real and growing threat, and could carry a whopping price tag, says McKinsey & Company in a report on enterprise IT security implications released in …

Technology and the Distribution of Wealth (Vital Edge)

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

Social Trend – There is a question so important to the modern economy that it often hides in plain view. I’m talking about the role that technology plays in the distribution of wealth. This connection …

Could The U.S. Military’s New Search Engine Replace Google? (Forbes)

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

Technology Trend – DARPA, or the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is the cutting-edge Pentagon research organization whose ancestor ARPA helped develop the Internet back in 1969. Now, DARPA has launched a new project, called …

Thomson Reuters Taps Into Twitter For Big Data Sentiment Analysis (Tech Cunch)

February 22, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Twitter bases the majority of its revenue on advertising in and around its main content river, but a new service from Thomson Reuters points to how it also continues to build up …

Why You Should Pay Attention to These 8 Emerging Tech Hubs (The Next Web)

February 22, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – From Silicon Valley to Silicon Alley, and Berlin’s hip coffee shops to East London’s Silicon Roundabout, the world is well versed in the global innovation boom towns. But have you heard of …

3D Model of a Boy’s Heart Speeds Up Life-Saving Operation (Ars Technica)

February 22, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – When Louisville, KY heart surgeon Erle Austin was preparing to operate on 14-month-old Roland Lian Cung Bawi’s heart, he first showed the scans of the muscle to two other surgeons, both of …

China Offers to Finance 30 Percent of Indian Infrastructure Spending Through 2017 (The Diplomat)

February 22, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – According to a report in India’s Economic Times, China has offered to finance a large portion of India’s infrastructure development via loans. A Chinese working group has reportedly submitted a five-year trade …

China Training for ‘Short, Sharp War’ Against Japan (Telegraph)

February 22, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Global Trend – China is stepping up its training for a “short, sharp war” designed to seize the disputed Senkaku islands from Japan, according to the head of US naval intelligence in the Pacific. Addressing …

Google Announces Project Tango, a Smartphone That Can Map the World Around It (The Verge)

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

Technology Trend – Google has built a prototype Android smartphone that can learn and map the world around it. The device comes from a new initiative called Project Tango, and it’s ready to get the …

Data Privacy, Machine Learning and the Destruction of Mysterious Humanity (GigaOM)

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

Social Trend – While consumers might be willing to trade their data for better experiences, John Foreman argues we might not understand the tradeoff at all. As machine learning advances, companies’ models will treat us …

New Cache of Fresh Neurons Found in Human Brains (New Scientist)

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

Science Trend – Brain cell regeneration has been discovered in a new location in human brains. The finding raises hopes that these cells could be used to help people recover after a stroke, or to …

3D-Printed Exoskeleton Helps Paralyzed Skier Walk Again (CNET)

February 21, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Amanda Boxtel’s doctors told her she’d never walk again. But her new 3D-printed exoskeleton says otherwise. In 1992, Boxtel was paralyzed from the waist down in a catastrophic skiing accident. But 22 …

How MIT Plans to Educate a Billion People by 2021 (Forbes)

February 21, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – MIT OpenCourseWare (OCW) has grown from that bold idea to an unparalleled educational resource that has benefitted millions around the world and has inspired a global movement. As it stands, it includes …

3D Printing Could Offer Developing World Savings on Replica Lab Kit (Guardian)

February 21, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – Working replicas of expensive scientific equipment could be made for a fraction of conventional costs using cheap 3D printers, possibly saving developing world labs thousands of pounds each time, says a researcher …

Is E-Waste an Untapped Treasure? (BBC)

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

Environmental Trend – In a hall of the Africa Innovation Summit in Cape Verde, the smell of melting plastic permeated the air. A crowd had gathered around a small stand to watch a special kind …

The Startup Accelerator That Wants Founders to Move to Africa (Fast Company Co.EXIST)

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

Technology Trend – A new startup accelerator is offering an enticing proposition to startup talent in the U.S. and Europe: move to Africa. For entrepreneurs, the emerging middle class in Africa may represent a big …

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