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New Hebrides Trench: First Look at Unexplored Deep Sea (BBC)

March 3, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – Scientists have had the first look at the life that thrives in one of the deepest spots in the ocean. An expedition to the unexplored New Hebrides trench in the Pacific has …

Flood Damage Cost to Rise Fivefold Across Europe, Study Says (Guardian)

March 3, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – The huge cost of flood damage is set to soar fivefold across Europe in coming decades, according to the first comprehensive analysis of risk across the continent. The cost of homes, belongings, …

Professors Peeved to Learn They Don’t Own What They Teach Online (TIME)

March 3, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – It took a year for Christopher Nelson to create a course for a new online degree program in philosophy at South Texas College, where he had to squeeze in the job while …

Apple’s iBeacon Signals Turning Point for Mobile Engagement (CNN)

March 3, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Ever since smartphones became virtually ubiquitous, marketers have fantasized about mobile engagement scenarios like these, specific to a certain location. The biggest obstacle has been technical: GPS positioning satellites and Wi-Fi wireless …

The monstrous Sky Whale Could Be the Future of Air Travel (IO9)

March 3, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – This concept plane is called the AWWA Sky Whale and it’s the brainchild of Spanish designer Oscar Viñals. Should it ever leave the ground, the three-floor aircraft would hold 755 passengers and …

Consultation on Babies With Three People’s DNA (Guardian)

March 3, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Science Trend – The Department of Health has launched a three-month consultation on the draft regulations for a radical procedure that aims to prevent mothers from passing on serious genetic diseases to their children, a …

Michael Porter Unveils New Health and Happiness Index (Guardian)

March 3, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Social Trend – Can Harvard professor Michael Porter do for wellbeing and happiness what others have so far failed to achieve? The creator of the shared value concept, who has the ear of both big …

Beyond Open Innovation – Co-Innovation (Innovation Excellence)

March 3, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – While the quest for innovation as a source of future growth is a minimum common factor, among local and global enterprises, scholars and practitioners are yet to determine a common or universal …

True Innovation Has Stalled (LinkedIn)

March 1, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Nick Smoot – “”Haunting” was the word used by some to describe an interview of Mr. Burt Rutan I recently hosted.
Most people show up to the events called Innovation Collective Fireside Chats …

Google Reportedly Tried to Buy a Brainwave-Reading Startup (Venture Beat)

March 1, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Business Trend – Not content with voice, visual, or gestural input, Google cofounder Sergey Brin reportedly tried to buy a Toronto-based startup that makes a brainwave-tracking headband. TechCrunch cited an unnamed source close to InteraXon, …

Russia Makes Latest High-Risk Move to Keep Pieces of Its ‘Near Abroad’ in Check (Guardian)

March 1, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Global Trend – Vladimir Putin’s post-facto request to the upper house of the Russian parliament to approve the use of military forces in Ukraine should not really have come as much of a surprise. There …

Future State 2030 (KPMG)

March 1, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Future Trend – The report identifies nine global megatrends that are most salient to the future of governments. While their individual impacts will be far-reaching, the trends are highly interrelated and thus demand a combined …

Peter Thiel’s Advice To Entrepreneurs: Tell Me Something That’s True But Nobody Agrees With (Forbes)

March 1, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Peter Thiel, a venture capitalist best known for his early and very profitable investment in Facebook, tends to stay away from giving general advice to entrepreneurs. “Generic advice is quite bad,” he …

Watch Out, Creative Class: Robots are Coming After Your Jobs, Too (Quartz)

March 1, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – The best way to invent new recipes is to enlist the help of a supercomputer, says IBM. Data-driven delicacies—dishes created through the work of a cognitive computer system—are being served by …

The Origins of Cool Tools

March 1, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off
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Kevin Kelly in Conversation with Stewart Brand (1h 19m 57s)

Huge Canal in Nicaragua Will Do More Harm Than Good (Wired UK)

February 28, 2014 – 9:00 pm | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – A canal across Nicaragua has been a dream of kings and entrepreneurs for centuries. Like the ill-fated schemes that preceded it, the newest incarnation has its share of interesting characters, rumors, …

An Amazing Village Designed Just For People With Dementia (Gizmodo)

February 28, 2014 – 6:00 pm | Comments Off

Social Trend – we’re not prepared for the future that awaits us—financially, infrastructurally, or even socially. But in the small town of Weesp, in Holland—that bastion of social progressivism—at a dementia-focused living center called …

Robot Swarm: A Flock of Drones That Fly Autonomously (NPR)

February 28, 2014 – 3:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – Can drones, the small unmanned aircraft that are at the forefront of fields from warfare to commercial delivery systems, fly without human intervention? A team of Hungarian researchers answers yes, having …

NASA’s Latest Robot: A Rolling Tangle of Rods That Can Take a Beating (Wired)

February 28, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Comments Off

Technology Trend – A scallops producer on Vancouver Island in British Columbia just lost three years’ worth of product to high acidity levels. The disaster, which cost the company $10 million and could lead …

Carbon Dioxide Pollution Just Killed 10 Million Scallops (Grist)

February 28, 2014 – 9:00 am | Comments Off

Environmental Trend – A scallops producer on Vancouver Island in British Columbia just lost three years’ worth of product to high acidity levels. The disaster, which cost the company $10 million and could lead …

New Partnership Could Produce a 3D Printer That Prints Objects 500 Times Faster and 10 Times Larger (GigaOM)

February 28, 2014 – 6:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – 3D printing is slow; so slow that printing an object several feet long is an arduous task that can take days. As a result, most 3D printers are tailored to printing …

Tesla Just Took Its First Step Toward Obliterating the Power Companies (Business Insider)

February 28, 2014 – 3:00 am | Comments Off

Business Trend – Elon Musk just announced details of Tesla’s plan to start pumping out lithium ion batteries like M&Ms at its planned “Gigafactory.” Obviously, it’s big news for electric vehicles as this …

IBM Wants Watson to Make Your Smartphone Apps Smarter (Wired)

February 28, 2014 – 12:00 am | Comments Off

Technology Trend – We know that IBM’s Watson supercomputer is good at trivia. It beat two Jeopardy champions on the iconic TV game show in 2011. But IBM wants far more from this machine. …

How the Army Plans to Fight a War Across the Electromagnetic Spectrum (Defense One)

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

Future Trend – The Pentagon long has made a big effort to showcase its budding cyberwarfare capabilities. But the military has been less forthcoming about a key, more tangible component of cyber — electronic …

Tesla Raising $1.6 Billion for ‘Gigafactory’ and Next Gen Vehicles (Forbes)

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

Business Trend – Investors can’t get enough Tesla recently, and the company sees that as an opportunity. Capitalizing on the stock’s soaring popularity, Tesla announced today that it’s raising $1.6 billion in capital through …

Microchip Sniffs Out Cancer Like Dogs Sniff Out Drugs (Wired UK)

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

Technology Trend – Billy Boyle is cofounder and president of operations at Owlstone Nanotech, whose sensors can be programmed to filter out and quantify chemicals by odour. The technology has the potential to “sniff …

Why Google Doesn’t Care About Hiring Top College Graduates (Quartz)

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

Business Trend – Home health aides, administrative assistants, and fast food servers: these are some of the occupations that are going to grow the most in the coming years. This analysis comes from the …

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 …

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