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March 3rd, 2015 at 2:42 pm

Solar business employs more Americans than coal mining

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As its production costs have fallen far enough in some regions to compete economically with fossil fuels, companies like Apple are now buying mass quantities of solar power. Continue Reading »

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March 3rd, 2015 at 2:30 pm

Marc Andreessen’s 16 ideas for a more dynamic US economy

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In a recent “tweetstorm,” venture capitalist Marc Andreessen offers 16 “somewhat-less obvious ideas for how to expand the number of “unicorn” great tech startups over time.” Continue Reading »

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March 3rd, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Will ‘Shapies’ replace Selfies?

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Photo booths are making a comeback, kids and parents (all certainly equipped with smartphones that take much better pictures) line up all in good cheer, gaily running off with low quality photostrips of themselves.  Now if people think photo booths are cool, just wait until they enter the high-tech world of a Shapify booth. Continue Reading »

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March 3rd, 2015 at 12:57 pm

Study: People are ready for self-driving cars

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General Motors pioneered a version in the 1950s, in the 1970s Ford engineers predicted their own version would be on the road by the year 2000, but self-driving cars have remained a science fiction dream for decades. Continue Reading »

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March 3rd, 2015 at 12:50 pm

Time for presidential candidates to deal with robots

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For more than two decades now presidential candidates have been arguing about whether free trade is hurting middle-class workers.  2016 may launch a similar debate about robots and computers, automation may be the new outsourcing. Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 7:22 pm

Where are all the Hurricanes?

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The hurricane season passed off relatively quietly last year.  Category 2 hurricane Gonzalo hit Bermuda in October 2014, briefly making the world’s headlines, but it did relatively little damage, apart from uprooting trees and knocking out power temporarily to most of the island’s inhabitants. Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 4:53 pm

China has used more concrete in 3 years than the US did in 100 years


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China has used more concrete from 2011 to 2013 than the United States in the entire 20th century, 6.6 gigatons vs. 4.5 giatons, according to the USGS cement statistics. Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 4:30 pm

New air-filter design may help Beijing and L.A. breathe easier

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Yi Cui of Stanford and his students have used a material commonly used in surgical gloves into a low-cost, highly efficient air filter that could be used to improve facemasks, window screens, and could even reduce the exhaust from power plants. Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 4:19 pm

Top 12 threats to human civilization

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Researchers at the Global Challenges Foundation released earlier this month a thorough and unsettling look at what threatens human civilization.   Continue Reading »

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February 27th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

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Futurist Thomas Frey:  Recent comments by Vint Cerf, vice president of Google and one of the founding fathers of the Internet, about the long-term viability of our data has many wondering what will happen to our digital information over the next 100, 200, or even 1,000 years. Continue Reading »

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