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April 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am

The Changemakers are the future of education

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Students learning to 3D model in Budapest, Hungary

There’s a lot of talk about  The Maker Movement in Silicon Valley. Over 195,000 people attended Maker Faire events around the world last year alone. Makers are tech-savvy tinkerers. They build robots, program light installations and hack everything from code to IKEA furniture. From Boston to Beirut, community-based makerspaces are popping up in libraries, schools, shipping containers and buses as part of a revolution that has people returning to their workshops and building with their hands.

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:25 am

Google buys Titan Aeorspace, a solar-powered drone company

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Solar-powered drone

This week, Google announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum in a move that sees the technology giant enter the unmanned race for the skies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice

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Blockade of p25 generation in the brain of an Alzheimer’s disease mouse model mitigates amyloid plaque buildup.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice have been reversed by limiting a certain protein in the brain, according to a report by neuroscientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Guardian launches its robot newspaper in the U.S.

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The U.K. paper, the Guardian, is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format. Starting this week the paper is going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Toyota develops Atkinson Cycle engine that delivers 78 mpg

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Atkinson Cycle Engine

Toyota has developed two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement gasoline Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 10:45 am

Netherlands debuts glow-in-the-dark roads

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Glow-in-the-dark highway.

Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 0.3 mile stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 am

The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

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Futurist Thomas Frey: Google’s Director of Engineering, Ray Kurzweil, has predicted that we will reach a technological singularity by 2045, and science fiction writer Vernor Vinge is betting on 2029, a date that is ironically on the hundredth anniversary of the greatest stock market collapse in human history.

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water

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Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot.

The PowerPot is an awesome device that charges your phone by boiling water in a pot. The device has just become the next hot thing, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.” (Video)

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:40 am

South Korea’s internet speeds blow away the rest of the world

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Here’s a speed test conducted at a coffee shop in Seoul using its free WiFi.

South Korea is a connected country. There’s free WiFi just about anywhere you go, even at the airport. And if you travel a lot, you know free WiFi at an airport is nearly impossible to come by. Not only is there free WiFi everywhere, but that Internet is much, much faster than what you typically get in the U.S.

 

 

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April 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am

Harvard professor Clayton Christensen predicts half of U.S. colleges to fail in next 15 years

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Dowling College main administrative and faculty offices building.

On Long Island, New York’s south shore on the Dowling College campus, a fleet of unused shuttle buses sits in an otherwise empty parking lot. A dormitory is shuttered, as are a cafeteria, bookstore and some classrooms in the main academic building.

 

 

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