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April 24th, 2014 at 10:36 am

Afrofuturism: where space, pyramids and politics collide

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Jazz musician, Sun Ra.

Popular culture tends to turn to the fantastical, providing an escape from the harsh realities of life during times of economic and political crisis. However, what is usually represented as Utopian in mainstream science fiction is often culturally European with a story that frequently revolves around a white male character. Even when depicting “multiracial” future societies, culturally the tropes of that imagined culture are regularly not representative of the races seen. If we accept that all humanity will be present in the future, why is it that non-European cultures seem to disappear once we get through the Earth’s atmosphere?

 

 

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April 24th, 2014 at 9:58 am

Sand Flea – Boston Dynamics’ incredible jumping robot

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Sand Flea Robot

Boston Dynamics, a Google-owned robotics company, makes a number of stunning robots, perhaps most notably its Atlas humanoid and the “Big Dog” cargo-carrying robot. (Video)

 

 

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April 24th, 2014 at 9:47 am

This Week in Libraries interviews Futurist Thomas Frey

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No Business as usual with libraries, taking control of your destiny by a better understanding of the future and just in case vs. just in time scenarios. Erik Boekesteijn of This Week in Libraries interviews Futurist Thomas Frey on the future of libraries. (Video)

 

 

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April 24th, 2014 at 9:24 am

More middle-aged moving back in with parents

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Older people are quietly moving in with their parents at twice the rate of their younger counterparts.

Debbie Rohr, her husband, and twin teenage sons live in a well-tended three-bedroom home in Salinas. The ranch-style house has a spacious kitchen that looks out on a yard filled with rosebushes. It’s a modest but comfortable house, the type that Rohr, 52, pictured for herself at this stage of life.

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April 24th, 2014 at 9:14 am

Palcohol – ready-to-mix powdered alcohol

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Palcohol is essentially Capri Suns for adults. A large, booze-filled pouch designed to turn every trip to Chuck E. Cheese into a party. This isn’t some pie-in-the-sky, wacky idea. This stuff has been approved!

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm

Here’s what Americans think technology will look like in 50 years

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Americans surveyed believe that the next fifty years we’ll see the custom creation of transplantable organs, and computer-developed art, music and novels rivaling human talent.

Over the past 50 years, Americans have witnessed the first man walk on the moon, the birth of the Internet and cellphones, large and small and large again. What will the future of technology and science hold in the next 50 years?

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Mayo Clinic’s ‘Better’ turns your smartphone into a personal health concierge

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The Mayo Clinic is offering unlimited access to the famed hospital’s nurses through a smartphone app for about $50 a month. The Mayo Clinic partnered with Better, a California-based health technology startup, to launch the new subscription-based app. The app is not covered by insurance but offers real-time, 24/7 health care assistance. Think of it as a mobile WebMD. (Video)

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:14 pm

3D printed Osteoid cast with built-in ultrasound helps bones heal faster

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Osteoid cast

Old-fashioned casts for broken bones can smell and cause itching. But 3D printed casts can take care of those issues. Deniz Karasahin has designed the next step: a custom cast with an ultrasound device to speed up bone healing.

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April 23rd, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Criminals use drones to rob marijuana farms

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Criminals use drones and infrared cameras to find cannabis farms.

Some criminals in the U.K. are borrowing a tactic from the police, they are using drones equipped with infrared cameras to steal or extort from marijuana grow operations.

 

 

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April 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 am

The ‘impossible’ $10K degree marches on in Texas

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Governor Perry wants public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books.

Bill Ayers did not have in mind any endeavors of conservative Texas governor Rick Perry when he observed that “every revolution is impossible until it happens, and then, looking backwards, every revolution appears inevitable.” But Perry may have launched a revolution of his own with his 2011 state of the state address. Perry challenged Texas’s public universities to craft four-year degrees costing no more than $10,000 in tuition, fees, and books, and to achieve the necessary cost reductions by teaching students online and awarding degrees based on competency.

 

 

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