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August 29th, 2014 at 10:41 am

Germany considers ban on after-hours office communications to workers

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A ban on office communications in the evening and during vacation time could even become law.

Some German companies such as BMW, Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom, in the last few years,  have banned after-hours calls and emails to workers.  The point of the ban is to actually let people take time off in the evening, rather than effectively being half-working all the time.

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am

China to invest $16.3 B in electric cars

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Electric vehicles will yield big environmental improvements in China.

China is supposedly about to invest a hundred billion yuan (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today’s exchange rate) into electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, like public charging stations, according to “two people familiar with the matter”, says Bloomberg.

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am

How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

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Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning?

When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go to school for at least 13 years (K-12), plus “some” college or post high school education in the U.S. In  schools in developing countries, we hear about children who can’t go to school past a young age (sometimes around 8 years old) because they need to make money for their family’s survival, because they don’t have the opportunity to do so, because of their gender, or because it would be dangerous or prohibitively expensive to do so.

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am

Investments in power lines says a lot about how the US electricity system is changing

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Private investment in electric transmission has quintupled from $2.7 billion in 1997 to $14.1 billion in 2012.

Private electric utilities in America have been doing something surprising over the past ten years – they have been investing a lot of money in power lines and other electric-transmission infrastructure. (Chart)

 

 

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August 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am

Introducing the Library Vending Machine

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Library vending machine in China.

There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different reputations for serving their citizens. (Pics)

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Futuristic scooter concepts built around the Segway

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The Segway offers transportation solutions that would reduce congestion, pollution and other environmental problems. The unique design and function of the Segway has a fresh idea and excites the imagination of several people, designers included. If we fast forward a few years,  we will see quite a number of concept vehicles entering the market with the same vision. Here are some of these futuristic models Segway lovers would need to look out for in the near future. (Pics)

 

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 11:35 am

Malloy Aeronautics launches hoverbike drone

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Malloy Aeronautics’ hoverbike

Malloy Aeronautics’ hoverbike is a solid substitution for the real hoverboard we are still waiting for. The hoverbike which has successfully been funded on Kickstarter in the form of a drone, is the prototype for an eventual manned hoverbike that will whisk riders into the air. (Video)

 

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 11:07 am

Undercover Colors – a special nail polish changes colors if exposed to a drugged drink

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Undercover Colors detects date-rape drug.

Four college students from North Carolina State University have created a nail polish that may help protect the lives of college partiers everywhere. The polish — called “Undercover Colors” — will change shades if it becomes exposed to a drugged drink.

 

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am

Tech wages that will astound you

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For high-tech workers in San Francisco, the average annual wage rose to $156,518 in 2013, up almost 19 percent from the year before. That ranked the city No. 1 for high-tech wage growth out of 34 markets nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data crunched by JLL, a commercial real estate services firm.

 

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August 28th, 2014 at 8:01 am

Pre-VC rounds are shaking up early-stage funding

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The Sense sleep tracking device has been backed by angel investors and crowdfunding campaigns.

Wall Street Journal’s Evelyn Rusli reports that startups are tapping new sources of early-stage funding, including ad hoc networks of wealthy tech executives doing some investing on the side, and that should give some big venture capital firms pause. Twenty-three year old entrepreneur James Proud is the latest example. He has raised $10.5 million from a circle of well-connected angel investors and an additional $2.4 million in a Kickstarter campaign for his sleep-tracker device Hello.

 

 

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