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When Everyone Becomes Blackmailable

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:17 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: On a recent driving trip, my wife and I became immersed in the audio version of one of Tom Clancy’s last novels titled, “Threat Vector.” Without giving away too much of the plot, a Chinese super-geek villain has hatched a plan to hack into our most secure networks and blackmail people with […]



Blue Cross makes a $65B bet on value-based medical care

July 22nd, 2014 at 10:12 am » Comments Off

The traditional fee-for-service approach to medicine that can lead to overtreatment and unnecessary medical tests and procedures. The country’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans say they are spending more than $65 billion annually, about 20 percent of the medical claim dollars they pay, on “value-based” care that rewards better outcomes and keeps patients healthy. This […]



Growing trend among young singles who treat pets like girlfriends and boyfriends

July 22nd, 2014 at 9:41 am » Comments Off

Lucy, a 1 year old Burmese Mountain dog and her owner Alfred Pretrone. There’s “something special” about Lucy, says Alfred Pretrone about his female companion. She’s good-looking, “chill” and she makes the stress melt away at the end of a long day. But Lucy isn’t Mr. Petrone’s girlfriend. She’s his dog.    



Generating electricity from jumping water droplets

July 21st, 2014 at 10:41 am » Comments Off

This process can generate small amounts of electricity. Last year, MIT researchers discovered that when water droplets spontaneously jump away from superhydrophobic (water-repelling) surfaces during condensation, the droplets can gain electric charge in the process.    



Mobile and beacons will power travel in the future

July 21st, 2014 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

Mobile tech will help squash millions of annoyances we encounter with traveling. Our lives have the potential of becoming completely automated because of beacons. The tiny transmitters will seamlessly give companies information about us that help them provide better service; control real-time opportunities for us to save or enjoy; and simplify the exchange of funds. […]



Democratization of funding is disrupting the venture capital landscape

July 21st, 2014 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

Democratization of funding is changing the VC landscape. The venture capital and funding market has changed dramatically over the last ten years. In the past venture capitalists were the go-to-guys in the playground, there are new players giving entrepreneurs with many choices. One used to focus their efforts in the famed VC offices on Sand […]



Project proposals nearly double California’s energy storage target

July 21st, 2014 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

Energy storage On paper, California’s push to transform the market for grid-scale energy storage is working even better than expected.    



China expected to become a world leader in high speed rail while the U.S. stands by

July 20th, 2014 at 8:33 am » Comments Off

A maglev train at the Pudong International Airport. High-speed rail (HSR) will connect not only cities, states and countries in the future, but also far-reaching continents. In about 15 to 20 years from now, one could travel seamlessly from London, UK to Beijing, China and even have a detour within the Gulf countries using the […]



The salary at which money won’t make you any happier in each state

July 20th, 2014 at 8:17 am » Comments Off

Can money buy happiness? Only up to a certain point. But just how much you need to get to that threshold really depends on where you live, according to a new analysis by Doug Short, vice president of research at investment group Advisor Perspectives.    



Mutant worm created that can’t get drunk

July 19th, 2014 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

Genetically engineered worms could ultimately lead to anti-drunk pills for humans. A team of researchers recently made a genetic tweak to worms’ brains that made it impossible for them to get drunk. More specifically, the scientists modified the worms’ genes so that a molecular channel that binds alcohol to their brains would no longer work. […]



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