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Virtual reality therapy may reduce cravings for alcohol and tobacco

June 26th, 2015 at 8:25 am » Comments Off

A new study that appears in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs suggests virtual-reality therapy may help to reduce people’s craving for tobacco and alcohol.



Top 6 shifts coming soon to energy markets near you

June 26th, 2015 at 8:23 am » Comments Off

Trillions of dollars will be invested in renewable energy over the next 25 years. This will drive some of the most profound changes yet in how humans get their electricity. That’s according to a new forecast by Bloomberg New Energy Finance that plots out global power markets to 2040.



Caltech’s ‘toilet of the future’ is built so anyone can repair it

June 25th, 2015 at 10:36 am » Comments Off

For the 2 billion people in the world who still lack sanitation, Caltech is creating a cheap, safe, and clean toilet. But building this cool product is really the easy part.



Marriage in America is going out of style

June 25th, 2015 at 10:04 am » Comments Off

June is the time of year when we’re supposed to hear wedding bells. The invitations start coming in and you find yourself scurrying to order gifts from registries and block off summer weekends to attend ceremonies and parties.  



Engineering the Secret Engines of Off-Grid Living

June 25th, 2015 at 9:18 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey: Having just returned from a trip to Alaska, it occurred to me that most of the 660,000 sq miles of this beautiful state will never be habitable until a more complete off-grid solution is found. In Alaska, they’ve already figured out how to turn every one of their 3 million lakes into […]



The most common Job in 29 states will nearly disappear in 10 Years

June 24th, 2015 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Trucking driving is the most common job in 29 of 50 US states, according to NPR. This seems a bit overboard, and depends on how jobs are categorized, but here is the chart.



Only 3% of Americans are legally allowed to invest in startups

June 23rd, 2015 at 9:42 pm » Comments Off

All of the venture capitalists that are worth more than $1 billion are all men. Most of these men have invested in Groupon, LinkedIn, Skype, YouTube, Paypal, Facebook and others. Chances are, you are legally barred from joining their exclusive investors’ club.



Spoken sentences can be reconstructed from brain activity patterns

June 17th, 2015 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

It is now possible to reconstruct spoken sentences from activity patterns of the human brain surface. “Brain to Text” combines knowledge from neuroscience, medicine and informatics.  



Can the rapid advances in technology create a jobless future?

June 17th, 2015 at 8:38 am » Comments Off

“We are interested in robots that create and are creative,”  Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions. Lipson is an engineering professor at Cornell University. He is one of the world’s leading experts on artificial intelligence and robotics. His research projects provide a peek into the intriguing possibilities of machines and automation, […]



Finland’s new government commits to Basic Income experiment

June 16th, 2015 at 12:34 pm » Comments Off

The new government in Finland has committed to a Basic Income experiment as part of its program for government which was published in May. The commitment consists of one line: ‘Implement a Basic Income experiment’, in the ‘Health and Welfare’ section of the program.  



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