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

April 23rd, 2014 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

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 ‘impossible’ $10K degree marches on in Texas

April 23rd, 2014 at 11:54 am » Comments Off

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 […]

Google X really did try to design a space elevator

April 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am » Comments Off

A space elevator is just the thing that is needed to open up the high frontier of space. A working space elevator is still not a reality as of yet. But some of the most intelligent and imaginative minds on Earth have been looking into the logistics of building such a space elevator. Rich DeVaul, head of […]

Facebook and Google are drooling over drone companies

April 21st, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Interest in Titan Aerospace and others is not just about the “next billion” Internet users. Last month it seemed as if Facebook would acquire the long-range solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace and use its technology to deliver Internet to remote areas of the world. It was ostensibly a hedge against Google’s balloon-driven Project Loon and the possibility that Google, rather […]

Top 10 ways 3D printing could change space

April 21st, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

A closeup of a titanium lattice ball manufactured using a 3D printing process. The European Space Agency (ESA) has identified ten ways to transform how space missions put together in their investigation of the potential of additive manufacturing (AM), or 3D printing.  

The Changemakers are the future of education

April 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

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 […]

Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice

April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

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.    

The Singularity and Our Collision Path with the Future

April 18th, 2014 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

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.    

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

April 17th, 2014 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

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 […]

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

April 17th, 2014 at 10:29 am » Comments Off

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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