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Parking has eaten American cities

July 30th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

Parking eats up an incredible amount of space and costs America’s cities an extraordinary amount of money. That’s the main takeaway of a new study that looks in detail at parking in five U.S. cities: New York, Philadelphia, Seattle, Des Moines, and Jackson, Wyoming. The study, by Eric Scharnhorst of the Research Institute for Housing […]



Interesting parental control app requires kids to exercise to earn screen time

July 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am » Comments Off

One of the iOS 12 features to generate a lot of buzz has been Screen Time – a way to monitor app usage and set limits to reduce the amount of time spent staring at your phone. You can use it yourself, of course, but parents can also use it to limit the time their […]



How e-commerce is transforming rural China

July 23rd, 2018 at 10:01 am » Comments Off

JD.com is expanding its consumer base with drone delivery and local recruits who can exploit villages’ tight-knit social networks to drum up business. In isolated regions, JD.com is expanding its reach, creating on-the-ground jobs and testing drone delivery. Will villagers be less tempted to leave for the big city? Xia Canjun was born in 1979, […]



Wind-powered Water Seer pulls 11 gallons of clean drinking water from thin air

July 21st, 2018 at 10:42 am » Comments Off

A new device that relies on simple condensation to collect clean water from the atmosphere promises to provide up to 11 gallons of safe drinking water without an external power source, greenhouse gas emissions, or adverse environmental impacts. What’s more, the innovative Water Seer collection device could potentially run forever, gifting generations of people with […]



3D printed guns are now legal… What’s next?

July 19th, 2018 at 8:55 am » Comments Off

On Tuesday, July 10, the DOJ announced a landmark settlement with Austin-based Defense Distributed, a controversial startup led by a young, charismatic anarchist whom Wired once named one of the 15 most dangerous people in the world. Hyper-loquacious and media-savvy, Cody Wilson is fond of telling any reporter who’ll listen that Defense Distributed’s main product, […]



How artificial intelligence could kill capitalism

July 17th, 2018 at 9:39 am » Comments Off

If you believe the hype, then Artificial Intelligence (AI) is set to change the world in dramatic ways soon. Nay-sayers claim it will lead to, at best, rising unemployment and civil unrest, and at worst, the eradication of humanity. Advocates, on the other hand, are telling us to look forward to a future of leisure […]



Endangered Languages: Why do they face extinction?

July 16th, 2018 at 9:14 am » Comments Off

Portrait of a Warrior Asmat tribe in traditional headdress. By definition, endangered languages are those that are facing extinction in the future. Several languages are not being used and are replaced by languages that are widely spoken in various countries and regions. If the trends are not reversed, the next century will see a few […]



Which 7 countries hold half the world’s population?

July 15th, 2018 at 8:39 am » Comments Off

People at a water park in China, which is home to the world’s largest population. Half of the world’s population lives in just seven countries. (VCG via Getty Images) As of this month, the world’s population is 7.63 billion, according to the United Nations, which celebrates World Population Day today. More than half of all […]



A new way to think about solving the world’s biggest problems

July 12th, 2018 at 8:47 am » Comments Off

How to build global cooperation. It’s SIMPOL! A while back I received a book in the mail titled “The SIMPOL Solution: A New Way to Think About Solving the World’s Biggest Problems” by John Bunzl and Nick Duffell, who were unknown to me. I get sent a lot of books with grandiose titles and don’t […]



Nearly 50% of teens in the US say they’re now online ‘almost constantly,’ according to new research

July 7th, 2018 at 9:45 am » Comments Off

A new study from Pew Research Center found that one out of two teens reports being online “almost constantly.” The study found that another 44% say they go online multiple times each day. The time teens spend online has gone up significantly since Pew’s 2014-2015 study. Back then, only 24% of teens reported being online […]



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