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How Elon Musk’s Hyperloop will Change Transportation

January 11th, 2015 at 3:17 pm » Comments Off

San Francisco to Los Angeles in 35 minutes flat—that was the dream of the Hyperloop. Back in 2013, Elon Musk introduced the world to this dream with a 60-page white paper. The paper caused a stir. The idea—a levitating, solar-power, supersonic train—was both pure geek porn and a transportation revolution in the making. It definitely […]



Highly skilled immigrants are losing interest in the United States: LinkedIn data

December 28th, 2014 at 8:19 am » Comments Off

According to a new study, the U.S. is quickly losing its appeal to the world’s most talented immigrants. Stanford and the University of Washington researchers have culled a large dataset from LinkedIn and found that the the number of Ph.D.s choosing the U.S. as their home base fell by nearly half (29 percent in 2000 vs. 18 […]



The Coming Era of Mega Systems, Part 1 – Transportation

December 19th, 2014 at 11:46 pm » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey – Let me begin with a couple questions. Question #1: The U.S. has two countries that touch its borders – Canada and Mexico. But what is its third closest neighbor? While most would probably look at the island nations in the Caribbean, the third closest is actually Russia, a scant 2.4 miles away, […]



The world reshaped in 2015: The end of the population pyramids

December 4th, 2014 at 11:01 am » Comments Off

Demographers, teachers and politicians will stop talking about the population pyramid and start referring to the population dome in 2015. The change in terminology will reflect a profound shift in the shape and structure of societies. This is a shift that has been going on for 50 years and is only half complete.    



Google to launch 180 low-orbit satellites that provide Internet access

November 28th, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

The billion-dollar project will complement Google’s balloons and drones. Google wants to deploy a fleet of satellites to extend internet access to areas around the world that do not have internet access. The fleet of satellites will cost Google $1 billion. Google “will start with 180 small, high-capacity satellites orbiting the earth at lower altitudes […]



Could we run the entire world on solar power?

November 24th, 2014 at 2:46 pm » Comments Off

We all want to find an alternative to fossil fuels as soon as possible. The most viable answer to the planet’s energy needs is visible to us any time we look upward. The amount of solar energy that hits just 1 square mile of this planet over the course of a year is equal to 4 million barrels of oil, and the […]



Top 7 countries where Americans can get a free or low-priced higher education

November 18th, 2014 at 3:42 pm » Comments Off

Germany’s universities have been tuition-free since the beginning of October. College costs in the United States have surged by about 500 percent since 1985, and tuition fees keep rising. In Germany, they’ve done the opposite.    



Data mining reveals how news coverage varies around the world

November 10th, 2014 at 11:58 am » Comments Off

How well does nature reflect the pattern of real events around the world? It’s natural to assume that people living in a certain part of the world are more likely to read, see and hear about news from their own region. But what of the international news they get—how does that compare to the international […]



Who is quietly buying all of the cheap oil?

November 7th, 2014 at 10:59 am » Comments Off

There are 89 tankers sailing for Chinese ports. The US Shale Oil industry and Venezuala up in arms, Russia is being awkwardly quiet as the ‘secret’ Saudi-US oil deal that pressured prices for crude down to $80 has ‘hurt’ a lot of the world’s producer nations. However, China is the one country that is very grateful, […]



Top 11 facts shaping the global mobile industry

October 30th, 2014 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

MEF findings paint a global picture of the mobile content and commerce industry. MEF is the global community for mobile content and commerce. They will launch their findings of their 4thannual Global Consumer Survey in November at MEF Global Forum 2014, which connects international mobile leaders in the heart of Silicon Valley.    



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