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Project Wing – Google’s secret drone-delivery project

August 31st, 2014 at 8:16 am » Comments Off

Google delivery drone. Google has secretly been working on the Project Wing program at GoogleX for the last two years. The company has been working on building flying robots that can deliver products across a city in a minute or two. (Video)    



Height does matter! Women prefer taller men

August 31st, 2014 at 8:01 am » Comments Off

Women prefer to be in a relationship where the man is taller. Research has already suggested that tall men are generally paid better are viewed as more masculine and competent. Now a new research paper suggests that their height advantage also spills over into their personal lives.    



What do Americans really want from their smart homes?

August 30th, 2014 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Smartphone-enabled, security-minded, and no monthly fees. Homeowners in the U.S. would prefer a smartphone-enabled, do-it-yourself platform for home automation over a closed, subscription-based system.  They also care a lot more about security and peace of mind than they do about saving on their energy bills.    



China to invest $16.3 B in electric cars

August 29th, 2014 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Electric vehicles will yield big environmental improvements in China. China is supposedly about to invest a hundred billion yuan (equivalent to about 16.3 billion US dollars at today’s exchange rate) into electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, like public charging stations, according to “two people familiar with the matter”, says Bloomberg.    



How much time do students spend in classrooms worldwide?

August 29th, 2014 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Does a greater number of years in school mean more learning? When you compare education systems around the world to see what’s working and what isn’t, one of the metrics we often see is ‘school life expectancy.’  This is known as how many years students go to school. We most often assume that students go […]



Investments in power lines says a lot about how the US electricity system is changing

August 29th, 2014 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

Private investment in electric transmission has quintupled from $2.7 billion in 1997 to $14.1 billion in 2012. Private electric utilities in America have been doing something surprising over the past ten years – they have been investing a lot of money in power lines and other electric-transmission infrastructure. (Chart)    



Introducing the Library Vending Machine

August 29th, 2014 at 8:09 am » Comments Off

Library vending machine in China. By Zach Hyman: There seems to be sufficient demand and interest in China for enabling people to check out books 24 hours a day. The not-so-cheap library vending machines have taken root across both urban and rural areas, each with a very different set of needs and each bearing vastly different […]



Tech wages that will astound you

August 28th, 2014 at 9:53 am » Comments Off

For high-tech workers in San Francisco, the average annual wage rose to $156,518 in 2013, up almost 19 percent from the year before. That ranked the city No. 1 for high-tech wage growth out of 34 markets nationwide, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data crunched by JLL, a commercial real estate services firm.  



Doctor-patient video consultations will triple from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015

August 27th, 2014 at 10:52 am » Comments Off

Doctor-patient video consultations will exceed 130M in 2018. Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates said, “the number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018. The connected health […]



Top 5 ways the workforce will change in the next 5 years

August 27th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

What will the workforce look like in 2019? Human-resources experts predict significant changes within the workforce over the next five years. They predict a sizable shift as millennials take their seats at businesses large and small, and Baby Boomers simultaneously either retire or modify their work styles to reflect increasingly flexible and mobile opportunities.    



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