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German inventors develop bracelet to test drinks for date-rape drugs

April 17th, 2019 at 1:07 am » Comments Off

Inventors in Germany have developed a bracelet aimed at combatting a fear of many clubbers — drink spiking. Kim Eisenmann and Sven Häuser’s “Xantus” bracelet only needs a drop of liquid to be applied to tell if it contains traces of “date rape drugs” — substances put in a person’s drink to incapacitate them. The […]



This 61-year-old woman just gave birth to her own granddaughter

April 8th, 2019 at 11:51 am » Comments Off

 Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty of Omaha, Nebraska, needed a surrogate to carry their baby. They never expected she would turn out to be Matthew’s mother. When Matthew Eledge and his husband, Elliot Dougherty, told Matthew’s mother, Cecile, that they were planning to start their family, Cecile thought fondly of her own parental journey. She’d […]



Volvo’s next step in car safety: Intervening in dangerous driving

March 30th, 2019 at 1:45 am » Comments Off

Volvo hopes to tackle speeding, distraction and intoxication with tech. Jake Holmes mugshot BY JAKE HOLMES MARCH 20, 2019 5:20 PM PDT 0 Twelve years ago, Volvo senior technical advisor for safety Jan Ivarsson announced Vision 2020. The bold plan dreamed of a world where, by 2020, nobody would be killed or seriously hurt in […]



From coworking to a smart city.

January 2nd, 2019 at 12:08 pm » Comments Off

This year is the 10th anniversary of my decision to devote myself to the creation of the models of social changes. After banging my head against the wall, trying to scale the default coworking business model, I realized that only city-wide catalyst models such as smart city can survive and are ones of the pillars […]



Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology doesn’t solve humanity’s problems’

November 18th, 2018 at 3:50 pm » Comments Off

Growing up in India, he slept on the floor of a house without a refrigerator. Today, the chief executive is steering Google through the most turbulent period in its history. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, last week.CreditCreditErik Tanner for The New York Times Google is facing more challenges today than at any time in its […]



We need Elon Musk much more than he needs us

November 5th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Heroes are not created equal. Most people recognize the name Sully Sullenberger, but far fewer can tell you what Alan Turing did during World War II. Fewer still could tell you that Turing was chemically castrated because he was gay, and committed suicide shortly thereafter. But thanks for bringing one of the most horrifying wars […]



How a team of innovators overcame the odds to create water from thin air

October 28th, 2018 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Today, 790 million people — 11 percent of the world’s population — live without access to clean water. Two years ago, XPrize, an international nonprofit organization, announced a global competition enticing innovators to find a sustainable and affordable way to bring potable water to those who aren’t privileged enough to have it now. Skeptics told […]



Amazing solar panel device is now open source

July 25th, 2018 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Anyone who has wanted to generate their own energy and filter their own water can now do so with an amazing open source device. Speaking on stage at Inspirefest 2018, Chinese-Canadian mechanical and electrical engineer Eden Full Goh described what inspired her to develop a cheap, easy-to-build solar panel device called the SunSaluter.



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 […]



The web had failed to serve humanity: Tim Berners-Lee was crushed when Russia used Facebook to meddle in U.S. elections

July 6th, 2018 at 8:54 am » Comments Off

World wide web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said he was “devastated” by recent abuses of the web, in an interview with Vanity Fair. He is working on a new platform, named Solid, to re-decentralise the internet and take power away from monopolies like Google and Facebook. He still has hope that the internet can become […]



Toronto pay-what-you-can store aims to tackle landfills and hunger

June 30th, 2018 at 9:13 am » Comments Off

Initiative aims to reduce dumping of ‘waste’ and sell it at prices set by buyers. In a bright, airy Toronto market, the shelves are laden with everything from organic produce to pre-made meals and pet food. What shoppers won’t find, however, is price tags. In what is believed to be a North American first, everything […]



Amazon is recruiting people to start delivery businesses. Here’s why I think some people could get rich

June 29th, 2018 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

There’s risk in any business. But if you asked me to invest in a business with these built-in advantages, I’d certainly listen. I know a lot of people who have made a ton of money on Amazon. Now, Amazon says it wants to recruit entrepreneurs to build a national network of small, independent delivery companies–driving […]



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