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April 21st, 2014 at 1:05 pm

The 9 best jobs in Africa haven’t been invented yet

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According to futurist Thomas Frey, sixty percent of the best jobs in the next 10 years haven’t been invented yet. This is great news because lots of good, new jobs will be needed in order for Africa to reverse staggering youth unemployment rates.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 11:44 am

Google X really did try to design a space elevator

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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 Google X’s Rapid Evaluation team, has confirmed for the first time ever that Google’s super hush-hush R&D lab actually tried to design one.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 11:17 am

Neil Young’s Pono music player raises over $6 million on Kickstarter

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Musician Neil Young’s new portable music player called the Pono has shattered his $800,000Kickstarter goal set up to fund its production. (Video)

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 8:26 am

Facebook and Google are drooling over drone companies

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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 than Facebook, would connect the “next billion” Internet users.

 

 

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April 21st, 2014 at 8:16 am

Top 10 ways 3D printing could change space

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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.

 

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:55 am

The Changemakers are the future of education

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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 popping up in libraries, schools, shipping containers and buses as part of a revolution that has people returning to their workshops and building with their hands.

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April 19th, 2014 at 8:25 am

Google buys Titan Aerospace, a solar-powered drone company

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This week, Google announced the acquisition of Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed sum in a move that sees the technology giant enter the unmanned race for the skies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 11:13 am

Neuroscientists reverse symptoms of Alzheimer’s in mice

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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.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 11:04 am

The Guardian launches its robot newspaper in the U.S.

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The U.K. paper, the Guardian, is taking a very modern strategy and applying it to an old-school format. Starting this week the paper is going to experiment with a robot-generated print edition. The paper is to be called #Open001 and will be distributed for free every month at U.S. media and ad agency offices including Mindshare, Horizon Media and Digitas. Distribution will start with 5,000 copies.

 

 

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April 18th, 2014 at 10:58 am

Toyota develops Atkinson Cycle engine that delivers 78 mpg

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Atkinson Cycle Engine

Toyota has developed two hyper-fuel-efficient small-displacement gasoline Atkinson cycle engines: a three-cylinder 1.0-liter and four-cylinder 1.3-liter which will be introduced across the range from next year in 14 different variations. The smaller engine will deliver 78 mpg in the Toyota Aygo, an improvement of 30 percent.

 

 

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