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October 22nd, 2013 at 9:47 am

Good night’s sleep clears the brain: Study

A good night’s sleep really does make a difference.

A good night’s sleep really does clear the mind. The brain’s molecular waste-disposal system was discovered last year and is most active when we are sleeping, a study in mice suggests.

 

 

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October 22nd, 2013 at 9:23 am

40% of YouTube traffic is now mobile

YouTube’s mobile traffic is up 25% from last year.

YouTube seems to be the exception when it comes to getting people to concentrate long on anything on their phones and tablets. YouTube is quickly going mobile, with small screens making up 40% of its traffic now compared to 25% last year, Google said on its earnings call today. In 2011, just 6% of YouTube traffic came from mobile.

 

 

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October 21st, 2013 at 1:53 pm

OpenRemote – software that ties the Internet of Things together

OpenRemote is an open-source Internet of Things platform.

If you were to buy several Internet-connected home gadgets—say, a “smart” thermostat, “smart” door lock, and “smart” window blinds—you would likely have to control each one with a separate app, meaning it exists on its own. But, that’s not how Elier Ramirez does it. In his home, an iPad app controls his lights, ceiling fans, and TV and stereo. Pressing a single button within the app can shut off all his lights and gadgets when he leaves.

 

 

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October 21st, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Introducing Synaptical Currency Theory – Assigning Value to Brain Capital

Futurist Thomas Frey: What has been the hardest problem you’ve had to solve in your life? As I step you through this question, just focus on the ones where you actually found a solution.

 

 

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October 21st, 2013 at 1:39 pm

WatsonPaths: New project let IBM’s Watson work with doctors

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On the TV quiz show, Jeopardy!, IBM’s Watson defeated two grand-champions.  Watson is the world’s smartest computer and it was matched up against two really smart humans. The quiz-show win captured peoples’ attention, but, these days, as we identify uses for Watson throughout society, it’s becoming clear that these technologies will be used primarily to augment human intelligence, not compete with people or replace us.

 

 

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October 21st, 2013 at 10:47 am

Cloud to dominate data center traffic in 2013: Study

Percentage of Data Center Traffic in the Cloud, 2012-2013

More than two-thirds of global data center traffic will be represented by cloud-based traffic by 2017.  Cloud traffic will have grown more than fourfold from 2012 to 2017. Cloud-based traffic is already poised comprise the majority of traffic within the next few months.

 

 

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October 21st, 2013 at 10:36 am

Amaze project to take 3D printing ‘into metal age’

Concept of a Mars probe.

The European Space Agency has unveiled plans to “take 3D printing into the metal age.”  They will be building parts for jets, spacecraft and fusion projects.  The Amaze project brings together 28 institutions to develop new metal components which are lighter, stronger and cheaper than conventional parts.

 

 

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October 20th, 2013 at 9:05 am

Robo Raven – the first solar-powered robotic bird

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Solar power is a great way to keep robots running indefinitely, in theory. And it’s absolutely possible to do it, provided your robot doesn’t need to do anything urgently, you have a ludicrously powerful light source, or your robot is very efficient and spends a lot of time in the sun. That last category has potential for solar powered micro air vehicles, including the University of Maryland’s Robo Raven, which has just gotten kitted out with solar panel wings.

 

 

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October 20th, 2013 at 8:58 am

The U.S. is the world’s biggest oil producer in 2013

The U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer this year.

According to new data released from the PIRA Energy Group,  the U.S. is projected to be the biggest supplier of oil in the world this year when biofuels and natural gas liquids are taken into account.

 

 

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October 19th, 2013 at 8:57 am

Will we ever be able to harness the power of lightning?

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All of that electricity in a thunderstorm. All that lightning, all those kilojoules of power, just waiting to be harnessed, if only we knew how do it!  Could we really harness the electricity from lightning?

 

 

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