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September 18th, 2013 at 9:39 am

Amazon reports vinyl record sales are up 745% since 2008

Why are vinyl record sales up?

In the era when it seems like all of our music has gone digital, an interesting trend has been reported by Amazon: sales of vinyl records are up 745% since 2008.

 

 

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September 18th, 2013 at 9:28 am

When media and big data collide

If we lived in a PR utopia, it would look something like this: Businesses would send journalists timely, interesting stories. Journalists would receive an ongoing supply of quality information. Readers, in turn, would grow enthusiastic about brands, turning media coverage into a conduit for sales and investor interest.

 

 

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September 18th, 2013 at 8:24 am

Hospitals now a major source of contracting antibiotic-resistant infections: CDC

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are prevalent in the U.S.

Antibiotic-resistant infections are rapidly increasing in the United States, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  In the U.S., more than two million people get drug-resistant infections every year. About 23,000 die from these diseases that are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics in doctors’ arsenals.

 

 

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September 18th, 2013 at 8:10 am

Tesla hiring a driverless-vehicle engineer

Tesla could be joining a number of companies who say they will create their own fully autonomous cars.

Tesla is searching for an autonomous driving engineer, someone who will likely bring some of those great hands-free features to its electric carsin the future. They put out a call for applicants on its careers page for an “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Control Engineer,” or ADAS. The applicant will perform a research role, looking at how to add autonomous features and working with the “firmware team” to actually put this research into action.

 

 

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September 17th, 2013 at 10:18 am

All-digital, bookless library opens in Texas

A rendering of BiblioTech, a public library offering only electronic books.

Officials in Bexar County, Texas, celebrated the opening of the BiblioTech library, an all-digital public library, last week . The facility offers about 10,000 free e-books for the 1.7 million residents of the county, which includes San Antonio.

 

 

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September 17th, 2013 at 10:02 am

Argentina teen ‘superhacker’ has been arrested for stealing $50,000 a month

The teenager used malware to create a network of computers which diverted money illegally from accounts.

Buenos Aires, Argentina police have taken a 19-year-old man into custody on charges of orchestrating a hacker ring that stole $50,000 a month. The teenager, who has been dubbed a “superhacker” by the press and faces up to 10 years in jail if found guilty.

 

 

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September 17th, 2013 at 9:21 am

Designing classroom ‘makerspaces’ to transform learning in schools

The Maker movement emphasizes products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating.

Learning in our schools is poised to be transformed by the Maker movement. This fresh approach emphasizes creation and creativity and counteracts educational standards, testing and uniformity. Its emphasis is on products and processes born from tinkering, playing, experimenting, expressing, iterating and collaborating — and exploits new digital tools to make, share and learn across space and time, DIY style. Museums, libraries, community centers and after-school programs have designed physical and virtual “makerspaces” to host communities of supportive peers and mentors invested in creating everything from nail polish design and webpages to jewelry and robots . . . and now, even school curriculum.

 

 

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September 17th, 2013 at 9:02 am

Robohand: A 3D printed functional prosthetic hand at a DIY price

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Twelve year old Dylan Laas says Robohand makes him look like Darth Vader. Dylan is missing the fingers on one hand as a result of Amniotic Band Syndrome. For $150, the 3-D printed Robohand lets him grab things with bendable fingers, which most prosthetic hands don’t. (Video)

 

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September 17th, 2013 at 8:48 am

Drones provide Colorado flooding assistance until FEMA grounded them

Falcon UAV

There has been unbelievable flooding going on in Colorado. The rain has made it difficult (or impossible) for airplanes and helicopters to get in and out of the area. Drones can fly in and out, though, and while they’re not able to pick up people or drop off supplies, they are able to make damage assessment maps to help relief agencies coordinate their efforts. Or at least, they were, until the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showed up and grounded them. (Video)

 

 

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September 16th, 2013 at 11:22 am

Income flowing to the top 1% is at a record high

The economic recovery belongs to the rich. It seemed ominous in 2007 when the share of national income flowing to America’s top 1% of earners reached 18.3%: the highest since just before the crash of 1929. But whereas the Depression kicked off a long era of even income growth the rich have done much better this time round.

 

 

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