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July 27th, 2015 at 10:28 am

A 3-D printed cap that can tell you when your milk has gone bad

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A smart, 3-D printed cap that can determine when milk has gone bad has been created by engineers from UC Berkeley and Taiwan’s National Chiao Tung University. The results were published in the journal Microsystems & Nanoengineering.

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July 27th, 2015 at 10:22 am

The future of human swarming and collective intelligence

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Whether it’s the birds and the bees, the fish, or even slime molds, it goes back to all social creatures that use their collective intelligence to form real-time synchronous systems. We have many names for these natural assemblages, including flocks, schools, shoals, blooms, colonies, herds, and swarms. Whatever we call them, one thing is clear – millions of years of evolution produced these highly coordinated behaviors because of the survival benefits they provide to a great many species. (Video)

 

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July 27th, 2015 at 10:14 am

Amazon on track to become America’s largest clothing retailer by 2017

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According to a report by financial analysts at Cowen, Amazon is set to become America’s largest apparel retailer by 2017. The e-commerce giant is gearing up to usurp the title held by Macy’s, Cowen reports:

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July 27th, 2015 at 10:10 am

Robotic surgery involved in 144 deaths in the U.S. since 2000

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Between 2000 and 2013, robotic surgeons were involved in the deaths of 144 people, according to records kept by the FDA. There are some forms of robotic surgery that are much riskier than others: the death rate for head, neck, and cardiothoracic surgery is almost 10 times higher than for other forms of surgery.

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July 24th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

An illustrated history of wearable technology

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What is wearable technology? Who invented wearable technology? What is the future of wearable technology? These are just a few questions that are asked every day about wearable tecnhnology.. “Wearable technology” makes most people imagine a fitness tracker, a smartwatch or google glasses.

 

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July 24th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Internet of Things will transform the insurance industry within the next 5 years

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Over then next five years, the ability to bring internet connection to almost every type of consumer device will be huge implications for the insurance industry. Insurers looking to cut costs, improve business practices, and better assess clients’ risk levels, will increasingly invest in the Internet of Things (IoT).

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July 24th, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Data is the future of machine intelligence

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Douglas Coupland: I look at apps like Grindr and Tinder and see how they’ve rewritten sex culture — by creating a sexual landscape filled with vast amounts of incredibly graphic site-specific data — and I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t an app out there that rewrites political culture in the same manner. I don’t think there is. Therefore I’m inventing an app to do so and I’m calling it Wonkr — which somehow seems appropriate for a politically geared app. I dropped the “e” to make it feel more appy.

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July 24th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

Izzy Swan builds a walking machine powered by a hand drill

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Izzy Swan, a retired furniture maker has built a drill-powered walking machine in his garage. He shows off the machine in action around his neighborhood and breaks down the construction process in this video he posted online.

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July 20th, 2015 at 4:46 pm

Your.MD’s artificial intelligence may soon eliminate the family doctor

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The traditional way patients interact with their doctors has changed thanks to the internet. Many patients are querying their symptoms on internet search engines. Searching knowledge databases with focus on medicine has become a common practice. But soon, the field of medicine is going to change beyond recognition. Your.MD, a new UK startup may be a real threat for all-purpose medical practitioners.

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July 20th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

How much major music streaming services pay artists: Infographic

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Artists have been at odds with streaming music services over the royalties they receive since Spotify arrived on the scene in 2011.  And now that Apple Music has entered the music streaming wars, the question of how much each music service pays artists is as rife as ever. But without a clear explanation of who’s paying what, it’s easy to find yourself using Taylor Swift as a barometer of artist fairness.

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