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Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Humans Aren’t the Pinnacle of Evolution and Consciousness—We’re Only a Rung on the Ladder

In his latest video, host of National Geographic’s Brain Games and techno-poet, Jason Silva, explores the universe’s tendency to self-organize. Biology, he says, seems to have agency and directionality toward greater complexity, and humans...

New Super-Black, Light-Absorbing Material Looks Like a Hole in Reality

UK nanotechnology company, Surrey NanoSystems, has created what they say is the darkest material known to man. Vantablack consists of a dense forest of carbon nanotubes—single atom carbon tubes 10,000 times thinner than a...

Solar PowerCube Provides Electricity, Clean Water, and WiFi in Disaster Zones

Following a major disaster, water, energy, and communications can be in short supply—challenging for residents and relief workers alike. But what if you could provide these necessities using only sunlight? Ecosphere's all-in-one solar solution, the Ecos...

How to Build an App With the Crowd

I have at least 7 really cool app ideas… but I have no time, and I frankly couldn't program them to save my life. Could you? I started looking into how I could design and...

Study Finds a Genetic Link to Autism, Researchers Hope to Find More

Doctors currently diagnose autism by observing behavioral symptoms, but in a study conducted by 13 institutions and including almost 4,000 children with autism, scientists uncovered a clear genetic link in a few cases. The...

Anousheh Ansari on Her Journey to the ISS and the Endless Possibilities of Space

“The biggest hurdle to a flourishing space industry is the cost of access to space, so if we can reduce that cost, the possibilities become endless.” So said Anousheh Ansari, speaking to the participants of...

Robots Able to Pick Peppers, Test Soil, and Prune Plants Aim To Replace Farm Workers

At the turn of the last century, nearly half of the American workforce was dedicated to agriculture. Industrial inventions like the steel plow had made farming easier, but it was still grueling labor performed...

“The World in 2025” Predicts Abundant Solar Power and Food, Tailored Drugs, Gene Therapies

In a recently released vision of the future, Thomson Reuters analysts predict solar power will be the dominant form of energy by 2025. Further, the report states genomic testing and manipulation will be common and lead...

Big Declines in Pollutants Over US Cities, According to NASA Satellite Imagery

Pollution in US cities has been declining for decades now. But sometimes it takes a visual aid to drive the point home. NASA recently released a time lapse of nitrogen oxide—one of six federally regulated...

Technological Fears and the Latest Entry in the Planet of the Apes Franchise

Summertime in the US means action-packed disaster films, and this year, it’s the monkeys who are coming to get us. Hollywood is offering up the next entry in the Planet of the Apes franchise, which...

From Beer to Caffeine, The Birth of Innovation (an Excerpt from Abundance)

300 years ago, during the Age of Enlightenment, the Coffee House became the center of innovation. Back then, most people went from drinking beer to consuming coffee (i.e. from being tipsy to being wired) and...

Magnetically Guided Nanoparticles to Target and Destroy Diseased Cells

Currently, we take the shotgun approach to treatments for diseases like cancer. The body is indiscriminately bombarded with drugs and radiation harmful to diseased and healthy cells alike. While we may not cure cancer...

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