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David J. Hill

I've been writing for Singularity Hub since 2011 and have been Editor-in-Chief since 2014. My interests cover digital education, publishing, and media, but I'll always be a chemist at heart.

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Call of Duty Video Game Reaches $1 Billion In Sales In 16 days, Faster Than Cameron’s Avatar

Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), the eighth in the Call of Duty series, made an astonishing $400 million in sales in the first 24 hours after it launched on November 8, 2011. Furthermore, Activision recently...

Parents of Children With Autism, Unite! — MyAutismTeam May Be The Social Network You’ve Always Wanted

Without a doubt, Facebook is the king of social networks. It boasts 800 million active users, 900 million objects (pages, group and events) and 7 million apps, making it a one-stop online community and...

CDC Issues New Guidelines for Tuberculosis As Drug-Resistant Forms Spread

The 500,000 year-old pathogen responsible for tuberculosis (TB) has infected 1 out of every 3 people on the planet, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). Though other worldwide infectious diseases, such as HIV, influenza,...

American Middle Class Dwindles As Household Income Drops To 1996 Levels

Back in 1999, middle-class Americans were following the impeachment trial of President Clinton, reeling from the Columbine shootings, and fretting about Y2K. But if they knew then what we know today, they would have...

Awkward Much? Why Missouri Lawmakers Can’t Stop Student-Teacher Friending on Facebook

Over the past few months, government officials in Missouri have been bogged down in the social networking world as they sought to define how teachers and students are permitted to communicate electronically. Perhaps not...

U.S. Homes Consume Less Power, But Electricity Bills Not Predicted To Drop Anytime Soon

Tough economic times forces people to reevaluate where their money is going, and for most people, the cost of electricity takes a sizeable bite out of monthly income, with the average American electric bill...

The Gamification of Google: Image Labeler, Logos, Google+, and Now Badges in Google News

The word “gamification” has gotten a lot of buzz lately, which hopefully means it will be in the running for Oxford Dictionary’s 2011 Word of the Year (hey in 2005 it was “podcast” so...

Portal 2 Achieves What Games Aspire To Be — A Funny, Enthralling, Thought-Provoking Story That Makes Money

Portal 2, Valve’s follow-up to the groundbreaking, first-person puzzle game Portal, has been out since April 19 and has received a boatload of near perfect reviews and numerous accolades. Across all platforms, 3 million...

Massachusetts Police Want To Track All Cars On The Road — Are Your Rights Being Violated?

Last month, the governor of Massachusetts approved half a million dollars in grants for 27 police departments to acquire automated license plate readers that mount to the top of squad cars. These readers allow...

Internet-Based Political Movement Aims To Put Presidential Ticket On Ballots For The 2012 Election

The response to the recent debt ceiling fiasco underscores how Americans are increasingly pessimistic about the U.S. government. Though many feel we are stuck with a two-party system after numerous attempts to elect a...

Jawbone Raises $70M, Readies To Launch A Health Tracking Wristband Later This Year

Jawbone, the sleek line of innovative Bluetooth headsets, is seriously on the move raising funds from venture capitalists who have opened the coffers. Only four months ago, its privately-held company parent company, Aliph, announced...

The End of Borders Is A Win For Technology, Authors and Readers

We’re witnessing the end of an era as Borders, the second largest brick-and-mortar chain bookstore behind Barnes & Noble, liquidates its inventory and closes all 399 of its remaining stores, costing about 10,700 employees...

Shazam Keeps Rolling — Popular App Names Songs and Shows Just By ‘Listening’

If you’ve never heard of the mobile app, Shazam, here’s how a late-night TV ad might pitch it: How annoying is it when you hear a song you like but you don’t know the...

Researcher Makes a Career Developing Cocaine Vaccine, But Pharmaceutical Companies Won’t Produce It

Imagine if you came up with a simple but powerful idea: create a vaccine against the most addictive drugs. It could therapeutically help countless numbers of addicts overcome their substance dependency. Those at high-risk...

CivWorld, The Civilization-Building Game, Helps Facebook Further Advance As A Social Gaming Platform

Facebook seems to be the platform of choice for social gaming these days, and so it’s no surprise that established game franchises are looking to the social network to expand their player base. Among...

Arrested For a Crime, Get DNA Profiled — Even More States Now Collect Samples at Booking

It's getting harder to be a criminal...at least a career criminal. That's because 25 states now collect DNA for certain felony arrests, such as violent or sexual crimes. Furthermore, as of July 1, New...

Patient Medical Records in the UK Headed into the Cloud

The British have a long history of bravely venturing off into the unknown, and with cloud computing as their new frontier, they are forging ahead yet again. A hospital in the UK is testing...

10,000 Year Clock Begins Construction Thanks to $42 Million from Amazon’s CEO

The construction of a modern wonder of the world is now underway in western Texas as the plans for a clock that will tick for 10,000 years have been green lit by the hefty...
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Players Rule Their Real Neighborhoods with Shadow Cities, a Location-Based MMORPG for the iPhone (VIDEO)

When Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone in 2007, he described it as a revolutionary and magical product. Fortunately, the founders of the Finnish company Grey Area, the maker of Shadow Cities, were listening...

Canada’s New Polymer Banknotes Aim To Foil Counterfeiters…for the Time Being

In an age when online banking, electronic transfers, RFID-based payments, and digital currency are becoming exponentially popular among consumers, "paper" money can seem like an antiquated technology. But the truth is physical currency isn't...

3D Printers Are Taking Off But One in Every Home? Maybe in Another 10 Years

The 3D printer has come of age….well, almost. Let’s just say that after a tough hit from the recession, the 3D printer industry is back with a vengeance. Low-end sub-$1000 DIY projects to commercial...

New Report Shows Pesticides Found Throughout Produce — USDA Says Keep Eating

The USDA recently released their annual report on the presence of pesticide residue in food commodities, and the study produced a harvest of mixed results, so to speak. The report was quick to point...

Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help?

Are you ready to share the planet with 7 billion people? Current projections estimate that this population milestone is only months away. Along with a rapidly growing world population, the wave of urban growth...
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Will You Be a Cyborg by 2027? Awesome Website Marketing the New Deus Ex Video Game Says ‘Yes’ (Video)

Over a decade ago, the video game Deus Ex was remarkable for its blending of numerous game genres, emphasis on player choice, and depth of storyline, which earned it the title of “Best PC...

The Rise of Gen-CS? Computer Science Interest at Stanford Skyrocketing

Something strange is afoot at Stanford University’s Computer Science Department. About five years ago, the top-ranked department had seen much better days. The dot-com bubble, which had brought in many students into introductory computer...
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Organic Farmers Unite Against Monsanto In Battle For Future of Food

Another chapter in the ongoing David-and-Goliath-esque saga between organic farmers and the Monsanto Company kicked off recently with a lawsuit filed in federal court. The suit, titled Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et...
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Robots Take Over Hospital Pharmacy as Human Pill-Counting Talents Go To Waste (VIDEO)

A new pharmacy supplying medicine to the UCSF Medical Center is currently under the control of a handful of Swiss and Canadian robots that won’t let the pharmacists handle the medications directly. Housed within...

New Disposable, Medical Camera Is the Size of a Grain of Salt

Thanks to a German research institute, in the very near future, we may not even see the cameras looking back at us at all. It may not be news that camera technology is getting smaller,...

A Liquid Biopsy Test on the Market? A $30 Million Partnership May Finally Make it Happen

As Singularity Hub followers are well aware, it’s an exciting time in cancer screening. We’ve recently highlighted a number of new technologies that are in the works, such as Bio-Nano-Chips, a handheld microNMR detection...

Simple Blood Test Now Detects Prenatal Down Syndrome

Things are definitely on the move in the field of fetal screening. Researchers at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics have developed a test that analyzes maternal blood between 11 to 14 weeks...
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Growing Human Organs — Dr. Anthony Atala Blows the Minds of a TED Audience

If there was ever a point in your career to unleash your inner magician, it’s at a TED conference, hands down. TED has emerged as the premier global event for satiating the intelligentsia’s appetite...

Masdar City: A Closer Look at the City of the Future

Modern metropolises are proliferating malignancies of ravenous urban sprawl. Alright, that sentence is definitely laden with a hefty dose of theatrics, but we can at least say that increasingly around the world, people are...

A Smartphone Device that Detects Cancer in Under an Hour

If you’re a smartphone naysayer, here’s some news that might make you drink the Kool-Aid along with nearly half of Americans: of the 652 app applications submitted just to Apple every day, an increasing...

Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future

O, vehicle of the future, why have you eluded us? While other industries such as communication make enormous strides every year, it seems that transportation technology can only inch along, lumbering to barely get...
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Becoming Cybernetic: 3D Custom-Fit Knee Implants from ConforMIS

Like the treads on car tires, the all important cartilage within our knees is slowly wearing down. By the age of 65, in fact, nearly 50 percent of us are likely to suffer from...

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