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Google's virtual reality film has been nominated for an Oscar

It's the first time a VR film, as well as Google, has been nominated.<p>Pearl, released in May 2016, is one of Google's "Spotlight Stories," where "storytelling and VR meet," its YouTube channel says.<p>The animated film follows a musician and his daughter in a car, their home, as he travels the country …

10 Reasons to Be Optimistic for a Low-Carbon Future

Sure, many of my friends in the climate change movement can't wait to forget 2016, the year when an incoming Trump presidency brought new meaning to …

Conservatives can be convinced to fight climate change with a specific kind of language

Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is only one prominent example of a long-standing conservative tradition of eulogizing the past. Progressive politicians often campaign with the promise of a better future. But conservatives recognize that pledging to restore a golden past …

National Academy of Sciences

Six DIY gadgets that improve life in the developing world

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>Around the world, inventors are coming up with amazing DIY gadgets perfectly suited for use in rural and off-grid areas. These gadgets translate into a huge improvement in quality of life for those who use them, by paving the way for affordable housing made from mud, effective …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? 93 Percent of Successful Entrepreneurs Say This Is the Key

I asked 118 successful founders for their best advice, and 110 told me basically the same thing.<p>Parents want the best for our kids. Near the top of the list? Financial security and freedom.<p>Since research shows that the only way to accumulate great wealth in America is through entrepreneurship, I …

Warming soil to release US-worth of carbon by mid-century

There is a lot of talk about tipping points when it comes to climate change, alluding to a time in the not-so-distant future where the effects of …

Why Nonconformity Is a Precondition for Innovation

In the long term, the future is decided by nonconformists!<p>Nonconformity is a necessary evil. People hate change but it's important for long-term progress and development. Many outstanding, different and remarkable inventions that have transformed how we live and work were started by people who …

With its newest invention, Facebook aims to become the world’s largest charity fundraising platform

Launch Facebook today and you’ll see a large advertisement for #GivingTuesday, the five-year old nonprofit whose annual day of charity follows the binge shopping of Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the US. This year, Giving Tuesday has partnered with Facebook to highlight heartwarming acts of …

Don’t panic, but Google’s AI is now smarter than human doctors

Humanity’s relentless march towards a future where machines rule everything gained some ground today, as Google revealed that one of its fancy …

Gravity can light the world with this new technology

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at …

Right-wing group led by Trump propagandist launches campaign against Elon Musk, Tesla and SpaceX

A right-wing propaganda group led by one of Donald Trump’s top propagandists recently launched a campaign called <i>‘Stop Elon From Failing Again’</i>. According to their manifesto, the initiative aims to stop Elon Musk from “defrauding” American taxpayers through his companies, Tesla and SpaceX.<p>The effort …

A study of NASA's 'impossible' space thruster just passed scientific peer review

After months of speculation and leaked documents, NASA's long-awaited EM Drive paper has <i>finally</i> been peer-reviewed and published. And it shows that the 'impossible' propulsion system really does appear to work.<p>The NASA Eagleworks Laboratory team even put forward a hypothesis for how the EM Drive …

Physics

Easy Ways to Make Work More Fun

<i>The Entrepreneur Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in America’s startup scene contribute</i> …

You need to get inside the mind of a climate change denier if you want to change it

It has never been more important to figure out how to have constructive conversations with climate change deniers.<p>Whether the current global climate change was caused by the actions of humans should no longer be a topic of debate. In 2013, a survey undertaken of over 4,000 academic papers published …

You Can Now Cast 'Harry Potter' Spells with Your Android Device

Thanks to Google, Android phone users can all use a little <i>Harry Potter</i> magic.<p>On Tuesday, the company announced three new “spells” for its Android …

This 1995 Hubble Photo Changed Astronomy Forever

And most people have never seen it.<p>In its 26 years in space, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken thousands of incredible, awe-inspiring images in …

Here's Elon Musk's complete, sweeping vision on colonizing Mars to save humanity

SpaceX founder and billionaire Elon Musk wants to launch a million people to Mars in hopes of saving humanity from certain doom.<p>Musk presented his sweeping vision at the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico, during a roughly 63-minute speech.<p>You can watch the entire talk …

Apple’s kid-friendly “learn to code” app is more than meets the eye

<b>On its surface, Swift Playgrounds, the “learn to code” iPad app that Apple launched today, is as kid-friendly as programming gets.</b> The app features adorable monsters, brightly colored digital worlds, and lessons on the fundamentals of commands and loops.<p>But the app is much more than that. …

iPad Apps

Apple’s New “Learn To Code” App Is For Kids—And Maybe Their Parents, Too

Can Swift Playgrounds convince the next generation of coders to embrace iOS?<p>Young coding students today often learn to program using a visual “drag-and-drop” language like MIT’s Scratch, which turns complex syntax into blocks and saves students the trouble of correcting spelling and punctuation. …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Neuroscience research reveals a simple daily ritual that can make you happier

Actually, I'm wrong…<p>The research says we're really big on touching — our phones, that is. People touch their phones 85 times a day .<p>But how many times a day do you touch <i>someone else</i> ? Probably not nearly as often. That's kinda messed up, don't ya think?<p>You need to touch people more. It will improve …

17 Psychological Tricks To Make People Like You Immediately

Most friendships develop so naturally that you don't even realize how or when they started.<p>Sometimes, though, you want to make an effort to befriend …

You've been charging your smartphone wrong

r. nial bradshaw/FlickrYes, we know. Our smartphone batteries are bad because they barely last a day.But it's partially our fault because we've been …

Electric Vehicles

The US government says if you make less than $20 an hour, a robot is probably going to take your job

They promised us jetpacks. But if they arrive in the future, many of us may not be able to afford them.<p>Jason Furman of the US Council of Economic Advisors gave a speech last week (pdf, p. 5) highlighting the potential for automation to displace today’s jobs, even as it creates new ones. No one …

How One Company is Disrupting the $600 Billion Dollar Manufacturing Industry

For every entrepreneur and business, finding a manufacturer is one of the most challenging aspects of getting your idea off the ground. Manufacturing products is a hurdle that nearly every entrepreneur faces, regardless of if their business is hardware or fashion focused.<p>For people looking to find …

Apple introduces Swift Playgrounds app that teaches kids to code

A playful, visual app that offers basic lessons on computer programming<p>Two years ago, Apple introduced a new coding language, Swift, that it hoped would appeal to a new generation of developers. At its annual developer conference today, Apple highlighted the fact that lots of young coders had taken …

The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity

The way we get electricity is about to change dramatically, as the era of ever-expanding demand for fossil fuels comes to an end—in less than a …

10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

Get started with VR on your iPhone or Android phone with these 100 apps, spanning films, games, news and 360-degree photo-sharing<p>You don’t need to spend hundreds of pounds on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset to give virtual reality a try.<p>The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device …

Virtual Reality

Secrets To Israel's Innovative Edge

<i>This is Part 1 of a two-part series on Israel’s success as an innovation hub.</i><p>Read Part 2<p>Eighteen and fresh out of high school, Yossi Matias reported for his first day of military service at the Hatzerim Airbase in the Negev Desert, approximately 100 km south of Jerusalem. As a reward for passing …