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A simple piece of advice from my high-school math teacher helped me start my own business — and I'm convinced it can motivate you to do anything

In 2008, after holding down a day job for all of six weeks, I gave up on the whole job thing to pursue an online business.<p>At the time, I had absolutely no clue what I was doing, but I figured if I was going to be broke and miserable, I might as well be while working on my own terms. And at that …

Motivation

Mag ICreatum All-in-One 3D Printer, Engraver, CNC Machine Launches From $99 (video)

An extremely affordable 3D printer and all-in-one desktop fabrication system that allows you to laser engrave, CNC carve as well as 3D print, has …

The Power of Education: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Today’s hyper-connected, tech-driven world opens doors to abundant opportunity for those who are equipped to seize it. Yet 330 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. As the educated capitalize on economic success, children without education and skills …

This Tiny Gadget Could One Day Replace Your Washing Machine

Washing machines could soon become obsolete, thanks to this tiny, portable washing device. It looks like a harmless little bar of soap, but ‘Dolfi’ …

Radiant Floor Heating 101

Radiant floor heating, popular in new construction, has become a viable retrofit option.<p>Photo: Sun Climate<p>Radiant floor heating is arguably the ideal …

How Science Has Been Abused to Promote Racism

Tim Crowe, <i>University of Cape Town</i><p>Race in human taxonomy -- the science of classifying organisms -- has a long, disgraceful history.<p>Individuals have used race to divide and denigrate certain people while promoting their claims of superiority. Some of these individuals were, and are, respected in …

The success of scientists’ funding requests seems linked to their race

The tiny share of minority groups that work in science in the US has always been a problem. If only these people were brought into the field in greater numbers, they would have an equal chance to shine.<p>That doesn’t seem to be the case, as revealed by data acquired through a Freedom of Information …

Dojo Stands Cybersecurity Guard for Smart Homes | Internet of Things

Dojo-Labs on Thursday introduced Dojo, a device that plugs into the router of a home network and acts as a watchdog to ensure that everything …

Case study: The Carbon Positive House

When you think of building your dream home, what do you imagine? For me, it’s creating a warm, open space filled with natural light, that is energy …

Woman invents tent for refugees which can collect rainwater and store solar energy

This collapsible tent can collect rainwater, store solar energy could just change the lives of millions of refugees around the world.<p>The tent, which …

RMI Investor Guide Helps Assess the True Value of Deep Energy Retrofits

Historically, investment in deep energy retrofits has been limited in large part by an insufficiently compelling business case. Investments made in …