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Climate change and drought are forcing us to upgrade our water systems

Climate change predictions and areas of severe drought in the US and around the globe have put water high on the list of global crises. The answer is "Water 4.0," argues David Sedlak, a professor of civil engineering at the University of California-Berkeley.<p>What's Water 1.0? To understand that, you …

Microsoft's 'touch screen' for any surface goes on sale

Prototype technology that turns any surface -- a wall, table, or floor -- into an interactive touch screen has been years in the making. Now, anyone can get their hands on the software.<p>Turning a wall into a touch-screen computer has many uses -- it could help teachers instruct classes or be used by …

Windows 8.1 Coming as Free Download on October 17

Windows 8 users should circle October 17 on the calendar. On that day at 7 a.m. ET / 4 a.m. PT Microsoft will release Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade …

Google: don't expect privacy when sending to Gmail

People sending email to any of Google's 425 million Gmail users have no "reasonable expectation" that their communications are confidential, the internet giant has said in a court filing.<p>Consumer Watchdog, the advocacy group that uncovered the filing, called the revelation a "stunning admission." …

News | Seametrics

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Washington State University

Geocharts: Water Challenges Around the World

The interactive maps below provide an overview of some of the water challenges different parts of the world currently face. Mouse over countries to …

Can We End the Global Water Crisis?

Changing Planet<p>Last month I had an opportunity to give a TEDx talk on my home campus at UC Irvine. Mine was called “Can We End the Global Water Crisis?” I’d like to share my views on this topic with our Water Currents readers by posting several excerpts, more or less straight from the talk.<p>“Can we …

The real threat to our future is peak water

As population rises, overpumping means some nations have reached peak water, which threatens food supply, says Lester Brown<p>Peak oil has generated headlines in recent years, but the real threat to our future is peak water. There are substitutes for oil, but not for water. We can produce food without …

Interactive Atlas Highlights Water Use Issues in California

Water is always a contentious issue in California. With 38 million thirsty people, a $43 billion agriculture industry, often erratic rainfall, and a …

Water Trumps Every Other Resource

Water is both the most important molecule and the most important resource on the face of the earth. Water clearly trumps oil, natural gas or any other resource available to our global society.<p>Think about our most important universal solvent. Think about the human body made up of between 55 percent …

Water resource management needs to be tackled collaboratively

Businesses are getting better at managing their own water supply, but is it time for firms to collaborate to secure a long-term sustainable supply and ensure they are protected from flooding?<p>Sponsored feature<p>As weather patterns continue to change, so does our rainfall, with some areas of the UK …

University of Cambridge

What's next for the water bill?

House members have finally finished their version of the massive water infrastructure bill. Now they just need time to take it up.<p>The bill is ready to go, but only if the full House can find the time to consider it, sources told POLITICO this week. And while Transportation and Infrastructure …

China and India 'water grab' dams put ecology of Himalayas in danger

More than 400 hydroelectric schemes are planned in the mountain region, which could be a disaster for the environment<p>The future of the world's most famous mountain range could be endangered by a vast dam-building project, as a risky regional race for water resources takes place in Asia.<p>New academic …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

The HistoMap – Four thousand years of world history

Inbox Zero for Life

A tweet from Dane Harrigan:.@krarick’s email system works. He should blog about itSo be it.Do This• Use the Gmail web UI with shortcut keys.• <b><br>Mute.</b> …

5 Ways To Get More Productive Today

Want to get more done in the next hour? Take 5 minutes to read this.<p>There might be some productivity-minded part of you that scoffs at the whole idea of reading about how to be more productive. After all, why would you read about <i>doing</i> when you could <i>do</i>?<p>Well, you can tell that part of you to stop …

Five Timeless Books of Insight on Fear and the Creative Process

“Creativity is like chasing chickens,” Christoph Niemann once said. But sometimes it can feel like being chased by chickens — giant, angry, menacing chickens. Whether you’re a writer, designer, artist or maker of anything in any medium, you know the creative process can be plagued by fear, often so …

Want To be More Productive? Go Somewhere Else

Before you suffer an acute case of desk-restlessness, get up and walk away. You may just find a fresh start on creating great work–and a new place to do it.<p>Does this sound like anyone you know?<p>“You yourself may be more of the problem than your office and your co-workers are,” cautions Randy Murray. …

Infographic: See How Barbie Stacks Up Against An Average (Real) Woman

Last week, Dove explained that many women tend to have unrealistic self-image issues (in an ad that was promptly parodied.) Now one of the hall of shame contributors to girls’ early assumptions about what is attractive returns–with a fresh injection of data.<p>Creativity By The Numbers is a series …

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13 CEOs and Founders Reveal Their Top Productivity Hacks

Struggling with distractions in the workplace? Here is how 13 tech entrepreneurs get the most out of their workday.

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The Business App 50: The Best Apps To Help You Do Your Job

These devices have transformed our daily lives. While much attention is given to the coolest consumer apps, mobile apps that help you do your job better are arguably even more important.<p>With that in mind, we've assembled a collection of apps that can help you be a rock star at work.<p>We curated this …

FullContact: Card Reader App With Human Transcription

Born out of TechStars back in 2011, FullContact offers a suite of tools that tap publicly-accessible data to auto-magically complete the missing information in your contacts list. In a nutshell, it’s all about eliminating duplicate, partial, and out-of-date records. As it happens, former TNW Editor …

Drippler 2.0 for Android launches with tablet support, new features

It's only been a few short months since popular Android discovery / recommendation app Drippler made the jump to iOS, and today it's launching version 2.0 for Android. The update brings proper tablet support, a new magazine-like layout and a slew of new features -- including categories, favorites …

Now With 7 Million Installs, Drippler’s Personalized Mobile News App Gets An Upgrade

Drippler, the makers of mobile apps for iOS and Android which serve as a hub for personalized news about your device, its features, as well as new mobile applications, is launching a revamped version of its service for Android, now optimized for Android tablets. The Drippler app has been installed …

10 Cool Campers For Every Budget

Here's a look at some of the coolest RVs on the market in every price class—from most to least expensive.<p>It's vacation season. The nights are long, the kids are out of school, and there's no better time to unplug from daily life and take the family on a camping adventure. According to the …

Roam Free Coast-to-Coast

Share Email Comments<p>With his 2011 Ford F150 EcoBoost and 2011 Four Wheel Camper Keystone pop-up camper, Mark explores nature from coast-to-coast, …