John Smithers

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No CEO needed: These blockchain platforms will let ‘the crowd’ run startups

Back in May, I wrote about the concept of DAOs, decentralized autonomous organizations capable of running themselves thanks to blockchain technology — no CEO or C-Suite needed. At the time I was writing, there were a few people in the blockchain community testing out the idea but no strong efforts …

Blockchain

In Search of the (Alleged) Latino Ghost Towns of Alabama

The Latino USA team makes pit stops in Albertville and Pelham, Alabama, to learn what life was like after H.B. 56 was passed, as well as what it's like today.

Exploring the Carina Nebula

When astronomers want to look at all the stages of star birth and star death in the Milky Way galaxy, they often turn their gaze to the mighty Carina …

Cosmology

In Silicon Valley, data trumps opinion — even with gender parity

The value of diversity is no longer a question; it is a fact. Here’s our plan to get there by 2030.<p>This Saturday, Aug. 26, marks Women’s Equality Day; the date was selected to commemorate the 1920 certification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote.<p>As a diverse …

Americans are spending more money after they retire

Most people expect to spend less money after they retire. But that might not be the case -- at least not at first.<p>Spending rose for more than half of taxpayers during the first three years after claiming Social Security, according to a report based on tax data and analyzed by economists at the …

Europe's Most Dangerous Supervolcano Is Reawakening Just In Time For Christmas

Just below millions of people there is a supervolcano that has begun to show signs of reawakening. The supervolcano, Campi Flegrei, is 8 miles wide and sits beneath the Bay of Naples offshore Italy. Recent monitoring of the volcano points to a reawakening of one of the largest volcanos in Europe.<p>An …

Silicon Valley CEOs didn't hide their distaste for Donald Trump. Now comes the reckoning

Silicon Valley's entrepreneurs made little effort over the last year to conceal their distaste for Donald Trump, a candidate whose social media savvy belied what they saw as a staggering disregard for the innovation economy and the tech culture that has fostered it.<p>Now comes the reckoning.<p>Some of …

Neil DeGrasse Tyson: ‘I think the things you might think up in a bar’

The astrophysicist has a unique perspective after a life pondering the universe – grateful to science’s risk-takers, but scathing about unthinking voters<p>Neil DeGrasse Tyson, 58, is an American astrophysicist who is the director the of Hayden Planetarium in New York. A committed science …

TV shows

The future is a smarter world of dumber devices

With smartphones in all of our pockets, it’s easy to laugh at Thomas Watson’s reputed remark that “there is a world market for about five computers.” But what if he was off by only four computers instead of four billion?<p>In the early 2000s, we lived in an era of expensive storage and slow …

Internet of Things

Wearable drone that Unstraps from your Wrist to take photos and then Flies back

Nixie is a wrist watch like thing that becomes a camera drone when you want it to be. And it only takes a gesture to set it off. It is a little …

Drones

Mercedes just revealed the bus of the future — and it looks awesome

The company's semi-autonomous bus, called the Future Bus, drove a little more than 12 miles from Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to Haarlem, a city just outside Amsterdam. The bus's journey was especially impressive because the route included traffic lights, tunnels, and required the bus to navigate …

Transportation

5 Fidelity Funds You Can Hold Until You Die

Fidelity mutual funds are among the best on the market today, and these excel in the long term<p>Fidelity Investments is one of only a few mutual fund …

Investing

Who Shot Bin Laden? A Tale of Two SEALs

Two different alumni of SEAL Team Six, the secretive group of highly trained warriors that killed Osama bin Laden three years ago, have been profiting off their role in the terror leader’s death since leaving the military.<p>Former Team Six member Matt Bissonnette, who wrote a bestseller under a …

To the moon and back: Lunar mission tests China's space program

Up, up and away. Way away -- to the moon, in fact.<p>China launched an experimental spacecraft early Friday that is scheduled to orbit the moon before returning to Earth, a first for the country's ambitious space program and considered a precursor to a planned mission to the moon.<p>The unmanned …