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Britain’s imperial fantasies have given us Brexit

As Theresa May is discovering, the UK’s overblown sense of its place in the world has led to overplaying our hand with the EU<p>In his recent book Behind Diplomatic Lines, Patrick Wright, a former head of the UK diplomatic service, provides an illuminating account of Margaret Thatcher’s worldview. The …

United Kingdom

GM's SURUS fuel-cell truck platform could be a disaster-relief hero

Autonomous truck chassis concept could form the basis for a mobile power station, ambulance or delivery truck.<p>Hurricane Maria decimated Puerto Rico's infrastructure, including its power and water supplies, as well as its medical, transportation and food distribution networks. The natural disaster's …

Elon Musk says he can rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid with solar

<b>Renewable energy entrepreneur Elon Musk says he could rebuild Puerto Rico's shattered electrical infrastructure with his solar energy technology.</b><p>The vast majority of the island territory remains without power, weeks after it was hit by Hurricane Maria.<p>On Twitter, Mr Musk said his technology, which …

Airbus' electric flying taxis are set to take to the skies next year

Fast, Affordable, & Environmentally Friendly<p>Airbus is aiming to put its flying taxi, the CityAirbus, into operation next year, as confirmed by the …

Transportation

The Formula for Chi-Square Statistic

To see how to compute a chi-square statistic using the formula, suppose that we have the following data from an experiment:<p>Expected: 25 Observed: …

“It is not hard to come into our tower”: Belgian public broadcaster VRT is connecting with young creatives

It was a warm Wednesday night in early May and clusters of people, most of them under 30, were standing on a theater terrace overlooking Brussels, Belgium. Munching on appetizers and sipping drinks while also shooting photos for Snapchat and Instagram, they were there to hear a series of talks from …

Take Photos Through These Raspberry Pi Powered Binoculars

The Over-Engineered version<p>The Quick and Dirty version<p>Upgrade a pair of binoculars (or a telescope or microscope) with a Raspberry Pi 2 and a Pi camera and use one of Adafruit’s touch LCDs to view and take pictures at a distance.<p>This project is more time-consuming, expensive, and clunky than if you …

The Huffington Post introduces a less “eat your vegetables” way to show alternate views on news

Right now, if you’re one of the small number of people who actually care about exploring the biases in your news consumption, you have to do a little work. You can install a Chrome extension, maybe, or an app. Or you can seek out alternate sources to add to your reading list. One thing these …

How Hackers Hijacked a Bank’s Entire Online Operation

The traditional model of hacking a bank isn't so different from the old-fashioned method of robbing one. Thieves get in, get the goods, and get out. …

Information Security

A Hard Look at Times Editing in the Digital Era

THE NEW YORK TIMES has a reputation for impeccable editing. Not just because it can turn one particular story into a showpiece, but because it achieves a high level of consistency and polish across its entire report. It’s part of what readers pay for, and what they’ve come to expect.<p>Its editing …

Journalism

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CNN

Blacksmithing Essentials for the Beginner

Blacksmithing is by no means a dead trade, but if you watch or have watched shows like Forged in Fire, you’ll notice the modern forge has quite a few degrees of separation from the bellows and hammering of forges past. When I first got into blacksmithing, I wanted things to be modern. “This trade …

A startup founder worth $15 million explains why entrepreneurs should think like farmers, not suits

My path to becoming a tech startup founder with more than $15 million in funding hasn’t been conventional. My formative years were spent living and working on my family’s farm in Gladbrook, Iowa, a town with a population of around 1,000. I didn’t attend college on either coast, develop a knack for …

Entrepreneurship

CEO Secrets: How to make a small business really big

Think about how you can "scale up" your company from the moment you set it up. That's one piece of recurring advice we've been hearing on CEO Secrets, our series where we ask prominent bosses to share their business advice.<p>But what's it like to turn a very small company into a huge, multinational …

Small Business

How To Save The Media: A French Economist's Controversial Solutions For Western Journalism

Julia Cagé is an economist who loves data and uses it to make her arguments, but she is not the “on the one hand and on the other hand” kind of academic. She’s a professor at a university obsessed with action and policy, Sciences Po Paris. And she surely doesn’t mind taking a position.<p>Cagé recently …

Journalism

This 25-year-old just raised $5.8M for a startup that will make VR experiences ‘indistinguishable from real life’

Jake Rubin’s inspiration for launching a virtual reality company began inside his grandfather’s magnet lab at MIT nearly two decades ago. That’s …

Virtual Reality
Business Strategy

This Tool Maps the Spread of Fake News Online

Hoaxy is a website that shows you exactly who is sharing what types of articles online, and how far they've spread on social media.<p>Fake news, sensationalized media and blatant lies disguised as journalism have, unfortunately become major themes this year. Facebook's finally stepping up to stop the …

Journalism

9 questions about Russia you were too embarrassed to ask

A lot of history here. Also the backstory of a Eurodance hit.<p>Vladimir Putin and the nation he leads lurked in the background of the 2016 campaign for months and months, perhaps even shaping the outcome of the race. And now Putin’s preferred candidate, Donald Trump, appears ready to embrace him as …

Big Data Analytics: Eating An Elephant

Of all the disruptive technologies we track, big data analytics is the biggest. It’s also among the haziest in terms of what it really means to supply chain. In fact, its importance seems more to reflect the assumed convergence of trends for massively increasing amounts of data and ever faster …

Big Data

How I Built A Successful Startup In The Middle Of Nowhere

It can be done–even in Utica, New York.<p>Location, location, location. It’s an old mantra of traditional marketers and a reason why so many startups all cluster in the same place. For many of those in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City, location really is everything. The connections and …

How I Learned To Love Statistics — And Why You Should, Too

I always hated statistics. I mean really, really, <i>really</i> hated it.<p>Recently though, I've had a change of heart about the subject. In response, I find statistics changing my mind, or at least changing my perspective.<p>Let me explain.<p>When I was an undergraduate physics major, lab classes were mandatory. …

Physics

The New York Times Has 132,000 Reasons to Thank Donald Trump

America’s journalism industry has been under siege. Not only are there widespread layoffs and declining ad revenues, but its very mission—to inform …

Why You Should Never Try to Build a Company Without a Partner

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

This $5 device can hack password-protected computers in just 30 seconds

Even the strongest passwords are fallible, and as Samy Kamkar demonstrates, sometimes it doesn’t take much.<p>Kamkar’s new exploit, PoisonTap, uses free software and a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer. After attaching the Raspberry Pi to a USB adapter and plugging it in, the device goes to work. In …

Raspberry Pi

How Small Business Owners Are Leading the Country in Innovation

Entrepreneurs are creating meaningful impact in their communities.<p>Small businesses are the innovators of the world, while functioning in a climate in which innovation is rapidly becoming a word that's use is so ubiquitous that it's in danger of losing its power, and that would be a bad thing. …

At the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a newsroom that's gone from surviving to thriving

MINNEAPOLIS — Step into the new office of this old newspaper and it would be easy to assume the Minneapolis Star Tribune has moved fully into the …