Laurie Hurson

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City Museums Look to the Future

A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York places civic engagement at the forefront.<p>In their most traditional form, museums encapsulate the past, and the Museum of the City of New York’s first permanent installation, open this month, fulfills that expectation. Visitors to <i>New York at its</i> …

Signal encryption app sees 400 percent boost after election

Signal is getting a strong signal of its popularity.<p>The encrypted messaging app, made by Open Whisper Systems, has seen a 400 percent increase in installations since last week's presidential election, co-founder Moxie Marlinspike told American Public Radio's Marketplace program.<p>Marlinspike didn't …

James Martin

Research reveals the dark side of wearable fitness trackers

You no longer have to look to science fiction to find the cyborg. We are all cyborgs now. Mobile phones, activity trackers, pacemakers, breast implants and even aspirins all act as biological, cognitive or social extensions and enhancements of our bodies and minds. Some have even predicted that …

Wearable Tech

Tykes and tablets: Is too much screen time damaging your child’s brain?

Let’s face it – screen time is an inescapable reality of modern parenting, with kids of every age spending hours upon hours in front of iPads, smartphones and televisions. And that’s not always a bad thing.<p>Educational apps and kiddie-geared TV shows are great ways for little ones to sharpen their …

Particles in Love: Quantum Mechanics Explored in New Study

<b>Fast Facts:</b><p>› Entangled particles influence each other instantaneously even when they are physically far apart.<p>› In the 1960s, theoretical physicist …

All You Need To Build This PopUp House Is A Screwdriver

Yes, you read that correctly.<p>No power tools? No problem. The PopUp House was designed by a French studio called MultiPod Studio to simplify the process of building your own home...and we mean "simplified." Basically, they embraced IKEA's style when it comes to the construction process, because the …

Tesla and Vedic Philosophy

Tesla and Vedic Philosophy—————————<p>By Arjun Kadya Balakrishna <br>Spiritual concepts of our ancient world are directly intertwined with modern-day …

Tesla

Would you bet against sex robots? AI 'could leave half of world unemployed'

Scientist Moshe Vardi tells colleagues that change could come within 30 years, with few professions immune to effect of advanced artificial intelligence<p>Machines could put more than half the world’s population out of a job in the next 30 years, according to a computer scientist who said on Saturday …

Artificial Intelligence

‘Billions’ and ‘The Big Short’ ask queasy questions about wealth and virtue

With income inequality dominating the race for the Democratic presidential nomination and billionaire Donald Trump touting his fortune as evidence of his virtue on the stump in the Republican race, America is awash in difficult conversations about money. And in this environment, I’ve found myself …

New technologies, new ways of working and learning - Rudy de Waele at Learning Technologies Conference

My presentation at Learning Technologies conference in London on February 3, 2016. Some background context on this talk can be found in this Medium post on Learning to live - https://medium.com/@mtrends/learning-to-live-974134c3c5fa#.gdibstfzx<p>From the Learning Technologies Conference program: Rudy …

Scientists Found a Way to Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs,</i> …

Neurophilosophy

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

The Super Bowl Ad That Set Off Economic Alarm Bells

To people with fresh memories of the housing collapse, the most disturbing advertisement during the Super Bowl on Sunday wasn’t the one featuring a creepy “PuppyMonkeyBaby” climbing all over a Mountain Dew drinker. Rather, it was the one for the new Quicken Loans “Rocket Mortgage,” which aims to …

New Recruiting Platform Uses Anonymous Profiles To Help Tech Companies Find Talent

Woo is betting anonymity will give highly sought after tech workers the nudge they need to find their dream position.<p>Most working people aren’t looking for a new job, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t open to the opportunity. For example, according to LinkedIn’s Talent Trends Report, 85% of …

Employment

Your Ability to Read This Message Reveals Something Fascinating About The Mind

Not just a viral FB post.<p>The above passage, written in a combination of letters and numbers, has been circulating social media for years and purports …

Social Media

These Space Tourism Posters From NASA Will Make You Want To Visit Space

Ever wish you could travel through space? NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is here to make your dreams come true with three outer space tours, accompanied by some gorgeous, vintage style posters. NASA JPL commissioned the posters from Don and Ryan Clark’s design firm Invisible Creatures. The …

Posters

LendEDU Is Making Student Loan Refinancing Easier

When 21-year-old college students Nate Matherson and Matt Lenhard started their first business for tutors, they didn’t really know that they would soon embark on a journey to help solve the $1.2 trillion student loan problem in the U.S.<p>Launched out of their University of Delaware dorm room, their …

A new frontier for open source: Linux will power our robotic future

Long live Linux. Long live the Robotic Operating System. Long live Open-Source.<p>I recently got a PR blast with a headline that caught my eye: "Big …

Robotics

DARPA Unveils 'Neural Interface' That Could Allow Humans To 'Talk' To Computers

The US Military's scientific research and development organisation DARPA have unveiled a potential 'neural interface' which, if inserted into the …

Singularity

The Science of Healing Thoughts

For centuries, the idea of “healing thoughts” has held sway over the faithful. In recent decades it’s fascinated the followers of all manner of …

Immune System

Quantum foam

Quantum foam. It may sound like the name of a new craft beer, but it's something even more amazing.<p>To 'see' it, you have to dive down the rabbit hole …

Quantum Physics

Quantum knots are real

The very first experimental observations of knots in quantum matter have just been reported. The scientists created knotted solitary waves, or knot …

Quantum Physics

Science Digs Into Consciousness, Soul, & The Afterlife

Sometimes science is redundant. If you’ve got faith, belief, and even experiences that confirm that life has meaning, consequences, and conscious …

DARPA wants help hunting for individual photons

America's mad science division wants the ability to see the building blocks of light, but needs the scientific community's help to do so. The agency is launching one of its famous open calls for knowledge, this time under the auspices of the Fundamental Limits of Photon Detection Program. The …

How To Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets To Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

Why embracing laziness can make you more productive

Well, says Georgetown professor and author Cal Newport, a wide body of scientific research suggests this inability to stop working, or even the inability to do so without guilt, is harming your productivity.<p>If you really are dedicated to your job, then you need to learn how to be lazy, Newport …

18 things that have no business being connected to the internet

In the near future, if analysts and media reports are to be believed, every object in our lives will be connected to the internet in some capacity. We’ll be in constant contact with our homes, clothing, cars, and offices, receiving information and giving out commands on the fly. Our ovens will …

Slow Cookers

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a tiny computer that costs $5

The tiny Raspberry Pi computer has just been released in a new version that’s even smaller than previous credit card-sized editions. But the new Pi Zero has another trick that’s even more important than its tiny size: It’s on sale for just $5.<p>Raspberry Pis were already popular with educators and …

Raspberry Pi

Similarities Between Eastern Western Philosophy

Since the 'discovery' of eastern philosophy by western explorers and scholars in the 18th and 19th centuries CE, there has been an arbitrary division …

Why my philosophy students will be working together for a change

Teamwork doesn’t suit everyone, but collaborating with others at university is a rehearsal for working life<p>I’m introducing an experimental module this term. Philosophy students will be put into small groups. Their task will be to produce a collective report on a burning public issue. Should we …

Humanities