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

The co-founder of Open Whisper Systems says installations of its app have increased four-fold since November 8.<p>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 …

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 …

CNN

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 …

U.S. Department of Health

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 …

Quantum Mechanics

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 …

OpenOffice

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 …

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>‘Public alienation undermines scientific efforts to improve lives’ ‘Rogue scientists’ could exploit gene editing technology, experts warn<p>Machines …

Steve Carell

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 …

Learning

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> …

University of Melbourne

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 …

University of Melbourne

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 …

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 …

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 …

Space Tourism

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

DARPA

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 …

Quantum foam

Quantum foam. It may sound like the name of a new craft beer, but it's something even more amazing.

Craft Beer

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 …

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 …

Albert Einstein

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 …

Mindfulness

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 …

Time Management

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 …

Internet of Things

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 …

Western Philosophy

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 …