Provops International

460 Flips | 12 Magazines | 54 Likes | 2 Following | 19 Followers | @Provops | Founded in 2016, Provops International is a center for all things considered. From CRISPR to 3d printing, we cover what the world will be tomorrow.

Nonfiction Book Review: She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity by Carl Zimmer. Dutton, $30 (672p) ISBN 978-1-101-98459-8

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity<p>Carl Zimmer. Dutton, $30 (672p) ISBN 978-1-101-98459-8<p>In a magnificent …

Book Reviews

Fixing our world: Rediscovering how Einstein urged us to solve problems

<i>LONDON — It has taken mankind almost a century to begin embracing thought processes proposed by Albert Einstein and Jan Smuts. In this masterclass,</i> …

How to create a Neural Network in JavaScript in only 30 lines of code

But before we look at the code, let’s go through the very basics of neural networks.<p>Neurons and synapses<p>The first building block of a neural network …

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

It was one of the very first motion pictures ever made: a galloping mare filmed in 1878 by the British photographer Eadweard Muybridge, who was trying to learn whether horses in motion ever become truly airborne.<p>More than a century later, that clip has rejoined the cutting edge. It is now the first …

Biology

London’s ‘smart street’ turns footsteps into energy

And lures you into shopping nearby with coupons on an app<p>You might think that tasking a stretch of sidewalk with generating electricity would be enough of a feat, but this kinetic pavement on London’s Bird Street is apparently supposed to save retail, too. The 107-square-foot section of Pavegen …

Green Design

The Movement To Make Everyone Friendlier–With Urban Design

One couple is on a mission to transform every public bench into a mini community hub.<p>Cathelijn de Reede and Jesse Jörg have a vision: To turn every public bench in the world into a mini community hub. Living in Amsterdam, Jörg and de Reede, who own a design firm and a city planning firm, noticed …

3D-Printed Replacement Car Parts Are Coming | Feature

From the July 2017 issue<p>In the bad old days, when you busted one plastic switch on a Pontiac Bonneville, your dealer forced you to buy an entire set. Now you can pay a Russian who builds replica Star Wars guns a couple of bucks to ship you a brand-new, OEM-quality part for your old Bonnie. And soon …

Introducing Ledger, the First Bitcoin-Only Academic Journal

Time to get nerdy.<p>Bitcoin has mesmerized academics, computer scientists and economists alike, for cutting out the PayPals and governments usually required for digital money. Finally, researchers have an official setting to nerd out in. Tuesday, the University of Pittsburgh launched the first …

Moss-covered CityTree has the same air-purifying effect as 275 regular trees

20 of them have been deployed so far around the world<p>From smog-sucking bikes to electric taxis and paint made of car exhaust, designers and architects are stepping up to address air pollution—the world’s single largest health risk. But a new air filter making the rounds in Oslo, Paris, Brussels, …

Green Design

Mind-blowing ultrasonic 'printer' uses lasers and high-frequency sound to assemble electronics

Neurotechnology, a Lithuanian software development company, wants to rethink 3D printing using ultrasonic particle manipulation. That might sound …

Apple Store

This 'Hyperloop Hotel' Transports You Between 13 Cities, All While in Your Room

Have you ever just laid in bed contemplating what teleportation would be like? The thought that you could just get somewhere, without actually having …

ICOs: Why There's More Than One Way

<i>Pascal Leblanc is a distributed ledger technology strategic advisor for financial services clients at global professional services firm EY.</i><p><i>In this</i> …

Stop putting league tables above pupils' rounded education, Ofsted chief tells schools

Teachers should stop putting league tables above giving children a rounded education, the new schools inspector says today.<p>In her first major speech since the general election, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman will today condemn primary and secondary schools that put their league table …

Elections

TenX Figured out How to Make Cryptocurrency Spendable Immediately In Real Life | Inc.com

<b>Editor's note:</b> <i>This column has been updated to disclose the writer's advocacy of blockchain technology--the underpinning of all crytocurrencies--and a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warning about these investments.</i><p>Entrepreneurs have officially gotten their hands in the cookie jar of the …

Make your own Smartphone!

That too in under a minute! Much like the TinyArcade we spoke about a while ago, the RePhone Kit is literally a smartphone that comes in modules …

Amazon Echo

Bitcoin: mouth-watering investment prospect or eye-watering valuation?

Zaha Hadid Design Unveils Sculpted Glove Clutch for Perrin Paris

Luxury French leather accessories brand Perrin Paris have recently aligned with British international architecture and design firm Zaha Hadid Design …

What is HyperTube Express? South Korea to soon build a full scale Hyperloop system

HyperTube Express would be able to go from Seoul to Busan in under 20 minutes.<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) has signed its first …

The future of transportation is in Seoul, South Korea. Americans should pay attention.

South Koreans have truly mastered the commute. Simply put, a typical Seoul subway station is equipped with amenities and an attention to detail …

Engineered algae can finally produce enough oil for biofuel

A collaboration between Craig Venter's Synthetic Genomics and ExxonMobil has yielded "a breakthrough" in efforts to create biofuels from algae. …

Biofuel

No classrooms, lessons or homework: New Zealand school where children are free to roam

Deep among the streams and Kauri trees of rural south Auckland, New Zealand’s newest and most alternative school is in session. The weather is fine so a bout of fishing is in order, followed by lunch cooked on an open fire. Homework and classes? Indefinitely dismissed.<p>“We are called a school but we …

New Zealand

Quantum entanglement is the future of the internet whether we understand it or not

Scientists in China have taken the next step in creating an internet that can’t be hacked or compromised. The future of data transfer is called quantum networking and it relies on a complex concept that takes the ‘signal’ out of sending data. Hackers can’t intercept or steal data that never …

In China, a robot has started delivering packages to people

Jingdong, or JD.com, China’s second-biggest e-commerce company after Alibaba, sent robots to deliver items for the first time yesterday (June 18), on the last day of a two-week-long shopping bonanza that recorded sales of around $17.6 billion, according to a spokesman with the company.<p>Designed by …

eCommerce

EA Boss Andrew Wilson's Vision of Gaming's Future Will Blow Your Mind

Australian-born 42-year-old game maker Andrew Wilson has been working at Electronic Arts for 18 years and has been the CEO of global game giant since …

Can This Quantum-Computing Genius Beat Out IBM and Google?

Few people can say they’ve brought about a quantum leap in their field. But if all goes well for Chad Rigetti, this summer he will join them, by …

Sweden’s gender-neutral preschools produce kids who are more likely to succeed

Inside a handful of public kindergartens in Sweden, toys are never divided into traditional gender camps. Dolls and baby strollers mingle freely with cars and wooden blocks. In posters, dump trucks haul around beaded jewelry, a bionic robot wears a tutu, and it’s not a female or male Barbie who …

Chinese satellite breaks a quantum physics record, beams entangled photons from space to Earth

Chinese scientists have just set a record in quantum physics.<p>For the first time, pairs of entangled photons have been beamed from a satellite in orbit to two receiving stations almost 1,500 miles away on on Earth.<p>At the same time, the researchers were able to deliberately separate the entangled …

Constructing a Real-Estate Backed Cryptocurrency

<b>On June 6, BrickCoin, touted as the world’s first blockchain financial platform backed entirely by the stability of Real Estate Investment Trusts</b> …

Dubai Airport To Use Blockchain To Create The First 'Gate-Less Border'

The United Arab Emirates is investing more than $1 billion to make Dubai the world’s first city to run on blockchain technology. The Smart City …