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MIT researchers want to rid the world of traffic lights

When it comes to self-driving cars, it’s hard to say how safe it will really be to sit back, relax and let the vehicle take over your journey. While autopilot is handy when you’re on the motorway, would you feel comfortable letting your car dictate when to stop and go at an intersection?<p>Well, …

This Mental Trick of Olympic Athletes Can Radically Increase Your Productivity

Top athletes use this simple but powerful technique to perform at their best. So can you.<p>This summer in Rio de Janeiro, we're likely to see awe-inspiring displays of physical prowess. What we're unlikely to see is the mental work that goes into those jaw-dropping accomplishments.<p>Everyone knows that …

Rio De Janeiro

Google to make driverless cars an Alphabet company in 2016 - Bbg | Reuters

(Reuters) - Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under its parent company Alphabet Inc next year, Bloomberg reported.<p>A prototype of Google's own self-driving vehicle is seen during a media preview of Google's current autonomous …

With Autonomous Driving Permit In Hand, Ford Targets $5.4 Trillion Transportation Market

In the race to build autonomous cars, Ford doesn’t jump to mind as the leader in the space. But being first to market may not be its strategy—it wants to be true to its heritage and make technology affordable for the average person.<p>“Our overall vision is that it is accessible to everyone—not just …

West Africa

House passes bill allowing corporations to share your data

If you wanted to explain the dilemma of privacy versus security to a curious relative, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act would be a good place to start. The bill has just been passed by the House of representatives (voting 307-116 in favor), and is designed to prevent future cyber attacks by …

Terrafugia's flying car project is still a couple of years away

Terrafugia's car/plane hybrid has been "coming soon" for nearly a decade and it will stay that way a bit longer. The Transition vehicle has come a long way since those early renders, and in a talk today Terrafugia COO / VP of Engineering Kevin Colburn explained some of the design decisions involved …

The one important thing everybody needs to understand about Google

It's not.<p>Google Search is the most important product of a very wealthy and successful for-profit company. And Google will use this product to further its own commercial ends.<p>This became clearer than ever this week when the Wall Street Journal uncovered an internal FTC report saying that Google was …

The Innovator’s New Crystal Ball: Crowdfunding

Getting support from interested users before you launch reduces the three major risks social entrepreneurs face when introducing a product.<p>The crowdfunding movement has one overarching objective: to democratize access to capital. It uses technology to eliminate the inescapable bottlenecks and …

17 Ways to Age-Proof Your Brain

What’s good for your body is good for your brain. That means eating a balanced diet with lots of fruits and veggies and not much sugar, saturated …

The Brain

100 things we didn't know last year

<b>Interesting and unexpected facts can emerge from daily news stories and the Magazine picks out such snippets for its weekly feature, 10 things we didn't know last week. Here's an almanac of the best of 2014.</b><p><b>1. The Pentagon has</b> a plan for combating a zombie apocalypse.<p>Find out more (Foreign</b> …

Student Projects Apply 'Internet of Things' Principles in Sustainability and Product Design

Integrating the power of data and Internet connectivity into everyday objects has become a big trend in product development today, more so with the recent rise of the 'Internet of Things'. University of Pennsylvania students are at the forefront of this, and are applying these novel concepts in …

Hear the Wind Play This Experimental Sound Art

Artist João Costa 16-bottle sound piece performs the music of the wind.<p>Sixteen bottles, each with its own air blower, stand arranged in a circle playing music. For his piece, <i>and the wind was like the regret for what is no more</i>, artist João Costa brings the wind indoors, translating its wild energy …

How To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

The bad news: Our brains are wired to be negative. The good news: You can train your brain to hold on to happiness in 10 seconds.<p>Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon called …

Happiness

Cloud Computing Adoption Continues Accelerating In The Enterprise

A recent study by IDG found that 69% of enterprises have either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud today, up 12% from 2012. The IDG Enterprise Cloud Computing Study 2014 found that cloud investments have increased by 19% in large-scale enterprises (1,000+ employees) spending on …

Fortune 5: The most powerful economic empires of all time

You hear quite a lot these days about America’s decline.<p>It’s perhaps inevitable that Americans are worried about their place in the world, after …

Android Simplelocker ransomware encrypts SD card files

<b>A security firm says it has found the first confirmed case of ransomware that encrypts files held by Android devices.</b><p>Eset reports that the Trojan - called Simplelocker - targets SD cards slotted into tablets and handsets, electronically scrambling certain types of files on them before demanding …