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LEGO's little bot teaches kids about science and coding

Earlier today, LEGO revealed WeDo 2.0, a new robotics kit that's designed for elementary school kids. The 280-piece set enables the creation of motorized forms, okay, <i>robots</i>, that will help students learn the basics of engineering, science and coding. For instance, you can build Milo, the adorable …

The Real Climate Change Hoax

As a performing magician, I naturally take a keen interest in deception. So it was also with a professional, not merely personal, interest that I watched the spectacular fraud perpetrated on the world's public in Paris last month, as political leaders from nearly 200 nations signed the first …

Climate Change

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Particles

Former NASA Engineer Explains the Fastest Way to De-Fog Your Windshield

Science proves you can blast away the fog twice as fast.<p>Winter's here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't take <i>that</i> long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you're …

New dating app uses 'science' to rate how attractive you are

Blinq guesses your age and rates you on a scale from 'Hmm...' to 'Godlike'<p>Ever wanted a robot to tell you how hot you are?<p>If that's the case, you're in luck with this new Swiss dating app Blinq.<p>The app has developed a feature with the University of Zurich which uses artificial intelligence to rank …

Vietnam: Officials probe mysterious 'space balls'

<b>Defence officials in Vietnam are investigating the origin of three metal spheres which fell from the sky in the north of the country.</b><p>The largest object weighs about 45kg (99lb) and was found near a stream in Tuyen Quang province, the Thanh Nien News website reports. Another orb landed in local …

Your Website is Not a Cornfield… Just Because You Build It, Doesn’t Mean They’ll Come

So, you’ve got a website (or you’re in the process of getting one) — great!<p>Now it’s time to sit back and watch the business roll in, right?<p>I mean, …

Five things great brands will do differently on social media in 2016

It’s easy to be distracted by the latest shiny innovations, but a focus on quality content and media planning are key for successful social media marketing<p>Social channels have become walled gardens, offering meaningful mobile reach and relative safety from fraud and adblockers. Ironically there’s …

Social Media

How to Strengthen Your Team by Getting Out of the Office

Entrepreneurs are always looking for the special ingredient that will make their team work better.<p>More often than not, a stronger bond comes from taking the team to a new setting with different challenges--outside the office. We asked members of the Entrepreneurs' Organization's (EO) Boston and …

5 things you should know about the plan to open source artificial intelligence

Arguably, the open source movement — the idea that a group of technologists freely contributing their own work and commenting on the work of others, can create a final product that is comparable with anything that a commercial enterprise might create — has been one of the great innovation catalysts …

The Freelancer Generation: Why Startups And Enterprises Need To Pay Attention

Gone are the days of the 40-hour work week that kept us at work eight hours a day (I find that most startup founders or business owners in Silicon Valley work 50-60 hours a week).<p>Freelancing is becoming the accepted norm of the startup world. As more startups are starting to use the millions of …

Employment

Robot panic peaked in 2015 – so where will AI go next?

This year experts from Elon Musk to Stephen Hawking warned about the havoc robots could cause the economy and humanity. How do we ensure machines are friends rather than foes?<p>Ever since IBM’s Deep Blue defeated then world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game contest in May 1997, humanity has …

Stephen Hawking

The WIRED guide to the brain in 2016

New tech, gender differences and even Gangnam Style -- we've learned a lot about what makes the humble human brain work this year. Here's the WIRED …

10 Ways to Network Like a Boss

5. Remember to share, not sell.<p>If you want to get ahead in this world, you have to network. Networking helps build confidence, connects you with …

New York City Has A Plan To Help Freelancers Get Paid On Time

The bill requires contracts for projects and payment within 30 days of completion.<p>When it comes to getting paid on time, freelancing sucks.<p>Freelancers often don't get paid with the same assured regularity that salaried, or even hourly, workers do. Instead, they could be following up with a client …

Disney made a tiny robot car that can drive up walls

Disney's research arm has been quietly churning out impressive, occasionally unnerving experiments for some time now, and its latest is a particularly inspired bit of engineering: a small, four-wheeled robot with the uncanny ability to climb up walls.<p>The robot, VertiGo, was created through a …

The One Skill That Beats Talent Every Time

I’m going to tell you a secret. There is a skill you can master which will guarantee everything you do will improve by at least 50%, but probably …

When Steve Jobs left Apple

Photographer Doug Menuez was given total access to Steve Jobs shortly after Jobs was fired by Apple and started working on the NeXT Computer.

Silicon Valley

Artificial Intelligence Poses A Greater Risk To IP Than Humans Do

Bradford K. Newman Contributor<p>Bradford K. Newman is the chair of Paul Hasting’s Employee Mobility and Trade Secret Practice and the author of Protecting Intellectual Property In The Age Of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis.<p>Substantial thought and angst has been expended over the fact that …

Artificial Intelligence

As More Venture Capital Targets Middle East, Funding Climbs, But Is Ecosystem Missing A Future Key?

The news site Wamda pulled together a great list of 10 notable investment rounds that took place in the Middle East last year. They ranged from Goldman Sachs leading a $100 million investment in Hellofood, to Jamalon’s $3.65 million round.<p>This is great news for the many people in the region working …

Middle East

With Debt Round, Web Publisher LittleThings Plans For More Positivity-Fueled Growth

There’s a good chance that you’ve never heard of LittleThings, but apparently it’s seeing rapid growth, thanks to a focus on positive and inspirational stories.<p>In fact, according to data from NewsWhip, LittleThings was responsible for the single most popular Facebook post of 2015. The story is …

Profit

Four Predictions For Entrepreneurship In 2016

All entrepreneurs grapple with uncertainty at some point in their journey. But as we look at the year ahead of us, we see uncertainty on all sides: a major election, rising interest rates for the first time since 2006 and hushed talks of a “bubble” when it comes to the startup world.<p>Given the …

The Painful Truth About Starting a Business

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

MIT's insane new app lets you 'edit' reality - The Kernel

The future promised by the Internet of Things still feels like it’s a long way away. But when (and if) it arrives, the Swiss army knife for fiddling …

2016 could be tougher for China’s tech startups

Investors who poured billions into China’s homegrown technology companies scored big during 2015. But increasingly it looks like the easy money has …

Stock Markets

Internet Of Things Is The Next Big Thing In Israeli Tech -- Here's Why

The growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) industry has been one of the biggest trends in tech in recent years and especially during 2015, where new innovation is disrupting traditional industries across the board. The growing adoption by consumers, enterprises and governments is helping create …

Internet of Things

Pre-order all the latest tech from CES 2016 on Amazon

Even though CES 2016 isn’t <i>technically</i> underway quite yet, there have already been quite a few interesting announcements from various tech companies thus far. If you’re interested in anything that’s been announced and are wondering where you can purchase these new products, we’ve got just the thing …

Smart Homes

Hello, SILVIA: Are You the Future of A.I.?

PCMag met with the team behind SILVIA, a patented artificial intelligence platform.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate …