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Uber's Usage Maps Are a Handy Tool for Finding the World's Rich, Young People

Google-powered map will watch all Earth's forests in real time

The world's forests are being rapidly destroyed, and a new map hopes to help conservationists figure out everywhere that it's happening. Using technologies from Google Maps and Google Earth, the World Resources Institute has created an interactive map that shows forest coverage almost in real time, …

Are College Campuses Obsolete?

On one recent night, the Intelligence Squared U.S. debate series put forth a motion on Columbia University’s campus: “More Clicks, Fewer Bricks: The Lecture Hall Is Obsolete.” This is heavily contested territory, as both the setting and the style of the debate reflected. Columbia itself is the …

'Speed to Clarity': The Simple Concept That Will Help You Meet Goals | Inc.com

Ever watched (or, more painfully, been part of) a team floundering around an issue in a way that you know--and that <i>the team</i> knows--just isn't going to get it to an effective and efficient solution?<p>Maybe you've wandered into a few meetings where the self-same topic keeps appearing over and over …

Management

How to Build a Great Presentation | Inc.com

Listeners like a vertebrate speech or presentation--a talk with a spine. They dislike gelatinous, invertebrate talks.<p>They like all the parts of the speech hanging together, all the ribs connected to the back bone, the knee bone connected to the shin bone.<p>Good opening lines ignite interest, solving …

Public Speaking

Ben Huh on How Cross Culturalization is the Web's Next Frontier

What's Trending's Shira Lazar talks to Ben Huh, CEO of the Cheezburger Network, about how his company has evolved with web's demographic trends.

Trends

Check Out This High-End, High-Tech Burger Joint

Nick Bergelt’s restaurant mission is to keep the delicious in, while keeping the waste out.<p>Nick Bergelt enjoys eating out as much as the next person. But nearly a decade ago, the eco-minded entrepreneur decided to tackle the waste and inefficiency inherent to the restaurant industry, from the …

The Relentlessly Experimental Buildings Of Mies Van Der Rohe

An extensive new monograph explores 60 years of the modernist icon’s pioneering, and often radical, work.<p>Half a century after his death, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe remains one of the most influential architects of the modern era. He radically changed the way we think about skyscrapers, pioneering the …

Dreaming With Your Eyes Open: How Humans Are Hardwired For Stories

Brain Games host Jason Silva explains the transformation that occurs when we’re immersed in a story, and what makes an effective storyteller.<p>Talking to Jason Silva might make your head spin. Perhaps not quite in the same manner as the possessed child at the center of <i>The Exorcist</i>, but something …

This Hospital Door Handle Sanitizes Your Hands As You Pull On It

A no-brainer way to soap up could decrease hospital-borne infections.<p>There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who carry around tiny containers of hand sanitizer, and those who consider people who carry around containers of hand sanitizer germaphobe freaks. But the PullClean, a new …

Doorhandle

Love in the age of Facebook

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>https://www.facebook.com/notes/facebook-data-science/the-formation-of-love/10152064609253859<p>Facebook engineers and data …

The Upshot vs. Vox vs. FiveThirtyEight: A hands-on review of explanatory journalism

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Docstock Media<p>At some point during the past year, the media industry seems to have gotten the message …

Researchers turn spreadsheets into visualizations for tablets

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Carnegie Mellon University<p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an application called Kinetica …

Are we nearing the Dropbox moment for the internet of things?

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>The internet of things doesn’t exist today. We’re conflating the ease and ubiquity of the internet and the web with things that …

Fans of Quibb, a content-sharing network, can now buy shares in the company on its website

How to master mental maths

Mental arithmetic can be faster (not to mention more impressive) than using your phone – all it takes is a few tricks.<p>"Calculate left-to-right in …

Help Scientists Record One Day of Sound on Earth

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.21.14.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Bryan Pijanowski wants to capture the …

Use Science and Tech to Build the Ultimate Automated Garden | WIRED

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Switch From iOS to Android (Or Vice Versa) in 4 Easy Steps

John Short & Chrissie MacDonald<p>You find iOS/Android annoying, and all your friends say Android/iOS is, like, way better. So you've finally decided …

How Steve Jobs Undercut Silicon Valley's Greatest Asset: Engineers | Inc.com

Steve Jobs is considered one of the greatest innovators of the 20th and early 21st centuries.<p>But in some respects, the Apple founder was also profoundly anti-competitive. And in his final years, he may have gone out of his way to thwart the innovation of the underclass of software engineers …

Silicon Valley

These Old Bridges Will Become Inverted High-Rise Communities, Complete With Gorgeous View

Apartments, stores, and even a school are planned as a way to reuse a set of dramatic concrete viaducts in southern Italy. From the entrance on top of the bridge, you hit the down button to descend.<p>At the tip of southern Italy, along an old highway that winds through the mountains, a series of huge …

Architecture

MIT Is Drawing 10,000 Maps To Save The World

The Social Computing Group wants to initiate social change via data visualization at the rate of a map a day.<p>The little things that make an otherwise cramped-and-concrete urban life worthwhile (green space, bike lanes, coffee shops) are exactly what the You Are Here project is about.<p>Over the next …

MIT Creates A New Map A Day To Inspire Social Change

Mapping everything from urban greenery to independent coffee shops, the “You Are Here” project aims to build a whopping 10,000 city maps in total.<p>Mapping a city used to take an incredibly long time; one 18th century map of London took more than a decade to survey and draw by hand. Now, thanks to …

Bike Lanes

A Worker Cooperative That Proves Alternative Economic Systems Aren’t Only For The Privileged

You hear worker co-op, you think crunchy granola types. But the Wellspring Collaborative is pioneering a program that provides employment for people who need jobs the most.<p>No one really likes having a boss. So why not be your own boss? And no, this is not yet another post about the benefits of …

Middle-class

5 Tips For Fast And Focused Meetings

No more crowded rooms or rambling opinions–meetings can be speedy and productive with these five tips.<p>If you slowly feel your soul draining and your mind turning to mush right now–and if you’re reading this on your smartphone–there’s a very good chance you’re currently sitting in on a truly …

The Surprising Accuracy Of Crowdsourced Predictions About The Future

Do you know whether Turkey will get a new constitution? It turns out you do: A group of well-informed citizens can predict future events more often than any foreign policy expert or CIA analyst.<p>If you have a question about what’s going to happen next in Syria or North Korea, you might get more …

Sparkling Sidewalks That Reduce The Need For Street Lighting

There’s little need to be wary of a nighttime stroll though a park in Cambridge, England. During the day, particles in the surface of the path absorb UV light. In the evening, they release that energy again. The result is a beautiful effect that its creators call “Starpath.”<p>It’s made possible by a …

Particles

Luxury Meets Grocery: See What Tiffany Yogurt And Milk Cartons Designed By Apple Look Like

As consumers we equate luxury with things like diamonds, fancy clothes, expensive cars and high-end electronics, but our association with quality is often as much defined by the brand image as it is by the product itself.<p>A new exhibit by Paddy Mergui at San Francisco’s Museum of Craft & Design …