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All It Takes For The Desolenator To Make Clean Drinking Water Is A Little Sunlight

Using nothing but sunlight, the Desolenator turns polluted or salty water into enough drinking water for a small family. Water heats up on the solar …

Water

Using Livecams To Mobilize People Against Smog

Pittsburgh has an air-quality problem. Can tech and art mobilize a solution?<p>On bad days, a vaporous brown cloud settles like a tablecloth over Pittsburgh. I’m an asthmatic, and just looking at it is enough to make my throat tighten and lungs burn. My view of the skyline doesn’t come out of a …

6 Ways To Encourage Electric Transport

In the long run, the only thing that’s going to help is better, cheaper batteries. But there’s a host of ways we can encourage adoption of EVs now, …

Electric Vehicles

How To Speak Startup

Hang with startup kids long enough, and you’ll notice that they have their own language. <i>No, bro, it’s a SaaS play in the on-demand food space. Think of it as the Uber for gluten-free Whole Foods delivery, ok?</i> It never ends: <i>We’re actively raising, but really want to make sure that we hit</i> …

How We Trick Our Brains Into Feeling Productive

According to experts, not all procrastination distractions are created equal.<p>I’d been working from home last week when I found myself furiously scrubbing the grout between the kitchen tiles in the middle of the day.<p>I had a deadline and didn’t feel up for tackling the task. Somewhere along the line, …

My email is a monster

This App Detects When Your Friends Are Nearby And Automatically Silences Your Phone

“Ever since the smartphone came out, I was getting more conscious about people using smartphones while meeting with them,” says designer Ilwon Yoon, …

Spotify Now Converts What Friends Listen To Into A “Top Tracks In Your Network” Playlist

Now you can listen to Spotify like you read the Facebook News Feed. Spotify’s new “Top Tracks In Your Network” is a personalized, constantly updated playlist based on what the people you follow are listening to. It’s available today on iOS and Android in Browse->Top Tracks, and will come to desktop …

A Detachable Wheel That Makes Your Bike Electric Is About To Hit The Market

That’s why the concept of the smart wheel–essentially, a wheel that converts a regular bike into an electric one–is so exciting. Smart wheels are …

Electric Bikes

Metronomes Turn Real-Time Stock Market Trading Into Sound

Creative studio Varvara & Mar‘s installation “Speed of Markets” consists of metronomes that speed up or slow down according to the number of trades happening in stock markets around the world. “For us volume is an interesting figure to play with, since it is an indicator for a liquidity in the …

Cloud Foundry Foundation Launches With Support From Over 40 Companies

OpenStack, one of the largest open-source enterprise projects around, made a bit of a splash last year. With Cloud Foundry, the Infrastructure-as-a-Service OpenStack project also has a counterpart in the Platform-as-a-Service world and that project is hoping that 2015 will be its break-through …

The 10 Most Livable Global Cities For Balancing Work And Play

A new study, published in the World Review of Science, Technology, and Sustainable Development, tries to make sense of where seven different global …

Are Electric Buses The Future Of Mass Transit?

A dozen operators around the country now use electric buses from Proterra, a South Carolina company. Its new 40-foot, 77-seat, vehicle can go 30 to …

Alternative Fuel

Off Grid Electric Raises $16M To Let Africans Pre-Pay For Solar Energy Just Like Phones

How do you pay for solar energy if you don’t have a credit card or bank account? Thanks to Off Grid Electric, people in the developing world can pay as they go for installed solar power systems electricity the same way they top-up their phone minutes.<p>Now, thanks to $16 million in new funding from …

Recruitment Platform Intern Avenue To Roll Out Across Europe With Vodafone

Intern Avenue is a startup which matches college undergraduates/graduates searching for paid internships with employers by using a data-based scoring system. To date, around 2,000 employers and 40,000 intern applicants have registered with the service in the UK. But it’s now secured a major …

How The World’s Biggest Governments Continue To Subsidize Climate Change

A new report from the Overseas Development Institute looks at one piece of this strange situation–exploration–and you can see some of its findings …

Climate

Collaborative Economy Companies Need To Start Sharing More Value With The People Who Make Them Valuable

By Lisa Gansky5 minute Read<p>The first wave of collaborative economy companies pioneered new ways to access talent, goods and services. Early companies …

AppGyver Launches Supersonic, A New Framework For Hybrid Apps

AppGyver quickly made a name for itself over the last year with the help of Steroids.js and Composer, its drag-and-drop tool for building HTML5 apps. Today, the company is announcing its biggest product release yet with the launch of Supersonic, its new framework for both building user interfaces …

Prenetics Raises $2.65M To Bring Safe, Accurate DNA-Based Prenatal Testing To Asia

You don’t often hear of five-year-old companies raising multi-million dollar seed rounds, but that’s exactly what’s happened in Hong Kong today where biotech firm Prenetics closed $2.65 million for its next-generation prenatal DNA testing.<p>Prenetics has also got itself a new CEO: Danny Yeung, who …

Mobile Orders Will Make Starbucks Coffee More Addictive Than Ever

This could get dangerous.<p>Imagine you’re on your way to work. You walk up the stairs from the subway, and your coffee order is put in automatically. You walk into Starbucks, past the line, tell the barista your name, and she hands you your tall latte with skim.<p>Starbucks coaxes more of the world to …

Coffee

Can 3-D Printed Homes Help Solve Homelessness?

A new project will print homes for charity–if it can get funding.<p>The best way of solving homelessness, many advocates argue, is just to give people homes. Though it sounds simplistic–and expensive–a “housing first” policy in places like Utah and Boston actually saves the government money. Now a …

Can Business And Tech Transform The Way Our Government Works By 2020?

Deloitte’s big new Government 2020 report looks at the trends impacting government and lays out a bunch of ideas for how they can innovate. We picked …

Innovation

This German Data Center Wants To Heat Your House With Its Servers

By Adele Peters3 minute Read<p>The data centers that power the Internet use more energy than the entire country of India. Most of that energy is lost as …

Heating System

Lumoid Launches A Peer-To-Peer Marketplace For Short-Term Gadget Rentals

Since launching earlier this year, gadget rental market Lumoid has provided a place where camera nerds, amateur photographers, and even drone enthusiasts can try out a bunch of different devices without having to purchase them. Today it’s announcing that it’s also giving users the ability to make a …