Daniel de Segovia Gross

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How to Email

An etiquette update: Brevity is the highest virtue.<p>I recently cut the amount of time I spent on email by almost half, and I think a lot of people could do the same.<p>I’m sure my approach has made some people hate me, because I come off curt. But if everyone thought about email in the same way, what …

Time I

6 things that great startup founders know that other people don't

Here's what many of the greats know — <i>and practice</i>— that seems to elude many founders:<p>1. It's all about the people.<p>Great startup founders don't always have the greatest ideas. But they know how to surround themselves with people will fill the gaps in their thinking, allowing new ideas and …

Startups

Futuristic "Solar Roadways" Could Power Entire Cities

American engineer Scott Brusaw's photovoltaic, LED-imbued tiles could reduce greenhouse gases by 75%.<p>Back in 2012, electrical engineer Scott Brusaw saw potential on the street. Or, not <i>on</i> the street, but <i>in</i> it. And not just potential, either; <i>potential energy</i>.<p>Over the past few years, Brusaw has been …

Roads

The First Amendment Doesn’t Protect the Right to Buy the American Government

The Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon that a cap on campaign donations violates freedom of speech. This is a dangerous misunderstanding of the First …

NSA chief's legacy is shaped by big data, for better and worse

FT. MEADE, Md. — In nearly nine years as head of the nation's largest intelligence agency, Gen. Keith Alexander presided over a vast expansion of digital spying, acquiring information in a volume his predecessors would have found unimaginable.<p>In Iraq, for example, the<p>National Security Agencywent …

We may already know how we will cure death—but should we?

A pair of advocates—they do legitimate research too, but their ardor is so intense, it’s hard to call them scientists—believe that they will, within their lifetimes, make ours the first generation of humans to live forever.<p>Their quest is elegantly laid out in <i>The Immortalists</i>, a new documentary …

Singularity

Associated Press News

This Origami Microscope Costs Just $3, But It Can Diagnose Malaria

The Foldscope is constructed out of greeting card paper, a watch battery, and a dirt cheap lens. But don’t be fooled, you can use it to detect more than 20 diseases.<p>Many of the world’s most fatal and gruesome infectious diseases can be detected with a simple microscope. Doctors, though, often skip …

Obama, tech firms to announce software donations to U.S. schools | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is set to announce on Friday that private companies have donated more than $400 million worth of software and software licenses to bring more technology to classrooms.<p>President Barack Obama walks after delivering remarks at Organizing for Action's …

The US government is helping illegal pot producers destroy California’s water supply

Heavy rains in California in recent days have partly alleviated the drought that parched the state in January. The dry spell is merely exacerbating a long-developing problem in northern California, however: The huge volumes of water used to grow marijuana, as well as the noxious fertilizers and …

Cannabis

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When Big Carnivores Go Down, Even Vegetarians Take The Hit

<b>Listen · 3:13</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>Big, fierce animals — lions and tigers and bears, for example — are relatively scarce in nature. That's normal, because if you have too many, they'll eat themselves out of prey.<p>But top predators are now so rare that many are in danger of …

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the 'big lie'

Film stars have been speaking from a flawed script about the newest nation. Daniel Howden points a finger at those who have failed to grasp the awful reality<p>When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world's youngest country, one of the first voices to speak out, before the US president or the head …

Top 20 things scientists need to know about policy-making

There are some common misunderstanding among scientists about how governments make their policy decisions<p>Top 20 things politicians need to know about science<p>When scientists moan about how little politicians know about science, I usually get annoyed. Such grouching is almost always counterproductive …

Fascinating Hypothesis: The Whole Idea Of Species Doesn't Apply To Certain Organisms

One group of scientists is arguing that certain organisms, about a millimeter in size or slightly smaller, don't form species at all.<p>Meiofauna are pretty weird. That's the term for all organisms that are an in-between size, about one-half to one millimeter, so they're much bigger than bacteria, but …

Biology

Why an 80 Percent Market Share Might Only Represent Half of Smartphone Users

Charles Arthur has written the best piece I’ve ever seen on the folly of putting too much stock into “market share” as a metric. Bookmark this</i> …

Space Agencies Of The World, Unite: The U.N.'s Asteroid Defense Plan

The United Nations General Assembly may approve a plan soon for the world's space agencies to defend the Earth against asteroids.<p>The plan, introduced last week, is expected to be adopted by the General Assembly in December. It would do two things: create an International Asteroid Warning Network so …

Giant mirrors reflect winter sun into Norwegian town of Rjukan

Celebrations as project to illuminate mountain town during winter months results in first deflected sunrays reaching its main square<p>Residents of the small Norwegian town of Rjukan have finally seen the light.<p>Tucked in-between steep mountains, the town is normally shrouded in shadow for almost six …

Indian villagers to get 'water ATM' network

A network of "water ATM machines" to bring clean drinking water to some of the world's poorest people is being launched in India.<p>For the equivalent of one penny a time, thousands villagers whose own supplies have been contaminated by sewage will be provided with 10 litres of drinking water that is …

Go Ahead, Mess With Texas Instruments

Why educational technologies should be more like graphing calculators and less like iPads. An Object Lesson.<p>Last year, while cleaning out the basement of my childhood home, I discovered a plastic storage bin marked "Calcusoft." Inside were piles of notebooks filled with sketches, storyboards, and …

5,000-year-old 'Chinese characters' discovered

Chinese archeologists have unearthed ancient inscriptions dating back around 5,000 years that some believe could represent the earliest known record of Chinese characters.<p>The inscriptions were found on pieces of pottery and rock dug up from the Zhuangqiao excavation site in the eastern province of …

For George Orwell's Birthday, Artists Top Surveillance Cams With Party Hats

Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1984.<p>This week marked the 110th birthday of George Orwell, who penned the dystopian government-surveillance novel <i>1984</i>, coining the phrase "Big Brother" in the process. To celebrate, the Dutch artists at Front404 hit the streets, decking out surveillance cameras …

How elite universities are killing the American dream

The American Dream isn’t dead. It’s just moved to Denmark.<p>Now, we like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but it isn’t true today. As the Brookings Institution has pointed out, America has turned into a place Horatio Alger would scarcely recognize: we have more inequality and less …

College & University

Soylent crowdfunding campaign attracts $755K so people can survive without food

6,144 people are willing to live without food.<p>The crowdfunding campaign for Soylent raked in $754,498, greatly exceeding its $100,000 goal and bringing humanity one step closer to an existence that doesn’t require actual food for survival.<p>Soylent is a controversial food replacement product that …

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others

The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top …

New input can warp fresh memories - Futurity

IOWA STATE (US) — It may be possible to alter memory simply by suggesting different …

Sean Parker’s $10 million destruction of a park epitomizes what’s wrong with Silicon Valley

Hey, if a billionaire couple wants to spend $10 million on their wedding, it’s neither all that surprising nor interesting, as far as I’m concerned. So, when news and statistics started to trickle out about Sean Parker’s wedding here in California—namely that it’d cost millions of dollars to create …

Silicon Valley

Judge: FBI Doesn't Need a Warrant to Access Google Customer Data

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>In what looks very much like a blow to that whole Constitutional thing about due process, a federal …