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WeSwap raises £4.5m for peer-to-peer currency exchange

Just one year after launch, peer-to-peer travel exchange service<p>WeSwap has raised $7.5m (£4.5m) in Series A funding.<p>Founded by Jared Jesner and Simon …

Microscopic Robots Learn To Move Like White Blood Cells

Someday they could save your life<p>In the 90s kids show <i>The Magic School Bus</i>, eccentric teacher Ms. Frizzle took her class for a wild ride in a sick student’s immune system -- only to be attacked by white blood cells. White blood cells tracked the bus using the same chemical traces they follow to find …

Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop wigwam returns for another winter – Now. Here. This. – Time Out London

Posted at 12:30 pm, October 30, 2014 in Arts & Entertainment<p>A wigwam on a roofop in the middle of Shoreditch? Don’t mind if we do. Yes, WigWamBam is …

Elon Musk’s Patent Decision Reflects Three Strategic Truths

In a June 12th blog post that made instant waves, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of electric vehicle (EV) manufacturer Tesla Motors, declared: “Tesla will not initiate patent lawsuits against anyone who, in good faith, wants to use our technology.” The words stood in stark contrast to most of the other …

Boards Still Don’t See the Value of Digital

Companies across the world are ramping up their digital initiatives, according to a new survey from McKinsey, with the C-suite increasingly leading the way. “Digitization has become a critical asset in many companies’ quest for growth,” write the report’s authors, noting the increased involvement …

How to Hire a CEO You Won’t Want to Fire

A lot of CEOs are being shown the door lately. In the apparel industry alone, we’ve just seen the end of American Apparel’s Dov Charney and the ouster of Lululemon Athletica founder Chip Wilson – plus the installation of interim CEOs at Target and JC Penney following their previous leaders’ …

Oil Prices Fall As Libya Regains Control Of 2 Major Export Terminals, Ending Yearlong Rebel Occupation

Libya’s last two oil export terminals freed from rebel occupation could start shipping crude again within a week, officials said.<p>Rebel leaders agreed …

Pure Genius: How Dean Kamen's Invention Could Bring Clean Water To Millions

He just needs to get it to them<p>At first glance, the bright red shipping container that sits by the side of the road in a slum outside Johannesburg doesn’t look like something that could transform hundreds of lives. Two sliding doors open to reveal a small shop counter, behind which sit rows of …

Engineering

A Jetliner For A Fuel-Starved Future

Slimming down the classic passenger jet<p>An MIT team has turned a multi- million-dollar NASA contract into the most advanced rethink to date of the classic passenger jet. The design, nicknamed the Double Bubble, calls for an extra-wide fuselage and rear-mounted turbo­fan engines. The configuration …

The Man Who's Making A Home 3-D Metal Printer

Plus other ways to get your ideas cast in steel, bronze, and bismuth alloy<p>Sure, manufacturing companies have 3-D printers that are able to weld metal pieces. You can even send designs to Shapeways to get them printed in steel. But wouldn't you want your own metal 3-D printer at home? One California …

How To Predict A Lifetime Of Diseases

A new data-mining project analyzes Danish health records to chart the trajectory of diseases throughout a life.<p>Doctors have long suspected that those who have heart disease also tend to get gout. Knowing correlations like this is important for predicting and preparing for what will happen to …

Medicine

Crowd-Cataloguing The Guns Of World War One

The guns of August, and September, and 49 more bloody months.<p>A century ago this week, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated by Gavrilo Princip, sparking a chain of events that would ultimately become World War I. Fought primarily between a German, Austro-Hungarian, and Turkish alliance …

World History

Slither of Hope: Surgical Snakebots Are Real, And Heading For Humanity's Orifices

This past Monday, a snake-inspired robot wriggled down the throat of a live human being.<p>Make that two human beings, operated on during the same day at University Hospital Dinant Godinne in Yvoir, Belgium. The pair of procedures were an important milestone for the Flex system, marking the first time …

How Sketchy Research Got Us All Eating Low Fat

Selective research and skewed results<p>As journalist Paul John Scott (not to be confused with John Paul Scott, the only Alcatraz inmate to conclusively reached San Francisco during an escape attempt) writes in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Minnesota bears the blame for the wrong-headed low-fat diet …

Low Fat

People Will Pay Twice As Much For An Artfully Composed Salad

Same salad, only one is prettier. It makes a big difference.<p>Which would you prefer--a neatly arranged but ordinary salad, or one that looks like an abstract art painting? (<i>Surely it depends</i>, I hear you say--<i>I'd eat Kandinsky, but don't trifle me with Picasso</i>.) It may sounds like a strange question, …

Food

A Cool New Use For Legos: Growing Lab Plants

Legos: a plant researcher's new BFF<p>Legos are great for making all kinds of things--castles, pirate ships and functioning miniature dockyards, as I can tell you from experience. But a new study found that they are absolutely excellent for something unexpected: studying the growth of plants and the …

Collaborative Algorithm Lets Autonomous Robots Team Up And Learn From Each Other

Last week, MIT announced an exciting, but somewhat obscure breakthrough—a new algorithm, called AMPS, that turns teams of robots into better learners. It lets autonomous systems quickly compare notes about what they’ve observed in their respective travels, and come up with a combined worldview.<p>If …

Ocean Exploration

Microscopically Structuring Steel Like Bamboo Makes It Stronger Yet More Flexible

Making a steel tool? You want both qualities.<p>People's teeth and bamboo stalks may not seem very durable compared to bars of steel. But, a new series of experiments finds, making metals mimic those materials could improve metals' endurance and strength.<p>A team of chemists from China and the U.S. …

A Drone For Dangerous Missions

The Ares drone lands like a chopper, so it can enter and exit a dangerous spot quickly<p>As early as next year, the Depart­ment of Defense will test-fly an entirely new type of combat drone. The craft is called Ares, for Aerial Reconfigurable Embedded System, and it’s designed to take off and land …

Don’t Do What You Love; Do What You Do

Last April, just two weeks or so before I graduated from Harvard College, I decided I would get a PhD in English (my dissertation might be something about Faulkner and medieval notions of genre). Or perhaps I would get an MFA in creative writing. Just two weeks after I had my diploma in hand, I …

Choose the Right Words in an Argument

When addressing a conflict with a colleague, the words matter. Sometimes, regardless of how good your intentions are, what you say can further upset your coworker and just make the issue worse. Other times you might say the exact thing that helps the person go from boiling mad to cool as a cucumber.<p>…