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9 Things A Cannabusiness Startup Needs To Consider That Other Startups Don't

Starting a new business is complicated enough – company founders have to find a place to set up shop, hire great employees, manage cash flow, market their goods or services and sometimes hire experts to help. A marijuana business faces extra challenges at each of these steps, so entrepreneurs in …

Cannabis

How To Make Your Own Hologram-Projecting Glasses

For less than the cost of a movie ticket<p>Augmented reality glasses are hotter than Drake right now. Last fall, Microsoft’s Hololens glasses dazzled us with promises of ‘holograms’ beamed throughout our workplaces. NASA announced this week that they plan to guide astronauts with projection glasses. …

Augmented Reality

Design & Development News | The Next Web

All stories in Design & Dev<p>Here's proof notifications don't have to suck<p>Notifications suck. I mean they really, really suck. Consider what my desktop workspace looks like at any given time. I mean, yes, I did create those reminders and yes, I do need to do all of those things, but displaying …

30-Day Lunge Challenge

The lunge is esteemed for its prowess as a leg builder. It is functionally valuable, hits your quads, glutes and hamstrings with the force of a …

What Weightlifting For Just 20 Minutes Does To Your Brain

You may be surprised by what a quick workout session can do for your brain.<p>It's no secret that weightlifting is good for you -- from building muscle tissue to relieving stress -- but now a new study on brains and brawn suggests that going hard in the gym for as little as 20 minutes can boost your …

Google makes us all dumber: The neuroscience of search engines

As search engines get better, we become lazier. We’re hooked on easy answers and undervalue asking good questions<p>In 1964, Pablo Picasso was asked by an interviewer about the new electronic calculating machines, soon to become known as computers. He replied, “But they are useless. They can only give …

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words while we're sleeping.<p>"We show that the sleeping brain can be far more 'active' in sleep than one would think," study co-author Sid Kouider, a cognitive …

A Startup Cruise Is Creating A Way To Turn Any Vehicle Into A Self-Driving Car For $10,000

"We're trying to reuse as many concepts and behaviors as you already have in your car, such as a single button to control the cruise control," says Vogt. "Whatever speed you're going becomes the target speed."<p>The technology works just like the cruise control button most vehicles already have, with …

Autonomous Cars

Soundhawk's earpiece lets you pick exactly what you want to hear

Just don’t call it a hearing aid<p>Would you wear a hearing aid if you didn't really need one? Say you could hear perfectly — or at least very well — and there was something that could dramatically and selectively improve your hearing in noisy places, like a crowded bar or restaurant. Would you do it …

Welcome to Leak: the anonymous messaging site that trolls will love

Leak, a website that allows its users to send anonymous emails straight to people's inboxes, has just launched to help folk be more honest with each other. But former anonymous author Dr Brooke Magnanti predicts it will only lead to more online abuse<p>Ever wished you could tell someone exactly what's …

This App Generates Hidden-Message Orbs Your Friends Must Physically Locate

Designed by brain scientists, "Traces" seeks to make messaging more meaningful.<p>In the not-too-distant future, here's how you tell a friend that you made them a surprise.<p>You don't write an email, simple as that would be. Instead, you send your friends a notification that directs them to go …

Fitle Will Let You Try Clothes On A 3D Avatar Of Yourself

When Charles Nouboue was in business school, he found he had little time to shop during regular store hours. But shopping online proved to be hard.<p>“It’s difficult to find exactly what you want to buy,” Nouboue said. “It’s very complicated to find the right size.”<p>That’s why he and his partner, …

He laughs, learns, and has impeccable manners. Oh, and he's a robot

At first glance, Jibo looks a bit like Wall-E’s robot girlfriend. Both Jibo, a real robot, and Wall-E’s girlfriend, the fictional Pixar character, …

These Smart Chopsticks Analyze Your Food

Baidu showed off a prototype of its Google Glass-like eye werable yesterday, but that isn’t the only fancy gizmo that the Chinese web giant has been developing. At its Baidu World Show yesterday, it demonstrated a set of smart chopsticks. Yes, we kid you not.<p>The concept “began as something of an …

Defend Your Home With Artificial Intelligence

The Canary security system learns about your daily routine -- and picks up on anything out of the ordinary.<p>You’re out of town for the weekend, and you want to keep tabs on your home. You could set up a sophisticated security system -- with live video feeds, multiple sensors, and remote access -- …

Artificial Intelligence

The Equil Smartpen Puts Your Physical Notes And Doodles In The Cloud

Despite the convenience of jotting down notes into text files that can be saved to the cloud, many still prefer jotting down their thoughts or quotes from meetings with a physical pen and a piece of paper. The tech industry has responded with various gadgets targeted at those who prefer taking …

Can This Mineral Power The Planet?

It may soon be time to say "so long" to silicon solar panels.<p>Solar panels are cheaper than ever before, thanks to government subsidies and a flooded market. But they’re not yet affordable enough to eclipse traditional energy sources. Enter perovskites: crystalline minerals that may emerge as the …

Clean Energy

Uranus: Why we should visit the most unloved planet

Uranus has always been left out when it comes to missions to our near neighbours. But now there are serious attempts to visit this toxic gas giant, writes Richard Hollingham.<p>The butt (snigger) of countless jokes, Uranus is almost certainly the most unloved planet in our solar system. It always …

Astronomy

Efficient, useful blue-light LED draws Nobel Prize in physics

Three researchers helped revolutionize lighting with vastly better energy efficiency and brightness. The light-emitting diodes also are used in data storage, TVs and smartphones.<p>Baffled by Higgs bosons, quantum mechanics, and the accelerating expansion of the universe? This year's physics Nobel …

Nobel Prize

New Fabric Softener Tech Promises Clothes That Never Stain

Sofft wants to kickstart a new age of clothes washing.<p>Detergent, prepare to be disrupted.<p>The makers of a new fabric softener, Sofft, say they want our clothes to join us in the fight against stink and stains. While mixing with your clothes in the washing machine, Sofft coats organic and plastic …

Washing Machines

With Xbox One, You'll Never Watch TV Alone

Microsoft wants you to know what the Twittersphere thinks of your favorite TV show -- while you’re watching it.<p>We've all done it: you watch the star of your favorite television show do something stupid in the new episode and you can't stop yourself from shouting at the screen, "Come on! She …

Social Media

Can Robots Help Fight Ebola?

In principle, robots could run diagnostic tests, clean hospital rooms, and bury the dead. Engineers just need to figure out whether the machines are up to the task.<p>Engineers make disaster-response robots precisely because robots are able to work in situations that are too dangerous for humans. Now …

Robotics

The Surprising Science Behind The Movie 'Interstellar'

From wormhole highways to robotic space companions, scientific experts weigh in on Christopher Nolan's newest sci-fi blockbuster.<p>Asking a team of journalists to rally around a science fiction movie might sound ludicrous. Yet some combination of boundless vision, relaxing of natural laws, and …

Anne Hathaway

Should NYC's Ebola Patient Have Been Quarantined?

New CDC guidelines might have prevented Craig Spencer from getting onto the subway.<p>New York City has its first case of Ebola, and it's not surprising in the least. Months ago, experts predicted that, with the outbreak raging in West Africa, the disease would inevitably find its way into the major …

Disease

Why Liberia Needs Help NOW To Prevent 98,000 Ebola Cases

Mathematical models suggests that delaying aid by a few weeks could lead to 'catastrophic devastation.'<p>The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is growing exponentially. The latest reports suggest that at least 9,915 people have been infected, and 4,555 have died. And this is just the beginning. …

Disease

This Paper Ticket Holds A Tiny Biological Machine

You can store the paper at room temperature, and all of its genetic and protein components will still work a year later.<p>The paper ticket you see pictured above is actually a little biology machine. It's a gene circuit stored on a slip of paper. To turn the gene circuit on, you simply wet the paper …

Biology

This Robot Pierces Your Cheek To Reach Your Brain

Sounds painful, but it might be better than drilling.<p>In the future, some forms of brain surgery may not require surgeons to drill through your skull.<p>Researchers from Vanderbilt University have announced a robot, still under development, that can target precise spots in the brain through the …

Vanderbilt University

Autonomous Cars May Change Our Lives In Unexpected Ways

A detailed report lists dozens of great and terrible possibilities.<p>One of the test vehicles for Google's Self-Driving Car project.<p>In the future, we may not be dealing with the hassles and frustrations that come with driving cars everyday. Autonomous automobiles can make our lives better! But are …

Driverless Cars

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Exoskeleton for your hand lets you feel virtual objects and control robots

Chinese company Dexta Robotics set out to develop a hand motion-capturing device last year, but instead of creating a glove like everybody else, they designed an impressively affordable exoskeleton. This device called Dexmo -- available in classic and F2 variants -- can be used as a virtual reality …