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Prisma uses AI to turn your photos into graphic novel fodder double quick

Artists beware! AI is coming for your paintbrush too… A new iOS app, called Prisma, is using deep learning algorithms to turn smartphone photos into stylized artworks based on different artwork/graphical styles.<p>Snap or choose your photo, select an ‘art filter’ to be applied and then wait as the app …

The history of money: A brief look at American currency

For example, did you know that there were redbacks before there were greenbacks? And that after the Revolutionary War our currency was so worthless that the phrase "not worth a Continental" was a regular part of everyday language?<p>But beyond these interesting tidbits, the evolution of American …

War

BioLite's Energy Ecosystem provides off-grid cooking, charging, and lighting in one toolkit

BioLite is on a mission to bring energy everywhere. From clean cooking devices to solar-powered charging and lighting, their products are suitable …

Plague Came to Europe Just Once and Stayed, Study Finds

Health news<p>It only took one visit for plague – the Black Death – to get a foothold in Europe and kill millions of people over the next 400 years, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>A team of scientists dug up ancient plague pits from across Europe and then dug into the DNA of some of the victims to …

Speed up your web workflow with a style guide

Style guides: Quick links<p>Style guides are now firmly established as a key part of the modern web design workflow. Their use in web projects has been …

How to Overcome the Greatest Barriers to Rooftop Solar Power

For consumers looking for cheaper, cleaner, and more local electricity generation, rooftop solar is a promising option. But even as installation …

'Infomocracy' Is A Sci-Fi Thriller With Election-Year Chills

Science fiction is known for speculating on technology, but it's always been just as passionate about politics. From Philip K. Dick's imagining of a fascist America post-World War II in The Man in the High Castleto recent books like Ada Palmer's elaborate Too Like the Lightning, the philosophy and …

Want Your Kids to Grow Up Successful? Here's What You Need at Home

What's more important than how much money you make or where you live.<p>Parents are eager to do everything they possibly can to help their children be successful. If you want your kids to earn big salaries as adults, what should you buy them now? Piano lessons? Coding camp? Mandarin class?<p>None of the …

Are Shipping Containers the Future of Farming?

The startup Freight Farms is using repurposed freight containers and LED lights to grow acres’ worth of produce in a fraction of the space<p>INSIDE THE CAVERNOUS INTERIOR of a former Boston-area taxi depot—walls covered in graffiti, pools of water on the concrete floors—three gleaming green-and-white …

Boston

A Brief and Depressing History of Rape Laws

In many societies, rape was defined as a crime against property—if it was defined as a crime at all.<p>All of a sudden, Brock Turner is the most famous rapist in America. The 20-year-old former Stanford swimmer was sentenced last week to just six months in jail for sexually assaulting a passed-out …

PowerPoint Alternative Prezi Introduces Analytics, Collaboration - Small Business Trends

Prezi, a visual presentation platform and alternative to PowerPoint, today announced the launch of Prezi Business, a version tailored especially for …

Prezi

5 Of The Best Home Automation Products - Sublime Technologies

The Internet of Things appears to be growing at a rapid rate, with many tech analysts speculating a 15-20% growth in the industry this year, with a …

Home Automation

10 Data Visualization Tools To Bring Analytics Into Focus

Data visualizations can help business users understand analytics insights and actually see the reasons why certain recommendations make the most …

Business Technology

Extremely Rare Shipwreck Unearthed Beneath Boston Streets

Archaeologist are pulling centuries-old remnants from the ship.<p>A construction crew in Boston stumbled upon an "incredibly rare" find beneath the city's street: a 19th-century shipwreck.<p>"Nothing like this has been found in Boston, in filled-in ground, before," City of Boston archeologist Joe Bagley …