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Study finds correlation between biking to work and lower cancer rates

A new study out of the United Kingdom has found a correlation between regularly biking to work and significantly decreased incidences of heart …

Biomedicine

Thousands of rare cancer-related gene mutations found

Innovative research, published in <i>PLOS Computational Biology</i> this week, explains how thousands of "previously ignored genetic mutations" may …

When car ownership fades, this parking garage will be ready for its next life

One of the country's biggest apartment developers is working on plans for a grand residential complex in downtown Los Angeles that includes what appears to be an ordinary garage.<p>There will be row upon row of lined stalls at street level and two floors underground to store nearly 1,000 cars of …

Urban Design

How London startup Thread uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to help men buy clothes

His site uses online stylists, as well as artificial inteligence (AI) and machine learning, to create a personalised way to shop.<p>But that can cause problems when he visits standard clothes shops.<p>"We went to Liberty for a bit and I went to the men's section," O'Neill said in an interview at Thread's …

Want to Raise Successful Kids? Send Them to School a Year Later, According to Science | Inc.com

We all want to succeed in life, and when we become parents, we want to do everything we can to make sure our kids are successful, too. Now a new study says there's a single decision many parents make that can effect whether their kids have an advantage or a disadvantage for much of their entire …

Self Control

Charles Darwin and Charles Dickens only worked four hours a day—and you should too

An underlying assumption driving today’s pervasive cult of productivity is that the more hours you work, the more you get done. This seems like a logical enough formula, but it is also leading to an epidemic of job-induced stress and burnout. Regardless, being perpetually “busy” has become a …

Literature

A professor built an AI teaching assistant for his courses — and it could shape the future of education

Ashok Goel needed help.<p>In his regular courses at Georgia Tech, the computer science professor had at most a few dozen students. But his online class had 400 students  —  students based all over the world; students who viewed his class videos at different times; students with questions. Lots and …

Meet 'Professor X,' the AI genius who left his lab at Princeton to beat Uber, Google, and Intel at their own game

By the fall of that same year, Xiao, known as something of a risk-taker, had moved himself and his family from New Jersey to Silicon Valley, and raised some modest seed funding for his new startup focused on self-driving cars.<p>His startup, dubbed AutoX, has done its best to stay under the radar to …

What electric car makers must learn from the fax machine industry in order to change the world

Imagine if you could gas up your GM car only at GM gas stations. Or if you had to find a gas station servicing cars made from 2005 to 2012 to fill up your 2011 vehicle. It would be inconvenient and frustrating, right? This is the problem electric vehicle owners face every day when trying to …

Electric Vehicles

People who speak multiple languages make the best employees for one big reason

Speaking a different language—whether it’s your grandparents’ tongue or high-school Spanish—fundamentally changes the structure of your brain. Put a bunch of these malleable minds together in a company, and you create the potential for some truly original thinking.<p>We already know that businesses …

Language

Atom Bank raises $102M at $320M valuation for a mobile-only bank for millennials

Atom Bank, a startup out of the U.K. that has built a mobile-only bank targeting consumers between the ages of 18 and 34, has raised another £83 million ($102 million) in funding led by BBVA, the Spanish bank and owner of Simple in the U.S. The funding gives Atom a post-money valuation of £261 …

Blockchain And Cryptocurrencies Could Expand Banking - Or Destroy It

It’s a cliché to say of a book that every bank CEO ought to read it. But when it comes to Chris Skinner’s new book, <i>Value Web</i>, every bank CEO ought to make sure at least a couple of people in a variety of departments across the bank do read this book.<p>This expands on his previous book, <i>Digital Bank</i>, …

Banking

Here’s how big companies like Lazada, Ninja Van are tackling customer experience in ecommerce

Within the first minute of entering a store, many things could make you decide to leave. You could be annoyed with the layout of the store, unhappy …

Tech And Shopping: Consumers Don't Want Help From Chatbots, Amazon and Google When Buying Stuff

Retailers are pushing for more technology to enhance consumers’ shopping experience, such as chatbots, virtual reality and augmented reality, but new …

New Survey Finds 150 Billion In Missed Revenue Due To Retailers’ Lack of Personalized Service

By Christine Kern, contributing writer<p><b>Providing better customer experience could increase revenue by at least 5 percent.</b><p>Retailers missed out on $150 …

eCommerce

Why Nestle, Unilever And Mondelez Are Going Direct -- And Why Supermarkets Need To Be Afraid

I was having a very interesting talk the other day with a marketing director of a very-well known FMCG when he outlined one of the biggest problems …

Senior Donald Trump aide warns European Union it can expect 'hostility' after Brexit

A senior aide to Donald Trump has warned the European Union that it can expect "hostility" after Britain leaves the European Union, according to reports.<p>Steve Bannon, the White House chief strategist, is understood to have informed Germany's ambassador to Washington that the new US administration …

Donald Trump

The 3 Trump-Russia scandals, explained

President Trump’s Russia problem is getting even worse.<p>Late Wednesday night, the Washington Post reported that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had met with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak <i>twice</i> during the 2016 campaign, when he was serving as a Trump advisor. This is despite the fact that Sessions …

Evelyn Farkas was the Pentagon’s top Russia expert. Now she wants Trump independently investigated.

“The fundamental question is: Are you susceptible to blackmail from a foreign entity or individual?”<p>From 2012 to 2015, Evelyn Farkas served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia. Since leaving office, she’s been raising the alarm that there was more to the …

Putting an End to London's Bad Air Days

Some neighborhoods get a year’s worth of pollution in less than a week. What is this, the 19th century?<p>The worst levels of air pollution are generally found in Beijing, Delhi and other metropolises of the developing world, where headlong growth stirs up construction dust and energy providers still …

Pollution

Solar power becoming world's cheapest form of electricity production, analysts say

Solar power is becoming the cheapest way to generate electricity, according to leading analysts.<p>Data produced by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) …

Renewable Energy

Microsoft’s new plan is to flood your entire life with artificial intelligence

“We want to bring intelligence to everything, to everywhere, and for everyone,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told developers earlier this year.<p>Artificial intelligence has been the company’s touchstone technology since Cortana, Microsoft’s virtual personal assistant was added to Windows more than a …

Artificial Intelligence

A former Wall Street exec is trying to do to real-estate what technology did to stock trading

Jarred Kessler, a 15-year Wall Street veteran and former head of US equities at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, came up with his big idea when a friend lost his job.<p>His friend was in a tough spot and thought about putting his house on the market, but didn't want the associated "public …

Ivory Coast adopts unconventional digital address system

What3words offers an easy-to-remember system for identifying any 3-meter square in the world, good for commerce and navigation in the African nation.<p>With a digital mapping service called What3words, residents of even the smallest, most rural village in the African nation of Ivory Coast now have an …

Ivory Coast

Women And Men Use Cities Very Differently

Ask women and men how they, say, use transportation and you’ll get very divergent answers. The women, unsurprisingly, have a much more complex relationship.<p>In 1999, officials in Vienna handed out a questionnaire about how people in the city used transportation. The men filled it out in five …

Data scientist Cathy O’Neil on the cold destructiveness of big data

Big data promises fairness. With enough information about individuals and populations, we can design algorithms that will identify the best possible answer to a given question, free of human bias. Algorithms, after all, are not racist, sexist, or elitist.<p>Or are they?<p>In her new book, Weapons of Math …

Machine Learning

To dodge regulators, a self-driving car startup released all their code for free

George Hotz, the well-known hacker and founder of the self-driving car startup Comma.ai, is a man of surprises.<p>In October, he unexpectedly and voluntarily spiked his company’s first product—a device that gives select cars autonomous features—after getting a letter from the National Highway Traffic …

Autonomous Cars

Trump is threatening to bar the million international students that US colleges need to subsidize tuitions each year

American universities look to international students for diversity, talent, and perhaps most importantly, to fill their coffers.<p>Over one million international students attended American colleges and universities in the 2015-2016 school year—accounting for more than 5% of all higher education …

Students

Smart Cities May Turn Competition Into Collaboration

As more smart cities emerge, embracing technology and learning from the insights that big data offers, we will likely see a new business strategy emerge–geo-collaboration. When we think of cities now, we typically envision businesses, systems, and people operating among one another with almost no …

Innovation

Big Data: 17 Predictions Everyone Should Read

This curated column is authored by leading business and data expert, Bernard Marr<p>Almost everyone can agree that big data has taken the business world …