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New iOS App Lets You Record What You Heard Five Minutes Ago

Have you ever wished that you could record something that already happened? Your kid’s first words. That perfectly timed comeback. The email address your boss told you to have those important documents sent to within the next 10 minutes. If only there was a way to record the important bits of your …

How the Universe Was Born: An Animated Explanation from CERN

The question of why the world exists has not only puzzled some of history’s greatest minds but has also, at one point or another, occurred to just about every human being. And yet the more we learn, the more we understand how little we actually know: The Big Bang, for instance, turns out to have …

Electric Bus Fast Charges in 15 Seconds

A new high-capacity flash-charging technology pioneered by ABB Group, the Swiss power and automation conglomerate, will allow electric trolleys to run without overhead power lines.<p>“Through flash charging, we are able to pilot a new generation of electric buses for urban mass transport that no …

Can These iPad Apps Teach Your Kid to Code?

The pillars of elementary education in the U.S. — reading, writing, math — have remained the same for a long time. Now another skill set is …

Unfazed By Bitcoin’s Wild Swings And Mysterious Origins, Silicon Valley VCs Place Their Bets

Bitcoin’s record highs and the ensuring surge in hacking attempts and thefts may be grabbing headlines. However, beneath the chaos, Silicon Valley’s best-known venture firms are finally starting to make real bets around the crypto-currency.<p>The price of a single bitcoin had more than quintupled to …

Paul Krugman: Mythmaker Extraordinaire

Sigh. Paul Krugman has once again trotted out a mountainful of myths in his Sunday column:[1]<p>it’s hard to think of a proposition that has been more thoroughly refuted by history than the notion that social insurance undermines a free society. Almost 70 years have passed since Friedrich Hayek …

Can we grow a stronger-than-steel 'wonder material' to save the world?

Nanocellulose produced from humble algae holds promise for manufacturing, medicine, and the environment<p>It’s stiffer than Kevlar, thinner than paper, and in a few years, it may be mass-produced using only sunlight and water.<p>Scientists in the US this week announced a new, and potentially …

How To Mine Bitcoins

Mining bitcoins – a process that helps manage bitcoin transactions as well as create new “wealth” – is the new Beanie Babies. Luckily for us, however, bitcoins seem to be going up in value and should maintain their value over time, unlike your mint condition Tiny the stuffed Chihuahua.<p>But how do …

Practice Fusion Launches Doctors Appointment And Reviews Site Patient Fusion

“It’s absurd that people won’t go to a restaurant unless they’ve read reviews but they don’t do that for their healthcare.” That’s why top electronic medical records startup Practice Fusion‘s CEO Ryan Howard said his company built Patient Fusion, a site where you can compare reviews of nearby …

Smart Windows Are Getting Smarter

Since our last report on “smart windows,” further developments warrant an update.<p>Smart windows have glass coatings that let varying proportions of …

19-Year-Old Develops Ocean Cleanup Array That Could Remove 7,250,000 Tons Of Plastic From the World's Oceans

19-year-old Boyan Slat has unveiled plans to create an Ocean Cleanup Array that could remove 7,250,000 tons of plastic waste from the world’s oceans. …

Matterform's Desktop 3D Scanner is Cheaper than a Tablet

Tech lovers have already been 3D printing everything from ornaments to their own faces with small desktop 3D printers. But now the technology is even …

FITs And Net Metering: Are They Fair?

When a business or homeowner lowers their electricity bill by installing solar panels or wind turbines, do they drive up other customers’ utility …

Google Paid This Man $100 Million: Here's His Story

Two years ago, Twitter was in disarray.<p>On April 14, 2011, Fortune's Jessi Hempel blasted Twitter for failing to launch exciting new products, generate meaningful revenues, or hang on to executive talent.<p>None of this was news to Twitter's board members or CEO Dick Costolo, of course.<p>They'd spent the …

Why Bitcoin scares banks and governments

Among the many unpleasant discoveries made by those who stashed their cash in Cypriot banks is that the island's government could stop them moving …

Solar Panels Now Make More Electricity Than They Use

And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.<p>Solar panels make energy, but they take energy to make, too. And, until about 2010 or so, the solar panel industry used more electricity than it produced, according to a new analysis. …

Animal cruelty whistleblowers targeted by chilling state laws

Animal rights activists are at risk of losing <i>their</i> right to covertly film the abuse of farm animals in several states, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. Some state legislatures have proposed or enacted bills that make it illegal to videotape livestock farms, while others have sought to force activists to …

Raised by Lesbians and I Feel Fine

I am a straight man, aged 35, happily married, with two wonderful daughters.<p>Last week, as others wore red or changed their Facebook icon to support marriage equality, I realized that the Supreme Court arguments on same-sex marriage hit me harder than I thought was possible.<p>I am one of those …

Brisk walk healthier than running – scientists

Brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running when the energy expenditure of both activities is balanced out, a study …

This 1998 Paul Krugman Column Perfectly Explains The Design Flaw At The Heart Of Bitcoin

Bitcoin is garnering a lot of hype, to the point where some people are wondering whether Bitcoin can be not just an interesting experiment, but a real, functioning currency.<p>The verdict is in, and you don’t have to look at Bitcoin today to know the answer. You just have to read a simple column …

Bitcoin currency value reaches record high of $147 before plunging down

The value of individual Bitcoins has hit a record high of almost $147 as interest in the cryptographic currency, which has no central issuing bank, …

Bitcoin Obliterates 'The State Theory Of Money'

Once you get past the childish title, the recent bitcoin piece from Karl Denninger raises some issues that warrant consideration from bitcoin economists. Denninger is an intelligent student of the capital markets and his essay deserves a serious reply.<p>The economic contribution of his essay is that …

Relax! For Health Care Reform You Only Have 3 Options

The third anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare, came and went recently without much fanfare. But think about it: healt hcare reform has been reality for three years now. And it's about to become really real for every business owner in just nine months.<p>That's …

Surprise! China’s export boom might be a fraud

Chinese government figures showing a 19.8% rise in the country’s exports for the three months to February were definitely puzzling. Due to lackluster demand from the US and Europe, and banks being unwilling to lend to small businesses, the nation’s factories are not, on the face of it, doing very …

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The Best Reference Apps For Smartphones

What’s the point of a smartphone if it doesn’t make you smarter? While apps alone can’t boost your IQ, knowing how to put your finger on any piece of information in the world will give you an air of omniscience — and save precious time and energy in your daily life.<p>There are tens of thousands of …

Coursera

Coursera is a free online education platform that features over 200 courses from 33 universities worldwide. The site was launched by Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller, Stanford University computer science professors in April 2012.

Feminism 'has failed working-class women'

Feminism has failed working-class women by focusing too much on gender equality in high-profile roles, according to new research.<p>While the average …

Exposing the Anti-GMO Legal Machine: The Real Story Behind the So-Called Monsanto Protection Act

<b>Over the past week, we’ve seen a tsunami of stories about the so-called “Monsanto Protection Act,” more accurately known as Section 735 of HR 933. The Genetic Literacy Project’s Jon Entine reports the story behind the story.</b><p>It’s a small provision attached to a massive agricultural spending bill …

Employees Don't Have Time For Wellness Initiatives - REPORT

<b>Timing Is Everything</b><p>According to a newly published report, 86% of employees don’t participate in wellness initiatives because they just don’t have the time. Not finding the initiatives fun or engaging was the distant second most common reason given for not taking , at 45% (yes, multiple answers …

15 More Tech Skills That Can Instantly Net You A $100,000+ Salary

Now we've got 15 more to add to the list, from a salary survey done by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. The research was conducted in late 2012, based on a survey of 9,500 tech professionals.<p>This survey asked these folks how much they earned and which IT certifications they had. That's a little …