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The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.

All ideas change the world in some small way, but not all ideas are "world changing." At Co.Exist, we like to consider the ideas that are tackling the big …

Environment

Managers Turn to Computer Games, Aiming for More Efficient Employees

SAN FRANCISCO — A few days before he testified in a sex discrimination suit that has captivated Silicon Valley, John Doerr, arguably the most famous venture capitalist in the world, was sitting at a conference room table laying out his ideas on good management.

The subject was not the trial, in …

The new Nvidia Shield microconsole streams PC games via Nvidia's Grid service and runs Android apps

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Computer Hardware

This New Fuel Cell Fits In Your Pocket, For Carbon-Neutral Charging Off The Grid

Next time your smartphone drains too quickly, recharge it with this fuel cell that only weighs as much as a cup of sugar.

In theory, our electronic gadgets keep getting more portable. In reality, most of us are still tethered to the nearest wall outlet—and to whatever conventional energy sources, …

Energy

Google's internet balloons have stopped falling out the sky and suddenly look like they're going to be a huge business

Google's wacky internet balloons — designed to bring online services to remote parts of the world — aren't falling out of the sky all the time any more. In fact, they're starting to look like a legitimate business. Yesterday, the Verge published a big report on how Project Loon, a scheme from the …

Google

The 20 best countries for fast public wi-fi

Rotten Wi-Fi, a testing service that evaluates public Wi-Fi networks based on speed and customer satisfaction, says it has found the 20 countries in …

Wi-Fi

Live forever: Scientists say they’ll extend life ‘well beyond 120’

In Palo Alto in the heart of Silicon Valley, hedge fund manager Joon Yun is doing a back-of-the-envelope calculation. According to US social security data, he says, the probability of a 25-year-old dying before their 26th birthday is 0.1%. If we could keep that risk constant throughout life instead …

Evidence-Based Medicine

The Big Future: What does the future of interaction look like?

The rise of smartphones has left us tapping away at touchscreens. In this week's Big Future, we look at what comes after the glass. Will we all be speaking to our devices? Are augmented reality glasses and contacts going to feed us information all day? Or does touch interaction work so well that …

Augmented Reality

Future’s 10 Mind-Blowing Technologies About to Emerge

Some technologies are about to emerge that will radically change our societies and lifestyles. Here is a glimpse of the insane and exciting future!

Billions Of Dollars Are Set To Flow Into These 7 Areas Of Tech In 2015

Companies spend trillions of dollars on technology every year. The best investors can see which new companies are serving the needs of big enterprises, and invest accordingly.

To uncover the hottest new trends in business tech next year, we spoke to some of the most successful enterprise-focused …

Venture Capital

15 Charts, Graphs, And Maps That Will Shape The Future Of Information

The latest, greatest data visualizations

We are awash with data, and it keeps piling up: Some analysts estimate the amount of digital information in the world now doubles every two years. The growing tidal wave will require automation—a shift some have called the Industrial Revolution of data—to …

Maps

Ralph H. Baer, Inventor of First System for Home Video Games, Is Dead at 92

Ralph H. Baer, who turned television sets into electronic fantasy lands by inventing and patenting the first home video game system, died on Saturday at his home in Manchester, N.H. He was 92.

His death was confirmed by his family.

Video games have become more than just a ubiquitous pastime and a …

The Most Important Features In Samsung's New Galaxy S5 Phone

Samsung's newest flagship phone, the Galaxy S5, arrives April 11.

You can read the full review of the device here, or check out some photos of the best features in the gallery below.

Top 10 Animal Encounters

Where to have close-up encounters with some of the world’s most remarkable animals.

From the National Geographic book Secret Journeys of a Lifetime

1. Right whales, Bay of Fundy, Canada

Northern right whales are on the brink of extinction, but survivors arrive in the Bay of Fundy each summer (May …

Sub-Saharan Africa's youth population offers ‘enormous potential’

Surging youth populations in sub-Saharan Africa will bring “enormous potential for economic and social growth” if leaders follow lessons in creating opportunities for young people from Asia’s economic giants, according to a UN report.

Nearly a quarter of the world’s 7.3 billion people are now aged …

Vodafone to expand in sub-Sahara Africa

Vodafone will expand in sub-Saharan Africa through a 4G partnership with closely-held Afrimax Group.|||Johannesburg - Vodafone will expand in …

Africa

This Simple & Affordable Technology Is Going To Make History: Meet The LifeStraw

The LifeStraw is saving lives with its simple yet powerful water filtration method.

Over one sixth of the world’s population is without clean water – …

10 Reasons Free Education Should Happen

Ahead of Wednesday’s Free Education demonstration in central London, and despite its withdrawal from the event, the National Union of Students has released its Roadmap for Free Education.

We take a look at 10 reasons free education supporters use to say why it should happen:

You can read the NUS’s

Teach Kids About Africa as if Our Lives Depend Upon It -- and Maybe They Do

On top of the shear panic unleashed by the spread of the Ebola virus from West Africa, an astonishing amount of ignorance has reared its ugly head. As some have commented, this ignorance may be more dangerous to millions of people than the actual virus, and the unfamiliarity could even make matters …

Africa

Armed with Phones, Amateurs Can Beat Pollution-Tracking Satellites

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Citizen scientists already use their phones to report roadkill, light pollution and invasive …

Pictures: Biggest Crocodile Ever Caught?

Biggest Crocodile Ever Caught?

Caught alive after a three-week hunt, an allegedly 21-foot-long (6.4-meter-long) saltwater crocodile—the biggest crocodile ever caught in the Philippines—is restrained on September 4, according to the Associated Press.

The 2,369-pound (1,075-kilogram) crocodile is …

The Landscape of Death and Green Burial - How Our Beliefs Design Cemeteries

The Landscape of Death and Green Burial – How Our Beliefs Design Cemeteries

For countless generations, humans have disposed of their dead in the …

Hydrofoiling 'sports car for the water' promises legendary ride

Move over, boats. You're about to be outclassed by the Quadrofoil, an electric personal watercraft that uses hydrofoil technology to zoom over the …

Sports Cars

The Sleek Flying Car of the Future is Here Now

A flying car was something once left to the realm of science fiction, but now it looks like it’s actually a reality. The Solvakia-based company AeroMobil recently unveiled the sleek-looking AeroMobil 3.0, the latest version of its flying car. It was shown at the Pioneers Festival in Vienna, Austria, …

Flying Car

Countries as Named in Their Own Languages

Countries are called by different names depending on who’s doing the calling. Is it The United States of America or Les États-Unis? Deutschland or …

Cool Stuff

The lives of the filthy rich African presidents

The phrase “let them eat cake” is widely attributed to Marie-Antoinette (1755-93), the queen consort of Louis XVI. She is supposed to have said this …

Inequality: Are we passing it on to our kids?

We don't live in a classless society. Every time we're lulled into thinking we're a unified cohort of loyalty-card brandishing, kale smoothie-making, …

14 Pictures That Show The World Is Too Crowded

Is overpopulation a problem?

By 2100, the world's population is expected to reach 11 billion people.

As of today, we're at 7.09 billion and counting, according to the U.S. Census World Clock.

Whether you agree or disagree, overpopulation has become a major challenge and concern for countries around …

Anthony Davis Grew 8 Inches In 18 Months In High School, And It Gave Him The Most Unique Skillset In The NBA

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is one of the only players in the NBA who could realistically be The Best Player In The World one day.

Last year the 21-year-old had his breakout year.

He averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds per game and led the league in blocks while making his first …

Africa's Lions May Be Deemed Threatened in U.S.—Will It Help?

The African lion—thousands of miles away but beloved by Americans—might become protected under U.S. law, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday.

The proposed new rule would list lions as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. If approved, the law would make it illegal to kill or …