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This innovative $7,000 ‘indoor farm’ may change how America eats forever

Farmshelf, an indoor farm that lets you grow lettuce and herbs, is sprouting up at restaurants, corporate kitchens and food halls around the …

Money

HP's New 3-D Printers Build Items Not of Plastic but of Steel

When you think about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing …

3D

These Are The Disruptive Technologies That Will Affect Your Industry

Disruption is a hard subject to cover sometimes. The change, the intersections, the arguments about what is and is not disruption. Often it is helpful to step back and really see what is happening, where things are going and who is doing what. Richard Watson, a leading futurist and scenarios …

Imperial College London

Disaster Is Inevitable When America's Stock Market Bubble Bursts

Despite the volatility and brief correction earlier this year, the U.S. stock market is back to making record highs in the past couple weeks. To many observers, this market now seems downright bulletproof as it keeps going higher and higher as it has for nearly a decade in direct defiance of the …

Stock Markets

Army’s sleeping technique that will get you to sleep in two minutes

A sleep technique used by the military could help you nod off in under two minutes.<p>It is said to have a 96% success rate after six weeks of practice …

Sleep

What is Industry 4.0? Here's A Super Easy Explanation For Anyone

We’re in the midst of a significant transformation regarding the way we produce products thanks to the digitization of manufacturing. This transition is so compelling that it is being called Industry 4.0 to represent the fourth revolution that has occurred in manufacturing. From the first …

The Future

Personal Kanban Part 1 — Why Todo-Lists don‘t work

As a CTO I have to handle dozens of tasks per week. Some of them are big, like digging into a new technology and others are tiny, like scanning …

Kanban

Futuristic agriculture at Scotland's first 'vertical' farm

<b>When you step into the air lock which protects Scotland's first "vertical" farm from the uncontrolled outside world, it feels like you're stepping into the future.</b><p>Inside, bright LED lights of differing colours keep the plants illuminated while vents distribute exactly the right flow of air.<p>The idea …

Aquaponics

U.S. Household Wealth Is Experiencing An Unsustainable Bubble

Since the dark days of the Great Recession in 2009, America has experienced one of the most powerful household wealth booms in its history. Household wealth has ballooned by approximately $46 trillion or 83% to an all-time high of $100.8 trillion. While most people welcome and applaud a wealth boom …

House Prices

Trump trillion-dollar-plus deficits are putting America on a path to fiscal ruin

Though no one in Washington will admit it, our nation's finances are in deep trouble. Spending is up, revenue is down, and this will only get worse.<p>It became very clear this month that neither the Trump White House nor its allies on Capitol Hill want you to know that the federal budget is already …

Trump Administration

Five experts explain how software development and operations teams are adjusting to the rapid changes caused by cloud computing

While software continues to eat the world, the philosophies and tactics used to build that software are constantly changing. Getting from idea to …

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

Thanks to the modern electric grid, you have access to electricity whenever you want. But the grid only works when electricity is generated in the same amounts as it is consumed. That said, it’s impossible to get the balance right all the time. So operators make grids more flexible by adding ways …

Clean Energy

This company hired anyone who applied. Now it’s starting a movement

Greyston Bakery uses a practice of open hiring: filling positions on a first-come, first-served basis, no questions asked. Now it wants to teach other companies how to do the same.<p>Around 25 years ago, Ty Hookway, founder of the upstate New York-based janitorial services company CleanCraft, was …

Employment

How to Hold Meetings That Nobody Will Complain About

Everybody's telling you to avoid having so many meetings. Here's some opposite advice.<p>It's almost a cliché that people hate going to meetings, and many of the complaints are legitimate. Meetings take up a lot of time. They distract people from important tasks. To add insult to injury, if you're the …

Leadership

Can You Fix a Toxic Workplace? You Can--If You Do These 5 Things Every Day

Follow these 5 steps and turn your workplace culture from toxic to thriving.<p>When American business executive Douglas Conant took over as the president and CEO of Campbell's Soup, in 2001, he was faced with a formidable task. "The company's stock was falling steeply," writes Roger Dean Duncan in a …

Open Offices Still A Mistake For Employee Productivity, Collaboration

Years ago I wrote that cutting down office space was flawed; that the loss of concentration by workers was more costly than the savings from reduced square footage. I was skeptical of the benefits of collaboration from open offices.<p>A new study by Harvard Business School professors confirms my …

Harvard Business School

Mark Zuckerberg Is Totally Out of His Depth

I might be the only person on Earth feeling sorry for the big boys of technology. Jack Dorsey from Twitter, Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook, all those Google nerds: They’re monumentally screwed, because they have no idea how to tame the monsters they have created.<p>The way I see it, these guys — and …

Mark Zuckerberg

4 Ways to Stay Motivated as You Build Your Business

It takes consistent motivation to push through the hard times.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re having an amazing month when things are flowing in your business. You’re signing new clients, your current customers are spreading the …

Meet The Woman Who Led Denmark to Cut Food Waste By 25% in 5 Years

In the last five years, Denmark has cut its food waste by 25%.<p>It's no accident. Denmark has more food waste initiatives than anybody else in Europe. …

Stop Thinking In Tasks And To-Dos. Start Thinking In Outcomes

We all toil under a tyranny of to-dos. Life can feel like an endless succession of tedious tasks we struggle to complete, and we may cross everything off our to-do lists, but it can still feel like we aren’t achieving what we really want. It’s why we click on every productivity hack that pops up in …

Productivity

Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Netflix

I’ve been following Netflix since 2005, when I first visited its headquarters in Silicon Valley and interviewed Reed Hastings, its founder and CEO. I don’t think I’ve learned more about strategy, technology, and culture from any other company I’ve studied. It’s a stretch to claim that everything I …

Google Spent a Decade Researching What Makes a Great Boss. They Came Up With These 10 Things

Google's spent the last 10 years studying the habits of effective managers. You can learn a lot from their conclusions.<p><i>"People leave managers, not companies."</i><p>We've all heard it. Many of us have experienced it. But what makes people want to leave a manager in the first place? And if you happen to …

Here Are 10 Industries Blockchain Is Likely To Disrupt

You’ve probably heard that blockchain technology is going to revolutionize… fill in the blank. But what actually is it and how is it going to disrupt these industries?<p>In simplest terms, blockchain refers to a decentralized database. If you think of a traditional database like a spreadsheet, running …

Blockchain

We're nearly at zero: The US just passed another flashing-red indicator on the way to recession

The yield on 10-year US Treasury notes declined for a fifth consecutive week, taking the US economy yet another step toward recession. A contraction in America would hurt growth across the planet.<p>Treasury yields don't automatically trigger recessions, of course. But there has been a worrying …

To Feed the World Sustainably, Repair the Soil

New technologies and genetically modified crops are usually invoked as the key to feeding the world’s growing population. But a widely overlooked …

With Kumar Gaurav’s Forward-Looking Leadership, Cashaa Is Poised To Disrupt Microfinance By Investing.com Studios

The sector also continues to encourage and nurture entrepreneurs who are constantly pushing the limits of what the technology can achieve. One of the …

Food firms seek first-to-market, premium tags

Rolling out innovative, premium and, at times, first-to-market products is now a key growth driver for FMCG food companies.<p>These firms are …

The second great battle for the future of our food is underway

YOU have probably heard of CRISPR, the gene-editing technique set to cure diseases and modify our DNA. The real revolution, however, may be in its …

Is Vertical Farming Really the Future of Agriculture?

<i>This story was originally published on</i> <i>Civil Eats</i><i>.</i><p>By now, the images of shelves full of perfect greens in hulking warehouses, stacked floor to ceiling in sterile environs and illuminated by high-powered LED lights, have become familiar. Food futurists and industry leaders say these high-tech …

Meet the ‘reverse ICO,’ where existing companies run a token sale

In 2017, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) netted a collective $5.6 billion, becoming one of the hottest tech trends of the year. Also referred to as token sale, ICO is a method for companies to raise funds by selling their own proprietary cryptocurrencies on the blockchain. In many cases, blockchain …