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Inside The Indiana Megadairy Making Coca-Cola's New Milk

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced that it was going into the milk business. Not just any milk, mind you: nutritious, reformulated supermilk.<p>It also invited ridicule. "It's like they got Frankenstein to lactate," scoffed Stephen Colbert on his show. "If this product …

India On The Verge Of A Tech 'Gold Rush'

The technology industry's new Bay Area hub may be pretty far from San Francisco. The Bay of Bengal is shaping up to be the next hot startup market.<p>Highly skilled Indian tech workers -- some unable to get U.S. work visas -- are returning home from the United States or leaving Indian divisions of …

5 Ways People Kill Their Career Potential...And May Not Realize It

As researchers who study appreciation and value creation in the workplace, it would be easy for us to write an article about killing career potential (both yours and your coworkers) by being a jerk at work. But, that’s not the only thing that kills potential.<p>We were curious about the opposite of …

Since the 1970s a Man Has Been Planting a Forest Larger than Central Park, One Tree at a Time | Colossal

<p>Nestled in Northeast India next to the Brahmaputra River sits Majuli Island, a giant sandbar that happens to be the largest river island on Earth, …

Chicago will begin monitoring cell phone signals to track where people are walking

Chicago already has a wide-reaching video surveillance network, and this summer, it's going to begin keeping track of much more using automated sensors. Through a program called Array of Things, Chicago will begin installing fixtures onto light poles throughout the city that will collect …

Tablets Are Making Waiters Obsolete — And Chili's Is Leading The Way

The casual dining spot has recently introduced tablets in dining rooms nationwide that customers can use to place orders, browse the menu, and entertain otherwise noisy children.<p>These tablets, as The Verge notes, aren't the high-end Apple and Samsung devices we've become accustomed to seeing, but …

This Algae Battery Could Power A Tesla With 200X The Charge

In a small lab, near a lake at the edge of West Berkeley, sits the prototype of what could revolutionize battery power as we know it. The secret to this power? Algae.<p>OK, just hang with me here. Lots of research has already been done on algae’s possible power capabilities. Prototype creator Adam …

Off Grid Electric gets $7M to ‘light Africa in a decade’ (exclusive)

Why do more people live without electricity today than when Edison turned on the first light bulb?<p>For as long as he can remember, Xavier Helgesen has been fascinated with this question. And today, he landed $7 million in financing for his Arusha, Tanzania-based venture, Off Grid Electric, which …

Awash In Cash, Drug Cartels Rely On Big Banks To Launder Profits

The Sinaloa Cartel, headquartered on Mexico's northern Pacific Coast, is constantly exploring new ways to launder its gargantuan profits. The State Department reports that Mexican trafficking organizations earn between $19 and $29 billion every year from selling marijuana, cocaine, heroin and …

Pope Francis tells Italian mafia to repent

Pope Francis has told Italy's mafia they risk going to hell unless they repent and renounce their "blood-stained money and blood-stained power".<p>He gave the warning on Friday, during a prayer vigil in memory of mafia victims. At the vigil, which was held at the church of San Gregorio VII in Rome, …

Putin Orders Fireworks in Russia and Crimea to Celebrate Annexation

Fireworks illuminate the sky marking the incorporation of the Black Sea peninsula, Crimea, into Russia in Moscow on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the peninsula into Russia, and also ordered fireworks in Moscow and Crimea.

Russia

Self-Sustaining Floating City is a Modern Day Noah's Ark

This floating city is an innovative concept designed to function as a modern day <i>Noah's Ark</i>. The self-sustaining city was developed by Serbia-based Aleksandar Joksimovic and Jelena Nikolic as a means to support life–from humans and animals to fish, plants, and trees–in the case of an extreme natural …

Seafloor

Photographs and Watercolors Merge in Surreal Paintings by Aliza Razell | Colossal

<p>Using self-portrait photographs and watercolors, artist Aliza Razell has been exploring several abstract narratives by merging the two mediums in …

Why Warren Buffett’s Billion-Dollar Prize To Predict The Perfect NCAA Bracket Matters

By this time next year, the world could see one more geeky billionaire. Investment mogul Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway company is backing a billion-dollar prize to predict the perfect NCAA tournament bracket.<p>“We’ve seen a lot of contests offering a million dollars for putting together a good …

Half of US Congressional politicians are millionaires

<b>For the first time, half of the members of the US Congress are millionaires, according to a wealth analysis.</b><p>At least 268 of the 534 politicians in the Senate and House of Representatives had a net worth of $1m (£606,821) or more in 2012.<p>Democrats were slightly wealthier than Republicans, found the …

Demographics

The NSA Is Reportedly Working To Develop A Quantum Computer

Google’s executive chairman Eric Schmidt said last year that “the solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything” — and boldly predicted that government censorship can be ended within a decade.<p>However, the US government is said to be putting in much effort as it seeks to build a …

NSA reportedly intercepting laptops purchased online to install spy malware

According to a new report from <i>Der Spiegel</i> based on internal NSA documents, the signals intelligence agency's elite hacking unit (TAO) is able to conduct sophisticated wiretaps in ways that make Hollywood fantasy look more like reality. The report indicates that the NSA, in collaboration with the …

Google reportedly partners with Audi for on-board Android

The Web giant and the automaker will develop in-car entertainment and information systems based on Google's mobile operating system, the Wall Street Journal reports.<p>Google is reportedly hitting the road for its next battle with Apple for mobile OS market share.<p>The Web giant has teamed with …

Wall Street

Teenagers migrate from Facebook as parents send them friend requests

Comprehensive study has found teens are moving to services like Twitter, Instagram and WhatsApp and are not concerned about commercial use of personal information<p>Facebook is 'dead and buried' to older teenagers, an extensive European study has found, as the key age group moves on to Twitter, …

Reddit Is Pouring Resources Into Its New Gift Exchange In An Attempt To Become Profitable

Now, the self-dubbed "Front Page of the Internet" is going for a milestone it has been trying to reach since its founding in 2005: profitability.<p>After years of fitful experiments with paid subscriptions and display advertising, Reddit, with just 28 employees, has begun pouring resources into …

Scientists Are Using Metamaterials To Build Everything From Wireless Phone Chargers To Invisibility Cloaks

While the holy grail of metamaterials is still to make objects and people invisible to the eye, they are set to have a more tangible commercial impact playing more mundane roles - from satellite antennas to wirelessly charging cellphones.<p>Metamaterials are simply materials that exhibit properties …

Nanotech

All You Can Feel: Images of Recreational Drugs Exposed to Film Negatives by Sarah Schoenfeld | Colossal

<p>Whether you’ve tried mind-altering substances or not one thing remains true: we all have an idea of what a drug feels like, be it imagined, …

105-inch curved Ultra HD televisions announced by both Samsung and LG

The annual Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner, which means it's time for companies to show off some of the most extravagant — and least practical — televisions out there. LG has announced that at CES 2014 it's going to be revealing a 105-inch curved Ultra HD television, what the …

Obama’s NSA Task Force Recommends Major Reforms

Today, the much-anticipated findings of President Obama’s National Security Agency task force have hit the wire [PDF]. The non-binding 200 page report of 40-plus recommendations calls for the end of many of the most controversial programs.<p>Here are the big takeaways:<p><b>1. The government would no longer</b> …

Meet Patrick Soon-Shiong, The LA Billionaire Reinventing Your Health Care

SANTA MONICA, Calif. –- You have been diagnosed with lung cancer.<p>There is a bewildering array of drugs, and combinations of drugs, that may shrink the tumor and prolong your life. Or they could make matters worse and give you terrible side effects.<p>In the past, this decision was mostly a crude …

Low minimum wage a global worry, not just in U.S.

Last week 3.5 million Bangladeshi garment workers got their minimum pay raised to $67 a month, an 80 percent increase. It was one of the Bangladeshi government's responses to April's collapse of the Rana Plaza factory building that killed 1,100 mostly female garment workers, prompting an …

Income Inequality

Etsy-nomics lets sellers stitch together a living with new pattern

The creations are tiny — images painted on 3-by-5-inch discarded library catalog cards. But they’re a big hit on Vickie Moore’s Etsy shop, WingedWorld, allowing the 41-year-old mother of two to supplement her part-time job as a newspaper reporter.<p>“I thought I would have a few sales a month,” she …