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A neuroscientist explains why reality may just be a hallucination

Anil Seth, professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, explains the link between perception and reality. Seth believes reality as we know it comes from activity of our brain. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Anil Seth:</b> How do we know that we experience …

Urban farmers are growing food in skips and abandoned warehouses without soil or sunlight

One inventive venture produces crops in an old air raid shelter<p>Farming is traditionally a countryside affair, due to the need for green space, …

Aquaponics

Research Shows the Best Resumes and Cover Letters Use These Words and Phrases (in Moderation) | Inc.com

While your résumé won't get you the job you really want, if you're following a standard hiring process, a good cover letter and résumé are necessary to get you to the next stage, the interview (which is when you had better be ready for the most commonly asked job interview questions).<p>Oddly enough, …

Employment

‘Wasted! The Story of Food Waste’ both sobering, uplifting

You can call the statistics stomach-churning:<p>•40 percent of all food is wasted in the United States at a cost of a trillion dollars a year, and one-third is wasted worldwide;<p>•10 million tons of produce a year goes unharvested in the U.S.;<p>•90 percent of all wasted food ends up in landfills, where it …

Human waste could be the fuel of the future

The stuff we flush down the toilet and the fat washed down the drain could be the surprising fuel of the 21st Century – improving sanitation and creating green energy worldwide.<p>Our planet has a problem. Humans, like all living creatures, produce a lot of… well, unpleasant waste. In the form of pee …

Energy

Fresh produce grows big results for Akron startup

Craine said that the primary thing that sets Vigeo's products apart is that the company sells their basil and eight types of lettuce "live." They are …

Michelin wants to reinvent the wheel for the driverless age

Airless, indestructible, and 3D-printed from orange zest (among other biomaterials)<p>They’re completely airless, last virtually forever, and could be the perfect tire for our autonomous future. Michelin, the 128-year-old tire manufacturer based in Clermont-Ferrand, France, recently unveiled a …

Want to see galaxies in full color from your backyard? Check out this telescope

For centuries, astronomers have explored the cosmos through personal telescopes. Yet, despite the fact that these devices have grown considerably …

Half of your body may have formed from a galaxy far, far away

"We are all made of stars" used to sing Moby in 2002 and though science has known it for a while, a new study went as far as to claim half of the …

How Air Pollution Is Being Turned Into Ink

The soot that comes out of a tailpipe is being used to create art.<p>Anirudh Sharma was at a conference in India when he noticed black particles accumulating on his white shirt. The specks settling on him were from pollution in the surrounding air.<p>Byproducts from burning fossil fuels such as gasoline …

Pollution

Not Everyone Has A Garage, But What If The Streetlights Were Electric Car Charging Stations?

Ubitricity is retrofitting streetlights in London to provide overnight charging to parked EVs.<p>An old-fashioned streetlight in the London borough of Westminster–emblazoned with an ornate, golden W–looks essentially the same as it did in the 1950s. But now it’s possible to open a tiny door on the …

This Dutch startup turns plants into batteries

Imagine a lamp. Any lamp. Now imagine having to water it.<p>Dutch product designer Ermi van Oers created Living Light: plants that double as lights. Or lights that double as plants – whichever way you prefer looking at it. The lights run on electricity generated by bacteria in the soil.<p>Here’s how it …

Protons

How Aliens Might Use 'Network Theory' For Galactic Communications

Advanced technological civilizations looking for efficient communication from one end of a galaxy to another would best be served by tapping into a network of transiting extrasolar earths. That is, extrasolar earths capable of being observed transiting across the face of their parent stars. Or so …

Google Maps

This shipping-container farm could someday solve the food desert problem

There’s a farm opening soon in Laurel, Md., that can grow strawberries in January. It could grow rare tropical fruits from Asia and Central America on our native soil. It could produce custom-designed lettuce, more peppery or sweet. It’s a hydroponic farm in a shipping container, and its owners …

Aquaponics

Singapore turns vacant space into urban farms | Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Resource-scarce Singapore is turning vacant pockets of land into space for urban farming as the island city strives to ease its reliance on imported food.<p>Head of farmers at Citizen Farm Darren Ho poses in front of an urban farm in Singapore June 20, 2017. REUTERS/Thomas …

Agriculture

Side raises $5.7 million to match students with companies for short-term jobs

French startup Side raised another $5.7 million with Xavier Niel leading the round. As the name suggests, Side lets students make some money on the side by working for companies for a few days or weeks. It’s a marketplace that helps you scale your workforce for a product launch, peak season and …

Future Of Food: How Under 30 Edenworks Is Transforming Urban Agriculture

When Matt LaRosa joined Edenworks in early 2013, he was a college freshman who still hadn’t even picked a major. But when he overheard CEO Jason Green at a pitch competition explain his plan to transform industrial buildings into high-tech farms, he immediately abandoned his own pitch and pitched …

Aquaponics

Startup Spotlight: Grassworks Digital makes technology for the burgeoning pot industry

It had been about a year since retailers in Washington state began selling recreational marijuana when Ryan Porter, a vet of the automotive …

Uncertainty as Nevada aims to launch recreational pot soon

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada voters legalized recreational marijuana in November, and officials are trying to put rules in place to start selling it on …

Cannabis

A billion-dollar industry, a racist legacy: being black and growing pot in America

What does it take to succeed as a young black entrepreneur in a sector largely dominated by white men seen as daring trailblazers?<p>Three years ago, Jesce Horton, a former engineer in his early 30s, quit his corporate job to set up his own small, family-owned cannabis cultivation business in …

Cannabis

Fish Poop and Fungi Minifarms Are the Future of Urban Agriculture

When you picture the quintessential American farmer, what comes to mind? The person you imagine might not look much like the mostly young, stylishly …

Urban Farm Bill Passes in Montgomery County, MD

“The more we can grow healthy food close by, and reduce the food miles, the greenhouse gas footprint of bringing food from all over and the more we …

Urban Agriculture

Urban Agriculture: Food, Jobs, and Lower Food Miles

Millions of urban dwellers cultivate vegetables and fruit trees in home gardens, both for their families and for sale. In Dakar, 7500 households …

Urban Agriculture

10 Female Urban Farmers Setting the Tone for Sustainable Cities

In cities across America, the female farmer is staking her claim. Whether she is an urban homesteader, farm manager, business founder, community …

Urban Agriculture

Des Moines power brokers want to build massive greenhouses downtown

CLOSE<p>A massive indoor rainforest, an agriculture world trade center, and parks atop the skywalk are among the most audacious ideas downtown has ever …

The founder of a college startup more exclusive than Harvard or Stanford says traditional applications don't measure anything but wealth

Based on application numbers for the Minerva Class of 2021, it seems that there may be tens of thousands of students that agree.<p>In just its fourth year accepting applications, the unconventional college received 20,427, admitting 385 students. That acceptance rate, at 1.9%, is far lower than at any …

College & University

10 Creepy Sounds Recorded in Space by NASA

Spacecraft traveling to the far reaches of the solar system pick up some spooky sounds.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

This start-up is building a bridge between banks and legal marijuana sellers

The marijuana industry is picking up as legalization sweeps the country, but there are still some wrinkles to be ironed out.<p>In particular, most banks …

Cannabis

The 3 Ways That Parallel Universes Could Be Real

The idea that things exist in a particular, well-defined state at all times where their properties can be determined so long as you can measure them well enough was fundamental to how we conceived of the Universe. When quantum physics came along, that idea went right out the window, never to …

Dark Matter

5 Failed Entrepreneurs Who Made a Big Comeback | Inc.com

According to <i>Bloomberg</i>, entrepreneurs who fail find more success the second time around. The research found that the experience entrepreneurs gain from business ventures, even if they result in failure, is invaluable as a stepping stone to future success. That's good news for any entrepreneur whose …

Entrepreneurship