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3D printing will explode in 2014, thanks to the expiration of key patents

Here’s what’s holding back 3D printing, the technology that’s supposed to revolutionize manufacturing and countless other industries: patents. In February 2014, key patents that currently prevent competition in the market for the most advanced and functional 3D printers will expire, says Duann …

3D Printing

China’s government just announced the most radical reform measure in years

Stodgy central banks aren’t generally known for making sudden, mind-blowing moves—especially those that are directly controlled by their country’s government.<p>But starting tomorrow, China’s will do something fairly shocking: It will lift the lending rate floor for banks, the central bank just …

Interest Rates

One Beautiful Chart That Tells You Everything About How Energy Is Used In America

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories came out with their annual Sankey Diagram explaining energy use in the U.S. today, and it's another excellent visualization of the real story of American energy use.<p>The chart shows the magnitude of flow between different sources of energy (left) and …

Energy

Lost-and-Found Bluetooth Accessory 'Tile' Passes $1 Million in Pre-Orders

Tile is a Bluetooth Low Energy device that connects to the iPhone to assist users in finding lost items like keys, wallets, computers and more. The company is offering Tiles for $19 each via a Kickstarter-like preordering process.<p>The company has more than 18,500 backers and just passed $1 million …

Can This Sink-Urinal Hybrid Get Men To Wash Their Hands?

A Latvian designer has developed a new urinal to convince men to soap up before leaving the bathroom.<p>People, in general, aren’t good at prioritizing. We blow off work to repeatedly refresh our news feeds and bookmark articles we don’t ever finish reading. We eagerly wait an hour for a cheeseburger …

Why can't food waste be fed to pigs?

Pigswill used to be big. Edd Colbert, campaign co-ordinator of the Pig Idea (more in a minute) has written a great piece on how we should be filling …

This New Must-Have App Completely Automates Your iPhone: It's So Helpful You'll Want To Use It Every Day

Today, the company is launching its first app for the iPhone to help you automate on the go.<p>IFTTT allows you to harness the power of the Internet without a programming background. The new app is packed with hundreds of "recipes" that let users connect different Web services and apps that normally …

Tech Renaissance Man Elon Musk Talks Cars, Spaceships and Hyperloops at D11

Elon Musk dreams big. It’s hard not to get taken along for the ride — whether it’s a soon-to-launch cross-country Supercharger network that allows …

Elon Musk

Russia hopes to have a floating nuclear power plant in operation by 2016

Russia has been hard at work on a floating nuclear power plant for years, but the project is finally getting closer to completion. According to RT.com, one of Russia's biggest shipbuilders revealed that the country's first floating nuclear power plant is expected to be in operation by 2016. While …

China's reliance on coal reduces life expectancy by 5.5 years, says study

Air pollution causes people in northern China to live an average of 5.5 years shorter than their southern counterparts, according to a study released …

Philippines Jumps On Distributed Energy Bandwagon

The Philippines joined the rapidly growing list of countries allowing consumers who generate their own electric power to sell excess supplies back to the electric grid for a reasonable price.<p>Last week, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), the principal government agency responsible for …

Does A $347 3-D Printer Mean The Future Is Here? Or Just Paper-Thin Progress?

Now on Kickstarter, the Buccaneer is designed for easy at-home use, costs less than an iPhone–and just might make or break our collective dream of technology.<p>The magic words, or magic number-plus-letter, of our technological fantasies to date are: 3-D. The 3-D printer is this year’s collective …

How engineered wetlands in Saudi Arabia can save water and money

Most of the water used in aluminum refining and smelting is treated in a system that involves networks of pipes and tonnes of steel. The water is …

In New Orleans, a Vietnamese community bounces back with urban agriculture

In 1975, after the fall of Saigon, many of the Christian Vietnamese who supported the U.S.-allied government in the south fled. Some ended up in …

Urban Agriculture

Empire State Building exceeds guaranteed energy savings for second year in a row

<b>New York City’s most iconic building has exceeded the guaranteed energy savings as stated in its energy efficiency strategy for the second year</b> …

German Scientists Create Lithium Ion Battery that Can Charge an Electric Car for 27 Years

Scientists at the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Wurttemburg (ZSW) have developed one of the most efficient lithium-ion …

Will electric cars ever enter the mainstream?

Pardon my metaphor, but is the tank half-empty or half-full when it comes to electric cars?<p>The bad news: start-up electric-car makers Aptera, Better …

Electric Vehicles

The 12 Most Offensive And Controversial Startups

There's an app for that.<p>Want to thumb up or down pictures of women's cleavage?<p>There's an app for that too.<p>Yes, people have created every offensive and controversial thing you could fathom.

The Wrong Kind Of Diversification

Asset class diversification is a good thing because it lowers the potential for a large loss. However, diversifying actively managed mutual funds within an asset class is a bad thing because it decreases the already low probability for outperforming a comparable portfolio of all index funds. If you …

China’s ghost cities epitomize the problem with printing money Paul Krugman-style

In a recent article in Quartz, Gwynn Guilford made the crucial point that the turbulence in China’s financial system is a debt crisis, not a liquidity crisis. She explains:<p>What it means is that China’s massive stimulus from 2009 to 2011 sunk money into projects that are generating little or no …

Economics

Why Carrefour is struggling to keep up with Chinese shoppers

Hypermarkets–those enormous stores in the style of Carrefour and Wal-Mart that combine groceries with other goods–have spread quickly in Chinese cities. But they’re not keeping up with Chinese shopping habits.<p>One telling sign: French hypermarket Carrefour is considering selling its operations in …

China

Architects Want To Turn A Nigerian Slum Into A City That Floats On Water

Lagos, Nigeria is one of the world's ever-expanding "megacities"—urban centers with populations of more than 10 million.<p>Places like this are increasingly demanding the attention of forward-thinking architects and urban planners who can help address the demands arising from this rapid expansion, …

Asia’s richest man is betting $1.26 billion on the trash crisis

Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing, is pouring money into burning trash. The real estate tycoon is leading a consortium to buy Dutch waste treatment company called AVR for $1.26 billion (pdf) from private equity groups Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and CVC Capital Partners. AVR is the biggest …

Pollution

Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen Compete for Samsung’s Super Bowl Ad (Within An Ad)

Is this a Samsung ad or the new Judd Apatow movie? If there’s any confusion there, it’s 100% intentional, as the electronics manufacturer’s Super Bowl ad sports appearances from two longtime Apatovian leading men: Paul Rudd and Seth Rogen.<p>Created by agency 72andSunny and blockbuster director Jon …

Paul Rudd

SpaceCurve raises $10M to make sense of our streams of location data

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Shutterstock / twobee<p>SpaceCurve, a Seattle-based startup building a database designed to handle streams of geospatial …