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A Doctor Takes A Look In The Medicare Mirror

After decades of fighting to keep how much Medicare pays individual doctors a secret, the federal government bowed to pressure from journalists and consumer groups and released the information in April.<p>The data let reporters — and anyone else — figure out who is getting paid by Medicare for what.<p>A …

Militants attack Karachi airport; 21 killed in clashes - CNN.com

<b>Karachi, Pakistan (CNN)</b> -- Clashes at Pakistan's largest and busiest airport left more than 20 people dead after militants armed with grenades stormed into a cargo area Sunday.<p>Violence erupted at Jinnah International Airport in Karachi around 11:30 p.m. Sunday and raged on for more than five hours …

These Athletes Came To LeBron James' Defense Because Cramps Are 'Absolutely The Worst'

To many former and current professional professional athletes, LeBron James' cramps were no laughing matter. While some San Antonio Spurs fans and assorted LeBron haters may have been having a field day ripping James for leaving Game 1 of the NBA Finals in the fourth quarter because of cramps, …

Facetime With Your Plants? Welcome To The Future Of Microfarming

SproutsIO, a simple system from students at the MIT Media Lab, lets you grow food indoors using your smartphone. You can water your plants (or Facetime with them) from 3,000 miles away.<p>What if you could grow your own strawberries indoors, year-round, even in the tiniest of urban apartments?<p>With the …

How To Redesign Bookstores For The Amazon Era

Four design firms rethink where we sell books.<p>In this day and age, brick-and-mortar bookstores are few and far between. Though independent bookstores have had a recent (modest) resurgence, their numbers have been dwindling in the last decade. In the U.S., 1,000 independent bookstores closed between …

Alpha Apps: The Smartphone Future No One Is Talking About

Users. Developers. Everybody. The design of Apple’s new Extensions will change the way we all use apps.<p>Today, our apps are basically self-contained castles. Walled off from every other app, you have to open Google Maps to find restaurants in your area, then you have to open up Yelp to search its …

How Crowdsourcing And Machine Learning Will Change The Way We Design Cities

Researchers at MIT Media Lab are using crowdsourced data to create an algorithm that determines how safe a street looks to the human eye–information that could be used to guide important urban design decisions.<p>In 2011, researchers at the MIT Media Lab debuted Place Pulse, a website that served as a …

Should You Learn To Code?

The release of a new programming language at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference this week highlighted one of the most marketable skills in the digital world: the ability to code. How necessary is it, really? And is that even the right question?<p>Once again, the haves and have-nots of the digital …

Southwest Airlines Will Pay You To Redesign Your City

Southwest wants to help revamp cities through a partnership with Project for Public Spaces.<p>Southwest Airlines has set its philanthropic sights on urban design, launching a grant program with the New York-based nonprofit Project for Public Spaces. After the completion of three pilot projects in San …

11-Year-Old Makes An Unbreakable, Spill-Proof Cup For Her Ailing Grandfather

When Lily Born noticed her grandfather, who suffers from Parkinson’s, was spilling his drinks, she decided to design him a better cup. The young entrepreneur is now selling her product on Kickstarter.<p>While most 11-year-olds are watching <i>Hunger Games</i> or doing other typically pre-teen things, Lily …

New Research On The Changing Face Of The Consumer Has Lessons For Beauty Brands

The Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Capstone Research Program in partnership with Unilever USA dug deep into data on population and consumer …

Is Your Boss Bringing You Down?

Illustrated by Mary Schafrath.<p>Ever had a coworker you just couldn't stand? Your dislike probably biased you when it came to judging their work, …