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Scientists find obesity 'switch' in the brain

A brain cell that stops over-eating has been identified by scientists, paving the way to potential new anti-obesity treatments.<p>Tests showed that …

The Fastest Way to Defog Your Windshield

Winter’s here, and for lots of us, that means dealing with a foggy windshield full of condensation when we go to start our cars. In the grand scheme of things, it doesn’t take <i>that</i> long for your defroster to clear your windshield, but if you’re harried and already late for work, that extra time …

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Here’s what the world will be like in 2045, according to DARPA’s top scientists

Predicting the future is fraught with challenges, but when it comes to technological advances and forward thinking, experts working at the Pentagon's research agency may be the best people to ask.<p>Launched in 1958, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is behind some of the biggest …

A futuristic 'garden' that lets you grow food in your home just raised $230,000 on Kickstarter in 4 days

That's what a startup called Grove wants to help you do with its Ecosystem, which they describe as "an intelligent, in-home garden."<p>Grove Labs, a startup based in Sommerville, Massachusetts, was founded by two MIT students who wanted to give people the ability to grow their own food, regardless of …

Alfred Goes Live In NY With A Fresh $2M In Seed From Spark Capital

Because there is no service that handles the mindless work of your daily life, it’s almost impossible to imagine what life would be like without any household chores. But the folks at Alfred have imagined such an existence, and are now offering the opportunity to purchase this charmed lifestyle in …

Facebook drones and Nike earnings — 5 things to know today

Hello, friends and <i>Fortune</i> readers.<p>L’shana tovah if you’re off work celebrating today. For those of you in the office, we’ve got a pretty newsy day. …

A Hedge Fund Manager, Nas, Snoop Dog And Jared Leto Are All Investors In This New Trading App

Vivien Killilea/Getty Images<p>Howard Lindzon has made a lot of money trading for other people as a hedge fund manager.<p>Now he's putting nearly $1 million dollars behind Robinhood, an app that lets people trade stocks whenever they want, with no commission fees.<p>Lindzon told Business Insider that this …

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Solar Advocates Fight Utilities Over Grid Access

The solar power business is growing quickly in the U.S. More than 500,000 homeowners and businesses installed solar panels in just the first half of this year, according to a Solar Energy Industries Association report.<p>When people get electricity from the sun, they don't buy it from their local …

Misconceptions Of Emerging Markets, The Challenge And The Opportunities

In a recent TED Talk, Hans and Ola Rosling of Gapminder discussed the global misperceptions people from developed countries have about the rest of the world. The overwhelming majority of people they surveyed on topics such as health care, women’s rights and education, were wrong about the current …

Google Launches A Preview SDK For Its Fitness And Health Tracking Service

Earlier this year, at its IO developer conference, Google announced Fit, its service for bringing health and fitness tracking to the Android ecosystem. It’s essentially Google’s version of Apple’s HealthKit service and will launch with the release of Android L later this year. Today, however, the …

Automatic Diary App Rove Hits Android

Automatic ‘diary’ app Rove has been gradually iterating on iOS for some time, and today it’s made the leap to Android.<p>Rove is designed to bridge the gap between apps like Facebook’s Moves (that track your activity) and those like Timehop that present old memories in an attractive way. It logs the …

Tech Leaders Tell Interns What They Wish They Knew At Age 20

Hundreds of Bay Area interns lined up on Tuesday to hear some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley share what they wished they knew when they were 20 at a recruiting event called Internapalooza.<p>Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger, PayPal co-founder Max Levchin, Eventbrite co-founder Kevin Hartz, …

Nikola Tesla and suppressed science: the two are inseparable

<b>Imagine for a moment a reality where all the technologies that futurists have predicted have already been invented and are currently being used by a</b> …

Turn your old iPod into a security camera for free

Not quite ready to splurge on a home-security camera? Here's a free work-around for iOS users.<p>Manything is a free iOS app that lets you convert a spare iPod Touch, iPad, or iPhone into a video surveillance camera. The next part is up to you: either use a second device to view footage remotely and …

Home Automation

How to Teach Google What a Story Is

Deep inside Google, a small team has been trying to solve a problem that's easy for any schmuck around the watercooler but frighteningly difficult for the world's most data-rich company: telling a story.<p>Google wanted to solve a problem we can all understand. People take so, so many photographs and …

Google To Stop Labeling Apps With In-App Purchases As 'Free'

<i>Disclosure: I’m co-director of ConnectSafely.org, a non-profit Internet safety organization that receives financial support from Google. Also, ConnectSafely works with the European Commission on Safer Internet Day.</i><p>The change is in response to an agreement with the European Commission (EC), which is …

Control high-speed photography from your phone with this camera trigger

High-speed photography can be daunting if you're not a seasoned pro. You may have a fast camera and flash, but you probably don't have the gear (or people) you'd need to get that frozen-in-time look in most situations. MIOPS' new camera trigger might make it easier to take high-speed shots all by …

The Beginner's Guide to Facebook Ads for Small Businesses

Rewind the clock a few years and you’d frequently hear people suggesting that Facebook is a great marketing channel because it was free to have a presence. If you built a good Facebook page for your business and attracted lots of fans, you’d have a valuable platform to talk to potential and …

Inhabitat's Week in Green: stadiums with modular housing, Tesla Model 3 and a tower of mushrooms

Soccer fans around the world are going through withdrawal now that the World Cup is over, and in Brazil, people are beginning to think about what should be done with the 12 stadiums that were built or renovated for the tournament. A pair of French architects has come up with a brilliant idea: …

BRCK: A More Reliable Internet Connection for Rural Africa

“The BRCK taps into the unique market characteristic of emerging market internet subscribers: 65 percent of whom access the internet wirelessly,” the company said. “The BRCK allows users to leverage the nearly ubiquitous mobile broadband and turn it into a connection designed for productivity, …

'Startup Guy' fashion is literally a style in Banana Republic's Summer line

Do you want a look that says “work hard, play hard, disrupt hard”? Well, then, the Gap’s Banana Republic has all the business casual you can handle, lovingly called “The Startup Guy.”<p>The fashionable technologist struts about SOMA in a “cool belt,” “half-tucked shirt,” and a crumpled pants cuff that …

VC investments hit $13B in Q2 — highest point since dotcom days

VCs are feeling pretty enthusiastic right about now. At least, that’s what the latest data show. In fact, the $13 billion invested in the second quarter of 2014 marks the largest quarterly investment total since the $13.1 billion invested way back in the first quarter 2001.<p>All of this info is …

Google Now Reminders Now Possible Inside Search

One of my favorite parts of Google is getting instant responses from search results — it massively simplifies currency conversion, for one thing. So it’s interesting to see that the company now lets you create Google Now reminders right from its search box, as the Google Operating System blog …

Google Has a Huge New Business You Probably Don’t Know About

This post is in partnership with Fortune, which offers the latest business and finance news. Read the article below originally published …

New technique could boost internet speeds tenfold

The problem with TCP/IP<p>Data is sent over the internet in "packets," or small chunks of digital information. The exact format of the packets and the …

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Octoblu Peels Back The Covers On Its Internet Of Things Platform

Want to know what is the hottest area that will be on marketers and PR folk’s lips over the next few years? Anything involving connected devices. Call it the Internet of Things, the Internet of Everything, the Internet of Customers or whatever variation on the theme, but in essence the idea of …

Obama Orders Federal Government to Triple Use of Renewable Energy by 2020

As part of a broad-ranging effort to cut carbon emissions over the course of his second term, President Obama is set to announce a plan today for …

No thanks to Apple, iPhones and iPads can finally stream DRM videos from your iTunes library

<b>Updated Wednesday, July 2, at 5:37 AM PT to highlight the difference between Younity’s iTunes media streaming and Apple’s “Home Sharing” feature</b><p>iTunes shows and movies are protected by digital rights management (DRM) software, which limits how people can share and view them. But thanks to a …

Google's Big Bet on the Future of UI: Gadgets That Predict Your Needs

At I/O last week, Google didn’t make much hay about its boldest release all year: Android Wear, its OS for smartwatches and Google Glass, won't be …