Jonathan Otolo

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Windows Of Opportunity: The Next Generation Of Glass

Humans have been producing glass for 5000 years, but did you know that its main ingredient can be found on beaches the world over? Silicon dioxide (SiO2), also known as silica or rock crystal, is formed from quartz, one of the most abundant minerals on Earth. Ancient glass was made almost entirely …

Why Desktop UX Still Has Something To Teach Mobile

New technologies may usurp old ones nearly every year, but many of us still reach for our old-school laptops. That’s no accident.<p>My wife was recently using her tablet, and I asked if she’d replied to an important email. She promptly put down the tablet and reached for her laptop. “Why not your …

Impressive Windows 10 In Lumia 950 Highlights Microsoft's Risky Strategy

After what seems an age (and three years between flagship smartphones is more than an age), Microsoft returns to the world of smartphones with a pair of handsets designed around Windows 10. I’m looking at the smaller of the two handsets, the Lumia 950, and while it’s one of the best Windows …

Windows 10

The Federal Vision For Healthcare IT: A Dystopian Paradise

In a year not too distant, Loretta, a woman in her late 20s, hears a pleasant tone from her watch and checks to see a text. The message isn’t from a friend or work, it’s from the watch itself: “You’re pregnant.” Loretta is surprised; conception was merely days before. But pregnancy is one of the …

Digital Health

Nanoparticle-enhanced metals could radically change cars

Scientists at UCLA have found a new way to inject silicon carbide nanoparticles into a molten alloy of magnesium and zinc, resulting a metal nanocomposite that demonstrates "record levels" of stiffness-to-weight and specific strength, and "superior stability" at high temperatures. Magnesium is …

Nanotech

5 Great Movies to Watch If You Can’t Get Enough of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Cast

Given the astronomical box office returns, it’s safe to assume that most of you watched <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> at some point this weekend. In fact, a lot of you probably watched it more than once. If you enjoyed the new generation of <i>Star Wars</i> actors as much as you liked seeing those old …

These Parks Are Reclaiming Ugly Urban Underpasses as Public Space

Manhattan’s rails-to-trails High Line sparked a global trend of turning old transit infrastructure into parks. But a new breed of public spaces …

Taxing the sun? Why some states are making solar power more expensive

It’s getting harder to figure out whether converting your home to solar energy makes financial sense as utilities adopt new ways to pay customers who …

Solar Power

The Insanity of Lyme Disease, Part 2: The Doppelganger in the Abstract

<i>Mixed-media collage/painting made during a prolonged anxiety attack.</i><p>In this recently published case study, authors Amir Garakani and Andrew G. Mitton detail the case of a man who... well, he could be me. Age 37 (my age), the man had sudden-onset panic attacks and suicidal ideation. He sought out a …

The rise of the student entrepreneurs

<b>At 6am every weekday, Charleh Dickinson meditates and does a spot of yoga before checking her work emails. So far perhaps a typical start of the day for many mindful entrepreneurs.</b><p>But unlike most business owners, Ms Dickinson is also a third year student at Sheffield Hallam University, where she …

coffice proposes to transform viaducts into electricity generators

<b>coffice proposes to transform existing viaducts into electricity generators</b><br>all images courtesy of coffice<p>coffice is a multi-disciplinary practice of …

NHS wants McLaren's F1 live data in hospitals by 2018

Less than a week after open heart surgery Lucas West was bounding around the playroom of Birmingham Children's Hospital with a huge smile. The …

Radiation Therapy

Tesla suddenly has a target on its back

Faraday Future, a new electric-car startup, seemed to have creeped up out of nowhere.<p>It opened a headquarters in a southern California suburb — far away from major automakers that have congregated their electric-car research and development hubs in Silicon Valley.<p>Here's what we know so far about …

Characters from Classic Paintings Are Inserted into the Modern World

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov unites the past and present by giving characters from classic paintings the chance to explore our modern world. The artist skillfully utilizes Photoshop to insert vintage muses in stores, on buses, on stairwells, and in the midst of urban alleyways for his ongoing …

GE and Alstom just got $5.6 billion to update India's run-down railway system

France's Alstom has been picked to supply 800 electric locomotives and will also build a factory in the eastern state of Bihar, railways spokesman Anil Saxena told Reuters on Tuesday. The total value of the contract and the new factory is about 200 billion rupees ($3 billion), he said.<p>GE will …

This visionary mega-tower was modeled after African termite mounds — but San Francisco never built it

The concept for the Ultima began as part of a contracted study of the San Francisco Bay area, during which Tssui and his team were struck by how few park-like spaces the city had to offer.<p>In an effort to minimize urban sprawl and preserve what natural spaces were left, Tssui designed a vertical …

The traditional auto industry could beat Google on driverless cars

It's a fascinating read for one key reason: it vividly highlights the huge conceptual gap that exists between the traditional auto industry and the tech-centric disruptors, chiefly Google, with its self-driving vehicle.<p>This is the crux of the story:<p>Naughton has General Motors executive Mark Reuss …

Articles about ingenious new building method replaces concrete block rammed earth on Dwell.com - Dwell

A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.<p>As someone who tries my hardest to purchase environmentally responsible products, I have a difficult challenge: a lot of...<p>Mushrooms aren't just for eating anymore.<p>Studio eM Design’s rammed-earth home in Corrales, New …

Morocco's New Solar Plant Will Cover an Area Larger Than Its Capital City

Next month, the first phase of a new solar plant will open in Morocco—and when it’s finished, it will cover an area even larger than the country’s …

Solar-powered floating home in Portugal generates a year's worth of energy in just six months

1/13<p>Floatwing by Friday<p>An off-grid adventure awaits daring couples on the Floatwing, a floating romantic getaway for two. The Portuguese design firm …

Researchers discover a 2 billion year old Nuclear Reactor in Africa

<b>In 1972, a worker at a nuclear fuel processing plant noticed something suspicious in a routine analysis of uranium obtained from a mineral source</b> …

Beautifully Endless Looping GIFs Created by a Legally Blind Artist

Native American artist George Redhawk creates eerily beautiful gifs even though he's legally blind. With help from computer software, the designer utilizes the art of gif-making to show others how he sees the world as a man who suddenly lost his sight. “It's an artistic expression of the confusion …

5 African Cleantech Startups You Need To Watch

Africa is extraordinarily rich in energy power potential. According to McKinsey and Company’s 2015 Brighter Africa report, the continent has 10 terawatts or more of potential capacity for renewable energy. If sub-Saharan Africa pushes renewables, it could result in 27 percent decrease in carbon …

Cuba's warming relations with the US may undermine its agroecological city farms

Centralised, large scale production systems still exist. But while peri-urban agriculture in other countries may bring conventional agriculture …

Urban Agriculture

10 things you can learn in 10 minutes that will change your life

In fact, more than two-thirds of employees reported being overloaded at work, according to Cornerstone's 2014 State Of Workplace Productivity Report. And 84% think the overload won't be letting up anytime soon — it's increasing.<p>In light of this reality, you're probably searching for the best …

How to double your reading speed (without losing comprehension)

Billionaire Bill Gates wishes that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster.<p>Warren Buffet has claimed that he has “wasted ten years reading slowly.”<p>Information is the most valuable commodity out there, and our ability to read faster can undoubtly speed up how fast we …

Hedge funds tell Puerto Rico: lay off teachers and close schools to pay us back

Report commissioned by 34 hedge funds says government had been ‘massively overspending on education’ despite spending only 79% of US average per pupil<p>Billionaire hedge fund managers have called on Puerto Rico to lay off teachers and close schools so that the island can pay them back the billions it …

Puerto Rico

The Ultimate Guide to Note-Taking

No matter what your profession, there are lots of reasons to take notes. You take notes to retain information from things you hear – like meetings …

Massless particle discovered that could radically alter next-generation electronics

An exotic particle theorized more than 85 years ago has finally been discovered. Dubbed the "Weyl fermion", it is a strange but stable particle that …