Olivia Boettcher

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Planting potatoes into policy: why town planners must think about local food

Given the headline above you'd be forgiven for not jumping out of your seat to get your hands on a copy of our latest report, Planning sustainable cities for community food growing. Perhaps even less so when you learn that it is aimed primarily at planners, to help them build on the government's …

Sustainability

Lung cancer screening could cost Medicare billions

Every person covered by Medicare would shell out an additional $3 a month if the government agreed to pay to screen certain current and former …

South Africans vote in first election for 'born free' generation

People born after apartheid ended will vote for first time as ANC looks likely to win another victory<p>Wrapped up against the early morning chill, millions of South Africans queued on Wednesday to vote in the country's first general election to give the "born free" generation a say.<p>But while some of …

Airfy Is A Wi-Fi Hotspot That You Wouldn’t Be Ashamed To Take Home To Mother

Wi-Fi routers are usually boring. Designed to look as innocuous as possible, designers basically go for the “black box with lights on it” approach and head home. Not Airfy.<p>Originally introduced at Disrupt Berlin, Airfy is one of the sexiest Wi-Fi routers I’ve ever seen. It looks like a cross …

Meet Kubo, The Crowdfunded Electric Cargo Scooter Made By Lit Motors

Lit Motors, the electric car startup that launched last year with its first vehicle called the C1, has debuted another sleek looking electricity-fueled vehicle called the Kubo.<p>The Kubo is a uniquely designed vehicle that brings together the best of both worlds from scooters and cars: It has a small …

A Toy Box That's Opened By A Kid's Fingerprint

Starting 'em young on biometric scanning.<p>Four-year-old Ewan Gibson loves toy cars. His dad, Grant, a Scottish Web developer, prefers electronics. Hoping to find common ground—and inspired by Apple’s new finger-scanning iPhone—Grant built a biometric lockbox for his son’s cars. He installed a sensor …

One-Way, Manned Mission To Mars Just Got Closer To Reality

Mars One announces deals with Lockheed Martin and SSTL to develop technology to colonize the Red Planet by 2025.<p>Yesterday, Netherlands-based private spaceflight project Mars One announced the companies it hopes will build the technology necessary for the first private mission to Mars. Lockheed …

Mars

NASA Unveils Valkyrie, Its Humanoid Rescue Robot [Video]

The space agency shows off its entry in the DARPA Robotics Challenge.<p>The Boston Dynamics-built ATLAS is the rescue robot prototype that gets all the attention, but now NASA is getting in on the action, unveiling Valkyrie, a 6-foot 2-inch, 275-pound rescue robot. The 'bot, an entrant in the DARPA …

Robotics

A Pen That 3-D Prints Bone Right Onto Patients

The device could eventually let surgeons apply stem cells more directly<p>One of the greatest promises of 3-D printing is that we'll one day be able to print organs on-demand. Need a new liver? There it is, at the push of a button.<p>Anticipating that future, scientists from the University of Wollongong …

3D

Don't let technology rob kids of social skills - TODAY.com

Today<p>Not now, I'm texting.<p>We’ve all seen teens—and adults—immersed in their smartphones, oblivious to the world around them. However, it’s not just a matter of distraction or impoliteness anymore. In a digital world, where the majority of communication is done through a keyboard or touch screen, …

Family To Live For Entire Year With Only 1986 Technology

Meet Blair McMillan. Blair McMillan is a man. A man with a sick mustache and mullet and the dream to become a real life Kenny Powers torture his …

Toyota Licenses Wireless Charging Technology for EVs and Plug-Ins

Toyota—like Audi, Nissan, and other manufacturers—has been exploring wireless charging systems for EVs for a while now, first hooking up with the brainiacs at WiTricity back in 2011 when they made an equity investment in the company to help accelerate development. Now, according to <i>Automotive News</i>, …

Alternative Fuel

Technology competitions: setting young entrepreneurs up to fail?

Technology competitions are in need of a reality check. From the UN to Google, there are hundreds of competitions that aim to find the next innovator from Uruguay or Botswana and give them the money they urgently need to set up or scale up their businesses that aim to tackle some of world's …

Google, Facebook and Twitter among top tech firms calling for sweeping reforms to US surveillance

Eight of the world’s leading technology companies have called on the US government to implement sweeping reforms to the country’s surveillance policy …

Surveillance

The Xbox One is the Ultimate Culmination of Microsoft's Vision

Now that the Xbox One has finally hit the market, one of Microsoft’s visions has almost come true. For years, the company has been trumpeting its long-term plan to have ‘three screens and a cloud‘ for its flagship products, but until recently it had failed to deliver due to ageing devices (the Xbox …

You Built What?! A Supersize Robotic Chess Set

Inspired by Harry Potter's magic chessboard, a Lego roboticist takes his creations to the next level<p>A veteran designer of Lego robots (he built one that plays Connect Four), Indiana programmer Steve Hassenplug was looking for something still grander. When he watched the first Harry Potter movie …

The iWallet Is Coming

<i>Post updated to reflect a misstatement about when Apple rolled out self checkout to its stores.</i><p>This week, Apple unveiled the first large-scale integration of iBeacon, a technology that, when coupled with their fingerprint identification system, may be another building block in building a …

The Technology That Could Save Schools Thousands

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>There are juice boxes, and there are "Juiceboxes." Jonathan Hefter and his team at New York City-based Neverware have created the latter, a large-computer-sized box of technology that can plug into schools' aging computers and make them …

A 60-Year-Old Technology Offers A Solution To A Modern Problem

Tape is the oldest computer storage medium still in use. It was first put to work on a UNIVAC computer in 1951. But although tape sales have been falling since 2008 and dropped by 14% in 2012, according to the Santa Clara Consulting Group, tape's decline has now gone into reverse: sales grew by 1% …

Future gadget form guide: Six new technologies set to race in 2014

<b>The tech sector has always been in a never-ending race towards the next big thing.</b><p>Capturing an emerging market – as Google has done with search, …

Technological Change

Google's Barge Is Just A Learning Center For "New Technology"

Turns out that the barge Google is building in the San Francisco Bay isn’t a data center or a floating party boat. We know this because Google said so, finally admitting that it owns that barge and four others like it.<p>In a brief statement on Wednesday, Google said:<p>Google Barge … A floating data …

Google Mystery Barge Is an 'Interactive Space Where People Can Learn About New Technology'

Which is not quite the floating data center for the dystopian future we hoped it would be.<p>Well, that's too bad. Google's mystery barge is a mystery no longer.<p>The company released a statement saying, essentially, that the ship is the product showroom it has been reported to be. "Although it's still …

Lynbrook Students Infusing Technology and Literacy into Art Instruction

<i>By Rosemary Leonetti</i><p>Students at Lynbrook North Middle School are making use of the latest technology in their art classes in a way that supports …

Teaching