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Create Beautiful Portraits With a Single Light

It can be very easy to fall into the trap of thinking elegant and nuanced portraiture requires complex lighting. And while there's certainly nothing …

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Scientists convert spinach leaves into human heart tissue — that beats

If an overhyped vegetable existed before marketers coined the term superfood — and long before Oprah Winfrey chatted up acai berries with Dr. Oz — look no further than spinach. (Here’s to Popeye, eating the stuff by the can to inflate his biceps.) Spinach alone, of course, won’t pump anyone up. But …

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How vertical farming reinvents agriculture

Instead of growing crops in sunny fields or greenhouses, some companies stack them and grow them in old, dark warehouses with UV lights — saving water and harvesting produce faster.<p>In an old carpet factory on the outskirts of the Belgian city of Kortrijk, an agricultural upheaval is being plotted: …

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Diamond labs say theirs are forever too — even if they were made yesterday

Silicon Valley is a playground of sci-fi wonders: Driverless cars. Virtual reality arcades. The robots that will soon replace your dog.<p>I’m here to check out the latest: A diamond mine the size of a passenger van that can be controlled with an iPhone.<p>“This is our unit foundry, the prototype foundry …

12 sci-fi technologies already changing the way we live

Technology is advancing at a rapid rate, with many new developments, from drones to brain scanning headbands, resembling devices from a science fiction movie.<p>So what cutting-edge technology can we expect to experience in our lives in the near future, and what will be developed next? To find out, I …

No Man's Sky is the Most Unusual Game of the Year, and It's From This Tiny U.K. Company

No Man's Sky is a rewarding game meant for those who want to explore strange new worlds.<p>I was standing near a massive rock formation when a creature nudged me from behind. It was a weird amalgamation of a deer and a lion with bright red stripes like a zebra from some off-kilter Disney movie. I …

Brexit Britain: Scotland's smallest distillery fears for the future

Andrew Symington likes to say that single malt has a simple formula: water, malted yeast, an oak cask and the spirit of its maker.<p>And spirit is what he's been pouring into Edradour whisky for more than 10 years.<p>But the owner of Scotland's smallest distillery is worried that Britain's vote to leave …

The unsexiest trillion-dollar startup

Steve Jobs went ballistic when public shipping manifests leaked the existence of the iPhone 3G. That’s about the only time something exciting happened in the freight forwarding business. The circulatory system of the global economy is a trillion-dollar industry, yet no one really talks about it, or …

How A Serial Entrepreneur Reinvented The Electric Bike And Raised $1M On Kickstarter

Michael Burtov isn’t an engineer, but he had an idea about how to make a wheel that would turn a regular bicycle into an electric one. So Burtov, 37, built a prototype in his kitchen, showed it around, and, two years ago, quit the last company he’d founded to focus on it. The way it works is …

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How 3D Printing Is Transforming Manufacturing: An Interview With Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen

<i>Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. [Full disclosure: my venture firm Lux Capital is an equity investor]. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite</i> …

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This is the robot that will shepherd and keep livestock healthy

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) is no stranger to developing innovative ways of modernizing agriculture.<p>It has previously presented technologies for robots that can measure crop yields and collect data about the quality and variability of orchards, but its latest project is far more …

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Bottled air started as a joke. Now China can't get enough.

BEIJING — Moses Lam was an overworked mortgage broker when he started selling bags of air from Canada on eBay as a joke.<p>Now his company, Vitality …

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10 travel apps that will make you feel like a local

From sleeping in a local's apartment to getting them to cook you a meal there, these 10 apps will turn you into an insider anywhere you go.

The Smithsonian Works to Digitize Millions of Documents

To digitize 137 million objects and specimens, the museum has signed up thousands of citizen volunteers<p>During the past six months, retired pharmaceutical researcher Irv Cantor helped transcribe a 641-page field book written by an archaeologist traveling through 1920s China. Mr. Cantor has also …

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Digital magazine company Issuu is now a collaboration platform, too

Digital media company Issuu has been trying to offer a better way to present content online. Now it’s a promising a better way for teams to work together on creating that content too, with the launch of a new product called Collaborate.<p>Issuu, for those of you who don’t know, allows publishers to …