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A New Paradigm: Saving Our Way to Cleaner Air

It's the end of 2014, and we are enjoying a remarkable convergence. Gas prices are down, the auto industry is booming and we have the most environmentally clean vehicle fleet ever. In fact, if we'd been listening to industry over the past several decades, this should be an impossible confluence of …

Oil

Sustainability and India's Top Companies

by Namrata Rana (@namratarana) and Utkarsh Majmudar (@utkarshm)<p>India's top companies for CSR study 2014 (www.responsiblefuture.in) has given a …

4 Sky Events This Week: Jovian Eclipses, First Meteor Shower of the Year, and More

Ring out the old year with disappearing moons—and ring in the new with a glowing comet and shooting stars.<p>This week you can say so long to 2014 with two Jovian eclipses, and you can say hello to the New Year with a meteor shower and a fast brightening comet.<p><b>Jupiter eclipse.</b> Slip out of the …

Hacker says your fingerprint can be copied from consumer photographs

If you're really, <i>really</i> worried about securing your digital world, you might need to start wearing gloves. A member of a German hacker collective says that he's been able to copy a person's fingerprint using some photos of them taken with a normal, consumer camera, according to the <i>BBC</i>. The hacker, …

Cloud business may be more efficient but is it greener?

<b>Cloud-based computing can help businesses reduce their operating costs and carbon footprints, providers claim.</b><p>Special Report: The Technology of BusinessCar tech driving a greener futureEnergy-saving technologies cut costsGreener freight driving global tradeCan tech offer a sustainable future?Slow …

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Microsoft Research Launches Code Hunt Game to Teach Programming

Microsoft Research today launched Code Hunt, a browser-based game for anyone interested in learning how to code by playing. The premise is straightforward: the player must write code to advance in the game.<p>The built-in tutorial introduces you to the game:<p>Greetings, program! You are an experimental …

MapMyFitness brings coaching and improved post-workout stats to Android

After being nabbed up by Under Armour late last year, things have been relatively quiet for MapMyFitness and its activity tracking app. That all changed this week though, as the outfit has rolled out a totally redesigned version of its Android software with a host of new features. On top of the UI …

Humans are more than clever apes? Don't make me laugh

Most qualities we think of as particularly 'human' can be seen elsewhere in the animal kingdom, thanks to evolution<p>Just how special do you think you are? How different do you think you are from other animals? Do you think of yourself as an animal or do you see yourself, and your fellow humans, as …

Wallpaper of the Week Offset Path

The wallpaper of this week is an amazing image created for our last tutorial titled Offset Path Effect. The idea behind of the tutorial was to show …

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Two of History's Deadliest Plagues Were Linked, With Implications for Another Outbreak

Scientists discover a link between the Justinian plague and the Black Death.<p>Two of history's deadliest plagues, which swept across Europe hundreds of years apart, were caused by different strains of the same deadly microbe, scientists say.<p>The finding raises the possibility that a new strain of …

Scientists create stem cells by traumatizing adult cells

Creating stem cells is becoming easier than ever thanks to a new technique being developed by researchers in Boston and Japan. The technique allows for the creation of embryonic-style stem cells by doing little more than applying stress to existing adult cells. Like other stem cells, this new type …

Ex-Ideo Designers Rethink The Calendar For Mobile Devices

With a minimal interface and gestural interactions, Peek is meant to be “just enough” of a calendar for casual use.<p>Have you ever opened up a calendar app on your iPhone and wondered why almost the entire screen is taken up by a grid of tiny boxes, most of which represent the past, and all too small …

Apps

Google sells Motorola business to Lenovo for $2.91bn

Agreement comes less than two years after Google bought Motorola Mobility for $12.5bn<p>Google has sold its Motorola handset business to Lenovo for $2.91bn, handing the Chinese technology giant a significant step up in mission to become “the next Apple”.<p>The agreement comes less than two years after …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

Acid technique could lead to new era in regenerative medicine<p>A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be …

Topographical 3D Sculptures : 3d technology

Canadian-born freelance typographer Ben Johnston and 3D designer Mark Simmons collaborated in showcasing their newest design called ‘The Mountains …

Removing the Hassle from Smart Energy

The Parce One is a smart home device that measures and controls the energy usage of your electronic devices to save you money by reducing your energy …

Schoolgirl who jumped to her death in front of a train was in 'clutches of a toxic digital world'

Mother of Tallulah Wilson appeals for firms to withdraw advertising from websites which host “inappropriate self-harming and suicide-promoting blogs”<p>A schoolgirl who jumped to her death in front of a train was in the “clutches of a toxic digital world” where she could not be reached, her mother …

Eight year old boy dies trying to save disabled grandfather from fire

A boy who died after saving six people from a trailer fie in upstate New York is hailed a hero<p>An eight year old boy who saved six people from a burning mobile home has died after trying to rescue his disabled grandfather.<p>Tyler Doohan had been staying with relatives when he noticed flames coming …