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Day 1 of World Solar Challenge: Pictures

Australia

Real-Time Video Software Puts Someone Else's Facial Expressions On Your Face

Yes, it is extremely creepy<p>Researchers from the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and Stanford University have developed a new method for "real-time facial reenactment." This means that you can have one person making faces or mouthing words, and those …

Stanford University

Pepsi to develop a ‘scent capsule’ so your drinks smell less like plastic, sugary death

Not that we’ve ever dunked our noses into a glass of Pepsi, because we’re not total weirdos, but according to a new patent filed by the soft drink …

Espresso

Stir’s Kinetic Desk learns your sitting habits, nags you into standing up for your health

Apple might be known as a mobile gadget and computer manufacturer, but if the company had its way in the furniture department, its office table would …

Gear & Gadgets

Hands on: What? Your showerhead isn’t also a Bluetooth speaker?

I will never forget that one time I was having a good summer morning, hopped in the shower, sang the entire discography of Beyoncé’s <i>4</i>, and exited the …

Gear & Gadgets

What’s in a name? For @Jon and @Sarah, maybe a whole lot of money

Your name could be worth thousands of dollars. At least when it comes to your Twitter username, more commonly known as your handle. According to a …

Social Media

The debate over war photojournalism in the age of Instagram rages on

<i>“Consider Nick Ut’s photograph of a naked young Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalmed village, the thousands of photos of atrocities committed at Abu</i> …

Mobile Photography

Two young scientists break down plastics with bacteria

Kickstarting: A Watch That Lets You Tell Time By Feel

For the sighted and the blind–and inspired by a Paralympic medalist–an inventor creates a watch no one ever has to look to.<p>The act of people glancing at watches to tell time is already potentially on its way to extinction, as the devices we rely on as timekeepers aren’t necessarily strapped to our …

Time I

Disruptive innovation is key for a sustainable economy

New ideas, collaborations and business models will help transform systems. We need a centre for innovation, writes Sissel Waage<p>Disruptive innovation is in vogue – for good reason. Businesses need to stay ahead in an environment of continual evolution and change.<p>The trends of change are many and …

Innovation

Saving the world through social media? How development is going digital

From tracking World Bank projects to Twitter conversations with Rwanda's health minister, technology is driving innovation<p>Social media and mobile technologies offer a wide range of benefits for people working in development: a potentially cheap and efficient way to link citizens with their …

Smart Streets Soon Will Know You're Walking On Them

Cities are using microradar to count bicyclists, and they may soon be detecting pedestrians, too, as America’s transportation agencies follow a public migration away from the automobile and toward alternate modes of transporation.<p>“We want to be able to measure bikes, pedestrians, transit users, …

Shelter From The Storm: Why Brainswarming Is The Future Of Collaboration

Brainstorming has been around since, well, forever. But many folks believe it’s no longer effective. That’s where brainswarming comes in.<p>Creative thinkers don’t like the word “brainstorming” anymore. It relies on a thunderstorm metaphor–a sudden swirl of energy that gets everybody’s attention for a …

Creativity

Why Some Great Ideas Catch On And Others Don’t

Anesthesia caught on overnight, while antiseptic took decades. Why?<p>In 1846, a Boston dentist named William Morton demonstrated anesthesia for the first time. Within the year, it had been tested in hospitals and published in the medical community. Within seven years, anesthesia was a standard in …

Anachronistic

Kate Stone: DJ decks made of... paper

The app that makes music from your heartbeat could also save you a trip to the doctor

BioBeats, the big data company that made it possible for you to dance along to music tuned to your heartbeat, announced today that it now hopes to venture into more serious health and wellness apps. With $650,000 in seed funding, its team wants to get people thinking about their health before (and …

Apps

DrinkSavvy Cups Detect Date Rape Drugs: Creator a Victim

Mike Abramson is the founder of DrinkSavvy, and a victim of sexual assault after drugs were slipped in his drink. Drugs such as gamma hydroxybutyrate …

The 1936 book that every business person should read

Strauss Zelnick is chief executive and chairman of the company that makes Grand Theft Auto, BioShock and other cutting-edge videogames. But he says the book that has most influenced him is Dale Carnegie’s 1936 bestseller, <i>How to Win Friends and Influence People</i>.<p>“The title is unfortunate because it …

Self-improvement

Custom Video Game Makes Grandpa As Good At Multitasking As Grandkids

Watch out.<p>Grandma may not be able to multitask quite as well as you can, but that doesn't mean she can't learn. In a new study, researchers developed a driving-based video game that helped 60-plus folks multitask better than twentysomethings who didn't play the game.<p>So much for so-called "digital …

Microphone Turns Your Fingertip Into A Speaker

Touch your finger to someone's ear, and they'll hear your recorded message whispering to them.<p>Turn your body into another kind of wonderland: A new invention from Disney Research lets you record messages to your friends that they can hear only if you touch your finger to their ears. That is, your …

Eric Berlow and Sean Gourley: Mapping ideas worth spreading