Danny Skarka

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Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society

Partnership on AI Update<p>It has been rewarding and energizing to see all of the enthusiastic support about the Partnership on AI to Benefit People and …

Let's roll: Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing

'Sweet spot' for mass-producing polymer solar cells may be far larger than dictated by the conventional wisdom<p>For all the promise they have shown in …

Drivin' on Sunshine: Cal Team Is Crafting Solar-Powered Car for National Race

As flocks of wild turkeys and geese look on, about 50 members of the UC Berkeley Solar Vehicle Team—aka CalSol—are laboring from dawn to dusk every …

The Truth About Marissa Mayer: An Unauthorized Biography

On the morning of Thursday, July 12, 2012, Yahoo's interim CEO, Ross Levinsohn, still believed he was going to be named permanent CEO of the company.<p>He had just one meeting to go.<p>That meeting was a board meeting, to be held that day in a room on the second floor of Yahoo's Sunnyvale, Calif., …

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China started late, but could zoom ahead to lead space race

Liftoff of Shenzhou 10 crew en route to docking with target module — a prelude of larger things to come.<p>China is pressing forward on its human space exploration plans, intent on establishing an international space station and, experts say, harnessing the technological muscle to launch its …

Space Exploration

Liver surgery: now there’s an iPad app for that

A German surgeon has used an iPad with augmented reality software running on it to assist in a liver operation in Bremen, Germany, reports <i>Reuters.</i><p>The iPad camera was used to photograph the liver, while the iPad app overlayed a virtual 3D model of the pre-op plan. Want to see what that looks like? …

How a 3D printer will change life aboard the International Space Station

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Made In Space<p>In 1970, an oxygen tank explosion forced NASA to abort the Apollo 13 lunar mission. The crew spent four …

Drones take to the air for archaeology in Peru

Peruvian researchers are using customized drones like this one for archaeological and agricultural projects. Ernesto Benavides<p>Robotic aerial vehicles are on the front lines for combat and security monitoring, but they're also increasingly on the front lines for archaeology and other …

Archaeology

The Wise Leader

Illustration by Anna Parini<p>Smartness is the operating currency of organizational culture in the 21st-century. Whether it’s called cleverness, …

Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice • George Ambler

The complex world in which we live requires leaders to think systemically. The concept of systems thinking was popularised by Peter Senge in his book …

Management

Skycorp Introduces Spacecraft Life Extension System to Extend Operational Lives of Geostationary Satellites

July 23 -- Today at the 2013 New Space conference Skycorp Incorporated (Skycorp) will introduce the Spacecraft Life Extension System (SLES). The …

Elon Musk Will Reveal His High-Speed Hyperloop Transport Design By August 12

Startup renaissance man Elon Musk has spent the past year or so not-so-subtly dropping hints about yet another ambitious transport project of his, and it seems he’s getting ready to describe it in more detail. Amid plenty of speculation, Musk revealed in a tweet earlier today that he plans to …

Genomes of 201 microbes sequenced

<b>The genetic secrets of some of the most abundant and diverse forms of life on Earth have been uncovered by scientists.</b><p>Researchers have sequenced the genomes of 201 microbes to find out more about the role these tiny, single-celled organisms play in our environment.<p>This insight into the genetic code …

Biology

Gene therapy trial 'cures children'

<b>A disease which robs children of the ability to walk and talk has been cured by pioneering gene therapy to correct errors in their DNA, say doctors.</b><p>The study, in the journal Science, showed the three patients were now going to school.<p>A second study published at the same time has shown a similar …

Immunotherapy

Eric Schmidt: Do What Computers Aren’t Good At

If you want to have a job in a decade, consider getting good at what computers suck at.<p>“The characteristic of great innovators and great companies is they see a space that others do not,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt tells Yale. “They don’t just listen to what people tell them; they actually invent …

Blade Runner

Don’t Listen To Your Customers–Watch Them

The dating site Zoosk better serves users by analyzing their behavior on the site rather than by listening to what they say.<p>“It’s not the consumers’ job to know what they want,” Steve Jobs famously said. Jobs was talking about products that hadn’t been envisioned yet–there was no way for consumers …

Zoosk

Facebook Just Launched A New Feature: Here's How To Protect Your Profile From Unwanted Searches

The new search tool lets you to search Facebook's huge amount of data to get consolidated results.<p>Mark Zuckerberg stressed Graph Search's privacy awareness at the big reveal months ago.<p>"Every piece of content has its own audience, most content is not public, and you can only search for content that …

Privacy

Where Chefs Eat And You Should Too

A new international restaurant guide relies on chefs to pick their favorite spots around the world. If the mammoth book doesn’t fit in your luggage, no worries: wait for the app, which is coming soon.<p>Looking for a breakfast spot in Argentina, a local fave in Latvia, or a late night tapas bar in …

12 Counterintuitive Practices For Long-Term Success

Life is a complex combination of interactions, events, and relationships. We all chase “success,” but we struggle to define it. We all want true happiness, but we usually settle for the appearance of it. We all seek meaning, but we often succumb to doubt.<p>So how do we navigate this often-challenging …

First 5 Steps to Achieving Great Things | Inc.com

You're good. You wouldn't be where you are if you weren't. But you know you're capable of better than good. You're capable of achieving truly great things.<p>Problem is, days go by, then weeks, months--maybe even years--and you're still cranking out good. You've yet to design that unbelievable …

Webinars

Background App Refresh Settings in iOS 7

One of the most exciting new features of iOS 7 is real multitasking for all apps. Apple even touts it as being ‘smart’ multitasking – as it will learn from our usage patterns with apps.<p>It looks like users will have a level of control over at least some of what apps can do in the background – as …

Apps

The Top 5 Disruptions In Digital Media

Earlier this week, at John Battelle’s CM Summit during Internet Week in New York, I had the chance to lead a conversation about the most significant …

Digital Media

The 10 Worst Traits of Even the Great Entrepreneurs

Does it really take a few flaws to make a great entrepreneur, or are the rest of us just confused about what a perfect business person is all about? In the past I’ve written about the positive attributes of great entrepreneurs, so this time I thought I would focus on the negatives that I see often, …

Meet Cody, The Casual Fitness Coach And Social Discovery Tool For Everyone Else

Today, there’s a long list of apps and services that sit at the intersection of fitness and mobile technology and leverage everything from social dynamics and behavioral economics to Quanitifed Self-inspired tracking to motivate us to be more active and drop a few pounds. There’s Lift, Nike+, …

Gigaom | Yet another YouTube funding: Bedrocket invests in Shira Lazar’s What’s Trending

Advertisement<p>Shira Lazar’s <i>What’s Trending</i>, the daily pop culture live show on YouTube, (s GOOG)has raised funding from Bedrocket Entertainment, the …

How Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom Is Making Good On Facebook’s Billion-Dollar Bet

Solve the social network’s mobile dilemma. Make a mint on advertising without annoying 100 million users. No problem, right?<p>Inside Facebook’s Building 14, just a door down from Mark Zuckerberg’s office, Kevin Systrom and the Instagram team plot the future of their beloved photo-sharing app. It’s no …

Social Media

Google Alternative DuckDuckGo Hit Nearly 3.1M Queries Yesterday

Just over a week after passing a record 2 million searches in a single day, DuckDuckGo has announced a new milestone: the company processed 3,095,907 searches yesterday. DuckDuckGo made it clear that this stat does not include yesterday’s 18.9 million searches via its API and approximately half a …

Foundersuite debuts tool collection to help you start your company

Recently soft-launched Foundersuite offers entrepreneurs a set of tools and templates to lessen the burden of starting a company.<p>The site is debuting with four modules and four template bundles. “It’s designed to help founders know what to do next, providing guidelines and structure to the messy …