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The World Changing Ideas Of 2015

14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.<p><b>All ideas change the world</b> in some small way, but not all ideas are “world changing.” At <i>Co.Exist</i>, we like to consider the ideas that are tackling the big …

Universal Basic Income

Why iPod And Nest Creator Tony Fadell Thinks Like A Child

For one thing, it helps fight against habituation. And that’s no small feat.<p>Habituation is the idea that the more we experience something, the more we get used to its quirks and inconveniences, and the less we question it. One example of this: having stickers on fruits that we must peel off before …

Will we ever… speak faster than light speed?

If we explore the outer reaches of space, keeping in touch with home will be a daunting task. But are there ways our words could travel faster than light? Peter Ray Allison investigates.<p>Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each …

Quantum Mechanics

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

A pair of engineering students created a new type of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames.<p>Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, …

Engineering

Finland’s new plan to change school means combining subjects

<b>Correction:</b> <i>A headline on an earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Finland is ending teaching by subject. Finnish teachers are now required to teach some subjects together for at least one unit a year, but education officials don't intend to eliminate subjects altogether. This post</i> …

Education