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The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

With Publicize, Former Tech Blogger Conrad Egusa Offers A More Affordable Approach To Startup PR

We’ve written about several attempts to rethink PR for startups, including PressFriendly (which offers customers a virtual “pitch builder”) and AirPR (which created a marketplace connecting startups and PR).<p>A new firm called Publicize may not embrace the self-serve, tech-centric model quite as a …

Mobile Accelerator Tandem Announces Four New Startups As It Prepares To Double In Size

Tandem, a Silicon Valley-based accelerator for mobile startups, is unveiling its latest group of companies.<p>The firm says this is its “largest startup class ever” — though that’s not quite as dramatic a change as you might think. In the past, Tandem has accepted three startups in each class. This …

A healthy, peaceful and secure Africa is now within our grasp

Judging from the daily outpouring of commentary, opinions and reports, you would think that there were two African continents. One of them is the new land of opportunity, with seven of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies, offering limitless possibilities to investors. There is, however, this …

Need directions? Yahoo software chooses the most beautiful travel routes instead of the shortest

Be prepared to surrender to computerdom more of that vanishing territory known as the uniquely human sensibility.<p>Researchers at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona have developed software that can determine the most beautiful route you should take.<p>Calculating the fastest route has been a key trick of computing …

Product Hunt, The Valley’s Water Cooler For Discussing New Apps And Services, Is Coming To iOS

Product Hunt, the buzzed about site for early adopters offering a mixed of new products, sites and apps as well as undiscovered older gems, is soon getting its own gorgeous and fully featured iOS application. According to founder Ryan Hoover, the app will offer the same daily list of products as on …

10 barriers to education around the world

Take action and encourage the UK government to make a commitment to the Global Partnership.<p>Children in poor countries face many barriers to accessing …

4 Crowdsourcing Apps for the Outdoors

Technology and nature are syncing better than ever. With these four apps, smartphone users can make the most of their outdoor experience and share it …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

How to travel around the world in 80 days

In Jules Verne's classic adventure novel, Phileas Fogg had a devil of a time trying to travel around the world in 80 days. But in the 21st century, circumnavigating the globe has become a bit of a breeze: all you need is a round-the-world (RTW) ticket. In fact, a dedicated (if masochistic) …

The Ultimate List of Online Resources for Being a Better Photographer

We thought it would be helpful to put together a list of resources that photographers generally use and how they use them. This is a bit of a “living …

Photography

500 Startups is crowdfunding its new $100M fund, with help from SeedInvest

If crowdfunded investments become the norm for startups trying to raise capital, accelerator/investor group 500 Startups will definitely be at the forefront.<p>Today, 500 announced a new $100 million investment fund that will come in part from public fundraising.<p>News of 500 Startups’ new fund, its …

The Magically Bizarre Photo Manipulations of a Photoshop Wizard Martin De Pasquale

He’s been called a Photoshop wizard by people who have seen his work and the title suits him well. Buenos Aires based digital artist and art director …

Underwater Kite Catches Irish Tides For Power

We’ve seen an underwater sails concept gain a little conceptual traction, so why not underwater kites as a marine energy source? A Swedish company …

How Germany’s Solar Evolution Impacts America

Clean energy advocates are almost universally guilty of a certain level of reverence for Germany—myself included. Often heard are declarations such …

WADI: solar-powered water disinfecting device could save 400,000 lives a year

Water is life – without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking …

10 Smartphone Apps For Environmentalists

The world population is at 7 billion and it’s predicted that by the end of this year there will be one smartphone for every five people in the world. …

Solar Energy Non-Profit Delivers Alternative Energy To Low-Income Neighborhoods

Residential solar power has become increasingly affordable over the past few years as an environmentally friendly, cost-saving alternative to traditionally sources of energy. But the barriers to entry can still be too high for low-income communities, which is where solar non-profits like GRID …

Dutch Scientists Invent Smog-Eating Pavement to Help Clean the Air

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>In urban areas, both smog and pavement seem to dominate the landscape. While the two may seem like separate and distinct …

Could Dissolvable Electronics be the Answer to E-Waste Pollution?

As technology rapidly progresses and consumers continue to hunger for the latest gadgets, an awful lot of out-dated cellphones and other e-waste is …

E-waste

Solar Energy Storage About To Take Off In Germany and California

Visitors to last week’s Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco could not help but notice the presence of a benign invader: energy storage vendors. Half the second-floor exhibition space at the Moscone West convention hall had been rented by energy storage companies.<p>According to Markus …

Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too …

Trading An Energy Stock? Check Out The Trades By The University Of Texas

If you could follow a fund that was good at timing energy stocks, what fund would you follow? For those who follow energy stocks, they might want to take a look at the University of Texas. I love following the ‘smart money’ when it comes to stocks. I look for insider buying and selling, and I look …

CASE Solar Power Glass Energizes Any Building Facade

Solar engineers have long sought to develop an energy-generating glazing that is as capable of producing power as it is easy on the eyes. The feat …

V3Solar's spinning solar cells generate 20 times more electricity than flat photovoltaics

If there's one constant among the vast majority of solar panel designs, it's flatness; while solar panels can be equipped to tilt to follow the sun's …

MIT Team Puts Super-Thin Spin On Solar

Solar cells that convert sunlight to electricity at 1 or 2 percent efficiency don’t sound very exciting in a world where standard silicon cells …

Worse Than Watergate: Growing Scandal Brings Nation To The Brink Of Ruin

The <i>Washington Post’s</i> Ezra Klein points us to the ever-growing scandal that will echo through the ages:<p><b>When future generations look back on the</b> …

Scientists Interrupt Photosynthesis To Snatch Plants’ Clean Energy

Planet Earth is the ultimate zero-waste operation. Left to her own devices, Mother Earth wastes nothing. Using only the sun’s energy, each and every …

Climate hits 400ppm of CO2 for first time in 3 million years

399.73 parts per million (ppm) CO2 in air May 9, 2013keelingcurve.ucsd.edu<p>— Keeling_Curve (@Keeling_curve) May 10, 2013<p>It is a sign of our rapidly …

$1.9 billion wind project coming to Iowa

America’s wind energy boom is about to deliver the biggest economic investment in Iowa’s history — and blow a whole lot of cheap, clean electricity …