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Programmatic TV Ad Spending to More Than Double This Year

Programmatic spending on TV ads is poised to experience explosive growth over the next several years, according to eMarketer’s first forecast on the …

A Virtual Reality Manifesto: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

“I can’t wait to see the art that people make with this.”<p>Those were the first words from my friend Ryan after spending ten minutes in virtual …

China wins the internet: officials post 488 million comments a day

The Chinese government secretly posts almost half a billion comments every year to direct conversations on the internet, according to a new study.<p>An analysis extrapolated from comments on a leaked database suggested 488 million posts intended to direct political and other conversations online could …

This dark side of the Internet is costing young people their jobs and social lives

FALL CITY, WASH. — It was group discussion time at reSTART, a woodsy rehabilitation center about 30 miles outside Seattle. Four residents sat around the living room and talked about their struggles with addiction, anxiously drumming their fingers on their legs and fidgeting with their shoelaces. …

Mental Health

The least among us will suffer the most from climate change

Regarding the May 11 editorial “The world’s water in the balance”:<p>The growing stress on the world’s water is a tragic example of how the pollution generated by the wealthiest has climate effects expected to limit water supplies for the least among us.<p>Tragically, many of those most concerned with …

India set to start massive project to divert Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers

Ambitious scheme to channel water from regions with a surplus to drought-prone areas could begin in days, but Bangladesh has raised concerns<p>India is set to start work on a massive, unprecedented river diversion programme, which will channel water away from the north and west of the country to …

The World Resources Institute Offers a "Blueprint" for Energy Efficiency

The World Resources Institute Ross Center for Sustainable Cities has released a report – “Accelerating Building Efficiency” – that speaks to a lot of …

Can India’s smart city effort tackle its pollution problems?

Having kicked off plans to build 100 smart cities across the country, the Indian government will need to make sure any smart improvements address a critical issue in its urban environment: overwhelming pollution.<p>A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report about pollution levels places 34 cities …

Why Cutting Carbon Emissions in India and China Will Be Toughest

Under the Paris Agreement, all countries must commit and adhere to aggressive cuts in carbon emissions. That won’t be easy for any region, but it …

India Says The Cost of Solar Power Is Now Cheaper Than Coal

The moment we've been waiting for.<p>To anybody who's been reading the headlines on investment into clean energy production, it's clear that India has …

Going green: Punjab gets world's biggest rooftop solar plant

<b>Beas (Punjab):</b> Touted to be the biggest one of its kind in the world, the 11.5 MW rooftop solar energy plant was inaugurated on Tuesday by Punjab …

India inaugurates one of the world's biggest solar rooftop power plants

The north Indian state of Punjab has inaugurated what it claims is the world's largest rooftop solar power plant. Spread over eight rooftops across …

Portugal Just Ran For 4 Straight Days Entirely on Renewable Energy

Awesome!<p>As renewable energy matures into an ever more popular and cost-effective source of electricity, we're getting used to seeing some historic …

Feel Me: What the new science of touch says about ourselves

What the new science of touch says about ourselves.<p>On a bitter, soul-shivering, damp, biting gray February day in Cleveland—that is to say, on a February day in Cleveland—a handless man is handling a nonexistent ball. Igor Spetic lost his right hand when his forearm was pulped in an industrial …

Why You Should Never Pack Books When You Travel

The debate is on: Should Nooks (and Kindles) replace books?<p>As baggage fees increase and airlines become increasingly strict about the height, weight, and width of our precious carry-ons, packing lightly—and packing efficiently—is more important than ever before. And while there are some items that …

PETA Opened a High-End Leather Store, but Inside the Goods Was Something Horrible

Today in Horrible Things that Defy Imagining, Ogilvy & Mather Bangkok teamed up with PETA to give leather shoppers the fright of their lives.<p>In …

College Students Can Now Major In Moneyball

In an era when a professional baseball team team employs a director of decision science, when a football team hires a brainy baseball exec to run its …

How the Tech Behind Bitcoin Will Change Your Life

<i>Co-authored by Alex Tapscott</i><p>It appears that once again, the technological genie has been unleashed from its bottle. Summoned by an unknown person or persons at an uncertain time in history, the genie is now at our service for another kick at the can -- to transform the economic power grid and the …

Blockchain

Design In The Age Of The App Icon

The icon is an unlikely focal point for the new science of human-computer interaction.<p>Last night, I swiped my iPhone awake during a commercial. I had no particular destination in mind; it was an absent-minded liminal shift between two of the many screens that constantly, quietly invite me to …

Scans Show The Brain Groups Words By Meaning

Scientists say they have made an atlas of where words' meanings are located in the brain. The map shows that words are represented in different regions throughout the brain's outer layer.<p>Moreover, the brains of different people map language in the same way. "These maps are remarkably consistent …

The Facebook Future

Facebook’s potential is without precedent. But its public scrutiny will be unprecedented, too.<p>In an April 27 conference call to discuss Facebook's extraordinary first quarter results this year, Mark Zuckerberg announced a high point in his company’s history. Advertising revenue grew by more than 50 …

Social Media

Use Facebook's Capture the Flag Platform to Test Your Hacking Skills and Learn Cybersecurity

Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions train participants in information security and technical skills, including things like encryption and reverse …

Women In The Mumbai Locals Through The Eyes Of Instagram

There are many photographers based in Mumbai and outside who have dedicated their time to capturing the way people in Mumbai commute to and from …

The Glossary of Happiness

Last summer, Tim Lomas flew from London to Orlando to attend the fourth annual congress of the International Positive Psychology Association—held, naturally, at Walt Disney World. As Lomas wandered around the event, popping in and out of various sessions, he stumbled upon a presentation by Emilia …

Language

Report examines general state of security on 2 million devices

A report from Duo Labs examines the general health of 2 million devices, all of them running the Duo's two-factor authentication application. The …