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Tech Companies Boost Their Efforts to Stave Off Spy Agencies

Tech companies are in a new race to make it harder for spy agencies around the world, such as the NSA in the U.S., to access their customers’ data.

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Heartbleed

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Space Technology Aids Water Power

One of the most modern technologies, satellite imagery, is helping to exploit one of the greenest and most traditional—water power.

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The Information Age

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First Solar Bread Oven Takes a Bow

A new kind of solar oven can provide heat over 24 hours and offers the prospect of emission-free baking to remote communities.

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Science Finds New Routes to Energy

Scientists in the U.S. have found new ways to make biofuel, increase crop yields and exploit carbon dioxide through novel applications of familiar materials.

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Mass Media Will Make Millions Thanks to the McCutcheon Decision—Here’s How

The companies that control the media stand to benefit the most from the Supreme Court’s latest disastrous decision; a new theory about germs poses the most important challenge to medicine in the 21st century; meanwhile, Microsoft’s new CEO has revolutionized the company. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Wooden Skyscrapers Help Cool Climate

Chop down trees to build skyscrapers? It sounds odd, but it’s already helping to slow climate change emissions—and to protect the forests themselves.

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Where Did All the Republican Israel Critics Go?

Democrats are no longer as chummy with Israel as the GOP has become; big data’s on everybody’s mind these days; meanwhile, a Finnish columnist offers his perspective on the Ukraine and Russia conflict from a different vantage point. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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This Drone Is After Your Phone (Video)

Hackers have developed a drone that can pluck the contents of your smartphone—from your location data to your shopping passwords—from the sky.

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New App Promises to Help You Read a Novel in 90 Minutes or Less, but Is That Really Feasible?

The short answer is speed reading is more or less possible, with and without this app.

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Edward Snowden Says He Would ‘Absolutely’ Do It Again

The NSA whistle-blower told an audience at the SXSW festival/conference via video chat, “Would I do it again? Absolutely yes.” He added: “I took an oath to defend the Constitution, and I felt the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale.”

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MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia

Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

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Can the Internet Democratize Capitalism?

Democracy requires a great deal more than “leveling.” It requires political institutions that enable the economically weak to have a decisive say on policy against the interests of the rich and powerful.

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Jumping Through Cellphone Hoops

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Consuming Book Publishing

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Blockhead: The Music Scene

A 2010 music video by the Manhattan-based electronic artist Blockhead evokes the sad majesty of a species losing an existential battle with its own creations.

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You Probably Won’t Buy Sony’s Amazing Waterproof Phone

For whatever reason, phone shoppers have met genuine innovation with disinterest.

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The End of the Book

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Identity

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and the New ‘Cosmos’

Almost 35 years after the original “Cosmos” ignited the imaginations of English-speaking audiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, whom journalist Bill Moyers describes as “America’s most popular scientist,” has updated the series for a new generation.

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TED, Reconsidered

Ah, TED talks. They boast the veneer of prestige, the promise of innovation, and many have gone viral seemingly irrespective of the actual merit of their content. What gives?

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E-Journal

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Christmas Wish List

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A Visit From St. Nick

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How Much Health Care Is Too Much?

While many Americans were uninsured, others were being forced to undergo a series of unnecessary tests that hurt both them and the medical system; the creator of the TV program “The Wire” calls America a “horror show”; and, despite what many believe, technology will not save us from the apocalypse. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Swedish Women Invent an Invisible Bike Helmet (Video)

Prepare to be amazed by this brilliant, yet simple, Swedish invention.

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Change Has Always Been the New Normal

I live and work in a world in which, as they say: "Change is the new normal." I’m sure you do, too.

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Is Specialization Calcifying Our Ability to Create?

Writer Robert Twigger argues that a world of specialization has created a world of the unimaginative, from the jobs we do to the way we do them. It’s time for a new Renaissance. Are we narrowing ourselves so much that we can no longer innovate?

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Phonebloks and Motorola Team Up to Save the World From Disposable Gadgets

If today’s smartphones are super-powerful computers that cost $700, why do we throw them out every time they break a nail?

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Apple Makes Its Operating System Free

Microsoft, which generates billions in sales of new versions of Windows—even when they’re unpopular—had better look out.

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Hustler Publisher Asks Authorities to Pardon His Shooter

Larry Flynt, paralyzed by a bullet 35 years ago, doesn’t want his attacker to be executed; Eminem’s latest hit number is homophobic; meanwhile, London plutocrats have been banned from bending building regulations to construct luxurious basement homes. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Debate: What’s the Value of a Humanities Education?

A prominent technologist and advocate for the inclusion of women in the tech economy tells Guardian art critic Adrian Searle she wasted her youth on a languages degree, and that young Britons need to get with the “coding” revolution if they wish to pay off their university debts and be relevant to society.

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One Man’s Brave New World

A well-regarded economist has written a new projection of a world of machine-driven alphas and lesser beings. The book is a smart and cruel projection of the world he sees coming. In fact, he thinks it is already here.

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Microsoft Gobbles Up Nokia

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Don’t Throw a Fit—Toss a Cellphone Instead

Finland is known for outside-the-box thinking when it comes to a lot of things, especially education. But now Finns have come up with a new way to de-stress and disconnect: A town in southeast Finland is hosting a Mobile Phone Throwing Competition.

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Google Sends Clear Message: There’s No Privacy on Gmail

In response to a lawsuit against it, the information giant acknowledged that no one using Gmail or emailing a Gmail account holder should expect the content of his or her correspondence to remain exclusive.

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‘Smartphone Walking’ Becomes Safety Hazard in Japan

We’ve all witnessed or been party to it—someone walking into a wall or another person because he or she was too distracted by a phone to pay attention to the surroundings. The Japanese have even coined a term for it: Aruki Sumaho.

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Bezos Buys Washington Post

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Google Glasses

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The Ancient Brain, Modern Times and the Atomic Bomb

August is a great month for celebrating human stupidity. On Aug. 6, 1945, we all but disappeared Hiroshima with a single atomic bomb, and then did it again, three days later, at Nagasaki. And now we barely seem to care.

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Prisoner of Technology

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How to Opt Out of AT&T’s Sale of Your Personal Information

Last week, AT&T quietly updated its privacy policy to include details about how it will begin to sell customers’ personal data to the highest bidder.

Posted on Jul 8, 2013 READ MORE


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