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Google Cast Chrome extension bug turns on auto-play for YouTube videos
6 hours ago Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:53 AM PDTSummary: No, you are not crazy. Chrome really did start to auto-play all those YouTube videos, at least for some users. Here’s how to fix it. A strange bug has been affecting a subset
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Ben Smith on BuzzFeed’s mass deletion: Part of being experimental is deleting your failed experiments
6 hours ago Aug. 19, 2014 - 9:23 AM PDT BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith has responded to criticism of the media company’s mass deletion of thousands of old posts, a move that Gawker and others have slammed as an ethical
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Report: YouTube’s subscription service will be called Music Key, as will Google Play Music All Access
13 hours ago Aug. 19, 2014 - 2:15 AM PDT YouTube’s new subscription music service really will be called Music Key – and so will Google Play Music All Access, once a rebranding takes place. That’s according to an Android
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Hisense and TCL get ready to ship their Roku TVs, suggested retail prices starting at $229
18 hours ago Aug. 18, 2014 - 9:00 PM PDT The first TVs powered by Roku are here — well, almost: TCL is making its Roku-powered TV sets available for pre-order on Amazon Tuesday, and Hisense will bring its Roku TVs to
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Firefox gains Chromecast support as partner readies Chromecast competitor called… Matchstick?
23 hours ago Aug. 18, 2014 - 4:12 PM PDT Mozilla is getting serious about multiscreen functionality: Firefox for Android just gained Chromecast support, allowing users to cast supported videos straight from the browser to a
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Dear Kate’s Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate “That Time of Month”
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: Auralis’ Spring/Summer 2011 Collection is Resort- and Cocktail-Ready Dear Kate’s Leak-Proof Undies Help Ladies Navigate “That Time of Month” by Jasmin Malik Chua , 08/21/14   filed under:
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Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: Leanne Marshall’s Spring 2012 Line Offers Girlish Sophistication at New York Fashion Week Artist Lacy Barry Crafts Extravagant Headpieces Out of Colorful Paper by Lori Zimmer , 08/20/14   filed
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Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU: The Good Wardrobe: An Online Community That “Sews It Foward” DIY Nation Stitched Up: An Ethical Boutique That Doubles as a DIY Workshop by Helen Morgan , 08/22/14   filed under: DIY Eco-Fashion,
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Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike
Share on TumblrEmail Chances are that if you do a lot of bike commuting, you’ve had a cycle or two (or three) stolen. Three engineering students in Chile got sick of replacing their own stolen bikes, so
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Renovo Unveils All-Electric Supercar With a $529,000 Price Tag
Share on TumblrEmail Silicon Valley-based startup Renovo Motors just unveiled one of the world’s most spectacular all-electric sports cars: the Renovo Coupe. The Renovo Coupe borrows its chassis from the
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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat? 22 August 2014, 19.30 Transportation
Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?
Share on TumblrEmail “What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While
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Scary landscapes by Michael Kerbow 22 August 2014, 19.30 Green Architecture
Scary landscapes by Michael Kerbow
Michael Kerbow‘s landscapes can often be described as gigantic piles of cars and roads. A rather pessimistic view of the city landscape. The post Scary landscapes by Michael Kerbow appeared first on Design daily
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20 great InDesign tutorials to become a layout master 22 August 2014, 19.30 Green Architecture
20 great InDesign tutorials to become a layout master
Nobody is born perfect but you have to learn to be perfect and InDesign tutorials are great to progress in that field. Likewise, if you want to be pro in the field of InDesign then you have to learn first. There are tons of
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50 great ideas of themes for your on-line shop 22 August 2014, 19.30 Green Architecture
50 great ideas of themes for your on-line shop
Have you ever been fond of renovation? Plastering or painting the walls, buying new furniture, mirrors, jazzing it up with a couple of decor items… Just a bit of work and you get a stream of new customers running to your
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Visual identity for “Molto Piano” 22 August 2014, 19.30 Green Architecture
Visual identity for “Molto Piano”
Designing for a Jazz festival must be a wonderful experience, you get to work with rythm and musical references. La Mamzelle & Co did a wonderful job at designing a promotional toolkit for the “Jazz en rafale”
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Engineering Students Create the World’s First Unstealable Bike
Share on TumblrEmail Chances are that if you do a lot of bike commuting, you’ve had a cycle or two (or three) stolen. Three engineering students in Chile got sick of replacing their own stolen bikes, so
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Renovo Unveils All-Electric Supercar With a $529,000 Price Tag
Share on TumblrEmail Silicon Valley-based startup Renovo Motors just unveiled one of the world’s most spectacular all-electric sports cars: the Renovo Coupe. The Renovo Coupe borrows its chassis from the
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Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat? 22 August 2014, 19.30 Transportation
Is Your Neighborhood’s Urban Design Making You Fat?
Share on TumblrEmail “What is the influence of street network design on public health?” This question prompted a recent study that has just been published in the Journal of Transport & Health. While
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Small Eruption Suspected at Iceland’s Barðarbunga
The region around Bardarbunga seen from the slopes of Askja. Photo by Dave McGarvie, used by permission. Ruv.is is reporting that a small subglacial eruption has begun at Iceland’s Barðarbunga after a week of seismic
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Don’t Get Bullied by IT 22 August 2014, 19.28 Tech
Don’t Get Bullied by IT
Feeling bullied by IT? Image: bnilsen/Flickr In a modern world of self-service technology, enterprises have been introduced to a new technology — shadow IT. Shadow IT, also known as rogue IT or stealth IT, can be defined
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From Big Data to Actionable Data: Has Our Biology Failed Us, or Have We Failed to Use It?
Image courtesy of Thinkstock. The 21st Century has seen technology contribute life-altering realities like getting from New York to Beijing in less than 14 hours or grandparents using Facetime to see their newly anointed
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Gadget Lab Podcast: How Much Does Twitter Affect Your View of the News?
Ariel Zambelich/WIRED It’s been a crazy week in the data streams. Twitter has once again proven to be an empowering tool that lets bystanders become a multifaceted reporting force, as in the case of the civil unrest in
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Game|Life Podcast: Legal Pinball, Free Infinity, 10 Million PlayStation 4s
The PlayStation 4 in repose. Ariel Zambelich/WIRED Wrapup and analysis of this week’s news is the order of the day on the latest Game|Life podcast. Disney is giving Disney Infinity away for free on Wii U, and all you have
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The Longest, Fastest F1 Race of the Season Happens This Weekend
A look down the hill at the Eau Rouge corner. Ferrari Summer vacation is over for Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel and the boys, and the Formula 1 season resumes this weekend at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps circuit in
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PlayStation Now is even better than I hoped it would be
Ever since the PlayStation Now beta launched at the end of July, I’ve been pondering the value proposition of Sony’s streaming offerings. During this soft launch, the selection of titles is extremely limited, and the
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The American Midwest: Traveling where the cloud can’t follow
Every year, my dad’s relatives get together for a family reunion. I love visiting with my family, but it comes with one major downside: the location. You see, my dad’s family all live in rural Ohio and West Virginia —
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Roku takes aim at TV market with new Roku TV 19 August 2014, 00.30 Administrator Technology
Roku takes aim at TV market with new Roku TV
With built-in media apps becoming more widespread throughout the TV market, it seemed like the set-top media box would soon be a device of the past. Perhaps Roku has seen this writing on the wall, as it announced the Roku TV
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7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition 19 August 2014, 00.29 Transportation
7 Ways to Keep Your Eco-Footprint Lower than Your Tuition
Share on TumblrEmail It hurts to say it, but summer’s almost over. Soon students around the world are going to be heading back to the accidentally-nod-off-while-studying sleep schedules and caffeine
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28-Sq-Ft Bicycle Caravan is a Portable Home for Your Inner Bohemian
Share on TumblrEmail This tiny mobile caravan offers micro-quarters on wheels to help unleash your inner bohemian. Powered by an attached bicycle, the 28-square-foot mini dwelling boasts a small bedroom or
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Bicycle Snake Bridge Makes Urban Cycling Even Safer in Copenhagen
Share on TumblrEmail The area around the Fisketorvet shopping center is a hotspot for pedestrian-cyclist conflicts, particularly in the summertime. In addition
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Robots Rising 19 August 2014, 00.25 Tech
Robots Rising
Already a Magazine subscriber? You're automatically an Insider. It's easy to activate or upgrade your account. Activate Your Account Become an Insider It's the new way to subscribe. Get even more of the tech news, research,
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Innovators Under 35 | 2014 19 August 2014, 00.25 Tech
Innovators Under 35 | 2014
Introduction All 35 of these people are doing exciting work that could shape their fields for decades. But they’re solving problems in remarkably different ways. We consider some of them to be primarily Inventors;
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How Agriculture’s Growth Promoters Might Work: A Mouse Study Sheds Some Light
Rama (CC), Flickr The farm practice that underlies most agricultural use of antibiotics is known as “growth promotion”: It calls for giving very small doses of antibiotics routinely to meat animals because those doses
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Regime Change: Steve Ballmer Has Finally Resigned From Microsoft’s Board
WIRED When Steve Ballmer resigned as CEO of Microsoft last February, he didn’t leave the company entirely. The 58-year-old executive retained his seat on the Microsoft board. But now, after 34 years with the company,
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What’s Up With That: How the Weather Guy Knows What It “Feels Like” in Your City
A US Navy sailor checks the perceived temperature on a device that measures relative humidity. Gary Nichols/US Navy I’ve moved a lot, and a city never feels like home until I can anticipate how the day’s weather will
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The HTC One Now Comes in a Windows Phone Version
HTC HTC has just announced a Windows Phone version of its flagship smartphone, the One. The HTC One for Windows is new in terms of platform only: It’s a spitting image of the beautiful brushed-aluminum HTC One Android
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Terminal Velocity 19 August 2014, 00.24 Tech
Terminal Velocity
Much of high-end auto racing has always been about squeezing a bit more kinetic energy out of each drop of gasoline. But improvements in electric car technology mean racing can ditch the fossil fuels. Starting in September,
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Huge Tournament Celebrates End of Oakland’s Bizarre 80-Year Pinball Ban
Pinball enthusiast TJ Beyer sets up an Iron Man machine at a Radio Shack in Oakland to mark the beginning of a month-long tournament. Ariel Zambelich/WIRED OAKLAND, California—Can you believe there was a time when the
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Norwegian Artist’s Incredible Dinocycle Leaves Fossil Fuels in the Dust
Share on TumblrEmail Moestue built the trike over a six-month period last year. He welded together several bicycle frames to support the dinosaur’s body. He
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Bike Lift&Carry Makes Lugging Your Bicycle Upstairs as Easy as Carrying a Shoulderbag
Share on TumblrEmail Are you an urban cyclist that loathes the stairs? Whether it’s schlepping your two wheels up to the apartment or down the steps to the metro, transporting a heavy bike is at best an
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Data-Driven Health Care 17 August 2014, 01.18 Tech
Data-Driven Health Care
Medical data is a hot spot for venture investing and product innovation. The payoff could be better care. By Nanette Byrnes on July 21, 2014 After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age.
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No, Dystopian Sci-Fi Isn’t Bad for Society. We Need It More Than Ever
Mark Stevenson/Getty Yes, the future freaks us out. That much of Michael Solana’s recent op-ed in this space is undoubtedly true. With widespread surveillance, the militarization of police, the stockpiling and application
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Author Nick Harkaway on Improvised Grenades and ‘Existential Pulp’
Chris Close Photography Nick Harkaway is the author of several popular books that straddle the border of realism and science fiction, particularly his debut novel The Gone-Away World, in which a scientific experiment gone
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Significant Earthquake Swarm Hits Iceland’s Barðarbunga
The view of Barðarbunga in Iceland from the slopes of Askja. Photo by Dave McGarvie, used by permission. It has been over 4 years since the last eruption in Iceland. However, there are signs that an eruption might be in the
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As Google acquisition looms, Twitch becomes just like the YouTube beast it tried to distance itself from
It’s been several months since YouTube and Twitch reportedly reached an agreement for the former to acquire the latter. While the rumor remains unconfirmed, recent changes to Twitch’s functionality and copyright policing
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PORTAL is a travel router that offers instant anonymity after one-time setup
The internet provides a wealth of information at our fingertips, but it may also leave your personal information at someone else’s fingertips. Anonymity tools like Tor have existed for years, but interest in remaining
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Snowden went too far by revealing the NSA’s MonsterMind cyber weapon
Edward Snowden has long expressed frustration with the pace, and to a certain extent the depth, of the journalism springing from the classified NSA documents he brought to light just over a year ago. In his estimation, the
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Brace for the BGPocalypse: Big disruptions loom as internet overgrowth continues
Over the past 24 hours, you may have felt some tremors of high latency and dropped connections as you surfed the internet. Usually these tremors would be nothing to worry about — they’re usually just the standard
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How I used technology to find my long-lost family 15 August 2014, 18.26 Technology
How I used technology to find my long-lost family
Searching for your family history is an exercise in frustration. Depending on your country of origin and specific ancestry, your grandparents might be as far back as the paper trail goes. If you throw a curveball into the
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Google invests in 60-terabit $300-million trans-Pacific cable to protect its growth in Asia
Google has joined forces with a number of Asian telecoms giants to deploy the world’s fastest trans-Pacific submarine cable. The cable, which is lumbered with the rather unimaginative name “Faster,” will have an
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The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin 15 August 2014, 18.25 Tech
The Man Who Really Built Bitcoin
Who cares about Satoshi Nakamoto? Someone else has made Bitcoin what it is and has the most power over its destiny. By Tom Simonite on August 15, 2014 In March, a bewildered retired man faced journalists yelling questions
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream 15 August 2014, 18.25 Tech
A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s North Beach. But early on this bright June morning, a
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Bendable Displays Are Finally Headed to Market
Flexible displays haven’t been usable as touch screens, or durable—those problems have now been solved. By Kevin Bullis on August 13, 2014 Big printer: Kateeva’s room-sized prototype printer in Menlo Park,
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Turning a Regular Smartphone Camera into a 3-D One
Microsoft researchers say simple hardware changes and machine learning techniques let a regular smartphone camera act as a depth sensor. By Caleb Garling on August 11, 2014 On camera: With a few hardware changes, such as
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Spotting Cancer in a Vial of Blood 15 August 2014, 18.25 Tech
Spotting Cancer in a Vial of Blood
The answers Bert Vogelstein needed and feared were in the blood sample.  Vogelstein is among the most highly cited scientists in the world. He was described, in the 1980s, as having broken into “the cockpit of
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A Mouse with the Same Cancer as You 15 August 2014, 18.25 Tech
A Mouse with the Same Cancer as You
For $12,000, a company grafts a patient’s cancer into rodents and tests drugs on them. By Alexandra Morris on August 11, 2014 Test tube: Human tumors will grow in this mouse, which has no immune system. At a laboratory
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The Internet Is Officially More Popular Than Cable in the U.S.
Ariel Zambelich/WIRED You can’t call them “cable companies” anymore. For the first time, the number of broadband subscribers with the major US cable companies exceeded the number of cable subscribers, the Leichtman
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A Famous Art Museum Is Offering Everyone Remote Tours, Using Robots
Alexey Moskvin, Tate Britain Since at least the 1960s, we’ve romanticized nighttime visits to art museums. In From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, published in 1967, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a
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The Most Powerful Range Rover Ever Is Surprisingly Fuel Efficient
The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever made. Land Rover The Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest, most powerful Land Rover ever made. Land Rover Jaguar Land Rover took the
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What to Do in Honolulu if You Hate Surfing 15 August 2014, 18.24 Tech
What to Do in Honolulu if You Hate Surfing
Just 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu, Makapuu beach offers some of the best bodysurfing in the world. Marco Garcia Every August, Honolulu's premier ocean sports event kicks off on Waikiki Beach. It's Duke's Ocean-Fest, a
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A 1996 Plan to Use NASA’s Oldest Orbiter to Make Money on the Moon
NASA Assembly of NASA’s first spaceworthy Space Shuttle Orbiter, OV-102 Columbia, commenced in March 1975. The 111-ton reusable winged spaceship first reached low-Earth orbit on STS-1 (12-14 April 1981), the Space Shuttle
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Game|Life Podcast: Sony, Microsoft Trade Exclusives In Germany
Concept artwork from Rise of the Tomb Raider. Square Enix We discuss Sony’s and Microsoft’s announcements at Gamescom, Europe’s big gaming trade and consumer show, on this week’s Game|Life Podcast. Microsoft
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Facebook Sleuths Unearth a ’70s-Era Bug That Was Crashing Their App
WIRED Just before midnight one night last February, Nicolas Spiegelberg’s engineering team was getting close to finding the bug. It was a nasty one—responsible for about half of the Facebook mobile app crashes on
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BuzzFeed Is the Apple of Media, and Everyone Else Is Microsoft
A detail from a Buzzfeed event at South By Southwest in 2014. Hal Horowitz/Invision for Buzzfeed/AP Images Edward R. Murrow’s storied radio broadcasts from the London blitz might seem as distant from today’s animated
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The Next Big Thing You Missed: A Startup’s Plan to End Health Insurance Tyranny, With Slick Tools
Collective Health Insurance companies are notoriously unloved. But few of us hold as much contempt for the industry as Ali Diab. For Diab, insurance companies aren’t just opaque and overpriced bureaucracies, they’re
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Forcing Commenters to Use Real Names Won’t Root Out the Trolls
Edel Rodriguez They say never to read the comments. But I do. Every day. I read every comment—the good, the bad, the so ugly it needs to be deleted—because it’s my job. I’m a community management consultant. And,
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Watch Live: The Best Annual Meteor Shower Hits Its Peak
The Perseid meteor shower in 2007. Brocken Inaglory/Wikipedia Editor’s note: Come back to this post for a live feed of the shower from the Slooh Space Camera starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Time. The Perseid meteor shower is
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How Isolation Units Contain Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases
The two American aid workers getting treated in Georgia for Ebola are isolated in a special ward that some staffers at Emory University Hospital call “Noah’s Ark.” But they’re not the first Americans ever quarantined
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The Unsung Heroes of Urban Design: How Bike Bollards Protect Pedestrians & Property While Providing Bike Parking
Share on TumblrEmail Sometimes the most well-designed and useful objects are the ones you hardly notice at all. Case in point: bike bollards. You’ve probably encountered a bollard at one time or
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Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It! 10 August 2014, 22.20 Transportation
Dirty Bike? Put a Sock on It!
Share on TumblrEmail Nearly every urban cyclist has had to contend with tire detritus at some point. If you’re a city-dwelling bicycle aficionado, you likely know it well: the inevitable sand, mud, and
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Audi Announces Plans to Electrify its Vehicle Lineup by 2020
Share on TumblrEmail Compared to BMW, Audi has received criticism for its lack of electric vehicles, but the automaker recently announced that it’s working on a plan to offer a plug-in hybrid version of
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Texas Central Railway Plans 200 MPH Bullet Train From Houston to Dallas
Share on TumblrEmail Texas Central Railway is developing a blazing fast 200 mph bullet train that will run from Houston to Dallas. Richard Lawless, the company’s CEO, said he was inspired by the time he
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Tesla Announces Plans to Deliver 100,000 Electric Cars in 2015
Share on TumblrEmail Last week Tesla CEO Elon Musk announced that the automaker will deliver 100,000 electric vehicles in 2015. The news sent Tesla’s stock up five percent the morning after Musk released
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Fixing Germany’s Least Bike-Friendly City? There’s an App for That!
Share on TumblrEmail When Wiesbaden, Germany, was proclaimed the country’s least bike-friendly city by a leading cycling club, local creative agency Scholz & Volkmer teamed up with artists Manfred Kraft
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SOM’s West Palm Beach Concourse is the Third Station for All Aboard Florida’s Rail Network
Share on TumblrEmail The new West Palm Beach station for the All Aboard Florida rail network will be located on a 2.5 acre site in the heart of downtown. SOM and
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Chicago Approves Plan for Urban Agriculture Eco-District to Revitalize Southside Neighborhoods
Share on TumblrEmail Chicago’s Englewood, Washington Park and Woodlawn neighborhoods were once home to a thriving street life, centered around bustling
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Maintenance-Free Priority Bicycles Make Cycling Even Easier
Share on TumblrEmail It may be difficult to imagine a bicycle that doesn’t need regular adjustments and tune-ups to keep riding smoothly, but the folks who created Priority Bicycles have created just that.
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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless
Share on TumblrEmail The Housetrike is essentially a bike equipped with a small front-loaded camper that slides open and serves as a warm and comfortable bed
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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality
Share on TumblrEmail Gravel always wondered about the abandoned railroad tracks he’d seen in some of the city’s older neighborhoods. Further investigation
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Tesla’s $35,000 Model III Electric Car is Coming in 2017 With a 200-Mile Range
Share on TumblrEmail Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has revealed that the automaker’s latest sedan will be called the Model III when it goes on sale in 2017. Both cheaper and smaller than the Model S, the Tesla
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A Laboratory for Rare Cells Sheds Light on Cancer
A way of capturing cancer cells from the bloodstream opens a new front in personal cancer treatment. By Antonio Regalado on July 10, 2014 Dangerous mix: Tumor cells collected from the bloodstream of a woman with breast
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Low-Power Color Displays 15 July 2014, 20.32 Tech
Low-Power Color Displays
Oxford University researchers demonstrate that materials used in DVDs could make color displays that don’t sap power. By Kevin Bullis on July 9, 2014 Power saver: Researchers are hoping the type of phase-change material
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Beijing Wants to Understand Its Smog 15 July 2014, 20.32 Tech
Beijing Wants to Understand Its Smog
New effort would pinpoint the source, type, and dispersal patterns of smog across Beijing to drive street-level predictions and targeted remediation. By David Talbot on July 8, 2014 Smog check: Smog in Beijing has grown
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How to Clean the Gas and Oil Industries’ Most Contaminated Water
A new process can cheaply clean extremely briny water coming up from oil wells. By David Talbot on July 7, 2014 Water works: This water treatment plant in Midland, Texas, will soon treat 500,000 gallons of oilfield waste
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A way of capturing cancer cells from the bloodstream opens a new front in personal cancer treatment.

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Dangerous mix: Tumor cells collected from the bloodstream of a woman with breast cancer are seen growing in the lab.

In 1869, the Australian physician Thomas Ashworth put the blood of woman who had died of breast cancer under a microscope. Peering through it, he spotted “cells identical with those of the cancer itself.”

He postulated that the large and abnormal cells in her blood might explain metastases all over her body, more than 30 of them. The cancer cells were probably moving through the circulatory system, creating the rash of tumors.

In a new report published in Science, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital say that after capturing these “circulating tumor cells” from patients fighting cancer, they have been able to keep them growing in the lab, and tested drugs against them.

The work is a “critically important proof of concept study” that shows how researchers might one day undertake personalized studies on patients’ own tumor cells, says Stefanie Jeffrey, a cancer expert at Stanford University. 

The circulating tumor cells are extremely rare—they account for one of every billion cells found in a patient’s blood. Yet the researchers were able to pluck tumor cells from the blood of six patients with advanced breast cancer and then culture them, or keep them alive and multiplying. While scientists at Baylor University first showed last year that culturing tumor cells from the blood was possible, the Boston scientists also managed to place the cells into micro-vessels—each holding about 200 cells—and test whether they could be killed with one or more drug treatments.

Daniel Haber, the Mass. General oncologist who led the study, says the approach could eventually help resolve common situations he faces in his clinic, when patients stop responding to an initial treatment. Which drug to give them next is often little better than a guess. “You need to know what you are treating,” says Haber.

Over the last decade, a huge amount of effort has gone into engineering devices able to capture cancer cells in the blood, including technologies like “nano Velcro,” magnetic sifters, and simple paper filters. The Mass. General device, called the CTC-iChip, was created over the last three years in the lab of engineer Mehmet Toner and is considered one of the most advanced (see “Device Finds Stray Cancer Cells in Patients’ Blood”).

At Toner’s lab, vials of blood set into the instrument rock back and forth, dripping fluid through a series of microchannels that remove normal blood cells. After about half an hour, all that’s left is a plastic bag filled with a small number of the rare cancer cells. Development of the device has been paid for by Johnson & Johnson, which has spent $30 million funding the work.

Johnson and Johnson already sells a system called Cellsearch that can count tumor cells in the blood. But that device, approved by the FDA in 2004, has not proved so useful to doctors. The number of tumor cells in someone’s blood predicts their chance of surviving, but it doesn’t help doctors know how to treat the patient.

Some doctors aren’t sure that personalized testing of tumor cells will help either. One problem is that it’s very difficult, and took the Mass General team months of effort to grow cells from the patients. That’s too long to be helpful in picking a treatment; some patients don’t survive that long. “It’s expensive and it takes several months. I don’t think this is going to have a future for patient care,” says Massimo Cristofanilli, an oncology specialist at Jefferson University Hospital, in Philadelphia.

Stanford’s Jeffrey adds that it’s still unclear whether cancer cells in the blood are really the same as those in a person’s tumors. That means it’s uncertain if tumors and the cells will respond in the same way to drug treatments. 

Instead, the technology may prove more important in studying how metastases occur. As Ashworth hypothesized in the 19th century, cancer cells must spread through the bloodstream. Yet very little is known about what makes a cell metastatic and able to escape into the blood and take hold elsewhere.

“These are very rare cells that circulate for a very short time and disappear,” says Haber. Yet they “may be responsible for the vast majority of cancer deaths. This is a technology that lets you look at something you could never see before.” 

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Low-Power Color Displays PDF Print E-mail

Oxford University researchers demonstrate that materials used in DVDs could make color displays that don’t sap power.

example of an electrically constructed image on a phase change material optoelectronic film

Power saver: Researchers are hoping the type of phase-change material shown here could lead to ultra-low-power displays.

Researchers at Oxford University have used a type of phase-change material to make devices whose color changes instantly in response to a small jolt of power.  The materials, which are used in some types of DVDs, could lead to ultra-low-power full-color displays, according to an article describing the work in the journal Nature.

Displays made using the approach might overcome some of the drawbacks of other low-energy display technologies, such as the E-ink used in Kindle e-readers. For example, pixels can switch on and off much faster than in the e-reader, which could make it useful for displaying video.

Researchers have long known that shining a laser on phase-change materials can change their crystal structure. This, in turn, changes the way light bends when it encounters them—that’s how information is stored in rewriteable DVDs.

The Oxford researchers showed that similar optical changes can be achieved by applying a small jolt of power. They also showed that when these materials are sandwiched between two very thin layers of transparent conductive material, changes in the way light bends can also produce changes in color. Light reflects off each of the layers in different ways, canceling some wavelengths and amplifying others—green and blue light might be eliminated, leaving red, for example. Varying the thickness of the layers, or the voltage applied to the phase-change material, affects what colors each pixel in a display shows.

On display: This image was electrically constructed on optoelectronic film made from a phase-change material.

Unlike conventional displays, which require a constant supply of power to produce a glowing pixel, these devices maintain their color without any electricity. It’s the same energy-conserving strategy used in the e-ink displays in Kindle e-readers.

The researchers haven’t made a complete display yet. Instead, they used the ultra-sharp tip of an atomic force microscope to sketch out images by applying electricity to specific parts of the phase-change material. But in theory, the color changes could be controlled using some of the same electronics used in other types of displays.

The technology will face competition from OLED displays, which use less power than conventional LCD displays yet produce sharp, high-contrast color images. The Oxford researchers say they need to improve the contrast of their images to be competitive.

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Beijing Wants to Understand Its Smog PDF Print E-mail

New effort would pinpoint the source, type, and dispersal patterns of smog across Beijing to drive street-level predictions and targeted remediation.

Smog in Beijing

Smog check: Smog in Beijing has grown far worse in the past two decades, thanks to coal-fired industries, power plants, and surging automobile use.

In a new tactic in Beijing’s growing battle on choking smog, sensors and analytics will pinpoint the source and trajectory of polluting particles and forecast levels three days in advance down to the resolution of individual streets.

IBM, which is working with Beijing officials, says its cognitive computing systems will “analyze and learn from streams of real-time data” from air-monitoring stations and satellites. IBM hopes to have built an analytics platform by early next year based on the inputs of existing sensors in the Chinese capital. After that, IBM will install additional sensors and develop analytics programs at the direction of the Beijing government. 

The Beijing government has said that it will spend $160 billion to reduce the density of so-called PM2.5—fine smog particles that are 2.5 micrometers or smaller in diameter—by 25 percent by 2017. The particles come from a variety of sources, including coal burning and industrial and vehicle emissions.

The problem is so bad that the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences recently said that Beijing is “almost unfavorable for human living.” Beijing’s 2013 PM2.5 concentrations averaged 89.5 micrograms per cubic meter last year, and surged above 600 on the worst days this past January. The World Health Organization says levels must remain below 25 to be safe.

Tao Wang, resident scholar at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, a Beijing-based think-tank, says better data will help. “They know roughly the sources, but not the proportion from the different sources, or the interaction between pollutants,” Wang said. “The capability to monitor is lacking and they need to improve that. A lot of what this is about is getting this down to a lot more micro areas of the city, and getting more discrete measurements.”

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How to Clean the Gas and Oil Industries’ Most Contaminated Water PDF Print E-mail

A new process can cheaply clean extremely briny water coming up from oil wells.

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Water works: This water treatment plant in Midland, Texas, will soon treat 500,000 gallons of oilfield waste water daily.

In a nondescript site in Midland, Texas, an inexpensive new process is cleaning up some of the most contaminated water around—the extremely salty stuff that comes up with oil at wells. By the end of next month the technology is expected to be chugging 500,000 gallons per day, furnishing water that’s sufficiently clean to use in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil and natural gas production (see “Natural Gas Changes the Energy Map”).

The technology may provide a way to deal with the increasing amounts of contaminated water the fossil fuel industry is generating as it pursues more and more difficult-to-reach deposits. Many oil formations can produce as much as five barrels of contaminated water for every one barrel of oil. And the volume of this so-called “produced” water is rising as the industry pumps water into nearly depleted wells to enhance oil recovery.

In the Midland plant, the technology is proving more economical than the existing strategy: re-injecting the wastewater back into the wells, while purchasing clean water for use in nearby fracking operations. Right now, gas producers tend to store water that comes back up during the process in man-made ponds and dilute it for reuse. Ultimately they inject the dirty water deep underground for final disposal.

“This is far and away the largest such plant anyone has ever built. Past prototypes have done 200 gallons a day; this is vastly larger, modular, and scalable; if they wanted to double it, they could,” says John Lienhard, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT who heads MIT’s Center for Clean Water and Clean Energy, where the technology was developed.

The new plant uses technology from Gradiant, an MIT spinout company based in Woburn, MA. The water is pretreated to remove oil and grease residue and solid particles. The company heats the saline water and sprays it into a porous material with a large surface area, saturating air with water vapor.

This water-saturated air is then pumped up through tiny holes in a series of shallow, water-filled trays. As bubbles pass through the water in the trays, the water vapor in the bubbles condenses and joins the water it is passing through, creating more fresh water. This so-called “bubble column” allows the company to condense water vapor without needing expensive metal heat exchangers.

The process—which the company calls carrier gas extraction—recycles up to 85 percent of the heat needed to keep the system running. The remaining waste is then disposed as sludge in landfills. The project is being done with Pioneer Natural Resources, an oil company in Texas.

Anurag Bajpayee, president and CEO of Gradiant who co-developed the technology with the company’s CTO, Prakash Govindan, says the initial focus is on the booming petroleum and natural gas industry in the United States and elsewhere. “Water issues have been a point of a lot of controversy for the industry,” he says. 

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Travel App Can Recommend Places by Looking at Them PDF Print E-mail

Software that counts dogs, martini glasses, and mustaches in Instagram photos provides a novel way to rate businesses.

Food finder: Jetpac works out good places to eat by extracting data from photos shared on Instagram.

A travel app called Jetpac hopes to tackle two of the most pressing questions of our time: how can machines reliably extract information from images, and what exactly is the definition of a hipster?

Jetpac provides a consumer guide to local restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. But unlike competitors such as Yelp, it doesn’t rely on customers writing up reviews. Instead the company uses software to process public Instagram photos tagged with the business’s name and measures things like the number of smiles in the picture or amount of blue sky. Jetpac uses that information to help people searching for a tranquil coffee shop with outdoor seating or suitable venue for a social gathering.

“It’s like you stuck your head in the bar,” says Jetpac CTO Pete Warden. “Photos have a lot of signals in them.” Those include whether a bar is dog-friendly (which can be determined by counting pooches per picture) or high-class (by looking for clues such as martini glasses rather than beer cans).

Jetpac’s image analysis can also reveal things about specific Instagram users that guide its recommendations. Gastronomes tend to snap Instagram pictures of their groceries, so restaurants they frequent are likely to be foodie favorites. If the majority of an Instagram user’s photos are in Seattle and suddenly a few smiling pictures appear in Boston, Jetpac takes it as a signal that person is visiting a good tourist spot.

Jetpac does turn to humans to help its software with more qualitative measures, though. To inform the app’s “hipster finder,” which tries to point people to the coolest places in a city, Warden and his team used the crowdsourcing service Mechanical Turk. People were asked to label photos with key markers, like mustaches, plaid clothing, or chunky glasses, providing baseline data that allowed software to look for similar patterns in future photos to peg establishments with high hipster attendance.

Warden’s company uses software based on deep learning, an approach to training software loosely modeled on the brain and pioneered at Google (see “10 Breakthrough Technologies 2013: Deep Learning”). Jetpac’s algorithms are based largely on the research of deep learning expert and current Google employee Geoff Hinton (Google declined to make him available for this story). Jetpac has made the code for some of its deep learning software freely available, and released an iPhone app that can be trained to recognize objects using a device’s camera.

However, even using deep learning, images remain difficult for software to understand. Software can be very accurate at identifying a smile when there is a single face in a photo, says James Shanahan, vice president of data science for ad platform NativeX. But such systems fare less well with more complex images. “With three or more people, things get difficult,” Shanahan says.

Altogether, software can’t yet reliably understand everything in a single image, says Andrew Ng, chief scientist at Baidu, who previously worked on deep learning at Google. “It’s a difficult computer vision problem to look at a picture and determine the ‘mood’ of the scene,” he says.

Jetpac also has to work against the fact that Instagram images are often blurry, under- or overexposed, distorted by the service’s signature filters, and represent a carefully curated slice of reality. Social network enthusiasts tend to only share the good times. “Instagram is a lot more intentional,” Warden says. The younger demographic of Instagram users also means that more expensive restaurants are underrepresented in Jetpac’s data. And pictures with smiles are not necessarily indicative of the quality of a bar or restaurant, given that many people tend to smile for a camera anywhere after a few drinks. Warden notes the number of pictures with smiles spikes on Friday and Saturday evenings.

However, Warden says that combining results from multiple photos makes it possible to glean accurate enough information. Yelp reviews tend to focus on the mechanics of an establishment like service and food quality, says Warden, but looking at images allows Jetpac to get a sense of the experience of being there. “We’re not trying to do a scientific survey, but the more data we get, the better the picture we’re likely to get of what the place is actually like.”

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Israeli Rocket Defense System Is Failing at Crucial Task, Expert Analysts Say PDF Print E-mail

Although it appears to hit incoming Hamas rockets, Israel’s system could be falling short of detonating the rockets’ warheads.

Iron Dome air defense system

Flawed technology: Analysts question whether Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system, seen here firing to intercept a rocket headed for Tel Aviv, is achieving its aims.

Even though Israel’s U.S.-funded “Iron Dome” rocket-defense interceptors appear to be hitting Hamas rockets in recent days, they are almost certainly failing in the crucial job of detonating those rockets’ shrapnel-packed explosive warheads, expert analysts say.

As a result, rockets fired from Gaza are probably plunging to the ground with intact explosives. The fact that they aren’t causing injuries or deaths in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and other cities is mainly a matter of luck, the analysts add.

On Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said missiles from the system had intercepted 56 rockets fired out of Gaza, preventing strikes in several cities. Yet Richard Lloyd, a weapons expert and consultant who is a past Engineering Fellow at Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, says that because these interceptions had almost certainly not detonated the rockets’ warheads, the system is essentially failing.

The Iron Dome system—meant to hit rockets traveling tens of miles from launch to landing—is a smaller cousin to the Patriot system, which attempts to hit much longer-range, faster incoming missiles. Iron Dome fires interceptors six inches wide and 10 feet long and uses sensors and real-time guidance systems to try to zero in on the rockets.

When an Iron Dome interceptor gets close to an incoming rocket, a proximity fuse triggers the interceptor to detonate, spraying out metal rods that are intended to strike and detonate the warheads on the incoming rockets, neutralizing their ability to maim people and destroy things on the ground.

Ted Postol, the MIT physicist and missile-defense expert who aided Lloyd’s analysis and who in 1991 debunked claims by the U.S. Army that its Patriot missiles were successfully shooting down Iraqi Scud missiles during the first Gulf War (see “Postol vs. the Pentagon” and “Preventing Fratricide”), agrees that Iron Dome’s interceptors have not been succeeding at this crucial warhead-detonation job. (See “An Explanation of the Evidence of Weaknesses in the Iron Dome Defense System”).

Postol had been an admirer of Iron Dome after initial reports of its performance during previous rocket assaults in 2012 (see “Why Israel’s Iron Dome Missile Defense System Actually Works”). But later analyses of interceptor contrails showed that its guidance system was behaving erratically. Instead of smoothly rising to meet their targets, the interceptors were making sharp turns and engaging from the side or behind, he says.

Those problems appear to be continuing, he says. “We expected that after more than a year and a half of time, whatever problems there were in the system related to guidance and control would be mitigated, or somewhat mitigated,” he says. “As it turns out, this is not the case. As far as we can tell, it is behaving in the same erratic way as it did in November 2012.”

The Iron Dome interceptors need to hit an incoming rocket head-on to have much hope of detonating a warhead, Lloyd says. And initial visual analysis of the engagements in recent days shows that the interceptions that are occurring are from the side or behind, which provide “essentially a zero chance of destroying the warhead,” based on the basic physics of such engagements, he adds.

Efforts to reach the Israel Defense Forces for comment were unsuccessful.


This story was updated on July 11 to note that the Israeli military could not be reached for comment.

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Google Capital backs Hadoop challenger MapR PDF Print E-mail

In the growing world of Hadoop--the open source big data technology that can store, process and analyze large sets of data across clusters of computers--much of the conversation (and media coverage) has revolved around companies Cloudera and Hortonworks.

Now another player is positioning itself to challenge them. MapR Technologies announced this morning it has raised $110 million in an equity and debt financing round led by Google Capital. Qualcommon Ventures and existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners, Mayfield Fund, NEA and Redpoint Ventures also participated in the equity round. Silicon Valley Bank is providing $30 million in debt financing.

Hadoop is one of the more popular spots within Big Data for investors to plant their money because its framework, which is hosted by the non-profit Apache Foundation, is considered one of the most effective tools for taking mountains of Big Data and converting them into compact files that existing applications can digest. Hadoop, named after the creator's son's toy elephant, is being used by the telecommunications, manufacturing, retail and healthcare industries--to name a few.

With Hadoop, data that was once too expensive to store can be made available for analysis at one-tenth to one-fiftieth the cost on a per terabyte basis, according to MapR. The idea behind Hadoop is to help companies struggling with big data to simplify the process so they can more easily find insights in all that data and, ultimately, use it to improve their business.

For example, MapR's distribution for Hadoop allows Beats Music to analyze a high volume of data from its users and then make music recommendations personalized to them. HP uses MapR as a massive storage platform to integrate and analyze data from multiple sources.

In terms of capital investment, MapR still trails Hortonworks and Cloudera, which have raised a total of $225 million and $300 million, respectively. However, the company does have a strong base of high-profile customers, including Cisco, Samsung, Beats Music, comScore, Ancestry.com and HP.

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Supercooling organs buys time for transplants PDF Print E-mail

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A new slow-cooling technique makes it possible to transplant a donated liver that's been outside the body for four days. Right now, the limits of human organ storage are about six to 12 hours, maybe up to 24 hours in some cases.

Not only would supercooling keep organs from spoiling, it would also widen the geographic range of donor organs intercontinentally. So far, the preservation technique has at least tripled the storage time of viable rat livers for transplanting into other rats. Because the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has already approved most of the method's chemical components for use in humans, Nature reports, clinical trials could begin just two years after it's tested in larger animals.

Developed by Harvard's Korkut Uygun and colleagues, the approach combines subzero, non-freezing -- or supercooled -- tissue preservation with extracorporeal machine perfusion, which delivers oxygen and nutrients to the tiny blood vessels in tissue while they're outside the body.

Here's how it works, according to a National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering press release. First, the liver is perfused with a solution in the pump system pictured to the right below. The blue color is caused by the "cryoprotectant" chemicals that act together as antifreeze that surrounds the components of the system and prevents ice from forming. This temperature regulating solution contains:

  • A nontoxic, modified sugar compound called 3-OMG (3-O-methyl-D-glucose). Because 3-OMG can't be metabolized, it accumulates in the liver cells and acts as a protectant against the cold.
  • Secondly, PEG-35kD (polyethylene glycol) protects cell membranes in particular. The active ingredient in antifreeze is ethylene glycol, and it works by lowering the freezing point of the solution, keeping it liquid even at subzero temps.

After this first round of perfusion, the livers are slowly cooled below freezing point to minus 6 degrees Celsius (21 degrees Fahrenheit), but without inducing freezing -- this supercools the organs for preservation. After storing the organs like this for a few days, the livers are perfused with the solution in the pump system again, to rewarm the organ and prepare it for transplantation.

supercooledliver01-cropped.jpgThe team tested the technique in 18 healthy rates. They demonstrated 100 percent survival rates a month after the rats received transplants of livers preserved for three days using this method. About 60 percent of the rats who received livers preserved for four days survived beyond a month. Pictured above, a supercooled rat liver sits in the preservation solution in the machine perfusion system.

In contrast, no livers were viable for three days using conventional methods that combine cold temps with chemical solutions developed in the 1980s. More than 120,000 patients are still on waitlists for organ transplants in the U.S. alone, and 17,000 of them are waiting for livers. The new technique could rescue organs that are marginally damaged (and usually discarded), creating thousands more donor options, New Scientist reports. It would also buy time to prepare organ recipients.

Uygun tells Nature that with a bit of tweaking, the method should scale up to larger organs, including human ones, and wouldn't be limited to livers. "All organs are fair game," he adds.

The work was published in Nature Medicine yesterday.

[NIH via Nature, New Scientist]

Images: Wally Reeves, Korkut Uygun, Martin Yarmush, Harvard University

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Copenhagen's new bikeshare system has on-board tablets PDF Print E-mail

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Copenhagen is regularly near the top of lists touting the best cities for biking in the world. Now the city has a bikeshare system to match its sterling cycling reputation.

High-tech doesn't often come to mind when talking about bikes or bikeshare, but Bycyklen, the name of Copenhagen's new bikeshare system, is rolling out a fleet of innovative bikes.

As with most bikesharing system, users pick up bikes at docking stations and drop them off at stations throughout the city. Commuters in the city can get on a subscription plan to pay for their rides and reduce the per hour price. Tourist can rent bikes by the hour. But what sets the system apart are the bikes.

Each bike is equipped with an electric motor (which the city claims to be carbon neutral) and a "vandal-proof" tablet installed in the center of the handlebar that can be used as a GPS or travel guide with tips for what to do in the city. Gobike created Bycyklen's smart bikes.

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The system has been criticized, however, for its high costs and safety concerns from distracted riding. So why did Copenhagen go with smart bikes to replace its old bikeshare? As Andreas Røhl, head of the Mobility and Urban Space unit of the Copenhagen municipality, told Quartz, it's because the city needed a bike that stands out since it already has high rate of bike ownership.

It would be a waste of tax-payer money to simply give them more bikes. (That is also why the first half-hour is not free, as is common practice in other cities.) Instead, the city determined that GoBikes should be attractive to people who may not be used to cycling--such as tourists and suburbanites.

The system also saves money by providing financial incentives for users to park bikes at less-busy stations so that less money is spent to distribute bikes from full stations to empty stations, according to Quartz.

The question is whether the smart bikeshare model will be a novelty in Copenhagen or if cities where traditional bikes are a novelty will consider using smart bikes for bikeshare.

Photo: Bycyklen/Facebook

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Microsoft Reveals Xbox Originals | Halo TV Show Amongst Content In Development
Microsoft has long held ambitious plans to turn its games console into a media hub delivering masses of content of all kinds into people’s living rooms. With Xbox Originals, it may be on its way to realizing this dream.
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Yahoo Wants To Beat YouTube | Coaxing YouTube Stars With Advertising Revenues
YouTube is one of the tentpoles of the Web at this point in time, being a household name and one of the most-visited sites on the Internet. And yet Yahoo is reportedly planning to compete with YouTube by launching its own
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Google & Viacom Settle YouTube Fight | Seven-Year Copyright Lawsuit Ends Amicably
Google and Viacom have finally resolved the long-running lawsuit over videos uploaded to YouTube almost a decade ago. The terms of the out-of-court settlement aren’t being disclosed but we’re just pleased this
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The BBC Unveils New-Look iPlayer | A Responsive HTML5 Design Brings It Up To Date
The BBC has unveiled the new iPlayer, and its free catch-up television service has undergone several big changes. The biggest being an HTML5-powered responsive design driving the whole effort. The New iPlayer The BBC has
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Google Ordered To Remove ‘Innocence Of Muslims’ Over Actress’ Copyright Claims
An appeals court has ordered Google to remove a controversial short film from YouTube after an actress who appeared in Innocence Of Muslims filed a copyright claim. The decision seems to go against existing thinking on
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LoveFilm Becomes Amazon Prime Instant Video In The UK, With £79 Adding A Raft Of Extras
LoveFilm is no more, being rebranded as Amazon Prime Instant Video and being folded into the existing Amazon Prime service. Most people will have to pay more money for the service, but the £79-per-year asking price buys you
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Netflix News Roundup: Subscriber Numbers, Pricing Tiers, Net Neutrality Statement
Netflix has had a big news week, with various stories emerging from and about the streaming video company. This includes revenue and subscriber numbers, plans for new pricing tiers and an expansion into Europe, and a statement
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What The Net Neutrality Ruling Means For Online Video 18 January 2014, 22.47 4G Voice, Video, & Data
What The Net Neutrality Ruling Means For Online Video
A recent decision by an appeals court in Washington to chuck out net neutrality rules could have dire consequences for everyone using the Internet. Including those who both deliver and consume online video. Net Neutrality
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Vdio Is Dead | Rdio Shutters Video Service 28 December 2013, 22.35 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Vdio Is Dead | Rdio Shutters Video Service
Vdio is no more, with parent company Rdio deciding to shutter the online video service. The reasons for the closure remain unclear, but it seems that there just wasn’t room for Vdio in an already-crowded market. It didn’t
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YouTube’s Content ID Crackdown On Let’s Play Videos Draws Ire From Gamers & Developers
YouTube’s recent crackdown on Let’s Play videos, with an aggressive new Content ID update, has left a bad taste in the mouths of everyone involved. Except the companies making money from videos they really had no business
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Google Fights Back After YouTube Comments Spam Increased | Google+ Integration Staying
Google has finally addressed the issues affecting the new YouTube comments system, controversially rolled out earlier this month. Unfortunately, while small changes are being made to plaster over the cracks, the elephant in
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YouTube Changes Comments System To Google+, Even Jawed Karim Complains 10 November 2013, 00.35 4G Voice, Video, & Data
YouTube Changes Comments System To Google+, Even Jawed Karim Complains
Google has rolled out the new YouTube comments system, which is designed to stop the absurd levels of spam and trolling which have plagued the site in recent years. Unfortunately the new system requires Google+ integration,
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File contained a virus and was deleted 02 November 2013, 22.56 4G Voice, Video, & Data
File contained a virus and was deleted
I had a client that was recently getting this message.  If you are getting it, the cause can be a misconfiguration or worse. The result can sometimes be caused by faulty anti virus programs.  Or anti virus programs that were
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YouTube Launching Paid Spotify-Like Streaming Music Service Before End Of 2013
Google is set to launch a YouTube music streaming service before the end of 2013, at least if current persistent rumors are to be believed. This service will work the same way as Spotify, with a hefty catalog of music
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Is Online Streaming Availability To Blame For Movie Piracy? Research Suggests It Could Be
Do people pirate things because they’re cheap and want to get whatever they can for free? Or is the practice less sinister and more about getting hold of things that aren’t available in the format they favor? These are
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Netflix Originals Keeping Subscribers Happy | Original Content Strategy Already Working
Original content looks like being a small but significant part of the future of online television.. It’s certainly an area Netflix, amongst others, has explored, and one which, according to a new report, looks to be working
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YouTube Founders Unveil MixBit, A Vine & Instagram Competitor With Hidden Tricks
The mobile video space is becoming more crowded by the day. Following on from Vine and its six seconds of recording simplicity, and Instagram and its 15 seconds of recording simplicity, comes MixBit. Can this new startup
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YouTube Opening New Production Studio In New York | Original Content Ramped Up
YouTube is set to continue its efforts to evolve from the home of a disparate collection of funny animal videos into the home of truly talented individuals all creating professional-quality programming. In order to affect this
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Google Launches Chromecast, a $35 Dongle That Streams Content From Mobile To TV
Google recently unveiled Chromecast, a $35 dongle that is able to stream content from mobile devices to your television. This is Google’s latest attempt to grab a foothold in the TV industry, which it’s going to need to be
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Hulu Owners Decide Not To Sell After All | Fox, NBC, & Disney Reinvest Millions Instead
Hulu has been withdrawn from sale for the second time in its history, with the joint partners once again deciding against accepting the bids that were coming in, just as they did in 2011. Instead, the three partners are
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Video on Instagram Arrives To Compete With Vine | Facebook & Twitter Go Head-To-Head
Facebook and Twitter have been at war as competing social networks for a number of years. But the latest battleground between the two is mobile video, with Video on Instagram (owned by Facebook) arriving as a direct response
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PalmPad: HP Slate in Palm Clothing? 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
PalmPad: HP Slate in Palm Clothing?
Dec. 21, 2010 - 12:39 PM PDT Dec. 21, 2010 - 12:39 PM PDT Summary: It’s being reporting today that HP/Palm is preparing to release the “PalmPad” next month. The story is accompanied by a diagram showing the PalmPad.
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Home Health Monitoring is Big Business 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Home Health Monitoring is Big Business
Dec. 21, 2010 - 7:55 AM PDT Dec. 21, 2010 - 7:55 AM PDTSummary: Remote health monitoring generated €7.6 billion globally in 2010, an amount destined to grow as this nascent area of healthcare is used more heavily in the
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Last Minute Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Last Minute Geek’s Holiday Gift Guide
Dec. 20, 2010 - 11:36 AM PDT Dec. 20, 2010 - 11:36 AM PDT The geek in your life is hard enough to find appropriate gifts for the holidays, and this year, once again you waited until the last moment. Never fear, we have scoured
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Android This Week: Leveling Off; Fring Calling; LogMeIn 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Android This Week: Leveling Off; Fring Calling; LogMeIn
Dec. 18, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDT Dec. 18, 2010 - 6:00 AM PDTSummary: The growth of Android in the smartphone space has been phenomenal, but recent ad statistics show it may be leveling off. VoIP calling is hot on Android, however,
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MobileTechRoundup 226 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
MobileTechRoundup 226
Dec. 17, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT Dec. 17, 2010 - 8:00 AM PDT Summary: Join James, Matt and Kevin live for this week’s audio podcast where they’ll cover the week’s mobile technology news and share experiences with the
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Kindle for Android Gets Periodicals, In-App Store 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Kindle for Android Gets Periodicals, In-App Store
Dec. 17, 2010 - 7:08 AM PDT Dec. 17, 2010 - 7:08 AM PDTSummary: Amazon has rolled out a major new version of the Kindle app for Android that adds magazines and newspapers to the standard e-book fare. The app also adds shopping
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Samsung ATIV Smart PC 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Samsung ATIV Smart PC
The tablet market is going into hyperdrive.  The announcement of Microsoft’s foray into the tablet market utilization with Windows 8 architecture made a few ripples.  It will be really interesting to see how this plays
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Norton Hotspot VPN 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Norton Hotspot VPN
One of the thorniest issues is traveling and maintaining security.  Norton has come up with a nice little VPN package that allows for secure surfing while on open networks. If you have ever been in a hotel, most likely you
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Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Briefly unavailable for scheduled maintenance WordPress Error
WordPress is awesome until it isn’t.  Knowing you (or not really knowing you – but knowing how most people operate), you probably did the automatic update with no backup. Yep, it’s what most people do.  You
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Tactus Amazing Tactile Mobile Buttons 17 June 2013, 15.02 4G Voice, Video, & Data
Tactus Amazing Tactile Mobile Buttons
Touch screens rule the day, but maybe not forever – if Tactus has anything to say about it.  They say the flat, touch screens are boring and they are looking to put some caliente into em. The idea is really simple. 
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