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Apocalypse: These Termite Robots Don’t Need Humans

Is the robot apocalypse already here? Scientists at Harvard are developing a robot that can build structures without humans telling them how. The bot is inspired by nature’s best builder — the termite. Researchers hope one day they’ll be able to build projects on Mars and rescue people from burning buildings.

#video #robot #technology #engineering #design
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Gramofon: The new WiFi music box and social router 

TNW’s Martin Bryant talks to Martin Varsavsky about the company’s new Gramofon device, which has just hit Kickstarter.

#video #Sound #technology #engineering #design

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

Learn about the making of Unnumbered Sparks, a monumental interactive sculpture in Vancouver, Canada created by artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin for TED’s 30th anniversary. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, at night, the sculpture becomes a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas powered by Google.

#video #mobile phones #technology #google #design

The Most Literate Generation: Wattpad & The Power of Social Reading

The next time you hear someone say “no one reads anymore,” show them Wattpad. With more than 20 million users, Wattpad is the world’s largest community for readers and writers, and to the consternation of traditional publishing - entirely free.

To those naysayers who claim reading is the pastime of a bygone era, the numbers don’t lie - in 2013 alone, users spent 41 billion minutes on Wattpad with a new chapter uploaded every second. The platform lets users contribute cover art for their favorite stories, and become collaborators alongside their favorite authors.

#video #books #education #technology #mobile phones #applications
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Want to Read Twice as Fast?

Buzzy tech startup Spritz is developing software that “streams” written content one word at a time, rather than displaying text in traditional paragraphs and pages. Test subjects have reported more than doubling their reading speed. Could “spritzing” actually displace traditional reading in certain arenas?

#video #books #startups #technology #education
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The hybrid electronic bike of the future

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.

#video #electronics #future #technology
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New startup offers a little peace and quiet in the heart of NYC, for 25 dollars an hour

Ever need to take a break in a busy city like New York, yet stopping at home isn’t an option? There’s an app for that. It’s called Breather and has been dubbed the Zipcar of personal spaces.

#video #new york #mobile phones #applications
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Genetics Startup Aims to ‘Make 100 the New 60’

J. Craig Venter, the man who helped map the human genome, is at it again. This time, the goal is to better understand aging and age-related diseases and use that information to add decades onto everybody’s lives. The new company, funded by 70 million dollars in venture capital, is called Human Longevity, Inc. 

At the top of its ‘to do’ list is to start sequencing genomes at a rate of 40 thousand per year. That will be made possible with the help of a 10 million dollar machine, which will also lower the cost of individual analysis to a thousand dollars per subject. The first mapping of the human genome racked up a tab of 100 million dollars and took 9 months. 

In this project, the sequencing is only part of the much bigger picture. Once the data is collected, it will be combined with the medical records and target biological information of those who participated. Combined, it’s hoped that enough information will be provided to crack the mystery behind aging and, as their Vice-Chairman said, ‘make 100 the new 60’. 

#video #gene therapy #future #technology #innovation
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Growth is Not Enough

Our politicians are hung up on keeping the growth curve rising. But does GDP really tell us all we need to know about a country’s wealth and well-being? In this new RSA Short, Kate Raworth makes a powerful argument to look beyond economic growth alone for a true measure of prosperity and progress.

Kate Raworth is a renegade economist teaching at Oxford University, and is focused on the rewriting of economics to make it a fit tool for addressing the 21st century’s social and ecological challenges. 

#video #growth #business model #strategy #government #economics

Genome: A Healthcare Revolution

Rohan Silver investigates the potential of the human genome in creating a personalised healthcare revolution.

#video #Health Care #business model #strategy
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