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The only way mankind is going to be able to completely trash the Earth, move onto to terraform Mars, and then destroy that planet is to grow food in space. But like Terra firma, typical grow lights consume too much energy, take up space and generate lots of heat. However, scientists think that targeted LEDs […]

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Tech companies attempting to address their diversity issues should should take note of Brooklyn, the city leading the country in female entrepreneurship. Crunchbase recently published an analysis tracking the gender of founders whose start-ups received an initial round of funding between 2009 and 2014. And New York City — particularly Brooklyn — is leading the […]

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The NYPD is going through all sorts of exciting changes these days. Cops are learning how to use iPhones, send e-mails and be nice. Now, one councilman wants to bring them into the 21st century and get rid of the typewriters they still use. The New York Daily News reports that Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Queens) […]

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Think Before You Hit Send: That’s the message police brass are sending to cops and civilian workers in the department ahead of issuing “official NYPD email accounts,” reports the Daily News. The emails are for work only according to the paper, and like the NYPD’s pilot Twitter program, guidelines are being given to officers to […]

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The supercomputer technology that previously won Jeopardy is now heading to Japan to learn Japanese and develop cognitive abilities, the New York Times reports. With Japan’s SoftBank, IBM’s Watson will be able to perform “human-seeming tasks” like “parsing language, interacting in sympathetic ways and deducing important contextual information from huge amounts of data.” The hope […]

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As Oculus Rift’s official consumer release gets closer, the ubiquity of virtual reality is most likely going to be a case of “when” rather than “if,” and one way we may be using the technology is for immersive films. At least two companies are already throwing their hats in the ring to make VR movies […]

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As one of the marvels of technology is its ability to turn the stuff of fictional into reality, one South African Destiny fan has replicated a hand cannon from the game into a bona-fide weapon. Product designer Kirby Downey created a model using CAD software and 3D printed the parts. He assembled it — without […]

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Black Mirror’s technology is could soon be real, and virtual reality is coming to the internet, so perhaps it’s fitting that the most popular word of the year was not a word at all, but the heart emoji. Obviously there are plenty of “most popular word lists” of 2014, so take this with a grain […]

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New research on smartphone touchscreens suggests that daily use is changing your brain. Wired UK reports on the interesting study, by researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, first shared in Current Biology. While there is an increasing body of research that studies the effects of “repetitive gestures” in the use of technology […]

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San Francisco-based taxi app start-up Uber has come under a lot of scrutiny from all sides recently, with accusations of sexism, breaches of privacy with customer data, and allegations of unfair pay. The multiple controversies have worried New York City councilmembers that Uber is not in compliance with city law, and at a hearing on […]

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