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Aug 09, 15

Originally posted on TIME:

One scene shared by all of the 20th century’s bloodiest conflicts might have been lifted straight from The Road Warrior, or a Beckett play: spectral landscape; buildings obliterated; blasted trees; lifeless wasteland. The…

Aug 09, 15

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

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There is hardly a day that passes without a new major initiative, announcement or bold proclamation by the Gulf economies of United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar…

Aug 09, 15

FOR decades, policy makers have treated poverty as a sign of helplessness and ineptitude. The worse off the neighborhood — the higher the rate of poverty, crime, and juvenile delinquency — the less influence it would have over its future. Social ser…

Aug 08, 15

Originally posted on TIME:

The sad destiny of countless great photographs is that, as the decades pass, the pictures are increasingly in danger of losing their ability to stun, shock, inspire, delight. In short, to move us. We’ve seen them reproduc…

Aug 01, 15

In the 1993 movie “Falling Down,” Michael Douglas plays an angry white man whose midlife crisis has him nearly foaming at the mouth. Appalled by a brutal traffic jam and disorienting changes in his world, he flips out in a Korean liquor store, tangl…

Jul 17, 15

Originally posted on The Overspill: when there's more that I want to say:

The Thomson Reuters newsroom. Note papers stacked all over the place. No idea if journalists and developers “sit together” here – but I’d bet they don’t. Photo by Targuman on…

Jun 07, 15

A recent Pew Research Center poll shows that 93 percent of the public believes that “being in control of who can get information about them is important,” and yet the amount of information we generate online has exploded and we seldom know where it …

May 30, 15

British ophthalmologist Andrew Bastawrous moved his family from London to Kenya in 2013 with $150,000 of equipment, a team of 15 people and an ambitious goal: to understand the causes of blindness in rural Africa. It didn’t take long before he encou…

May 14, 15

Originally posted on Flexibility Enables Learning:

There is a growing need for today?s pre-service teachers to be equipped with skills and competencies for blended, online, and technology-rich teaching and learning environments. As teaching candida…

May 14, 15

Originally posted on Quartz:

It’s been a year since the EU’s Court of Justice ruled that Google and other search engines must give Europeans the ability to request that information about them be removed from search results. According to Google, the…

May 03, 15

In computer science, transclusion is the inclusion of part or all of anelectronic document into one or more other documents by reference.

I found out, recently, about what it really meant to implement ‘transclusion’ while tinkering with Tiddlywiki.…

May 03, 15

One of the perks of being a top Uber driver is the company’s employee-of-the-week award. It’s called the Sixth Star prize, and it comes with a swag bag and a $1,000 American Express gift card. It’s the sort of thing that all sorts of big companies d…

May 02, 15

The idea of energy storage has been around since the 1970s, says Ravi Manghani, a senior energy storage analyst at GTM Research, but didn’t advance much until the early 2000s. In the past decade, an increased appetite for renewable energy and advanc…

Apr 27, 15

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

Gross Domestic Product has become the yardstick by which we measure a country’s success. But, says Michael Green, GDP isn’t the best way to measure a good society. His alternative? The Social Progress Index, whic…

Apr 26, 15

The digital revolution, we are told everywhere today, produces democracy. It gives “power to the people” and dethrones authoritarians; it levels the playing field for distribution of information critical to political engagement; it destabilizes hier…

Apr 26, 15

Originally posted on ideas.ted.com:

At Fuji Kindergarten outside Tokyo, kids make the most of a magical environment designed just for them. The roof of their oval-shaped school, designed by Tokyo-based firm Tezuka Architects, is an endless playgrou…

Apr 09, 15

Walking through a vast network of medieval streets and houses, it’s easy to get lost. Luckily, I can fly. So I can see that up ahead, a team is building a castle with parapets and a wide moat. Someone next to me is posting signs with historical fact…

Apr 06, 15

Originally posted on plerudulier:

In the unlikely case one wouldn’t recognize this guy this is George Clooney, advertising Nespresso. He didn’t need to say much for that, getting away with a mere “What else”. Probably the most expensive 2 words in …

Apr 05, 15

Google has been awarded a patent for the ‘methods and systems for robot personality development’, a glimpse at a future where robots react based on data they mine from us and hopefully don’t unite and march on city hall.

The company outlines a proc…

Apr 02, 15

Five or six years ago, companies realized that they were sitting on a wealth of data about their own employees. “People started to realize, ‘Wait a minute, there’s a lot of data in here that we’re not using. Some of it is wrong. It’s not very clean,…

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