Category Archives: technology

The Future of Water

The world’s supply of cheap and clean fresh water will likely plummet as the climate warms and populations boom. Can we find ways to conserve, cut waste, and find new sources before it’s too late? The latest installment of our … Continue reading

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Kid Thinkers Partnered With Grown-Up Experts to Bring Their Inventions to Life

London-based designer, artist, and all-around professional brainstormer Dominic Wilcox is the person behind Little Inventors, a global project that connects kid inventors with grown-up experts to bring children’s ideas to life. Little Inventors took root in 2015, when Wilcox began establishing inventing workshops … Continue reading

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Should a self-driving car kill the baby or the grandma? Depends on where you’re from.

The infamous “trolley problem” was put to millions of people in a global study, revealing how much ethics diverge across cultures. by Karen Hao October 24, 2018 In 2014 researchers at the MIT Media Lab designed an experiment called Moral … Continue reading

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An Appliqued Solar System Quilt Used as a Teaching Aid in the Late 19th century

1876 Ellen Harding Baker’s “Solar System” Quilt, via The Smithsonian National Museum of American History   In the late 1800’s, teacher and astronomer Sarah Ellen Harding Baker spent seven years embroidering a star-covered quilt for her classroom in Cedar County, … Continue reading

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When technology can read minds, how will we protect our privacy?

Tech that can decode your brain activity and reveal what you’re thinking and feeling is on the horizon, says legal scholar and ethicist Nita Farahany. What will it mean for our already violated sense of privacy? In a cautionary talk, … Continue reading

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A Sharp Look at the Surprisingly Complex Process of Pencil Manufacturing by Photographer Christopher Payne

Photographer Christopher Payne (previously) spent several years building a relationship with the owners of General Pencil Company in Jersey City, New Jersey, one of the last remaining pencil factories in the United States. His dedication to working with the factory paid … Continue reading

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To reduce food waste, scientists are making labels that track produce as it spoils

A new type of use-by label for milk bottles that decomposes as the liquid inside goes sour could appear on UK supermarket shelves later this year. Labels such as these, capable of telling consumers exactly when fresh produce has gone … Continue reading

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The Terrifying Beauty of Uniqlo’s Robotic Warehouse – Spoon & Tomago

Japanese retailing giant UNIQLO opened their Ariake offices back in 2015 but the warehouse was plagued with problems and inefficiencies. So the company committed to overhaul the warehouse, which was unveiled last week. The result, in which 90% of the … Continue reading

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Facebook launches an archive for political ads in Brazil, in the US and in the UK — PPC Land

Facebook last month launched a public archive for the ads from Brazil, the US and the UK, related to politics and issues of national importance. The Facebook Ad Archive is available to anyone, even for non-Facebook users. Facebook says this … Continue reading

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What everyday citizens can do to claim power on the internet

Technology architect Fadi Chehadé helped set up the infrastructure that makes the internet work — essential things like the domain name system and IP address standards. Today he’s focused on finding ways for society to benefit from technology. In a … Continue reading

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