Apple’s New Campus (Updated)

Apple’s New Campus (Updated)

Sep 01

Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs presents his proposal for a new Apple Campus to the Cupertino City Council. This presentation was recorded Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at the Cupertino Community Hall…

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Warka Water: Clean Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Jul 11

Designer Arturo Vittori’s innovative invention can provide remote villages with more than 25 gallons of clean drinking water per day…

Drought Master: Machine That Pulls Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Drought Master: Machine That Pulls Water Out of Thin Air (Updated)

Jul 11

Terry LeBleu of Granite Shoals, Texas, is one of the few people who can honestly say he’s not worried about water restrictions in these times of drought, and that’s because he has the Drought Master, a machine that makes water out of air…

ChargeAll – World’s Smallest Portable Power Outlet (Updated)

ChargeAll – World’s Smallest Portable Power Outlet (Updated)

Jun 20

Have you ever wished you could take the wall outlet on the go? ChargeAll gives you the power to do things you never thought possible; power up and charge your cell phones, tablets, digital cameras, fans, curling irons or desk lights! It’s so small and compact you can literally put it in your pocket, your purse or your backpack. Available in two sizes: Portable (Small) and Powerful (Large)…

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Elon Musk Bets On Solar & Battery Tech

Jun 17

Musk, chairman of the solar installer SolarCity, announced Tuesday that the company would acquire a solar panel maker and build factories “an order of magnitude” bigger than the plants that currently churn out panels. Musk’s future customers could ignore traditional energy companies completely. They would have SolarCity panels on their roof that would generate enough power to also charge up a Tesla in the garage. A Tesla battery could then power the home at night with stored solar power…

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Elon Musk: ‘All Our Patent Are Belong To You’

Jun 12

Want to start your own electric car company? You now have the technology to do so. Tesla has made the unorthodox move of pledging not to pursue litigation against any company that uses its technology “in good faith”…

Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Be Like Humans By 2029

Ray Kurzweil: Computers Will Be Like Humans By 2029

Jun 12

Ray Kurzweil: In less than two decades, you won’t just use your computers, you will have relationships with them. The personalities of computers’ operating system will be customizable for each user, much like how the operating system in the movie ‘Her’ was portrayed…

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Great Ideas: Solar Roadways (Updated)

Jun 03

Solar Roadways is a modular paving system of solar panels that can withstand the heaviest of trucks (250,000 pounds). These Solar Road Panels can be installed on roads, parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, bike paths, playgrounds… literally any surface under the sun. They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole. They have many other features as well, including: heating elements to stay snow/ice free, LEDs to make road lines and signage, and attached Cable Corridor to store and treat stormwater and provide a “home” for power and data cables. EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving…

The Google Self-Driving Car

The Google Self-Driving Car

May 27

Google is now exploring what fully self-driving vehicles would look like by building some prototypes; they’ll be designed to operate safely and autonomously without requiring human intervention. They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal… because they don’t need them. Google’s software and sensors do all the work…

Swiss Building Provides Haven For Hypersensitive

Swiss Building Provides Haven For Hypersensitive

Apr 06

A newly-opened apartment building on the outskirts of Zurich has stringent rules banned smoking, perfume and mobile phones in a bid to provide a haven for those hypersensitive to everyday chemicals…

Why Smart Meters Are A VERY Bad Idea (& What You Can Do To Avoid Them)

Why Smart Meters Are A VERY Bad Idea (& What You Can Do To Avoid Them)

Mar 30

Smart meters are “an eco-health-safety-finance debacle with the potential to increase energy consumption, endanger the environment, harm public health, diminish privacy, make the national utility grid more insecure, cause job losses, and make energy markets more speculative”…

Internet for Everyone: internet.org

Internet for Everyone: internet.org

Mar 28

Internet.org is a global partnership between technology leaders, nonprofits, local communities and experts who are working together to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have it…

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

How Civilizations Fail & Can Be Saved (Updated)

Mar 25

How, exactly, do powerful empires collapse, and why? Researchers now believe they’ve found an answer, one that has troubling implications for today — because we’re clearly on the road to ruin…

Dept. of Interior Challenges FCC Regarding Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

Dept. of Interior Challenges FCC Regarding Adverse Impact of Cell Tower Radiation on Wildlife

Mar 24

The Department of Interior charges that the FCC standards for cell phone radiation are outmoded and no longer applicable as they do not adequately protect wildlife…

A Breakthrough Phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (Updated)

A Breakthrough Phone: Samsung’s Galaxy S4 (Updated)

Feb 28

In case you haven’t noticed, mobile devices are taking over the world. Why are mobile devices so wildly, irresistibly, over-the-top popular? Obviously, they help us stay connected, both to one another and the global communications network. But they are also becoming increasingly powerful, versatile, and useful. Among other things, they are now replacing a host of other devices at a fraction of the price. A case in point is the new Samsung Galaxy S4…

Is It Possible To Clean The Oceans In 5 Years?

Is It Possible To Clean The Oceans In 5 Years?

Feb 02

Stiv Wilson writes: “As the policy director of the ocean conservation nonprofit 5Gyres.org, I can tell you that the problem of ocean plastic pollution is massive. In case you didn’t know, an ocean gyre is a rotating current that circulates within one of the world’s oceans — and recent research has found that these massive systems are filled with plastic waste. There are no great estimates (at least scientific) on how much plastic is in the ocean, but I can say from firsthand knowledge (after sailing to four of the world’s five gyres) that it’s so pervasive it confounds the senses. Gyre cleanup has often been floated as a solution in the past, and recently Boyan Slat’s proposed ‘Ocean Cleanup Array’ went viral in a big way. The nineteen-year-old claims that the system can clean a gyre in 5 years with ‘unprecedented efficiency’ and then recycle the trash collected. The problem is that the barriers to gyre cleanup are so massive that the vast majority of the scientific and advocacy community believe it’s a fool’s errand…”

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Why 2013 Was & Wasn’t The Best Year In Human History

Dec 27

Five reasons why 2013 was the best year in human history and nine reasons it wasn’t…

thingCHARGER

thingCHARGER

Dec 18

Great invention: thingCHARGER is a clever, flexible, space efficient way to charge all your things: smartphone, tablet, whatever…

Danish Experiment: Plants Die When Placed Next To Wi-Fi Routers

Danish Experiment: Plants Die When Placed Next To Wi-Fi Routers

Dec 18

Does radiation from wi-fi routers and cell phones have health consequences? That’s the question five high school girls in Denmark set out to answer in an experiment that has scientists buzzing…

Cell Phone Resource Page

Cell Phone Resource Page

Dec 18

Cell Phone Resource Page…

Shadow: An App To Record The Dreams Of Humankind

Shadow: An App To Record The Dreams Of Humankind

Sep 22

Our brain is an incredibly creative problem solver. And some parts of it are most active while we’re sleeping. Electricity, Frankenstein’s monster, nonviolent resistance, laser technology — all of these were conceived in dreams. Sleep is where some of humanity’s most incredible creations got their start. Yet, we forget 95% of our dreams within five minutes of waking up. That’s a huge amount of data — with unfathomable of potential — we forget each day, all because we don’t have a good way to record and understand it. What would happen if we remembered? Even better, what if we learned to make sense of it? The dream ecosystem has incredible potential to bring us together, and it’s been ignored long enough. Scientists understand the neurology of sleep, but not the content of dreams. We want to build SHADOW to bridge the gap…

Great Idea: Phonebloks

Great Idea: Phonebloks

Sep 22

A phone only lasts a couple of years before it breaks or becomes obsolete. Although it’s often just one part that killed it, we throw everything away because it’s almost impossible to repair or upgrade. Phoneblok is made of detachable bloks. The bloks are connected to the base which locks everything together into a solid phone. If a blok breaks you can easily replace it; if it’s getting old just upgrade…

Movie: ‘Samsara’

Movie: ‘Samsara’

Sep 02

SAMSARA is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, SAMSARA transports us to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet…

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Massive Solar Flare Narrowly Misses Earth, EMP Disaster Barely Avoided (Updated)

Aug 02

The earth barely missed taking a massive solar punch in the teeth two weeks ago, an “electromagnetic pulse” so big that it could have knocked out power, cars and iPhones throughout the United States. Two EMP experts told Secrets that the EMP flashed through earth’s typical orbit around the sun about two weeks before the planet got there. “The world escaped an EMP catastrophe,” said Henry Cooper, who led strategic arms negotiations with the Soviet Union under President Reagan, and who now heads High Frontier, a group pushing for missile defense…

Scanadu Scout, The First Medical Tricorder

Scanadu Scout, The First Medical Tricorder

Jul 08

If you’ve been longing for the day you can just scan your body at home to find out what’s wrong when you’re sick rather than head to the ER — your day is here. Meet Scout, a device that can monitor and track your vital signs, temperature, ECG, heart rate, oximetry and stress by just holding the it up to your forehead for 10 seconds…

3D Printed Cortex Exoskeleton Could Replace Plaster Casts

3D Printed Cortex Exoskeleton Could Replace Plaster Casts

Jun 30

A 3D-printed cast concept, more flexible and wearer-friendly than traditional plaster cast for break and fracture patients, is the latest potential application of advanced materials manipulation. The design, dubbed the Cortex Exoskeleton, could potentially deliver more structured support for broken limbs while also being lighter, stronger, and more convenient than existing options…

Breakthrough Technology: Google Internet Balloons

Breakthrough Technology: Google Internet Balloons

Jun 17

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. While the project is still in the very early testing stages, Google hopes eventually to launch thousands of the thin, polyethylene-film inflatables and bring the Internet to some of the more remote parts of the globe, narrowing the digital divide between the 2.2 billion people who are online and the 4.8 billion who aren’t…

Army Deploying $2.8M Mobile 3D Printing Labs

Army Deploying $2.8M Mobile 3D Printing Labs

Feb 28

For the first time, the Army is deploying special scientists and self-contained, mobile laboratories — 3D Printing Labs — to the warzone capable of designing and producing problem-solving inventions for soldiers operating in remote outposts in Afghanistan…

How Technology Threatens Intimacy

How Technology Threatens Intimacy

Feb 05

Many of us may be turning away from close relationships. Studies show that we’re spending increasing amounts of time playing video games and surfing the web instead of hanging out with friends and neighbors, so much so that some researchers have even suggested that technological isolation is at least one contributing factor to the decline in marriage and committed long-term relationships. All of which means that our capacity to hide in addictive technologies could be turning more and more of us into intimacy-phobes…

iDoctor: Could A Smartphone Be The Future Of Medicine?

iDoctor: Could A Smartphone Be The Future Of Medicine?

Feb 04

One of the world’s top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, has a prescription that could improve your family’s health and make medical care cheaper. The cardiologist claims that the key is the smartphone. Topol has become the foremost expert in the exploding field of wireless medicine. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports…

WakaWaka Power

WakaWaka Power

Jan 14

WakaWaka Power is a super efficient personal solar power station that charges your iPhone and any other smartphone or shines 40 hours of excellent reading light, all on just one day of solar charge. A lifesaver for those without electricity. For every WakaWaka Power sold during this pre-sale campaign the creators of WakaWaka will give two WakaWaka Lights (lights only) to Haiti, where 370,000 people still live in makeshift shelters without electricity…

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

‘One Laptop Per Child’ Unleashes The Genius In African Children

Nov 07

One Laptop per Child (OLPC) performed a bold experiment. They dropped off closed and taped boxes with Motorola Xoom tablets and without any instruction in two remote Ethiopian villages. The tablets were preloaded with alphabet-training games, e-books, movies, cartoons, paintings, and other programs. About 20 first-grade-aged children each were given a tablet in Wonchi and Wolonchete respectively — two isolated rural villages without a person that can read or write. Within four minutes after the tablets were dropped off, one of the children figured out how to turn on and use the tablet. Within five days, they were using about 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android…

Google’s ZeitgeistMinds

Google’s ZeitgeistMinds

Oct 24

Google’s Zeitgeist events are a series of intimate gatherings of top global thinkers and leaders. ZeitgeistMinds is a collection of inspiring videos from these events. Dive in to explore the ideas that affect our social, economic, political and cultural surroundings. Hear perspectives from industry pioneers and statespeople, renowned writers and bloggers, scientists and artists, activists and musicians. Learn from progressive minds, and discuss topics that influence the world around us…

Rent-to-Own Laptops Secretly Photographed Users

Rent-to-Own Laptops Secretly Photographed Users

Sep 27

Seven rent-to-own companies and a software maker are settling charges with the Federal Trade Commission that rental computers illegally used spyware that took “pictures of children, individuals not fully clothed, and couples engaged in sexual activities.”…

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

LIFX: The Light Bulb Reinvented

Sep 23

LIFX is the smartest light bulb ever created. It’s a wifi-enabled, energy efficient, multi-colored bulb that you control with your iPhone or Android. LIFX gives you unprecedented control of your lights, reduces your energy costs, lasts up to 25 years and delivers an amazing range of experiences…

Sweden Most Effective At Using Internet (U.S. Number 2; Britain Number 3)

Sweden Most Effective At Using Internet (U.S. Number 2; Britain Number 3)

Sep 16

Sweden is the most effective at using the Internet to improve people’s lives, ahead of the United States and Britain, according to a global survey launched by Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web…

Google Glass Prepares To Change The World

Google Glass Prepares To Change The World

Sep 16

David Pogue writes: “New gadgets — I mean whole new gadget categories — don’t come along very often. The iPhone was one recent example. You could argue that the iPad was another. But if there’s anything at all as different and bold on the horizon, surely it’s Google Glass…”

Self-Driving Cars (Updated)

Self-Driving Cars (Updated)

Sep 01

90 percent of traffic accidents are caused by human error, meaning that if humans are taken out of the process, there’s a strong probably that accident rates will plummet. Bay Area tech giant Google has been leading the way in self-driving cars. The team behind the project asserts that the technology is largely already there and their self-driving cars are ready to hit the road right now…

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Russian Billionaire Plans Immortality Research Center

Aug 30

Dmitry Itskov, a Russian billionaire and media mogul, is betting that money can buy eternal life. Itskov’s 2045 Initiative, which is trying to make immortality a reality, launched its own political party in Russia last week: Evolution 2045. Though Evolution 2045 is based in Russia, it aims to create “a new stage of human civilization” throughout the world…

Could 3-D Printing Be the Biggest Invention Since the Internet?

Could 3-D Printing Be the Biggest Invention Since the Internet?

Aug 30

“Personally, I believe it’s the next big thing, says Abe Reichental, president and CEO of 3D Systems, one of biggest companies that make 3D printing machines. “I think it could be as big as the steam engine was in its day, as big as the computer was in its day, as big as the Internet was in its day. And I believe this is the next disruptive technology that’s going to change everything. It’s going to change how we learn, it’s going to change how we create, and it’s going to change how we manufacture,” he says…

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Favorite TED Videos (Updated)

Aug 21

A collection of our favorite TED videos…

The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan (& How To Protect Yourself)

The Epic Hacking of Mat Honan (& How To Protect Yourself)

Aug 07

Mat Honan writes: “In the space of one hour, my entire digital life was destroyed. First my Google account was taken over, then deleted. Next my Twitter account was compromised, and used as a platform to broadcast racist and homophobic messages. And worst of all, my AppleID account was broken into, and my hackers used it to remotely erase all of the data on my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook…”

Short Film: ‘Sight’

Short Film: ‘Sight’

Aug 02

A short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo…

Documentary: ‘Mister Rogers & Me’ (Updated)

Documentary: ‘Mister Rogers & Me’ (Updated)

Jul 26

An MTV producer’s life is transformed when he meets the recently retired host of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,’ Fred Rogers. Friendship with the PBS icon sets the young producer on a hero’s quest to find depth and simplicity amidst a shallow and complex world through conversations with Susan Stamberg (NPR), Tim Russert (‘Meet The Press’), Marc Brown (‘Arthur’) and more…

Musician Zoe Keating

Musician Zoe Keating

Jul 17

The music of Zoe Keating…

Is The Internet Driving Us Mad?

Is The Internet Driving Us Mad?

Jul 13

The current incarnation of the Internet — portable, social, accelerated, and all-pervasive — may be making us not just dumber or lonelier but more depressed and anxious, prone to obsessive-compulsive and attention-deficit disorders, even outright psychotic. Our digitized minds can scan like those of drug addicts, and normal people are breaking down in sad and seemingly new ways…

India Seeks To Identify All 1.2 Billion Of Its Citizens Using Biometric Technology

India Seeks To Identify All 1.2 Billion Of Its Citizens Using Biometric Technology

Jul 12

In India, a massive experiment is underway to take a technology that was once a hallmark of science fiction and apply it to solving the nation’s greatest challenges. A small group of entrepreneurs within the government have set out to identify to every one of their 1.2 billion residents by using biometric technologies, such as iris scans and fingerprints…

The Future Of Military Surveillance: Swarms Of Cyborg Insect Drones

The Future Of Military Surveillance: Swarms Of Cyborg Insect Drones

Jun 20

The kinds of drones making the headlines daily are the heavily armed CIA and U.S. Army vehicles which routinely strike targets in Pakistan — killing terrorists and innocents alike. But the real high-tech story of surveillance drones is going on at a much smaller level, as tiny remote controlled vehicles based on insects are already likely being deployed. Over recent years a range of miniature drones, or micro air vehicles (MAVs), based on the same physics used by flying insects, have been presented to the public…

How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

How Apple & Google Are Like Sparta & Athens

Jun 13

The reason is that Google and Apple are the Athens and Sparta of the tech industry. It’s in the DNA of both companies to rule the tech world. They will battle each other for supremacy and, in the process, greatly diminish each other’s power and reach. United, they could accomplish anything. But they will not be united. They will become increasingly divided. It’s a Greek tragedy unfolding before our very eyes…