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Skin Buttons Are Working Buttons Projected Onto The Skin
John Biggs, techcrunch.com

The folks at Carnegie Mellon’s Future Interfaces Group have made something really cool. Essentially, they are using small lasers to paint icons onto your skin through the bottom of a watch. The icons are touch sensitive and can be projected in any…



Germany Shatters Record by Producing 31% of its Electricity from Renewables in the First Half of 2014!
Timon Singh, inhabitat.com

When it comes to the production of renewable energy, Germany is well ahead of the game – villages regularly break records by producing more energy than they need, and the country has met up to 74% of its energy demand with renewable sources. Now…



This 2D material generates electricity from movement, and someday it could be woven into our clothes
Signe Brewster, gigaom.com

Someday a transparent, flexible material (pictured above) just an atom thick could power our electronics, according to a paper published to be published in Nature today. And the best part is it could generate electricity from walking, running and…



Copper iodide phosphors could mean less-expensive LEDs
Ben Coxworth, gizmag.com

Everybody loves LEDs, as they’re far more efficient and longer-lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs. They’re also more economical to use in the long run, although they’re costlier on a per-bulb basis. That price gap could soon be closing,…





DIY Kinetic Origami Sculpture Designed by Jo Nakashima
Christopher Jobson, thisiscolossal.com

Partially inspired by Erik Åberg’s interlocking kinetic cube system Ghostcubes, Brasil-based origami artist Jo Nakashima created a method for building a similar object using a system of 40 paper cubes. For those of you ambitious enough to give it …



New Wearables Incubator Claims To Be A First In Europe
Mike Butcher, techcrunch.com

Wearable World, best known as the San Francisco-based conference and media site, is to launch what it claims is the first ever purely wearable technology accelerator and incubator programme in Europe.

The Labs will be headed yup by Marcus Sandbe…



Yuka Yoneda, inhabitat.com

Inventors Shawn Frayne and Alex Hornstein have created the Solar Pocket Factory which prints high quality microsolar panels every 15 seconds.



Half the World’s Wildlife has Been Wiped Out in the Past 40 Years
Beverley Mitchell, inhabitat.com

The World Wildlife Fund’s annual Living Planet Report surveys over 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. The 2014 report has just been released and it shows populations of wild vertebrate species decli…



Edward Snowden’s Privacy Tips: “Get Rid Of Dropbox,” Avoid Facebook And Google
Anthony Ha, techcrunch.com

According to Edward Snowden, people who care about their privacy should stay away from popular consumer Internet services like Dropbox, Facebook, and Google.

Snowden conducted a remote interview today as part of the New Yorker Festival, where he…



Everyday Imagery by Charles Bergquist
Dirk Petzold, weandthecolor.com

Charles Bergquist’s daily creative work.Some time has passed since I published a selection of artworks from the Everyday website by San Diego, California based director, designer, and photographer Charles Bergquist. I think that’s a good reason to…



How to let your employees use social media at work without losing their focus
Ritika Puri, thenextweb.com

This post is part of a new series titled “Business Social,” and is brought to you by Hootsuite.

Social media has become a cornerstone of consumer life. The Pew Center points out that as of January 2014, 74 percent of American adults use…



6 Eco-Friendly DIY Homes Built for $20K or Less!
Beth Buczynski, inhabitat.com

Tiny House FamilyIn most traditional homes, we end up paying for space we don’t really use. Sure a guest bedroom, office, den, and two car garage sound great, but is it really worth the three times a year we utilize these spaces to their fullest? …



Bill Gates is building a machine to diagnose nasty diseases
Julie Bort, Business Insider, venturebeat.com

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is celebrating 10 years of its Grand Challenges in Global Health program, where it asks scientists to brainstorm solutions to gnarly health problems and then offers grants to the best ideas.

Through his…


Spotify CEO to Jimmy Buffett: I want you to be better paid
Joan E. Solsman, cnet.com
Spotify wants artists to be better paid — even the ones who are pretty well paid already.Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the subscription streaming service, said Spotify is paying out 70 percent of every dollar to music rights…

Spotify CEO to Jimmy Buffett: I want you to be better paid
Joan E. Solsman, cnet.com

Spotify wants artists to be better paid — even the ones who are pretty well paid already.

Daniel Ek, the founder and chief executive of the subscription streaming service, said Spotify is paying out 70 percent of every dollar to music rights…


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