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New World Order

When ATMs (Chemically) Attack

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4 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Researchers at ETH Zurich University have developed a defense system for ATMs that, unlike similar systems, doesn't require electricity in order to work. Two plastic films containing hydrogen peroxide and manganese dioxide are coated with a layer of clear lacquer ...

New World Order

Amstel Hops Onto The Digital Detox Train

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10 months ago

What's the Latest Development? In a world where increasing numbers of people are literally attached to their smartphones, Sofia-based Next Digital Creative Agency (Next-DC) has come up with a number of marketing campaigns for their client, beer manufacturer Amstel. The most recent one, launched ...

New World Order

Bringing Bicycling Back To Bangkok

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? Last month's annual "car-free day" in Bangkok drew almost 20,000 bicycle riders. That may not seem like a lot in a city of 10 million, but it's a tenfold increase from 2007 and more than a hundredfold from 2005, and it represents successful public and private ...

New World Order

India Sees A Rise In "Women-Only" Spaces

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? More than nine months after a brutal gang rape that resulted in the death of the victim, India has witnessed both an increase in the number of public spaces reserved just for women and an uptick in the number of women seeking such spaces. Some of them -- such as ...

New World Order

Backyard Chickens Without The Commitment

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11 months ago

What's the Latest Development? In response to increased interest in raising backyard chickens from people with little to no clue about the process, Jenn and Phillip Tompkins created Rent the Chicken, a startup that enables prospective urban farmers to try it out without committing long-term ...