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The True Cost of Foxconn's Wage Hikes

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? Foxconn's employees in China may be getting a raise, but it's only a matter of time before higher wages prompts the manufacturer to move its operations to a cheaper Asian country, according to a report by the Global Post .  “It’s just cost efficiencies. Like any other ...

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Patient-On-Doctor Violence On The Rise In China

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? An intern in a hospital in Harbin city was stabbed to death by an angry patient last week. Three other doctors were seriously injured in the attack. These latest victims join a list of at least ten other medical professionals in China who were murdered last year by ...

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Hacking Hawking's Brain

over 2 years ago

The buzz surrounding physicist Stephen Hawking's newest experiments with communication technology has been a bit overexuberant, along the lines of "new technology could help Stephen Hawking communicate via brain waves!" Let's back up a little.  The iBrain Hawking has been wearing is a small ...

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Asia's Next Economic Frontier

over 2 years ago

What is the Big Idea? While the world was celebrating Nobel prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi's party's victory in Sunday's special elections in Myanmar, a new currency exchange rate went into effect.  Effective April 1, the exchange rate is now at 818 kyat to the dollar and the country is ...

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Ideas, Wow!

over 2 years ago

California-based TED is perhaps the most visible of the groups that are leading the crossover of serious intellectual thought into the pop mainstream. TED's approach – the 18 minute inspirational talk – could broadly be described as "Ideas, Wow!" New York's Big Think is on a slightly different tack ...

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“Siri, what is the meaning of life?”

over 2 years ago

This is the sort of question curious homo sapiens tend to ask for the first few days after unboxing their new iPhone 4S’. But it becomes clear pretty quickly that Siri is better suited to searching for a nearby Thai restaurant or scheduling a wake-up call than to deep existential conversations or a ...

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Jad Abumrad - Radio Killed the Video Star

over 2 years ago

What’s the Big Idea? Chances are you’d have been laughed out of the offices of most Hollywood producers if, a year ago, you had suggested that a silent movie could win five academy awards, three Golden Globes, and seven BAFTAs. But that’s exactly what happened in 2012: to date, the Artist, a ...