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New World Order

Startup Entrepreneurs: Brazil Wants You

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12 months ago

What's the Latest Development? With two major global events coming up -- the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics -- now sounds like a good time for the Brazilian government to announce a startup accelerator program. The country's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is offering ...

New World Order

5 Big Ideas in the Year of the Snake

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12 months ago

In the Chinese Zodiac, the snake is a mythical creature that symbolizes academia, wisdom, and the pursuit of knowledge. What better year than this to talk about the coming expansion of Chinese thought and the rise of China's terminologies. Language Imperialism What's the big idea? China is little ...

21st Century Living

We Don't Sleep Like We Used To

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12 months ago

This post originally appeared in RealClearScience's Newton blog. You can read the original here Ah, sleep: life's natural, blessed repose from the ardors of arousal. As a physiological necessity, we desire and crave it. Yet for so many Americans, sleep's caressing graces are unattainable ...

Inventing the Future

How To Get A Room With A (Better) View

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about 1 year ago

What's the Latest Development? An Italian design company has come up with a solution to the problem of less-than-appealing window views: The Eye+ (or Eye Plus) Window "is a 46-inch LED HDTV that plays scenic videos of any view you desire: The Golden Gate Bridge, the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls ...