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Dec 8, 2017

Seattle is building the world’s first floating passenger train

Posted by in category: transportation

Construction has begun on a light rail on a floating bridge in Seattle, Washington.

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Dec 8, 2017

Canada begins paying basic income to citizens

Posted by in categories: economics, health, policy

Canada is testing a basic income to discover what impact the policy has on unemployed people and those on low incomes.

The province of Ontario is planning to give 4,000 citizens thousands of dollars a month and assess how it affects their health, wellbeing, earnings and productivity.

It is among a number of regions and countries across the globe that are now piloting the scheme, which sees residents given a certain amount of money each month regardless of whether or not they are in work.

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Dec 8, 2017

Google’s new ‘landscraper’ will be as long as a super-tall skyscraper is high — and it could be the next big building trend

Posted by in category: futurism

Futurist Amy Webb says that landscrapers — buildings that are extremely long rather than tall — will become more mainstream in sprawling metros.

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Dec 8, 2017

The Mirror Neuron Revolution: Explaining What Makes Humans Social

Posted by in categories: entertainment, neuroscience

Neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni discusses mirror neurons, autism and the potentially damaging effects of violent movies.

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Dec 8, 2017

Elon Musk’s Tunnel Through L.A. Just Happens To Go From His House To His Office

Posted by in category: Elon Musk

The Boring Company could ease L.A.’s traffic problems, especially for one very special commuter.

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Dec 8, 2017

Scientists Find Out How Hope Protects the Brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Since hope appears to come from a physical place in the brain, scientists are hoping to figure out how it shields the rest of the brain from negativity. Really.

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Dec 8, 2017

Can a zebra crossing change its stripes?

Posted by in category: futurism

That’s exactly what London-based tech company Umbrellium has designed: the Starling Crossing is an interactive crosswalk that responds dynamically to its environment.

And it could be the future of how we interact with our cities.

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Dec 8, 2017

Firefox Quantum is a Really Great Browser

Posted by in category: quantum physics

Firefox Quantum is the best browser I’ve used in years.

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Dec 8, 2017

Researchers Have Created an AI System That Teaches Itself New Languages

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Researchers published two new papers that demonstrate that it’s possible to develop an AI system which doesn’t rely on parallel texts.

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Dec 8, 2017

Here’s What A Cyborg Dragonfly Looks Like

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, drones

This cyborg dragonfly is half insect half drone.

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