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Regime Change: Steve Ballmer Has Finally Resigned From Microsoft’s Board

When Steve Ballmer resigned as CEO of Microsoft last February, he didn't leave the company entirely. The 58-year-old executive retained his seat on the Microsoft board. But now, after 34 years with the company, Ballmer is finally moving on. “Microsoft has been my life's work and I am proud of that and excited by what […]

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Copenhagen’s New Bike Skyway Makes Commuting Look Fun

Copenhagen has long been leading the world in citizen-pleasing infrastructure, and the country has yet again outdone itself. In June, it welcomed the Cykelslagen, or Cycle Snake, an elevated cyclist roadway over the harbor to ease congestion. This road is the latest addition to one of the most bicycle-friendly city infrastructures in the world. In […]

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Students Build an Electric Car With Better Range Than a Tesla

Australian students built the eVe, a lovely-looking car whose battery pack can be charged from a regular wall outlet or via solar panels on its hood and roof.

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Ebola in Africa and the U.S.: A Curation

I've stayed out of the Ebola news so far, for a couple of reasons. First, as longtime readers know, I'm writing a book; I'm in the last 6 months of it and the work is intense and involves a lot of travel. I'm not always available at the exact moment news breaks. Second, I try […]

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How Much Does One Lego Piece Cost?

Lego sets come in all different sizes with different numbers of Lego pieces. Of course bigger sets cost more, but is there a linear relationship between set size and cost? Let's take a look. Oh, and yes – I did look at this before, but that was a long time ago. It's time to revisit […]

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Bee-Killing Pesticides Found in Midwest Rivers

Pesticides linked to declining bee and bird populations have been found in streams and rivers across the upper midwest, raising yet more concerns about these chemicals' environmental effects.

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A Honeycomb Hotel Made for Music Festivals

Say you're going to a music festival and plan to spend the night. You have a few options. You could rig up a roomy tent, but then you'll have to protect your palace from drunken Phish fans. You could sleep on Mother Earth's very own sleeping bag, though that's never quite as comfortable as it sounds. You even could shell out for an overpriced hotel room somewhere off site, but that sort of misses the whole point, doesn't it? There is another emerging option: Booking a pod in one of these funky honeycomb hotels.

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A New Phone Can’t Fix Amazon, But Unclogging Your Toilet Will

Amazon likes to cultivate its image as the “everything store,” but there's a glaring absence from its offerings. Nations measure their economic strength by gross domestic product, or GDP, a metric that takes into account both goods and services. But as Amazon aspires to serve as the primary storefront for countries across the globe, it […]

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Facebook-Backed Nonprofit Brings Free Internet to Zambia

In an effort to help those left behind join the digital age, Facebook-backed nonprofit organization---is releasing an app providing free access to a handful of core services to people in Zambia.

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Why the Security of USB Is Fundamentally Broken

Computer users pass around USB sticks like silicon business cards. Although we know they often carry malware infections, we depend on antivirus scans and the occasional reformatting to keep our thumbdrives from becoming the carrier for the next digital epidemic. But the security problems with USB devices run deeper than you think: Their risk isn't […]

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