These High-Tech Glasses Will Give You Superhuman Vision

TETRACHROMATIC SHADES

It can be impossible for humans to tell apart very similar colors. But, with a new pair of tetrachromatic glasses created by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, you can never again leave the house wearing two items of black clothing that don’t quite match.

These spectacles enhance the user’s existing color vision, affording them new power to discern more distinct shades. Once developed for practical applications, they could be used to spot camouflaged targets in the field or identify counterfeit money.

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Young businesses destroy more jobs than they create except in the tech industry

Young tech companies create more jobs than they destroy.

There is some cause for alarm in the startup world. On the whole, young companies destroy more jobs than they create. That’s because so many of them fail.  But there is some solace: Young tech companies create many more jobs than they destroy, even taking into account a high failure rate.

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U.S. on track to stop funding clean tech

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Sucks for American clean tech. Never mind that the industry is pretty universally regarded as one of tomorrow’s most important drivers of job growth and innovation—the already too-meager, maddeningly scattershot government support for clean energy is about to dry up altogether. So, goodbye ARPA-E?

David Roberts points us to this graph from a newish report from the Breakthrough Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Brookings Institution, and, as you can see, it’s not pretty. And that sad-looking $11 billion stump too will disappear unless there’s a shift in policy.

Here’s Roberts…

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Mistakes That Led To Huge Catastrophes

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Whoops

A lot of you are probably reading this at work and despite that, a lot of you are probably also drunk. That’s because most of us have jobs where, if you maybe screw up here and there, it’s not the end of the world.

Or at least that’s what we’d like to think. It turns out some of the biggest, costliest disasters have resulted from some random employee making a single tiny mistake. Such as .. Continue reading… “Mistakes That Led To Huge Catastrophes”

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Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way

Top 5 Tech Toys Of 2009 And 5 More On The Way 

2008 was a good year for gadgets, and we’re hoping that ’09 will be just as impressive. We’re only a month in so far, but Palm, Dell, Sony and even Amazon have all dropped hints about what the companies have in store. We’ve collected the five big announcements that have us drooling, as well as five more that we’d like to see happen before 2010.

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Eco-friendly Designer Lightbulbs

Eco-friendly Designer Lightbulbs 

 New bulbs are called Plumen

Now that we’re moving on from traditional lightbulbs to more eco-friendly designs, designers have much more freedom with what they do with light. Design house Hulger is tackling light bulbs as their next big object, using the twisting tubes as pieces of functional art that you won’t want to hide behind a shade.

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Top 10 Tech Billionaires

Top 10 Tech Billionaires

Some billionaires just pack a bigger punch than others

The dotcom boom ushered in the new-age entrepreneurship and with it came a new set of billionaires. Billionaires who have brought their start-ups a long way from their ‘garage’ days. Many of them pioneers in their space, these online companies have today evolved into popular global brands and the key people behind them deck up the global rich list. Here’ a profile of the top 10 billionaires who made their fortune from the Web. (Pics)

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