Swedish scientists are taking the futuristic idea of plant cyborgs and making the leap from science fiction to real-world science. They have been working on ways to regulate plant growth, using electronic wires grown inside the plants own nutrient channels to host sensors and drug-delivery systems. The aim is to provide just the right amount of plant hormones at just the right time. Such efforts could provide even more precise human control over plant production and agriculture.
Around 20% of American adults who do not use the Internet at home, work and school, or by mobile device.
There has been a $7 billion effort by the Obama administration to increase internet access throughout the country. Perhaps most staggering, though, is that almost 20 percent of American adults still don’t use the internet at home, work, school, or through a mobile device — a statistic that has generally remained the same since 2009.
The 50 percent digital revenue share also didn’t come as a result of a decline in print advertising sales.
One of the first big magazines devoted to technology and the internet is Wired. Half of Wired magazine’s ad revenue was generated from the internet in Q4 2012. This is a first for the magazine.
For years, college students and C-suite executives alike have managed to stay perky through parties and deadlines by guzzling so-called energy drinks like Jolt, Red Bull and Rockstar. But, as it turns out, the drinks may have worked a little too well.
Two months after PayPal opened its platform, 15,000 developers
had used it to create new payment services
The banks and credit card companies have spent 50 years building a proprietary, locked-down system that handles roughly $2 trillion in credit card transactions and another $1.3 trillion in debit card transactions every year. Until recently, vendors had little choice but to participate in this system, even though — like a medieval toll road — it is long and bumpy and full of intermediaries eager to take their cut. All of that is about to change.
The new science Wii!
Laboratory-grade measuring instruments can be pricey, but some enterprising scientists are finding that the Nintendo Wii controller can serve as an alternative:
The Wiimote can track just about anything: All that’s needed is an LED light. Hydrologist Willem Luxemburg of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands demonstrated a hacked water-level sensor made from a Wiimote and a plastic boat at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union here Monday.
“Just switch it on and make sure it doesn’t get wet,” Luxemburg said…
Featured Invention at the Colorado Inventor Showcase
Perhaps you’ve see the blinky lights on bicycles that make them safer and more noticeable at night. We took that to a new level, and way beyond. Imagine as a bicyclist decelerates by putting on the brakes, a bright brake light lights up just like on a car, but it isn’t wired to anything – just snapped to the bicycle seat post.
Next gen online revenue streams
Moving beyond the Long Tail, “Wired” editor and author Chris Andersen is now pondering the economics of advertising on micro-sized social networking sites. In keynote remarks at the MediaBistro Circus in New York, he detailed his frustrations with his own micro social site which is about, of all things, reconnaissance drones. Second video after the jump.
Are you feeling okay today?
A robot with empathy sounds like the stuff of sci-fi movies, but with the aid of neural networks European researchers are developing robots in tune with our emotions. The tantalising work of the Feelix Growing project is grabbing the world’s attention.
Productivity is a top concern for business travelers and they are demanding connectivity on-the-go according to a February 2008 Sommers Market Research survey sponsored by Hyatt Place.
According to the study, 78% of business travelers want to be as as productive when traveling as they are in the office.
Chris Anderson has a brilliant article in Wired Magazine this month about the economy of FREE. Between new ways companies have found to subsidize products and the falling cost of doing business in a digital age, the opportunities to adopt a free business model of some sort have never been greater. But which one? And how many are there? Probably hundreds…
We will be most interested in how Chris decides to monetize his next book.