Technology and Money

Engineering against all odds, or how NYC’s subway will get wireless in the tunnels
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 Never ask a wireless engineer working on the NYC subway system “What can go wrong?” Flooding, ice, brake dust, and power outages relentlessly attack the network components. Rats — many, many rats — can eat power and fiber optic cables and bring down the whole system. Humans are no different, as their curiosity or malice […]

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3D printing company New Matter is shutting down this month
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 Perhaps 2014 wasn’t the ideal time to get into the 3D printing game. After years of hype, the even the biggest names have been struggling to stay afloat. Pasadena startup New Matter is joining the growing list of companies who’ve unsuccessfully made a go at it, announcing that it will be closing up shop by […]

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The past, present and Afrofuturism of 'Black Panther'     – CNET
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Commentary: Art like “Black Panther” overturns stereotypes to reclaim the past and reimagine the future. To understand the film’s power, you need to understand Afrofuturism.

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New Star Wars Mighty Muggs force their way into NY Toy Fair     – CNET
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New Mighty Muggs toys of C-3PO, Captain Phasma and Maz Kanata debut at Toy Fair 2018.

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New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it
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Enlarge (credit: Wikimedia) While we have a number of treatments available for clinical depression, many of them have a significant side effects, and a lot of people struggle to find a drug that they respond to. The situation is made worse by our limited understanding of the biology underlying depression. We don’t know how to […]

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Judge shuts door on attempt to get a new trial for Ross Ulbricht
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Enlarge / Max Dickstein stands with other supporters of Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator and operator of the Silk Road underground market, in front of a Manhattan federal court house on the first day of jury selection for his trial on January 13, 2015 in New York City. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images) The federal judge […]

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Cleveland-Chicago Hyperloop Line Gets Feasibility Study
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HTT has announced an agreement with an Ohio agency to launch a study on creating its first interstate hyperloop project in the U.S., connecting Chicago and Cleveland. The agreement with the Northern Ohio Area Coordinating Committee puts in motion a regional feasibility study, to be carried out in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation. […]

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New docu-comedy 'Poop Talk' asks why number two is taboo     – CNET
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We talk to the Sklar brothers about their movie “Poop Talk”, in which Kumail Nanjiani and a load of other comedians discuss our relationship with digestion.

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The Slow Demise of Barnes & Noble
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John Biggs via TechCrunch reports of the slow demise of Barnes & Noble, which he has been chronicling for several years now. There have been many signs of trouble for the bookseller chain over the years, but none have been more apparent than the recent layoffs made earlier this week. From the report: On Monday […]

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