Ex-Facebook Engineer...

A former Facebook engineer who led the first designs of the social networking giant’s Open Compute Project recently launched a startup aimed at reducing the costs associated with operating data centers — using a method called “community-based analytics.” According to a...

How Is Facebook Addi...

About 50% of mobile phone owners use their devices as their primary Internet source, which is likely why there are some 1.9 billion mobile active Facebook users as of the end of January 2015, a 26% year-over-year increase. While that’s all perfectly fine, a new study suggests that such...

How You Could Soon B...

Those living in hot, arid climates often have no choice but to rely on central air conditioning systems to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. However, a new 3D “cool brick” could change all of that — removing the need for air conditioning in even the most unbearably...

Health IT Field Stil...

Electronic health records have been promoted by both the private companies that create them and the federal government as being an integral part of improving care coordination, public health and overall efficiency (EHRs have been shown to improve efficiency by 6% annually, in fact). But in...

Plant Power: Scienti...

The future of solar energy has just turned over a new leaf, literally. Solar power is considered an inexhaustible fuel source that is both pollution- and noise-free, and now its future is looking even brighter. A team of researchers from Harvard University and the Wyss Institute for...

Five Ozarks Communit...

Thanks to Empire District Electric Co., the streets of the Ozarks have gotten just a little bit brighter and a little more eco-friendly than before, after the company installed an LED streetlight “pilot program” to assess how beneficial the lights would be. Eight LED streetlights...

New York City Wants to Burn Human Brains Feb17

New York City Wants ...

New York City is fighting a battle in court to allow its medical examiners to burn the brains of cadavers after removing them for examination. A ruling from a lower court, which the city hopes to overturn, requires medical examiners to let the families of deceased persons wait until the...

Electric Toothbrush Company Begins Offering Automatic Refill Subscription Service for Brushes and Toothpaste Feb12

Electric Toothbrush ...

Starting at the end of February, American consumers will be able to buy a subscription to their electric toothbrush. It might sound ridiculous, but yes, the digital world is taking over toothbrushes, thanks to a startup company called Quip. According to tech site Engadget, Quip has created a...

Minnesota School Dis...

If arrival tracking apps and digital timetables are available for public transit bus lines, why shouldn’t school bus systems implement the same kind of convenience for parents? This is the question that one transportation department in Minnesota started wondering, and the school...

From the Ashes of Sa...

On Monday, February 2, Apple announced its $2 billion plan to transform a facility from its failed partnership with sapphire manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies into a massive “global command” data center. According to AppleInsider, the Mesa, AZ building, which spans more than...

U.S. Justice Dept. Indicts Takata Corp. Exec for Price-Fixing Seat Belts Jan24

U.S. Justice Dept. I...

The Takata Corporation’s airbag recall was just one of many recall fiascoes in the auto industry during 2014, but it appears that Takata‚Äôs drama is far from over: in a Justice Department announcement on January 22, it appears that the U.S. government recently filed an indictment against...

UK Woman Puts Her Inheritance Where Her Mouth Is — Literally Jan14

UK Woman Puts Her In...

Upon learning of her father’s passing away, one UK woman decided to put her inheritance toward something a little unique — an entirely new smile. According to the Mirror, Kirsty Roberts-Millman of Coventry said she had been dissatisfied with the appearance of her teeth for as long...

Apple and Google Enc...

The FBI and New York District Attorney are none too pleased with Apple and Google’s latest privacy policies. The giant tech companies announced last September that they would introduce new privacy features on their products, specifically their smartphones and tablet devices....

Nike Teases the Release of Self-Lacing Shoes Later This Year Jan09

Nike Teases the Rele...

The classic 1980s movie Back to the Future Part II, which takes its hero to 2015, got a few things wrong with the here-and-now, but it got a few things right. Though we don’t have flying cars, don’t wear two ties simultaneously, and haven’t had a female president yet, we do...

San Diego Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed Against Communications Company in Sailboat Mishap Jan05

San Diego Judge Dism...

The lawsuit resulting from one sailing trip that had gone very, very wrong has recently been dismissed by San Diego Superior Court Judge Judith Hayes, according to U-T San Diego.com, and the couple who filed the lawsuit are not too happy about it. Back in April, Charlotte and Eric Kaufman,...

Diets, Pigs and Face...

Forget the Hatfields and McCoys; in San Antonio, TX, it’s all about the Martinezes and Dominguezes. Police have been called to San Antonio’s Wildwood neighborhood approximately 140 times over disputes between neighbors Yolanda Martinez and Rick Dominguez. It’s a tale fit for...

North Richland Hills...

Residents of North Richland Hills, TX are clashing with their city government this week over solar panel regulations that they claim make it harder to use clean energy. Solar panels require little to no maintenance once installed, especially if batteries aren’t used, and a solar array...

Three Social Media M...

With social media usage becoming more prevalent than ever in 2014, it is clear that businesses should be placing a high priority on their social media marketing. The benefits from this choice can be huge: a study from Media Bistro found that about two-thirds of businesses see lead generation...

Following ATP, ITF P...

Tennis is big business for professional players, and even those in the lower ranks can earn a decent purse playing in a tournament. But now the Association of Tennis Professionals and the International Tennis Federation propose upping the stakes for players of all levels. The ATP announced...

Illegal immigration on the Rise; Deportations on the Decline in 2014 Dec23

Illegal immigration ...

According to new statistics from the Department of Homeland Security, the number of illegal immigrants who crossed the border in 2014 rose, while at the same time the amount of deportations dropped. With both legal and illegal immigration rates already incredibly high, the new data...