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Added 14 May, 2015

In 2015 the New York State Supreme Court granted two chimpanzees a writ of habeas corpus, essentially giving them rights that, until now, have only been accorded to humans. Similar rulings have happened in other places, including the Balearic Islands, an autonomous community of Spain, that granted legal personhood rights to all great apes;...

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Added 1 May, 2015

Naturally controversial as faceless robots in the sky, flying drones also have the potential to solve all kinds of challenges that helicopters, satellites and GPS devices haven't been able to tackle. As they get cheaper and more pervasive, creative people from all walks of life are finding novel uses for the aircraft. Even if you are not a game...

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Added 25 April, 2015

It didn’t take long for drones to graduate from an unnerving military weapon to a big new social trend. From real estate agents using them to photograph estates, to Amazon (and others using them for package deliveries, there are a huge range of possible uses for civilian drones and people keep coming up with innovative new ideas. The drone, it...

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Added 23 April, 2015

Smart watches will be the must-get items for Christmas 2015, but at least one new product is proving that the wearable trend goes far beyond tech. Analog Watch Co., a Philadelphia-based watchmaker that professes a love of nature and makes watches out of wood, had another hit on their hands with a miniature ant farm you wear on your wrist they...

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Added 17 April, 2015

Facial recognition software is moving to the oceans to protect humans from sharks. Shark Attack Mitigation Systems (SAMS), an Australian company, has teamed up with Google+ and a local mobile telecommunications operator to create a shark detection and warning system that uses a sophisticated mashup of technologies to keep swimmers safe. Their...

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Added 2 September, 2014
A new push by major food companies is underway to address perceived (and often very real) shortfalls in corporate social responsibility. While the major beneficiaries of CSR recently have been the environment and the welfare of workers, companies are now turning their sights towards animal rights. Chief among these is Nestlé, one of the world’s...
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Added 25 March, 2014

Since the world's first cat cafe opened in Taiwan in 1998, there have been dozens of, ahem, copycats in cities around the world, from Bangkok and Budapest, to Munich, Montreal and Paris. This month, London got its own cat cafe called Lady Dinah’s Cat Emporium. British cat lovers can now have a cuppa surrounded by a pride of the cafe's eleven...

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Added 16 March, 2014

The northeastern United States is just coming out of one of the worst winters in recent memory, with a record number of snow days that stretched from late autumn to just last week. For dog lovers, one of the biggest fashion trends from Boston and Philadelphia to New York City and Washington, DC, has been the rise of the dog boot: colorful,...

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Added 3 February, 2014
What are personal drones good for? Like the iPad before it, this technology is of the "if you build it they will come" variety. Put it out on the marketplace and customers will come up with all kinds of good uses that the technology's inventers never imagined. This is the situation with unmanned aerial vehicles as we enter the Drone Decade....
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Added 27 January, 2014
Trends can be recognized when many types of the same thing start happening at the same time. So it is with Web-enabled devices that invite pet owners to interact with their dogs and cats via video, even from the office or around the world. Some devices we have identified and written about that are part of this recent trend include PetCube and...