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Added 1 September, 2015

The VAN Beethoven truck is a mobile orchestral experience using virtual reality to deliver a LA Philharmonic performance. Visitors will enter a customized van and put on a Oculus Rift headset connected to the LA Philharmonic’s virtual reality app. The experience allows viewers not only to experience the music of the Philharmonic, but also the...

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Added 2 August, 2015

If you have ever had a medical condition that necessitated hospitalization, you might have been lucky enough to have a good friend or family member be by your side as your advocate, speaking up for the information and attention you need. In hospitals, where everyone seems to have something urgent to attend to, and where that something can go...

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Added 2 August, 2015

While the trend toward sustainable food practices is now firmly entrenched in our collective psyche, the reality is that in many areas, like fish, commitments to sustainability are few and far between. Many of the industry's largest harvesters and purchasers are still looking the other way. But this is not the case everywhere. England is now...

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Added 31 July, 2015

While variety of “robotic” “personal assistants” like the Amazon Echo are already in homes – and many more being developed in the coming year – in reality, most of these machines are still rudimentary, offering info from the data cloud and controlling appliances like lighting and thermostats. But we are only at the beginning. Companies like...

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Added 27 July, 2015

Airports get a bad rap. Journalists like to write stories about the perils of air travel when in fact it is getting better, plusher and easier. Sure, wait times are longer than they once were, but now there is plenty more to do with that time as well. It was only a matter of time before terminals adopted the addition of yoga rooms, playing into...

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Added 13 July, 2015

The mass adoption of texting as a major form of communication has brought with it a whole range of new linguistic trends and tools like clipped sentences and emoticons. But as great as communicating by mobile is, it has until now been unable to replace authentic human touch. Enter Hug, an app that allows smartphone users to send each other “...

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Added 13 July, 2015

An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth – it’s not the principle that most modern justice systems are founded upon, but it's the basic concept behind a new effort by residents of the St. Pauli nightlife district in Hamburg who are combatting public urination with walls that splash back. Community group IG St. Pauli is coating some of the area's...

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Added 6 July, 2015

Remember Ask Jeeves, the decade-old search engine with a butler mascot who offered to personally assist you with your query? Fast forward to 2015 and that metaphoric butler is taking on concrete forms in the guise of in-home robotic assistants. One potential heavy-hitter in this field will be Amazon Echo, one of the first widely-available...

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Added 6 July, 2015

Conceding to health trends that prioritize authentic, natural and organic ingredients, Diet Pepsi has decided to stop using the artificial sweetener aspartame in their drink products. The company’s CEO noted that Millennials’ perceptions of “healthy” make sugar less of the bogeyman it once was. Now it’s artificial and other lab-created...

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Added 17 June, 2015

Consumers increasingly want to know where the products they consume come from, how they are made, and the social and environmental impacts those products have on the people who make them and the places they come from. This trend is most obvious in the food and beverage sector, where consumers are increasingly demanding – and receiving –...