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Google Has the Power to Decide the Next Presidential Election. Here’s How

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When you want to look something up on the internet, where do you go? For more than 75 percent of Americans, the answer to that question is Google (globally the number is closer to 90 precent). And after you’ve hit the search button, how many links do you actually check out? Research shows that half of us will only click the first two links, and less than 10 percent of us will make it past the first page of search results. When you consider these numbers, it’s hard to deny that Google’s

A Canadian Company Just Got A U.S. Patent for This Giant Inflatable Space Elevator

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Thanks to forces like gravity and air resistance, getting a rocket out of our atmosphere is a difficult and costly endeavor. Depending on its size and weight, space agencies like NASA can spend anywhere from $100 million to $260 million to launch a cargo ship into space. But what if we could build a giant tower that reached all the way up into space — a tower capable of shuttling supplies and even people from the surface of the earth

Dubai’s New Solar-Powered “Smart Palms” Provide Power, Wi-Fi and More to Anyone Who Needs It

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Editor’s note: The Higher Learning is excited to announce that we have acquired another talented new author! Philip Ethridge is a recent graduate of the University of Houston, where he received a degree in Political Science (with a minor in National Security Studies). Philip is currently working in videography and production and has aspirations of shooting documentaries around the world. He wrote the following article. To call Dubai a city of extravagance is a bit of an understatement. The “Vegas of the Middle East”, as it’s

Lexus Finally Released Video of Their New Hoverboard In Action – Check it Out!

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A little over a month ago, Lexus unveiled a futuristic hoverboard as part of their “Amazing In Motion” promotional campaign. Unfortunately, the teaser video that they released alongside the unveil didn’t show anyone actually using the board, leading some to believe that the board was more for show than anything. But after a month of public debate and speculation, Lexus has finally put the issue to rest by releasing a video of the board in action. Professional skateboarder Ross McGouran was the

Here’s What It’s Like to Stay At Japan’s New Robot-Staffed Hotel (Video)

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The Huis Ten Bosch theme park in Japan just opened up a futuristic new attraction: a hotel staffed almost entirely by robots. At the Hen-na Hotel, robot receptionists check you in and robot concierges transport your bags to your room, where yet another robot awaits to handle any other hospitality needs you might have. But the robots aren’t the only technology in the hotel. The Hen-na boasts a number of other high-tech features, like temperature-regulating radiation panels and a facial recognition system for room entry (instead

A DIY Wi-Fi Router Project That Helps Users Hide Their Exact Location Just Got Mysteriously Halted

Ben Caudill, an online security specialist and founder of Rhino Security Labs, created a tool that helps online users keep their exact physical location anonymous. But just a month before the device was set to debut to the public, the project abruptly halted — all finished products were destroyed, and little information was given to the public as to why. The device, known as ProxyHam, is essentially a “hardware proxy” that allows users to relay their internet connection (using a 900 megahertz radio connection)

New York City Is Converting Trash Bins Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

At the end of last year, BigBelly, the world leader in smart waste and recycling solutions, teamed up with New York’s Downtown Alliance to begin converting their “smart” waste bins into free Wi-Fi hotspots. According to CityLab… “The project began in downtown Manhattan, where more than 170 of Bigbelly’s solar powered “smart” bins have already been installed. Each container is equipped with a chip that detects when the bin is full or too smelly, allowing trash collectors to make a

Apple Gobbles Up 92% of Global Smartphone Profits With Less Than 20% of the Market

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When it comes to the global smartphone industry, Apple is annihilating the competition. In the first quarter of 2015, Apple took home a whopping 92% of global profits in the smartphone industry. That figure is even more impressive when you consider the fact that Apple only accounted for 18.3% of the world’s total smartphone sales during that same time period. Apple’s domination of the smartphone industry is due in large part to the success of the iPhone 6. Apple accounted for just 65% of global

Scientists Show off Brain-to-Brain Connection, Linking Animals Together to Solve Problems

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The secret behind the magic of the brain lies in its ability to connect billions of neurons together to create complex networks. But what if we were able to connect our brains to the brains of others, creating an even larger network of neurons? Neurobiologist Miguel A. Nicolelis, director of Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering, is trying to answer that very question. Earlier this year, Nicolelis and his team of researchers performed a series of experiments in which they linked animal brains together to see if the animals could then

Lexus Unveils A New Hoverboard, But Does It Actually Work? (Video)

For years, extreme-sports athletes, casual skateboard riders, and Back to the Future fans have prayed for the arrival of a real hoverboard. While boards have been designed that can hover over water or certain magnetic surfaces, the demand for a rideable hoverboard that can move like a skateboard and travel over any surface has not been met. However, a board recently unveiled by Lexus has a lot of people wondering if a legit hoverboard has finally arrived. Lexus is currently campaigning four “In Motion” projects to

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