News: What *Is* Meat, Anyway?

In a just-arising question, the answer to which is sure to have implications for North Dakota ranchers, we’ve found ourselves at a point in history where we’re asking — almost philosophically — what is meat? The question is born from the emerging technology that allows us to grow animal tissue in a lab. WIRED has the story. Of note: it will be interesting to see how lobbying interests...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google

No, this isn’t the lead-in to an algebra joke. ‘X’ is the name of Google’s research and development factory — the place where the test out radical ideas to see if they can become viable companies. One of those, Loon, was the feature of a Minot Voice post long ago, and this article from WIRED captures the essence of their work. If you chase the article, you’ll notice one...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: It’s slower traffic, not wider roads that saves lives

Pedestrian versus car accidents are on the increase and the culprit is challenging a long-held engineering and design mindset. Wider roads — a design concept delivered into our neighborhoods under the guise of safety —  send signals to drivers that it’s OK to speed up, but they make life miserable for bikers and pedestrians. When there is a conflict, the car wins. Get the full story from Wired.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary: Equifax Deserves the Corporate Death Penalty

If your personal information was compromised by the data breach at Equifax, hopefully you’ve been notified and are taking steps to protect yourself. And if you were impacted, there’s no doubt the situation has been more than a little inconvenient. And all of it speaks to what standard of corporate responsibility Equifax should be held to. For Ron Fein writing at Wired, the breach is egregious and should...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Learn: What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

North Dakota’s prairie-grass ecosystem and nomad economy were converted to an agriculturally based economy by the area’s early European settlers, but across the Pacific in the heart of Asia, the Mongolian nomads still live a lifestyle largely free of the traditional modern conveniences. This in-depth article from Wired captures the spirit of the lifestyle; it also makes it hard not to conjure images of North Dakota’s past.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Why Investors Are Betting That Bike Sharing Is the Next Uber

You’ve probably heard of Uber and Lyft — the ride-sharing companies and business models that are rewriting the books on the traditional cab business, car ownership, and likely city and road design, too. But sharing economy is still an infant; we’ve not yet imagined the possibilities it unlocks. Perhaps, the ability to unlock a bike, ride it to wherever and leave it there will further change the way...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Congress Working on National Self-Driving Car Regulations

The U.S. Congress has finally acknowledged that self-driving cars are coming whether we’re afraid of them or not. And if that’s the case, then we should probably have a few laws and regulations that govern the who, how, and when they’re operated. And as lawmakers are quickly finding out, self-driving cars not only a new technological animal but a regulatory one as well. Aarian Marshall with WIRED has the...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: New Sniff Tech Could Protect Cops From Synthetic Opioids

A less-considered consequence of stronger drugs like fentanyl on the streets is increased likelihood of accidental ingestion by law enforcement officers. And there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence to suggest this is a problem. Eric Niiler with WIRED has the story on new technology that’s helping police identify drugs and protecting officers at the same time.  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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Commentary, News: Facebook Shouldn’t Bother Policing Fake News—It Should Go Local Instead

Whatever your place on the political spectrum — left, right, or indifferent — we can almost all agree that the national news is broken. Facebook is trying to ‘fix’ the news by eliminating fake news, but there are a few of us making the argument that we should begin focusing our attention inward — locally. But this article begs one important question: why do we need Facebook to...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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News: Scientists Might Reprogram Cow Guts So Cattle Burp Less

At first glance, the problem of cows burping might seem like a minor problem, maybe not even a problem at all. But when you count the world’s bovine population at more than 1.5 billion, and then you discover they belch out approximately 14.5% of all greenhouse gases — well, maybe that changes things. Maybe there is a problem that needs a creative solution — other than becoming a...  summary by: Josh Wolsky

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