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China’s Farmscrapers

Faced with a horrendous pollution problem, China is pondering an innovative solution — skyscrapers that would stand as self-contained ecological havens, not only housing residents, shops and industries, but also farms reaching up to the clouds. H/T SourceFed

Less Field, More Yield

An innovative project in Great Britain has developed a way to dramatically increase crop yields without requiring more fields. The solution: Vertically stacking the plants in hydroponic trays that can be placed anywhere — in warehouses, on rooftops, in many urban places now barren of greenery. H/T Journeyman Pictures

Robo-Doctors to the Rescue

Even if Obamacare diminishes the quality of health care in America — and that appears likely — there might be one silver lining to reverse the degradation. The FDA has approved RP-VITA, the first robotic doctors, for deployment to hospitals beginning this spring. The RP-VITA can navigate the hospital on its own, and provide doctors with vital signs and other information from a distance in real time.

Change Your Life

Only one species on the planet can change itself for the better. You belong to that species. Don’t waste the opportunity! Live, learn, grow. A few words of advice from Adam Carolla, presented by Prager University.

Give Your Computer Future Spin

Everyone wants to be ahead of the future curve. Now, you can take a quantum leap forward with some snazzy new computer peripherals unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Trisha Herschberger from SourceFed introduces the most eye-popping of these computer accessories.

Will Innovation Be Our Doom?

Will there come a time when technology becomes so smart that it will alter human civilization? Can we survive what Smith College Professor James D. Miller calls the singularity? Find out why this is not science fiction, on this InstaVision with Glenn Reynolds. His interview guest, Dr. Miller, is the author of a new book called Singularity Rising. H/T PJTV

Space-Age Solution to Parking

Parking in most US cities can be a drag. If you’re lucky enough to find an unoccupied spot, you still have to find enough change to fill up the meter. Then, if your errand takes longer than expected, you run the risk of getting a ticket.

Things are different in Indianapolis. A couple of years ago, the city partnered with a division of Xerox to take over management of the city’s parking meter system. ParkIndy replaced all the old meters with new meters that accept credit cards. Even better, drivers with smart phones can now download apps that make it easy to pay for parking, extend the parking time and even find an open spot. Sure, parking at meters is a little more expensive, but the experience for drivers in Indianapolis is much improved.

The best part about this public-private partnership is that the arrangement will help the city’s bottom line. The old system generated less than $100,000 in 2010. In 2011, the new parking meters generated more than one million dollars. Over the course of the 50-year lease, the city will make upwards of $350 million.

Reason TV reports.


Fall Asleep Anywhere, Anytime

If you don’t mind looking silly, a new product makes it easier to take power naps wherever you are. It’s called the Ostrich Pillow and you wear it like a face mask. You can even snooze at work, providing the boss is away or as lenient as Ron Swanson.

Ostrich Pillow hasn’t gone into mass production yet, but has appeared on Kickstarter, and nearly topped its goal the very first day. It’s the creation of Kawamura-Ganjavian, an architectural and design firm with studios in Madrid, Spain, and Lausanne, Switzerland.

If you’re worried that people might call you lazy sleeping in an Ostrich Pillow, relax. A six-year study has proven that people who take at least three naps a week have a 37 percent lower risk of heart-related diseases. H/T My Disguises

Have Cardboard, Will Travel

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni has designed a bicycle that costs $9, can carry weights of up to 485 pounds and last two years or longer. The beauty of his bicycle: It’s constructed from cardboard. Gafni is now approaching investors and hopes to mass-produce his bikes soon in Israel, Europe and North America. H/T Geek Press

Meanwhile, in Germany, Tom Hambrock and Juri Spetter have unveiled the FLIZ, another new bicycle that’s pedal-free. Their design is¬†based on the world’s first bicycle, the “Laufrad,” created by German inventor Karl Drais in 1817. It also operated without pedals. H/T iOwntheWorld

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