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Big cities tend to have big pollution problems. But the very source of that bad air — tens of thousands of trips made by crawling, stalling, fuming taxi cabs — could offer city planners a more granular look at the pollution problem. It could even reveal suggestions for fixes, two studies of cab habits in Beijing and New York City suggest. Read More
I've watched this video a few times, and it still blows my mind: Using high-speed video of nearby items, such as a plant or stray chip wrapper, MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe researchers found a way to analyze vibrations and algorithmically recreate roughly what sounds were in the room, down to actual words being spoken or a tune being played — without any recorded audio cues.
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I met a promising young app developer at Microsoft in Cambridge the other day, which wouldn't be unusual except for one key fact: He's 8 years old.
Mohamed Tariq Jaffar Ali (he goes by Tariq) is the author of a Windows Phone app called Kids Zone that aggregates online videos from popular cartoons, like "Tom and Jerry" and "SpongeBob SquarePants." It culls YouTube for relevant clips and sorts them into channels.
"That's the data source," Tariq told me.
Typical third-grade stuff, right?
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