Weekly Update, 11/18/18

Artist David Hockney’s $90 Million Painting Breaks Record for Any Living Artist

David Hockney’s painting “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” broke artistic records when it sold for $90.3 million with fees at the New York auction house

Weekly Update, 11/4/18

Spinal Cord Implants Offer New Hope for Paralyzed Patients

Implants administered at the University of Louisville have had incredible effects on multiple patients who were previously paralyzed in various accidents.

Following the innovative spinal cord implants, the patients were able

Weekly Update, 11/11/18

Car Brakes and Roads Emit Harmful Microplastics

A scientific study in Germany has found that car tires, brake systems, as well as the actual roads, give off microplastics that become airborne, eventually contaminating nearby freshwater sources, and ultimately pollute oceans.

Weekly Update, 10/28/18

Report Ponders Preferred Autonomous Car Programming

A new report out of MIT explores international preferences when it comes to the theoretical programming of driverless vehicles. Though self-driving cars are still years away from widespread implementation, researchers have been eagerly studying

Weekly Update, 10/21/18

Major Tech Companies Lean Toward USB Type-C

Recent releases from tech giants Apple and Google may serve as predecessors to an industry-wide embrace of the USB Type-C.

Apple recently released a new charging cord for the Apple Watch that terminates

Weekly Update, 10/7/18

Dogs No Smarter Than Other Animals, Study Says

A new study has found that canines are not especially intelligent when compared to other wild and domesticated animal species. The study did note, however, that dogs tend to appear more intelligent

Weekly Update, 9/16/18

Researchers Disclose Terrain Map of Antarctica

A collaboration between scientific researchers has created an ultra-accurate terrain map of the Antarctic continent, which they hope to use to monitor the continent’s changes in structures and total amounts of ice, as climate

Weekly Update, 9/9/18

Musk Smokes Pot on Podcast Stream, Hurts Tesla Shares

During an interview on the popular podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, Tesla head Elon Musk appeared to smoke a joint, visible to the podcast stream. Neither Musk nor Rogan said on

Weekly Update, 8/26/18

Musk Backtracks on Taking Tesla Private

Tesla founder and technology industry leader Elon Musk has reversed earlier comments about potentially taking Tesla private.

Musk had previously tweeted that he was considering making Tesla a privately-held company. The tweet reportedly came

How to Live Well on a Small Income: Helpful Tips and Tricks

Pennies on the Dollar

In general, it’s easier to buy nice things when money is no object. We knew that part already. But a popular modern myth is that money is the only path to living the life you really

Best Way To Clean Walls When Moving Out: Tips and Tricks

Getting Out Clean

The majority of apartment leases include a pesky little clause stating that, should anything be wrong with the apartment upon your leaving (from major property damage to a small hole in the carpet), you’ll get slapped with

Fun Things To Bring On A Cruise: An Idea Trader Travel Guide

Introduction

Cruises are one of America’s favorite ways to take a vacation or travel to nearby tourist destinations. And in recent years, luxury cruise lines have upped their game on just about every level.

Apart from on-deck pools and jacuzzis,

Tools to Stay Organized at Work

“Be the ruler of your workspace, don’t let it rule you.”

These were the words of my very first boss, on my very first day of work in a real office. At the time, his advice meant making liberal use

Home Remedies to Fall Asleep Quickly

Insomnia and other sleep problems have been around for centuries. Recent advances in medical research and cognitive neuroscience have only confirmed the absolute importance of a good night’s sleep to overall health as well as stress recovery and creative thought.

The Plan Behind the Packaging: Leading Designers Moree Wu and Sijia Zhang Give a Pre-Holiday Crash Course on the Importance of Design

The holidays are a time of year when commercial design is prominent. From the boxes that hold our most coveted wishlist gifts to the timeless posters of classic Holiday movies, the holiday season seems like one big competition to gain

How To Stop Procrastination In The Workplace

Introduction

Procrastination is so commonplace that it is something that nearly everyone suffers from at least once in their lives.

There are tons of information about it, books, studies, research… This just speaks of the magnitude of the problem. And …

One Big Three-Legged Race: App Designer Yunning Liu on the Undying Relationship Between Technology and Design

The Idea Trader’s continuing efforts to chronicle advances in tech, medicine, and scientific research have brought our attention to some truly inspiring stories. Just in the past few months we have seen incredible efforts in all of these fields. Most

Interview With Grocery Delivery Mogul, Tejas Viswanath

Tejas Viswanath was originally a member of the cutting-edge tech accelerator Y Combinator. Through hard work and innovative methods, the big ideas he had back then have become reality. Now, Viswanath stands as the founder of Chaldal, one of the

Software Whiz Ahmed Ilyas On What It Feels Like To Be At The Center Of The Tech World

Ahmed Ilyas has dedicated his life to developing a kind of superpower. He takes code and turns it into programs and products that have massive utilitarian functionality and value. And while many programmers end up falling down the rabbit hole

Saurabh Rajwade’s Guide to Mergers and Acquisitions in the Modern World

The world of mergers and acquisitions and the associated risk assessment that precedes either is generally unknown to the public. The bits and pieces that make it to the daily news tend to be summaries, bottom-lines condensed to who purchased

Australia Places Ban on Plastic Bags

Australia took a major step this week by banning all single use plastic bags in four of their six states. It is an interesting case study to see a country stepping up to the challenge of reducing the plastic in

The Future of Carbon-Neutral Cars

Fuel efficient and electric vehicles are nothing new with the popularity of cars like the Honda Prius and Tesla models. However, while these vehicles may reduce CO2 emissions, they are not truly carbon neutral either due to the manufacturing process

The Cost of Elon Musk's Vision for Transportation

Elon Musk is famed for revolutionizing transportation through privatization; first with Tesla and Space X, and The Boring Company is seeking to tackle public transit next. While developments of Musk’s undertaking of the Hyperloop have been discussed for years, the

Gender and the Millennial Issue with Impostor Syndrome

First coined by psychologists in the 1970s, impostor syndrome has become a buzzword for the millennial generation. Characterized by a sense of self-doubt and uncertainty, the term refers to feeling as though one has faked their way into a successful

Psychedelic Drugs and their Effects on Depression Discovered

A new study conducted by scientists at the University of California Davis examined the effects of psychoactive substances on depression and other related disorders, finding that the substances could combat depression by promoting neural plasticity and neuron growth. While it

Study Links Body Clock to Certain Mental Illnesses

A British university study has found a connection between a disturbed circadian rhythm and a greater likelihood of certain mental illnesses. The circadian rhythm, better known as the body’s internal clock, is the pattern of waking and sleeping time our

UK Facial Recognition Wrongly Identifies Criminals

The UK government is feeling immense scrutiny over the facial recognition software being used to identify criminals at public events. Photos of every attendee are being collected by the vast network of british surveillance cameras installed throughout metropolitan areas of

3-D Printing Startup has Eye on the Sky

Relativity Space, the Los Angeles-based rocket manufacturer, is using the world’s largest 3-D printers to disrupt the growing aerospace market. The company believes it can 3-D print 95 percent of the Terran 1, their orbital rocket in development. The startup

Tesla Model 3 Becomes America’s Best-Selling Electric Car

Tesla Inc. topped electric car sales in first quarter 2018 production numbers released on Tuesday. With only ten years under its belt, Tesla has surpassed some manufacturing bottlenecks associated with accelerated production and delivery. Tesla CEO Elon Musk received a

Impossible Foods Leads the Way on Meatless Substitutes

Impossible Foods Inc., a vegetable-based meatless product line, has its sights on the 5 billion pounds of ground beef consumed in the United States each year. The multi-billion dollar meat industries are attracting large investors to the meatless movement that

Your Smart Device Might Be Listening

Google and Amazon, tech giants and the leading sellers of digital assistants, have filed patent applications to collect data from millions of smart devices. The New York Times reports that the companies both “filed patent applications that outline an array

Cobalt Robotics Receives Funding for Robot Security Guard

Cobalt Robotics, a Silicon Valley-based robot security startup, plans to use security robots in offices across the United States. These “roving security robots” are designed to protect commercial buildings ranging from hospitals to data centers against intruders or other hazards

Intel Feels the Hurt as Apple Plans to Use Its Own Chips

Apple Inc. is in works to exclusively use its own chips in Mac products starting as soon as 2020, according to interviews by Reuters. According to Bloomberg supply chain analysis, Intel Corp., the chip supplier for Mac computers, risks five

Chaos By Trump: Stocks Display The New Fragrance

Those who know anything about President Trump at this point, knows that he enjoys creating drama.

He always talks about hiring the “best people” and having the “best” business and organization, even in the White House. Yet, he has had …

Uber Suspends Self-Driving Car Tests after Fatal Crash

Uber halted its self-driving car tests in Arizona after a pedestrian was fatally injured in Phoenix last week. The rideshare company faces a significant setback after tying the future of Uber to self-driving cars.

Police and authorities are investigating the

Worst week ever? Tech takes a bow, not in a good way

Facebook has not been having a good week, and the entire tech sector took a massive hit on the stock market, spearheading a correction across Wall Street as well as shareholders.

Facebook is the current glaring example of privacy breaches, …

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