Weekly Update, 12/16/18

For Peak Performance, Training Should be Tailored to Body Type

A recent BBC report on the importance of genetics to athletic prowess offers a compelling insight into how our bodies can dictate responses to different types of physical activity.

Genetics 

Weekly Update, 12/9/18

MyMe Wants to Record Your Social Life, or Lack Thereof

The MyMe is a small wearable device that features a wide-angle camera meant to use facial recognition software to identify people in your life and log the amount of time

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, 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, 9/9/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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