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Christian Cantrell
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What the future of ergonomics used to be: the typewriter chair.
Forty years ago, a Business Efficiency Exhibition in Paris unveiled a futuristic vision. It was called a "Secretary's Dream" - the combined typewriter and chair. Organisers said the typewriter chair was "designed to make work...
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Android users, encrypt those phones right away.
Prepping an older phone for resale or as a donation? A study shows you'll need more than the default data wipe tools to eliminate personal data and those embarrassing selfies.
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Not really my thing, it turns out. I'll stick with my Protrek and Garmin Vivofit.
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+David Sergey It doesn't have a heart rate monitor. What the Vivofit does well: counts steps, reminds you when you've been sedentary, water resistant, and one-year battery.
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NASA is one step closer to manned spaceflight once again. The plan is to sequester an asteroid and visit Mars.
The Space Launch System (SLS), which will carry humans into space from the United States once more, is one step closer to reality with a new contract between NASA and Boeing.
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DRM for coffee. I'm fundamentally oppose anything that threatens to slow the flow of caffeine.
No company has done more to change the way Americans drink coffee in the last several years than Keurig Green Mountain. Its method of brewing coffee by injecting hot water into prepackaged plastic...
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+Tony Bonavera

I'd love to grow my own coffee plants in a greenhouse someday.

A lot of tomato's are store-bought, and taste horrible, even if you buy 'vine' tomatoes - nothing to compare with home-grown tomatoes. I probably wouldn't like tomatoes at all if I'd never had the real deal, some of those are pretty repulsive. I suspect it is very similar with coffee grounds.
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Bill Nye's site combines horizontal scrolling with subtle parallax effects. What do you think? Does the design work for you?
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I'm down with it.  Even if it requires refinement (what doesn't?) this is actually where the webernet needs to go.
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Cray teams up with the National Nuclear Security Administration to build a supercomputer for modeling nuclear decay, and for simulating the effects of new weapons. Unfortunately they're calling it Trinity rather than WOPR.
Cray has received $174 million from the National Nuclear Security Administration. In exchange, Cray will provide a next-generation supercomputer.
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Maybe it is related to this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trinity_(video_game)  ;)
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One way to get political cover for a project like the F-35 is to hire suppliers and contractors in almost every state, providing congress with incentive to keep funding it.
The next-generation F-35, the most expensive plane ever built, may be too dangerous to fly. Why is Congress keeping it alive?
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$112 million / plane!? Jesus, the scale of this spending and waste is just mind boggling.
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SecureDrop is a way for sources to pass sensitive information on to the Washington Post using Tor.
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Interesting story discussing online counseling services. Would you see a therapist over Skype?
Video chatting with a therapist is convenient, people who have tried it say. Research suggests online therapy can be effective, but issues with the quality of the service and privacy remain unsolved.
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Like anything, there are pros and cons to virtual therapy but for therapists to reject it as inevitable is probably a step toward obsolescence. I think the point of reaching clients where they are is a good one in supporting the notion of virtual therapy. The reality is, not everyone has the luxury of time/money/transportation/access to good therapists that allows them to walk through the door of a reputable practice. Increasing access through virtual means can serve some people very well, and I personally have skyped with my own therapists in the past when bad weather or other circumstances prevented me from attending a session in their office. 

However, there is so much to be gained from physical human interaction, and so much subtlety lost in virtual interaction. I think of a person, being hugely vulnerable, sharing their darkest moments and deepest pain, all while sitting in a room by themselves, staring at a person on a screen, who for all they know could be having a side conversation with another person or petting their dog underneath the table. 

Further, the comment that clients might be more comfortable seeking out virtual therapy rather than face-to-face therapy seems to me to be precisely a reason to get them through the door. While we want to be sensitive to client's comfort levels as we build a therapeutic relationship, we also must be able to challenge their comfort levels where it is therapeutic. Certainly confronting the discomfort of being vulnerable in the physical space of another human being who can provide a judgmental, empathic response is something to strive for.

Ultimately, though it may be off to a rocky, unregulated start, I think virtual therapy is here to stay. I hope it can be embraced by the mental health field in a way that allows for it to grow in a positive direction rather than be a second rate choice for people in need of help.
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Very cool LED stop-motion art/performance project by Lexus.
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Some past predictions of the future from TED.
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  • Quantum Research Corporation
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I'm a science fiction writer and software developer living in Northern Virginia. I currently work for Adobe Systems as a Technical Product Manager on the Web Platform team.
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My novel Containment has sold well over 150,000 copies.
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  • South Lakes High School
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