Derision: It's what would usually greet plans for a futuristic transportation system that could take passengers from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 30 minutes. But when the billionaire inventor behind PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX unveils such a plan, the world pays attention.
Existing concepts in science like linear induction motors and magnetic levitation are back in the spotlight thanks to Elon Musk's proposal for a rail system that can travel faster than the speed of sound.
A promotional stunt went awry in Seoul, where LG Electronics promised to give away 100 advance models of its upcoming G2 phone to people who caught a balloon holding a coupon for the $850 device. Some members of the crowd reportedly brought BB guns and other weapons; about 20 people were reportedly injured.
A new study suggests that candidates whose names were tweeted often — with good or bad comments — showed a stronger result in votes. Robert Siegel speaks with Fabio Rojas, assistant professor in Sociology at Indiana University Bloomington and a coauthor of the study.
Crowdsourcing tools are slowly working their way into the education policy world, designed to give teachers and school district employees more say on big decisions that affect their school environment. One site called for employees to submit ideas that could help improve the safety of students and staff at school.
The Renew company has been asked to cease tracking the cellphones of pedestrians who pass its recycling bins, which also double as kiosks showing video advertisements. The bins logged data about any Wi-Fi-enabled device that passed within range.
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