Max Little, who gave the recent talk “A test for Parkinson’s with a phone call,” let us know that the Parkinson’s Voice Initiative has reached its goal of collecting 10,000 voice samples — which they needed to ensure the accuracy of their over-the-phone test for the disease. “It’s probably the fastest ever, large-scale Parkinson’s study,” Max tells us, adding that interested parties can keep calling. “The more data we get the better.” .
This restaurant in Los Angeles is offering diners a five percent discount on their bill if they agree to check their smartphone at the door. [Los Angeles Times] This news comes just as Time Magazine releases a poll that shows that three-quarters of people between the ages 25 to 29 sleep with their phones. [Time] .
Cartoonist Jim Toomey talks about creating his ocean-inspired comic strip, Sherman’s Lagoon. [Mission Blue] .
TED Fellow Jon Gosier is looking to raise $60K in 28 days to fund his film and book, The Cheetah Code, a look at Africa’s young creative class and its rapidly evolving technology sector. [Kickstarter] Jon borrowed the term ‘cheetah’ from the TEDTalk by George Ayittey “on Cheetahs vs. Hippos.” .
This week, the editor-in-chief of the University of Georgia’s The Red & Black student newspaper resigned, several top editors walking out with her. Their issue: “In less than a month, The Red & Black has hired more than 10 permanent staff with veto power over students’ decisions.” The editors have since established the site Red & Dead to give updates on the situation. [Metafliter] Perhaps the University of Georgia’s administration should check out Sasa Vucinic’s talk from TEDGlobal 2005, “Investing in free press.” .
Here, a fascinating look at the psychological factors barring us from tapping one of the most obvious sources to solve the global water crisis — waste water. [Fast Company] .
Anyone passing through New York in the next two weeks should check out Taryn Simons’ exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, as it closes September 3. [MOMA] Everyone else should watch her talk, “Photographing secret sites.” .
This week, so much TED-related news hit the transom. Below, some of the highlights. Artist Olafur Eliasson (watch his TED Talk) muses on his latest work — “Little Sun,” a miniature solar-powered lamp that puts five hours of sunlight in your pocket — in this awesome video from our friends at The Creators Project. The […]
It may be the age of big data, but it’s still very hard to know how many children were born in Bolivia or Botswana last year, or to know something as simple as which clinics in the developing world have medicine and which don’t. Until recently, there was only one way to find answers to […]