Technology

In Short: Driverless cars now legal in California, a glimpse at why people cheat

Enjoy these fascinating reads from across the Internet:

  • California Governor Jerry Brown signed a law yesterday making it legal for driverless cars to travel on public roadways. [Forbes] Watch Sebastian Thrun’s TEDTalk “Google’s driverless car” for a description of how such a thing works and Chris Gerdes’ talk “The future race car — 150mph, and no driver” for how it works on a race track.
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  • Healthcare innovators rejoice. Medstartr, the “Kickstarter for healthcare,” is currently crowdfunding for an organization that provides gynecological care for women in rural Dominican Republic, for a special bra created to be worn by breast cancer survivors and for an app that tracks medical history for first responders. [OpenSource.com]
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  • Google Maps has launched its first underwater panoramas, sea turtles included. [Google Blog]  Here, a slideshow of images. [Salon.com]
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  • On a related note, phone booths don’t need to be retired entirely — they can be refurbished as aquariums. [The Atlantic Cities]
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  • In June, 71 juniors at New York’s Stuyvesant High School traded answers to a state Regents exam via text message. Today, students from the premiere public school explain why, describing a systematic culture of cheating. [New York Times] Watch behavioral economist Dan Ariely’s TEDTalk “Our buggy moral code” for further insights on why people cheat.
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  • This Friday marks the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Here, how the show changed popular culture worldwide. [Time.com]