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Disruptive, Defined: uBeam Lands $750K To Let You Charge Gadgets Without Plugs

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This is what we talk about when we talk about Disrupt. uBeam, a small startup founded by Meredith Perry, a 22-year-old new graduate from the University of Pennsylvania, has taken on $750,000 in seed funding to build out its technology for wirelessly charging electronic devices. uBeam’s investors include Founders Fund’s...
Disruptive, Defined: uBeam Lands $750K To Let You Charge Gadgets Without Plugs

One University To Rule Them All: Stanford Tops Startup List

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Stanford University has a lot of smart people. But the school's nickname is dumb: the Stanford Cardinal. As in the color red. How unimaginative. Here's a better idea: the Stanford Entrepreneurs. Yes, harder to fit on a souvenir coffee mug but a much more accurate handle. A recent study by...
One University To Rule Them All: Stanford Tops Startup List
Teaching tiny drones how to fly themselves

Care.com acquires back-up child and adult care specialist Parents in a Pinch

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Care.com, one of the largest services used by families to find high-quality caregivers, has acquired Parents in a Pinch, a back-up child and adult care specialist, for an undisclosed sum. The deal, which was announced today but formally closed on December 31 last year, will allow Care.com to expand upon...
Care.com acquires back-up child and adult care specialist Parents in a Pinch

Penn researcher sees a future where 'consumer electronics' becomes 'consumer photonics'

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University of Pennsylvania researchers are touting their creation of an all-optical switch that uses nanowires to transmit and process information using light pulses rather than electricity....
Penn researcher sees a future where 'consumer electronics' becomes 'consumer photonics'

X-RHex Lite robot grows a tail, always lands on its feet (video)

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By far the greatest challenge for robots with legs is staying upright when the going gets rough. A team at the University of Pennsylvania's Kod*lab has a hunch that we don't need extra smarts to make that happen -- just an extra appendage. The upgraded X-RHex Lite (XRL) carries...
X-RHex Lite robot grows a tail, always lands on its feet (video)
Nanocopters, Smartbirds, and beyond: The coolest robot videos ever

Apple saves $9bn with bond manoeuvre

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Technology giant exploits low tax rates abroad to compensate shareholders with bonds instead of using foreign reservesApple saved as much as $9bn when it decided to issue $17bn in debt rather than use its foreign cash reserves to pay money back to shareholders, accountancy experts calculate.The tech giant announced its...
Apple saves $9bn with bond manoeuvre

3D Printer Uses Sugar to Create Blood Vessels

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University of Pennsylvania and MIT researchers make use of a special sugar mix along with a custom 3D printer to create blood vessels....
3D Printer Uses Sugar to Create Blood Vessels

Stanford Professors Launch Coursera With $16M From Kleiner Perkins and NEA

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There seems to be something in the water at Stanford University that’s making faculty members leave their more-than-perfectly good jobs and go teach online. Coursera co-founders Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller Stanford computer science professors Daphne Koller and Andrew Ng are on leave to launch Coursera, which will offer university...
Stanford Professors Launch Coursera With $16M From Kleiner Perkins and NEA
How a comic strip *gulp* evolved into an online mode of communication

The world's largest student-run hackathon isn't at Stanford or MIT -- it's at Penn

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I spent Sunday parked in a grand university auditorium of 350-some behoodied students, many of them curled up in their fold-down seats, fast asleep. The guy next to me was snoring. They were sleeping because they’d just competed their version of a marathon, a sort of hacker olympics, clocking in...
The world's largest student-run hackathon isn't at Stanford or MIT -- it's at Penn

Coursera's Virtual College Courses Now Get You Real Credit, For Under $200

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Trying to overcome a recent technical embarrassment, the company aims to prove the value of online learning. Coursera, the venture-funded startup founded by two Stanford professors that has enrolled 2.5 million students in free online courses created in partnership with 33 prestigious universities, announced yesterday that five of its...
Coursera's Virtual College Courses Now Get You Real Credit, For Under $200

Philadelphia Mayor to startups: Take the money and don't run

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Philly has a problem: It struggles to keep good startups in the city. AdMob, Milo, Invite Media, Warby Parker, LevelUp – they all started in Philadelphia. And they all left. The city, densely packed with great universities and tens of thousands of smart students, doesn’t have a problem with...
Philadelphia Mayor to startups: Take the money and don't run

FCC chief details spectrum plan to boost high-speed services in 2015

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FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski detailed plans on Thursday to free up more wireless spectrum that carriers say they need to offer high-speed mobile services. The agency is on track to make 300MHz of new spectrum available for commercial mobile networks by 2015, fulfilling part of the 2010 National Broadband...
FCC chief details spectrum plan to boost high-speed services in 2015
Was a huge drop in violence in the 1990s caused by more people owning cellphones?

Parking Minimums Promote Driving, Even in Transit-Friendly New York

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For 30 years now Manhattan has imposed parking maximums on its core — a rule that limits the number of spots residential developers can create. The idea behind parking maximums is that by removing an incentive to own an automobile, cities will promote the use of more sustainable forms...
Parking Minimums Promote Driving, Even in Transit-Friendly New York
New doggie fitness band may change veterinary industry
TapLogger Android app can read your password based on motion sensor data

Formation Flying Swarmbots

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Some amazing formation flying experiments have been performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the University of Pennsylvania’s the GRASP Lab. The Quadcopter vehicles were developed by KMel Robotics. The quadrotors are X-shaped with a central control unit at their center. Based on commands, 16 quadcopters change direction, land,...
Formation Flying Swarmbots

Two startups aim to make higher education more affordable — or free

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Higher education costs have skyrocketed by over 430 percent since the 1980s. Now two startups aim to make college courses more affordable. Coursera offers free online courses from universities like Stanford and Princeton. And a new tool from Akademos helps professors find less expensive — or free — textbooks for...
Two startups aim to make higher education more affordable — or free

First Round Expands $500K Student-Run Investment Arm, Dorm Room Fund, To New York City Universities

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Last fall, First Round Capital debuted The Dorm Room Fund in Philadelphia, which was a $500,000 fund run by an all-student investment team to invest purely in student-run startups in the area. Last year’s venture paired eleven undergraduate and graduate students from University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. Today, First...
First Round Expands $500K Student-Run Investment Arm, Dorm Room Fund, To New York City Universities

DreamIt Ventures Teams Up With Blue Cross, Penn Medicine To Launch An Accelerator For Health Startups

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While accelerators may be in a bubble, they’re also beginning to have a measurable, positive impact on the ecosystem. The real opportunity, though, is not in creating another Y Combinator, but in building vertical-specific accelerators that bring together industry partnerships to create learning and business opportunities for their startups. In...
DreamIt Ventures Teams Up With Blue Cross, Penn Medicine To Launch An Accelerator For Health Startups

When Autonomous Flying Robots Fail

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A presentation of progressively fantastical feats performed by a cadre of flying robots — jumping through hoops, collaborating with each other and playing the James Bond theme — was a huge hit at the TED conference this week. Now, see what it looked like when the “quadrotors” crashed. Yup, it’s...
When Autonomous Flying Robots Fail

A Guide to the Digital Advertising Industry That's Watching Your Every Click

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In this excerpt from his new book, The Daily You, University of Pennsylvania professor Joseph Turow takes you on a tour of the industry that's trafficking in the data you generate every day on the Internet. You don't have to be a privacy stickler to be worried. At the start...
A Guide to the Digital Advertising Industry That's Watching Your Every Click

Firefly raises $20K from First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund

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Firefly, a screen sharing utility created by University of Pennsylvania undergrads, has raised a $20,000 seed round from First Round Capital’s Dorm Room Fund. First Round originally launched the $500K fund in September to help finance startups built by current students or recent college graduates. With the Dorm Room Fund currently...
Firefly raises $20K from First Round Capital's Dorm Room Fund

UPenn's TitanArm exoskeleton prototype makes light work of heavy lifting (video)

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It's no wonder people are interested in exoskeletons. Not only do they tap into our lust for the technology of science fiction movies, but among other applications, can make a significant impact on the lives of those living with disabilities. While many offer leg support, a team from University...
UPenn's TitanArm exoskeleton prototype makes light work of heavy lifting (video)

Viral Video: "Gangnam Style" Goes "Call Me Maybe"

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Will there ever be a viral music hit going forward that does not spur an endless series of online video copycats? Nope. Thus, after Carly Rae Jepsen’s hit song “Call Me Maybe” was redone over and over, it’s time for Psy’s “Gangnam Style” to get its moment in the...
Viral Video: "Gangnam Style" Goes "Call Me Maybe"
uBeam Raises 750k from FF Angel, Andreessen Horowitz and CrunchFund and Angels
US Navy's firefighting robot SAFFiR pictured for the first time
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