• Hologram’s ‘Resurrection’

    At this year's Coachella music festival a "hologram" of Tupac Shakur stole the show. Video of the realistic looking performance spread across the internet almost immediately, setting off enthusiasm for holograms in a way that we've never seen before.

    The reaction to the "hologram" of Tupac was so extreme, beyond anything we've seen even with 3D, that we decided to take a closer look at the technology.

    Holography, as it's referred to by those who study it, is a true science and has been studied at academic institutions like MIT for years, and the innovation taking place is startling.

    The technology already exists to create hologram TV's and researchers and working to develop processors fast enough and cheap enough to make them a viable consumer option.

    In Japan's bid to host the 2022 summer Olympics they included the ability to broadcast live holograms of soccer matches to stadiums all over the world, allowing you to watch a match from a stadium in America while it's played live in

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  • Demographic Data Mining in Bars: Cool or Creepy?

    There's no shortage of websites and apps to find a bar tailored to what you're looking for: sports, dancing, outdoor space, pool tables or brunch.

    But the idea of looking for a bar based on who is actually there is new to us. It's an intriguing idea, even if it seems a bit invasive.

    The company behind this new approach is called Bar & Club Stats, appropriately enough, and they sell ID scanners and software that both verifies your ID and collects your demographic data for the bar or club to collect. However, the company itself only takes four pieces of information from the customer: age, zip code, gender and time of arrival. The short term plan is to come out with an app that allows users to search for bars based on those four pieces of information. You'll be able to find bars based on how many people are there, how old they are, whether it's full of men or women and where these pail hail from.

    What do you think? Do you like the idea of this "Yelp for people" or is it too invasive? It

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  • This week we're talking about fungus two ways. One that can survive exclusively on polyurethane and another that can replace Styrofoam.

    Both polyurethane and styrofoam are not biodegradable, so without a solution, all the plastic bottles and old toys we throw out every year will be sitting in landfills for centuries.

    Yes, you can recycle plastic, but that just means turning it into another product and recycling hasn't sufficiently slowed the production of new plastic.

    According to a Yale study, globally we produced 245 million tons of plastic in 2006, compared to only 1.5 million tons in 1950.

    One of the fungi we're looking at is called pestalotiopsis microspora. It was discovered by a group of Yale researchers on an expedition in Ecuador and can subsist on polyurethane alone in airless environments, like the bottom of a landfill.

    The other comes from a couple of college friends who discovered that the sticky substance on the bottom of mushrooms called mycelium could be turned into a

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