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Attendees of Ideo's sanitation hackathon collaborated on tools for highlighting Ghana's open defecation issues.

Photograph courtesy of Ideo

Attendees of Ideo's sanitation hackathon collaborated on tools for highlighting Ghana's open defecation issues.

Flush With Ideas: Hackathon Tackles Ghana’s Toilet Troubles

During a hackathon last week at the San Francisco offices of design firm Ideo, there were laptops, whiteboards, pizza and beer. Oh, and photos of feces on the walls. The 40 software developers who attended the Hack Sanitation event were...

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Uber, which offers mobile software for booking black cars and other rides, hikes prices during peak times.

Photograph by Car Culture

Uber, which offers mobile software for booking black cars and other rides, hikes prices during peak times.

Uber Reverses on Hurricane Sandy Cab Price Hike in New York

Uber, the car service that lets people summon rides via a smartphone app, was hit with its own storm this week when New Yorkers accused the startup of unfairly profiting by charging higher rates in the wake of Hurricane Sandy....

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Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. with his Bradley electric car in 1989.

Photograph by Michael Grecco/Getty Images

Actor and environmental activist Ed Begley Jr. with his Bradley electric car in 1989.

Venture Capitalists Kill (Optimism Around) the Electric Car

(This blog was corrected to show that Jurvetson owns an electric vehicle.) Still wondering who killed the electric car? How about some of the country’s most powerful venture capitalists. OK, so they didn’t really kill the electric car, to reference...

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An asteroid several miles across could push most of life into extinction.

Illustration by Mike Agliolo/Corbis

An asteroid several miles across could push most of life into extinction.

How to Destroy Earth and Other ‘Apocalyp-tech’ Scenarios

With Earth Day this Sunday, my colleague Eric Roston over at the Sustainability channel put together the mother of all how-to slideshows: “How to Destroy the Planet.” Of course, he’s not bent on our collective destruction. As he puts it,...

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