Nest, the Thinking Thermostat, Sued over its (In)Ability to Deliver Savings

Alison K. Lanier Nest appeared on sidewalk ads in recent months as an uber-minimalist image of uber-cool, futuristic green tech. It is a thermostat that was developed by one of the many imaginative startups looking to preserve and protect the suffering global ecosystem. It is so smart that it learns your habits and behavior. Nest [&hellip

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Qualified and Healthy: The Connection between Well Being and Employment

Bobby Miller Ideally speaking, anyone who is willing to work hard should be employed. This lets them contribute to society while making money to spend on their own desires and needs. However, as the recent recession made obvious, this isn’t always the case. Some people want to work, but they can’t find employment. Recent studies [&hellip

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Timeless Themes: Shakespeare’s Relevance in Today’s World

Carolyn Hoy Shakespeare. The man who wrote the “most famous love story of all time,” “Romeo and Juliet,” about a bachelor in love with someone else and a 14-year-old betrothed to her father’s friend, who meet, secretly marry, and commit suicide to immortalize their love—all within a four-day period. Shakespeare. The man whose name rhymes [&hellip

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Nvate Commentary: Has Disney’s Anti-Feminism Finally Thawed with “Frozen”?

Carolyn Hoy “Let it go, let it go, turn away and slam the door!” The lyrics of this song from the Disney movie “Frozen” are quoted in many contexts and have even made their way onto popular radio stations. Movie review site Rotten Tomatoes calls “Frozen,” “the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen.” [&hellip

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Second Life: Beyond Pleasure

Michael Cleland Second Life is one of the most popular reality games on the web. Since its conception in 2003, the number of users has climbed above 20 million. Second Life avatars, as well as its landscape, can be visually designed to nothing shy of perfection. Avatars can be controlled to their own custom design, [&hellip

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Testing the Untestable: Can College Preparedness Be Measured?

Zoha Syed “Tick-tock. Tick-tock. Tick-tock.” The clock in the testing room beats with a steady rhythm. The hum of pencils scratching paper permeates the room. A proctor stands at the front, like a hawk, periodically scanning the room for students that are out of line. The writing begins to subside. “Pencils down, you have now [&hellip

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Five Vehicles to Watch in 2015

Special to Nvate We may have just passed the halfway mark of 2014, but car enthusiasts are already looking forward to next year. From amazing technology and powerful engines loaded with plenty of horsepower, to snazzy body styles and impressive handling, 2015 is sure to be a banner year for cars and trucks. Whether you [&hellip

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Stroller Insert Helps Baby Stay Cooler on those Hot Summer Days

Paloma Basilio Summer is in full swing, which means severe heat waves, especially in cities like New York, Los Angeles and Houston. Adults can deal with extreme highs better than children, even more so if those children are in strollers. Most stroller seats are made of plastic, which has no ventilation, causing children to become [&hellip

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Jumping the Shark: How the Print Book is clinging to Life in a Digital World

Alison K. Lanier We’ve heard again and again that paper books are on their way out. They are doomed to fail, environmentally destructive, inefficient, and too expensive. Yet paper books still abound, skipping right over the disastrous dive into digital oblivion that the media has repeatedly predicted. What’s made books so resilient to their less [&hellip

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NeuroGaming Conference and Expo: Where Mind, Body and Tech Meet

Bobby Miller Although some people view video games as nothing more than a means of rotting the brain and wasting time, the organizers of the NeuroGaming Conference and Expo sure see more to the medium than that. At the first conference, held in May 2013, influential personalities in the video game industry discussed how brain [&hellip

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