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We’re Putting Everything in the Cloud. That’s Scary as Hell, and Here’s Why.

The cloud is a real thing, and it’s not as secure as you think.

Did you open up a Google doc today? You used the cloud. You did it again when you checked email and Facebook. And when you uploaded that file to Dropbox? You used cloud storage. You can see where this is going. The cloud dominates the modern internet. In fact, global cloud IP traffic will reach 6.5 zettabytes—or a trillion gigabytes—annually by the end of 2018. That’s the equivalent of streaming 234 million years of HD-TV. Everyone from mega-corporations to individual internet users store data in the cloud, both non-sensitive and private—often extremely personal—information.

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How People Are Hacking The Healthcare System That Failed Them

In 2012, 84 million people in the U.S. were either uninsured or underinsured—that's almost half of all working-age adults, according to...


In 2012, 84 million people in the U.S. were either uninsured or underinsured—that's almost half of all working-age adults, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey. As unemployment numbers bounce around, more and more people are having a difficult time paying for the treatments they need. This means they have to look beyond the insurance system and find other ways of getting healthy. Here's how people around the world are hacking healthcare:

Volunteer-Run Clinics and Hospitals

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What better way to get more kids making and designing than to encourage them to tear up and rebuild toys? A first glance around the tables at a U.K.-based CommuniToy workshop might seem slightly creepy, with chopped-up dolls and stuffed animals lying in pieces. But the students are thrilled to be there for DIY toy-making.

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Taste of Tech: Biohacking the Future

How to make your own genetically modified seed—and what might happen if you do.

This Taste of Tech post is the fourth in a series exploring the science and technology of food in partnership with Gearfuse. Don't miss last week's post on the complicated relationship between industrial production lines and pure food by Matthew Battles.

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Food for Thinkers: Writing About Numbers to Hack the Food System

Food + Tech Connect's Danielle Gould finds that writing is her most important tool to build a more transparent, data-driven food system.

In her Food for Thinkers post, Food + Tech Connect's Danielle Gould admits that she began her blog out of a passion for data, rather than words. She was, she writes, inspired by the idea of leveraging new technology and open, real-time data sets to "empower better decision-making" across a "networked food system."

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Guy Builds a Cell Phone Charger with a Flashlight

Forget stockpiling gold. What you really want in the event of a complete societal breakdown is energy hacking skills.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd1cGuwNJboForget stockpiling gold. What you really want in the event of a complete societal breakdown is energy hacking skills.

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