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Seven Cities Around the World Are Hacking Their Environment and Crowdsourcing the Data

Hackers, makers, and innovators around the world have set up DIY environmental data sensors and are crowdsourcing their findings.

On February 6 the data streams from 100 DIY environmental sensors around the world will go live, measuring air quality, noise, pollution, light, and temperature. As part of Data Canvas’ second ever visualization project, “Sense Your City” will launch in San Francisco, Geneva, Shanghai, Rio de Janeiro, Bangalore, Singapore, and Boston. The hope is that hackers, makers, artists, universities, and innovators of all kinds will use the data for all sorts of projects.

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DIY Agriculture is Booming and We're Capturing it on Film

I grew up admiring the peaceful, natural environment that surrounded my home in rural Connecticut. The forest was a place of meditation for me...

I grew up admiring the peaceful, natural environment that surrounded my home in rural Connecticut. The forest was a place of meditation for me and as I grew older I wanted to protect it from encroaching department stores and strip malls. So, when I was 25 years old I went on a journey to make a film about the most extraordinary pioneers challenging the norms of American culture and lifestyle—people who had figured out how to live in balance with their forests and friends.

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Architecture by the People, For the People

Who are the architects of tomorrow? Maybe all of us. Wikihouse, from British designer Alastair Parvin, lets anyone download free 3D files for...

Who are the architects of tomorrow? Maybe all of us. Wikihouse, from British designer Alastair Parvin, allows anyone to download free 3D housing files, change them up in Google Sketchup, and print out all of the parts on a CNC machine. It's an open source construction set. "Basically," Parvin says, "You end up with a really big IKEA kit."

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Engine Yard Stokes the Boiler for Open-Source Software Developers

Hire seven experts to work for a year building a complex product. Then, give it away to anyone who wants it.

Business plan: Hire seven experts to work for a year building a complex product. Then, give the product away to anyone who wants it.

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Hackers Get Social at GitHub's Open-Source Assembly Line

GOOD Company Finalist GitHub is creating the assembly line of the information revolution.



What is the internet?

According to Joichi Ito, the director of the MIT Media Lab, it’s not a thing, it’s a philosophy. Writing earlier this week, Ito looked back to the earliest days of the internet, when architects attempted to establish a system of uniform standards for their fledgling network in a contest between a bureaucratic standards-organizing body and “a loosely organized group of researchers and entrepreneurs.”

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Protei: An Open Source Fleet of Oil Spill Cleaning Robot Drones

Move over, Kevin Costner. There's a new oil spill cleaning robot in town. And this one is being developed for purpose, not profit.

By far the coolest thing I've seen come out of TED this year (watching from afar, as always) is the fascinating Protei project by TED Fellow Cesar Harada.

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