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Israeli technology is everywhere.Israeli technology is everywhere. Powerful video by Calcalist כלכליסטPosted by START-UP NATION on Thursday, October 22, 2015

What After Smartphone?

Read, Forrest, Read

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14 books that inspired Elon Musk
When people ask Elon Musk how he learned to build rockets, he has a simple answer.

"I read books," he reportedly likes to say.

Musk — who was smart enough to get into a physics Ph.D. program at Stanford University and then drop out because it didn't seem that relevant to him — has always been hungry for the written word.


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Marc Andreessen Excited About Payday Loans

"Except for the ten to twelve million people who use them every year, just about everybody hates payday loans." https://t.co/hxgTQn9TWH— Marc Andreessen (@pmarca) October 20, 2015

Liberty Street Economics
Except for the ten to twelve million people who use them every year, just about everybody hates payday loans. .... their “unconscionable” and “spiraling” fees and their “targeting” of minorities ..... the typical brick-and-mortar payday lender charges $15 per $100 borrowed per two weeks, implying an annual interest rate of 391 percent! ...... payday lending is very competitive ...... payday lenders outnumber Starbucksas if they—payday lenders, not Starbucks—were a plague upon the land ..... each additional payday firm per 1,000 residents in a given Zip code was associated with a $4 decline in fees (compared with a mean finance charge of about $55). ...... fixed operating costs and loan loss rates do justify a large part of the high APRs charged.” ...... a 36 percent cap …

Gene Editing (@Wadhwa)

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Secondary structure image for CRISPR-DR6 (RF01319). Nucleotide colouring indicates sequence conservation between the members of this family, with the red end of the spectrum labelling highest conservation. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Gene Editing Is Now Cheap and Easy—and No One Is Prepared for the Consequences
Scientists — and countries — with less noble intentions could again try to build a race of superhumans...... The DNA of every single organism — every plant, every animal, every bacterium — is now fair game for genetic manipulation. We are entering an age of backyard synthetic biology that should worry everybody. And it is coming about because of CRISPRs: clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats....... CRISPRs use an RNA molecule as a guide to the DNA target. To set up a CRISPR editing capability, a lab only needs to order an RNA fragment (costing about $10) and purchase off-the-shelf chemicals and enzymes for $30 or less........... Because CRISPR is cheap and ea…