Dec 28, 2017

12/28/2017: A cashless China

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Trillions of dollars in payments each year occur via mobile apps like Alipay in China, where the cashless society of the future is here. You can even pay for your fried chicken with facial recognition technology. We’re eschewing conventional…

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The birth of the digital camera

Dec 30, 2016
When Steve Sasson worked at Eastman Kodak, he came up with the prototype for the digital camera. But the company wasn't interested.
A Kodak digital camera in 2004.
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Helping millennials have a balanced "Financial Diet"

Dec 28, 2017
Author Chelsea Fagan wants to make 20-somethings money smart.
Miley Cyrus throws money in the air as she performs at the opening night of her Bangerz Tour in Australia at Rod Laver Arena on October 10, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
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Deadly disease research labs are so busy, they're turning away work

Dec 28, 2017
A number of deadly disease research labs in the U.S. are considering expanding as strained capacity has led them to turn away work.
Doctors research deadly pathogens like Ebola and Marburg inside the BSL-4 Lab at Texas Biomedical Research Institute.
G. Harrison, courtesy Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Trillions of dollars in payments each year occur via mobile apps like Alipay in China, where the cashless society of the future is here. You can even pay for your fried chicken with facial recognition technology. We’re eschewing conventional finance rules in the U.S., too, or at least Chelsea Fagan is. She talks to Adrienne Hill about her new book, “The Financial Diet,” which offers personal finance advice a little differently than we’re used to. Plus, a look back at the year’s energy news, how one lab researching serious infectious diseases is expanding to keep up with the increasing rate of outbreaks, and a first-hand account of the invention of the digital camera.