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A Biologist Gets Into 3D Printed Eyelash Curlers Custom-Made For Every Womans’ Eyes — This is an exhaustive solution to a (physically) small problem. Biologist Adele Bakhtiarova had never been able to find an eyelash curler that fit her. She struggled with finding one that could reach out to the very last eyelashes on the edges of her eyes. She tried dozens of eyelash curlers.

Early YC Alums Rethink The College Summer Internship With New Program For Students — The summer internship isn't about grabbing coffee anymore. A handful of early Y Combinator alums are testing a new type of summer program where they will give $10,000 to four or five teams this summer to build products. Called the Summer Founders program, its first site is at Pennsylvania State University, where Xobni and Sincerely founder Matt Brezina got his undergraduate degree.

Google Unveils Plans For Flexible, Biodome-Like Headquarters In Mountain View — Google just unveiled plans for a new headquarters that looks like a series of canopies or even almost geodesic-dome like formations down in Mountain View. It's the first time the company has designed and built offices from scratch. They're partnering with Bjarke Ingels at BIG and Thomas Heatherwick at Heatherwick Studio will lead to a better way of working.

20n, A YC Synthetic Biology Startup, Uses Software To Engineer Microbes For Chemical-Making — 20n, one of a wave of biotech-related startups that Y Combinator is starting to fund, is the brainchild of a UC Berkeley professor and a post-doc. Saurabh Srivastava and J. Christopher Anderson have worked together for several years developing software that can design genetically engineered microbes to make specific chemicals.

YC-Backed Open Listings Enables Home Buyers To Purchase Houses Without Real Estate Agents — Open Listings is a startup fresh out of the current Y Combinator batch that's easing the home buying process by letting people move forward without real estate agents. Because two-thirds of the overall residential market involves repeat buyers, some people may not want to rely on agents because they're already familiar with what to do.

SamaUSA Rethinks Workforce Development For The Digital Age in East Palo Alto — Nestled between Silicon Valley suburbs with median multi-million dollar home prices, East Palo Alto is a 28,000-person community that can feel like it has been left by the wayside of the current tech boom. One-third of its adult residents don't have more than a high school diploma and its unemployment rate is about double of what the neighboring communities see.

Watch Tech’s Takeover of San Francisco’s Office Space In This Visualization — Here's a visualization of all the major commercial real estate deals involving the tech industry and San Francisco's SOMA district over the past three years, thanks to Stamen Design and broker Kalin Kelly, who finds space on behalf of tech companies and non-profits. The point of this visualization is not a surprise.

Former Obama Campaign, Threadless CTO Eyes Mobile Commerce With New Startup Modest — Harper Reed, who led Obama's re-election campaign in 2012 as its CTO, is back in the startup game. He's focusing on mobile commerce by making it easy for smaller retailers to build free mobile apps or create beautiful shopping experiences on smartphones.

Software Eats Sex Trafficking: YC’s Rescue Forensics Aids Law Enforcement In Finding Victims — About a decade ago, Ryan Dalton was an 18-year-old who was helping a friend run a halfway house for women working in the red-light district in Reynosa, Mexico. One day, he witnessed a man who was a member of violent cartel hit a woman and yell at her to get back.

Working 24-7 To Bring a 747 To Burning Man — "It's so intense. This city feels like New York now," Ken Feldman said right as we sat down for coffee in the Mission. Feldman last lived in San Francisco in the early 1990s, well before the first dot-com bubble. Now he's back at the height of another boom.
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