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Regine Francois Chooses Columbia After 11 Ivy League College Acceptances : — Megan McCarthy/The Guadalupe Center 05/04/2015 AT 10:15 AM EDT Growing up as a Haitian emigree in Immokalee, Florida - one of the poorest communities in Florida - Regine Francois was determined to make a life for herself through her education.

Low gas prices could bring high December auto sales — December U.S. auto sales - spurred by discounting, low gasoline prices and rising consumer optimism - are expected to cap a strong 2014 and serve as a springboard for another year of robust sales in 2015.

The smart car gets even smarter — Like Oz in the Emerald City, engineers at Nvidia , based in Santa Clara, Calif., are working to give the next generation of automobiles a brain capable of understanding the world around it.

Drones to speed up construction — Christian Sanz isn't shy about the impact his drone company could have on the construction industry. "We can take in $2 billion from just the construction industry alone," he says. "One job site could cost a company a few billion dollars. If you can shave a few days off their costs, it's huge."

Cable-less elevators — Here's an elevator pitch: What if we could rethink the way we travel between floors of a building? ThyssenKrupp bills its Multi concept as the most radical industry shift since elevators' debut in 1854. Instead of cables, magnetic levitation technology helps shuttle people from place to place, allowing for multiple carriages in the same shaft and the ability for carriages to move horizontally, not just vertically.

A liquid bandage for every pocket — For centuries direct pressure, stitches, and cauterization were the only tools we had to stop significant bleeding. A little company in Brooklyn hopes that its mix of two polymers will become, in effect, the Band-Aid of the future.

A tiny technology to brighten skyscrapers — The technology that makes for a brighter display on your smartphone is primed for a revolution in the next five years-one that will also make it cheaper and more practical for businesses to illuminate their commercial office buildings. There's one problem, though. Fixtures using organic light-emitting diode (OLED) technology cost thousands of dollars each.

Shape the Future: Wave energy — The WITT energy harvesting unit (short for Whatever Input to Torsion Transfer) shows that even in our digital age, there's room for improvement in old-fashioned mechanics. WITT devices operate on the same principle as a self-winding watch-but instead of a single pendulum, their twin sickle-shaped weights swing horizontally, rotate vertically, and twist around an axis, sending energy through a central gearbox into a linear flywheel.

John Carmack sees all — It's been a banner year for Oculus VR thanks to Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of the virtual-reality company. CTO John Carmack, best known for programming the iconic videogames Doom and Quake, joined just in time for the rush. We spoke to him about what's next for the immersive technology.

The new news cycle — Step 3: The website writes the story. The "reporter" may even call around and speak to a few additional quote monkeys who catch her drift and know that they must play along with the premise if they want to be quoted in this widely tweeted digital extrusion.
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May 22, 2015

People in other timezones: what's your go-to insomnia cure?

May 20, 2015

Good reminder. Algorithms are based on decisions made by people who program them, they don't make the decisions:…

May 20, 2015

The next person who rents a room at Startup Castle needs to be a reality show cameraman because this sounds hilarious…

May 19, 2015

@AlexJamesFitz The Onion's version ideally uses a pic of Dennis Hopper from Easy Rider as the author

May 19, 2015

The Onion should run a piece with this same hed: I’m a Moderate Biker Gang Member Compelled to Condemn This Violence

May 18, 2015

RT @moorehn: Best Webbys speech so far: “Bitch better have my Monet,” from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. @metmuseum

May 18, 2015

@lizzieohreally I'm clearly way too cynical. Glad to know the discussion is out in the open!

May 18, 2015

@lizzieohreally Did they answer your questions? I assumed that staff wouldn't be so open and would have canned answers provided by mgmt.

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