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Researchers Have Established a Worrisome Link Between Social Media Use and Sleep

January 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The regular, sometimes absent-minded act of checking social media may be having profound effects on your sleep. A recent study (paywall) by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh found that young adults who spend significant time on social media each day typically get less sleep than those who use social...

Ford Joins the Driverless Car Testing Arena on California’s Public Roads

December 20, 2015 Ford is bringing its self-driving cars to California’s public roads. The American automaker announced plans on Dec. 16 to begin testing its fully-autonomous Fusion Hybrid model on public streets in 2016, as part of a state-run Department of Motor Vehicle program. The Detroit, Michigan-based company joins Alphabet’s Google, Volkswagen, Mercedes...

A UN Group Says the U.S. Is ‘Allowing Its Women to Lag Behind’

December 20, 2015 The US still has a long way to go in advancing women’s rights—at least that’s what a group of United Nations human-rights experts concluded after visiting the country in December. The group, which spent 10 days in America during a pivotal period in the country’s presidential election cycle, examined women’s...

These Islanders Built Their Own Wireless Network

November 4, 2015 Frustrated with slow internet service and frequent outages? A rural community in Washington state was—enough so that residents decided to take matters into their owns hands. A group of neighbors on Orcas Island, part of the San Juan Islands, rebelled against local internet service provider CenturyLink in 2013 after experiencing...

How Climate Change Could Affect Coastal Cities

October 14, 2015 We’ve all heard doomsday predictions about what global warming means for coastal US cities. And now a new, interactive map from nonprofit climate science publication Climate Central illustrates precisely how American cities will fare under the best and worst possible climate futures—and which ones will disappear completely. Climate Central is...

Tech Companies Dominate List of Most Valuable Brands

October 5, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This post has been corrected. Technology companies continue to reign among the most valuable brands in the world, a new report shows. Interbrand, a global brand consultancy, released its annual Best Global Brands report on Monday, with Apple and Google topping the list for the third year in a row....

20 Percent of Americans Say They Use Wearable Tech

September 30, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Wearables—no longer just arm candy for tech geeks—are gaining ground in America with both early adopters and tech laggards alike. More than 20% of Americans use wearables, an online survey by Forrester found. Unsurprisingly, millennials—or Generation Y—are the strongest adopters, with 35% of the cohort using wearables, according to the...

Fidgeting at Work May Be Good For Your Health

September 24, 2015 Good news, fidgeters, leg shakers and foot tappers: Your inability to sit still may help you live longer. New research suggests that fidgeting may stave off the dangers of sitting, which reports have tied to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even death. A study of more than 12,000 UK women over...