War declared on world’s growing e-waste crisis – Relaxnews
Gadgets, mobiles and computers are heading to landfill where they leak toxins into the soil and pollute water tables. There's little incentive for companies to recycle, it's cheaper to pull ore out of the ground than extract the 60 or so elements from a discarded phone. That may change, as the UN, WEF and CSD have come together to demand urgent action.
Digital farming using drones and remote sensing analytics – Go Awesomeness
Large scale farming is labour intensive, particularly when it comes to monitoring crops. Sending scouts out is not uncommon and prone to the errors that come with subjective observation. One company is looking to change that by employing drone and sensor technologies to give farmers a more reliable view of their livelihood.
Tesco and Carrefour to trial refillable container scheme – BBC News
Those of a "certain age" will remember paying a deposit for a bottle of drink and getting it repaid when they take the bottle back to be reused. Now two supermarkets are going to trial the same idea with a wider range of products. Could it lead to a revolution in how we shop?
Architecture without Architects: The Cut-Paste Typology Taking Over America – ArchDaily
It's a simple technique: build 2 decent floors that give the building structure, then pile on another 5 floors of cheap construction. These boxes are popping up all over the US, draining the spirit and quirkiness out of the neighbourhoods they dominate. This is their story.
Home Is Where the Photo Booth Is: How Instagram Is Changing Our Living Spaces – The Ringer
Our homes are evolving from being places where we live to instagram powering photostudios. Is this a good thing, or another "fad" that will pass once we realise we need a place just to be ourselves?
Young Chinese internet video host falls to her death after botched plastic surgery – South China Morning Post
One of the saddest stories we've read in this short year. After a failed plastic surgery "ruined" Liu's looks she tried to take her life. She failed in her suicide attempt, but a day later she fell to her death. It raises questions about the pressure vloggers are put under and put themselves under.
Technology is changing how we will grow old and die – CNN
We're all going to grow old and die. Technology may fundamentally change the way we're cared for an finally end our days.