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Sign up for PragueCrunch V now!

Almost every year my buddy Jack Deneut has helped set up PragueCrunch, our kind-of-semi-annual celebration of Czech startups. And it’s happening again this year! The event is on July 13, 2017 at Riegrovy Sady Beer Garden. You can RSVP here. We’ll have Kozel and Gambrinus beer all night and traditional ...

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Seed-bombing drone startup aims to plant one billion trees per year

Why it matters to you BioCarbon Engineering’s new-and-improved seed-bombing drones could help us combat deforestation around the globe From 2000 to 2009, planet Earth lost more than 32 million acres of tropical rainforest. This large-scale deforestation accounts for about 15 percent of total global carbon dioxide emissions annually. Thankfully, a ...

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The Honor 9 is a cheaper, smaller flagship

Whereas the Honor 8 Pro had a 5.7-inch, Quad HD display, the Honor 9 comes with a 5.15-inch, 1080p panel. It’s plenty sharp, but doesn’t have the resolution to compete with an LG G6 or Samsung Galaxy S8. On a screen this size, however, the pixel count isn’t much of ...

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Change.org’s latest round was actually a recap

A few weeks ago we reported on LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman’s investment in social justice petitions site Change.org. Since then a few people with direct knowledge of the situation have told us that the funding round was actually a recap at a significantly lower valuation. In other words, there was a dramatic change to ...

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Becoming a smart city takes more than sensors and buzzwords

Your city is dumb. The potholed streets, coin-operated parking meters, and drafty brick buildings many of us interact with every day haven’t changed much in a century. But it’s finally happening. From Oslo to San Diego, cities across the globe are installing technology to gather data in the hopes of saving ...

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Artificial iris responds to light like real eyes

Scientists from the Smart Photonic Materials research group developed the iris using a light-sensitive liquid crystal elastomer. The team also employed photoalignment techniques, which accurately position the liquid crystal molecules in a predetermined direction within a tolerance of a few picometers. This is similar to the techniques used originally in ...

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A 3D-printed bridge is being built using reinforced concrete

It sounds like the university is getting by on a technicality with its “first-ever” claims, but that doesn’t make this project any less interesting. Manufacturing of the concrete parts has begun, and it’s anticipated that bridge construction will start in September. To get to the point where the 3D printed ...

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