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Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves.
Far Out Tech

Self-Healing Phones? Try Roads That Fix Themselves.

What if a road existed that never had a crack or a pothole? Science might have a solution.
Jason Fell
A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It.
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A Gadget That Detects Gluten? With $4 Million in Funding, This Startup Is Working on It.

The year-old company is working to develop a portable gluten detecting sensor.
Nina Zipkin
Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry
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Check Out the 'Living Pictures' That Could Revolutionize the Ad Industry

Cinemagraphs – still photos with a moving element – can be captivating. But are they just a passing gimmick?
Neil Parmar
Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen.
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Furniture Made by Bacteria? This Futuristic Design Firm Says It Will Happen.

David Benjamin, the founder of a design firm called The Living, talks about his next-generation architecture projects.
Catherine Clifford
This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19
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This Anti-Luxe Lodging Startup Will Put You Up in a Half-Built Treehouse For $19

A new online service aims to find accommodations for brave, broke college students who are traveling.
Kim Lachance Shandrow
MBAs for Hire, By the Hour
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MBAs for Hire, By the Hour

A startup raises nearly $5 million to match companies with the well-educated consultants they need.
Gwen Moran
Can This Mattress Startup Wake Up a Sleepy Market?
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Can This Mattress Startup Wake Up a Sleepy Market?

Casper raised $13.1 Million in Series A funding last week. We explain what this unique startup needs to do to battle sleeping giants like Simmons, Serta and Sealy.
Neil Parmar
Can Giveback Programs Help School Supplies Sellers Stand Out?
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Can Giveback Programs Help School Supplies Sellers Stand Out?

These businesses are borrowing tricks from social entrepreneurs to break into the commodities market.
Neil Parmar
This New App Wants to Optimize Your Schedule by Running It Through an Algorithm
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This New App Wants to Optimize Your Schedule by Running It Through an Algorithm

Timeful, a mobile app, applies big data, machine learning and behavioral science to optimize your time and boost your productivity.
Laura Entis
This Tool Promises to Find the Best Location for Your Business
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This Tool Promises to Find the Best Location for Your Business

Piinpoint helps businesses choose where to open based on facts, not just intuition.
Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures
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Meet the Artists Helping Companies Think in Pictures

Graphic recording is a budding industry that helps companies foster creative thinking at meetings and events.
Jacob Hall
A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick
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A Netflix for Legos – Building a Startup Brick by Brick

Toy rental is the latest entrant to the sharing economy. Pley shares its strategy for navigating this emerging – and fickle – industry.
Neil Parmar
If You Fry It, They Will Come. Cronuts and the Business Case for Imitation.
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If You Fry It, They Will Come. Cronuts and the Business Case for Imitation.

This hybrid dessert trend created opportunity across the country. We explain what the Cronut's success can teach you.
Rosemary Lane
It's Like Hitchhiking in the Age of Uber: Sidecar Tests Shareable Rides
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It's Like Hitchhiking in the Age of Uber: Sidecar Tests Shareable Rides

San Francisco-based ride-sharing company Sidecar is running a pilot program where users headed in the same direction can split a fare.
Catherine Clifford