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June, 2015

Rocket Internet And Kinnevik Add $167M More To GFG, Roll In 2 Brazilian Fashion Portals

Screenshot 2015-07-01 13.47.44 Rocket Internet’s Global Fashion Group (GFG), an umbrella group that houses the German company’s fashion-focused e-commerce services, is making a double announcement today after it secured €150 million ($167 million) in fresh funding and made two acquisitions in Brazil. Read More

How long does it take for you to think a thought?

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As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the speed of various things. With a fair degree of accuracy, scientists have quantified the speed of light, the speed of sound, the speed at which the earth revolves around the sun, the speed at which hummingbirds beat their wings, the average speed of continental drift….

These values are all well-characterized. But what about the speed of thought? It’s a challenging question that’s not easily answerable – but we can give it a shot.

First, some thoughts on thought

To quantify the speed of anything, one needs to identify its beginning and end. For our purposes, a “thought” will be defined as the mental activities engaged from the moment sensory information is received to the moment an action is initiated. This definition necessarily excludes many experiences and processes one might consider to be “thoughts.” Read more…

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London is getting its first fully electric doubledecker bus

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LONDON — This is probably the only bus in the world where three won’t arrive at the same time, because only one of them exists.

London is getting the world’s first, purpose-built, purely electric doubledecker bus, mayor Boris Johnson announced this week at the Clean Bus Summit.

The new bus, which will have zero emissions, will run on route 16 between Cricklewood and Victoria Station.

The size of the battery packs needed to power a bus of this size led many to believe that running a doubledecker using electricity wasn’t possible, City Hall said in a statement, but Chinese manufacturer BYD took on the challenge and the new bus will enter service this October. Read more…

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