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DNA studies suggest that all humans today descend from a group of African ancestors who – about 60,000 years ago – began a remarkable journey. The Genographic Project is seeking to chart new knowledge about the migratory history of the human species by using sophisticated laboratory and computer analysis of DNA contributed by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. In this unprecedented and real-time research effort, the Genographic Project is closing the gaps of what science knows today about humankind’s ancient migration stories.

“There are no limits one should abide by in getting something right. Why hypothesize about a path when hard work and innovative thinking can lead you to the actual answer?”

by Mike Randall Brand Futurist The Republik Captain Strategic Ops

Photo Credit: Screengrab from Geographic Project via


“The winners of the platform wars stand to make billions selling devices, selling eyeballs to advertisers, selling services such as music, movies, even computer power on demand. Yet the outcome here is far more important than who makes the most money. The future of the Internet—how we get information, how we communicate with one another and, most important, who controls it—is at stake.” Josh Quittner/San Francisco.

From here.

“The underlying question is: Are the users of the Internet actually in the driver’s seat or are the 800-pound gorilla businesses jockeying behind the scenes the one’s truly controlling the outcome?”

by Sam Knoll Brand Futurist The Republik Commander Analytic Ops

Photo Credit: via Time Inc.


Introducing a new use for your camera phone: scan anything with a barcode with instant results. Just point your camera at the image and click. The program works to decode the barcode and then searches about a dozen places online for metadata and prices.You can then click on a link to visit the product’s website where you can buy the product. Local stores in your area carrying your product are highlighted with contact numbers and links to their web sites. For music, you can even play a sample clip right on your phone. Visit the project website for details on how to download to your phone.

Read more here.

“This was my idea… those bastards.”

by Gerard Blanton Brand Futurist The Republik Corporal Creative Ops