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How Drones and Aerial Vehicles Could Change Cities
Jul 8 • 5 min
How Drones and Aerial Vehicles Could Change Cities . Drones, personal flying vehicles, and air taxis may be part of our everyday life in the very near future. Drones and air taxis will create new means of mobility and transport routes. Drones will be use…
How Fake Viruses Can Help Us Make Powerful New Vaccines
Jul 7 • 8 min
How Fake Viruses Can Help Us Make Powerful New Vaccines . Roughly 15 years ago, in a seeming prank, a pair of smiley faces graced the cover of Nature, one of the world’s preeminent science journals. Flash forward to today, and those smiley faces may be…
AI Behaving Badly: New Model Could Help AI Make More Ethical Choices
Jul 6 • 4 min
AI Behaving Badly: New Model Could Help AI Make More Ethical Choices . The ethics of AI is a hot topic at the minute, particularly with the ongoing controversies around facial recognition software. Now mathematicians have developed a model that can help…
TuSimple’s Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast
Jul 5 • 5 min
TuSimple’s Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast . In 2016, an 18-wheeler jam-packed with cans of Budweiser made a beer run from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs—with no driver at the wheel. It was one small 120-mile jaunt for a robot big…
The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend
Jul 2 • 4 min
The Tour de France Is Going Virtual, and It Starts This Weekend . The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we do things, big-time. The events, places, and activities we were used to enjoying have been canceled, closed, or in some cases, permanently…
A Highway to Smell: How Scientists Used Light to Incept Smell in Mice
Jul 1 • 7 min
A Highway to Smell: How Scientists Used Light to Incept Smell in Mice . I was on a panel a few weeks ago and realized I forgot to turn off the oven. Utterly mortified, I told my Zoom attendees that I had to save my lasagna that was likely burning into a…
This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years
Jun 30 • 4 min
This Tiny House Is 3D Printed, Floats, and Will Last Over 100 Years . One of the world’s first 3D printed houses went up in China in 2016. At 400 square meters in size and 2 stories tall, the house took 45 days to print—and at the time, this seemed…
New Report: Tech Could Fuel an Age of Freedom—or Make Civilization Collapse
Jun 29 • 6 min
New Report: Tech Could Fuel an Age of Freedom—or Make Civilization Collapse . With rapid technological progress running headlong into dramatic climate change and widening inequality, most experts agree the coming decade will be tumultuous. But a new…
Your Personal Data Is Worth Money, and Andrew Yang Wants to Get You Paid
Jun 28 • 6 min
Your Personal Data Is Worth Money, and Andrew Yang Wants to Get You Paid . Contact tracing has been a somewhat controversial tool for fighting coronavirus in the US. American consumers wanted privacy to be preserved, so Apple and Google set about devising…
Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future
Jun 27 • 1 min
Why Bitcoin Will Be Crucial in Our Cashless Future . Cold, hard cash is king. But maybe not much longer. In many countries, cash transactions are all but disappearing. People pay with cash just 20 percent of the time in Sweden and only 14 percent of the …
A Renaissance of Genomics and Drugs Is Extending Human Longevity
Jun 26 • 11 min
A Renaissance of Genomics and Drugs Is Extending Human Longevity . The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear. But with longevity clinical trials increasing, more answers—and questions—are emerging than ever before. With the dramatic…
The World’s New Fastest Supercomputer Is an Exascale Machine for AI
Jun 25 • 6 min
The World’s New Fastest Supercomputer Is an Exascale Machine for AI . Twice a year, the world’s fastest supercomputers take a test to see which is top of class. These hundred-million-dollar machines usually run on hundreds of thousands of processors,…
Virtual Reality Has Been Boosted by Coronavirus—Here’s How to Avoid It Leading Us to Dystopia
Jun 24 • 5 min
Virtual Reality Has Been Boosted by Coronavirus—Here’s How to Avoid It Leading Us to Dystopia . American R&B star John Legend is doing a major live show on Thursday June 25 to promote his new album, Bigger Love. But can he expect much of a crowd, given…
Scientists Used Dopamine to Seamlessly Merge Artificial and Biological Neurons
Jun 23 • 9 min
Scientists Used Dopamine to Seamlessly Merge Artificial and Biological Neurons . In just half a decade, neuromorphic devices—or brain-inspired computing—already seem quaint. The current darling? Artificial-biological hybrid computing, uniting both…
A New Startup Intends to Build the World’s First Large-Scale Quantum Computer
Jun 22 • 4 min
A New Startup Intends to Build the World’s First Large-Scale Quantum Computer . An ambitious plan to build a quantum computer the size of a soccer field could soon become a reality. A startup founded by the researchers behind the idea has just come out of…
GE Will 3D Print the Bases of Wind Turbines Taller Than Seattle’s Space Needle
Jun 21 • 5 min
GE Will 3D Print the Bases of Wind Turbines Taller Than Seattle’s Space Needle . If you’ve seen a wind farm in action, you know modern wind turbines are pretty awe-inspiring—hulking giants all in a row, massive blades turning in the barest breeze. In the…
SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports for Daily Starship Launches
Jun 19 • 4 min
SpaceX Wants to Build Floating Spaceports for Daily Starship Launches . The coronavirus pandemic stopped a lot of things, but it hasn’t done much to slow down SpaceX and Elon Musk. The company sent two NASA astronauts to the International Space Station…
OpenAI’s New Text Generator Writes Even More Like a Human
Jun 18 • 6 min
OpenAI’s New Text Generator Writes Even More Like a Human . In early 2019 OpenAI, a startup co-founded by Elon Musk devoted to ensuring artificial general intelligence is safe for humanity, announced it had created a neural network for natural language…
Amazingly Detailed Map Reveals How the Brain Changes With Aging
Jun 16 • 7 min
Amazingly Detailed Map Reveals How the Brain Changes With Aging . If a brain is our Earth, then we, as inhabitants, are individual brain cells. Just as our human relationships and connections can nudge, push, or dramatically shift societal values and…
China Takes Another Step Towards Uncrackable Quantum Communication
Jun 15 • 3 min
China Takes Another Step Towards Uncrackable Quantum Communication . Uncrackable quantum communication is a step closer after Chinese researchers demonstrated a practical way to share security keys over 1,120 kilometers using entangled photons sent and…
Animals That Can Do Math Understand More Language Than We Think
Jun 14 • 7 min
Animals That Can Do Math Understand More Language Than We Think . It is often thought that humans are different from other animals in some fundamental way that makes us unique, or even more advanced than other species. These claims of human superiority…
MIT’s Tiny New Brain Chip Aims for AI in Your Pocket
Jun 11 • 5 min
MIT’s Tiny New Brain Chip Aims for AI in Your Pocket . The human brain operates on roughly 20 watts of power (a third of a 60-watt light bulb) in a space the size of, well, a human head. The biggest machine learning algorithms use closer to a nuclear…
Road Trip? New Record-Crushing Battery Lasts 1.2 Million Miles in Electric Cars
Jun 11 • 4 min
Road Trip? New Record-Crushing Battery Lasts 1.2 Million Miles in Electric Cars . Electric cars had their biggest year ever in 2019. As of the end of the year, 2.5 percent of the world’s total cars were electric. It’s a small percentage, but represents…
Evolution: Why It Seems to Have a Direction and What to Expect Next
Jun 10 • 7 min
Evolution: Why It Seems to Have a Direction and What to Expect Next . The diversity and complexity of life on Earth is astonishing: 8 million or more living species—from algae to elephants—all evolved from a simple, single-celled common ancestor around…
Scientists 3D Printed Ears Inside Living Mice Using Light
Jun 9 • 8 min
Scientists 3D Printed Ears Inside Living Mice Using Light . Tissue engineering just got wilder and weirder. Using nothing but light and bioink, scientists were able to directly print a human ear-like structure under the skin of mice. The team used a…
Computing Power Can Keep Growing as Moore’s Law Winds Down. Here’s How
Jun 8 • 5 min
Computing Power Can Keep Growing as Moore’s Law Winds Down. Here’s How . Moore’s Law is faltering, but that doesn’t mean the end of progress in processing power. Rather than relying on semiconductor physics and silicon-fabrication technology, though, we…
Facial Recognition and Digital Surveillance Are Ending Anonymous Protest
Jun 7 • 5 min
Facial Recognition and Digital Surveillance Are Ending Anonymous Protest . It’s been almost two weeks since people first took to the streets in Minneapolis to protest police brutality following the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of…
Fixing What’s Broken: If We Build a Moral Economy, the Future Will Be Better
Jun 5 • 7 min
Fixing What’s Broken: If We Build a Moral Economy, the Future Will Be Better . Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve been eagerly awaiting a return to normal. We want to be able to go out again, see our friends, and be in public places without…
Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech
Jun 3 • 4 min
Artificial Kidneys Are a Step Closer With This New Tech . 10 percent of the global population suffers from some form of kidney disease. That includes 37 million people in the US, 100,000 of whom pass away each year awaiting a kidney transplant. Our…
How a Crowdsourcing Challenge Turbocharged Brain Research During Lockdown
Jun 2 • 0 min
How a Crowdsourcing Challenge Turbocharged Brain Research During Lockdown . “I had a dream my paintbrush split while I was picking up brain slices. Nightmare scenario, right? Then I woke up and thought: I really miss the lab,” a neuroscientist friend of…
Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Soon Give Waning Moore’s Law a Boost
Jun 1 • 4 min
Carbon Nanotube Transistors May Soon Give Waning Moore’s Law a Boost . Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have long been touted as a potential material to take us beyond the limits of faltering silicon chips, but they’ve proven tricky to manufacture. Now scientists…
Microsoft Just Built a World-Class Supercomputer Exclusively for OpenAI
May 31 • 6 min
Microsoft Just Built a World-Class Supercomputer Exclusively for OpenAI . Last year, Microsoft announced a billion-dollar investment in OpenAI, an organization whose mission is to create artificial general intelligence and make it safe for humanity. No…
This Is Our Chance to Redesign Work. Let’s Make It Human-Centric
May 29 • 5 min
This Is Our Chance to Redesign Work. Let’s Make It Human-Centric . Long before coronavirus appeared and shattered our pre-existing “normal,” the future of work was a widely discussed and debated topic. We’ve watched automation slowly but surely expand its…
Buildings Consume Lots of Energy—Here’s How to Design Whole Communities That Give Back as Much as They Take
May 28 • 7 min
Buildings Consume Lots of Energy—Here’s How to Design Whole Communities That Give Back as Much as They Take . Although the coronavirus pandemic has dominated recent headlines, climate change hasn’t gone away. Many experts are calling for a “green”…
How Scientists Influenced Monkeys’ Decisions Using Ultrasound in Their Brains
May 27 • 8 min
How Scientists Influenced Monkeys’ Decisions Using Ultrasound in Their Brains . A few years ago, in a pitch black room at Stanford University, a monkey sat silently in his custom-made chair, utterly bewildered. It wasn’t because of the head brace, which…
AI Is Getting More Creative. But Who Should Own the Art It Produces?
May 26 • 5 min
AI Is Getting More Creative. But Who Should Own the Art It Produces? . Creativity is a trait that makes humans unique from other species. We alone have the ability to make music and art that speak to our experiences or illuminate truths about our world.…
4 Non-Obvious Trends That Matter During This Pandemic
May 25 • 9 min
4 Non-Obvious Trends That Matter During This Pandemic . Last year at South By Southwest, author and entrepreneur Rohit Bhargava spoke to a packed auditorium about trends that, though they may not be obvious, are playing a serious role in shaping the…
Epic Games’ Insane Video Game Graphics Demo Explained in Simple Terms
May 24 • 9 min
Epic Games’ Insane Video Game Graphics Demo Explained in Simple Terms . Most of the words that follow aren’t necessary to see why the reveal of Unreal Engine 5, an Epic Games video game graphics engine set for release in 2021, blew up the internet last…
A New Bionic Eye Could Give Robots and the Blind 20/20 Vision
May 22 • 4 min
A New Bionic Eye Could Give Robots and the Blind 20/20 Vision . A bionic eye could restore sight to the blind and greatly improve robotic vision, but current visual sensors are a long way from the impressive attributes of nature’s design. Now researchers…
3 Major Materials Science Breakthroughs—and Why They Matter for the Future
May 21 • 10 min
3 Major Materials Science Breakthroughs—and Why They Matter for the Future . Few recognize the vast implications of materials science. To build today’s smartphone in the 1980s, it would cost about $110 million, require nearly 200 kilowatts of energy…
The US Government Just Invested Big in Small-Scale Nuclear Power
May 20 • 4 min
The US Government Just Invested Big in Small-Scale Nuclear Power . Amid the coronavirus lockdowns around the world, one of few positive pieces of news we’ve heard is that carbon emissions have dropped dramatically. The clearer skies and cleaner air have…
Scientists Are Cloning the Coronavirus Like Crazy. Here’s Why—and the Risks
May 19 • 8 min
Scientists Are Cloning the Coronavirus Like Crazy. Here’s Why—and the Risks . Most biomedical researchers are busy finding ways to squash the new coronavirus. Meanwhile, synthetic biologists are busy cloning it in droves. In late February a team from the…
Here Are the Results of the Biggest Universal Basic Income Trial Yet
May 18 • 4 min
Here Are the Results of the Biggest Universal Basic Income Trial Yet . Widespread job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic are leading to renewed interest in the idea of a universal basic income (UBI). That coincided perfectly with publication of the…
OpenAI Finds Machine Learning Efficiency Is Outpacing Moore’s Law
May 17 • 5 min
OpenAI Finds Machine Learning Efficiency Is Outpacing Moore’s Law . Eight years ago a machine learning algorithm learned to identify a cat—and it stunned the world. A few years later AI could accurately translate languages and take down world champion Go…
Forget Exercise—These Mice Got Ripped With Gene Therapy
May 15 • 4 min
Forget Exercise—These Mice Got Ripped With Gene Therapy . Trying to hack fitness is a multi-million-dollar industry; we’ve all seen at least one ad featuring a purported miracle product that claims it can make people lose weight and look great—without…
The World Food Program’s Coronavirus Fight—and How You Can Help
May 14 • 6 min
The World Food Program’s Coronavirus Fight—and How You Can Help . The coronavirus outbreak has thrown the world into turmoil. On top of the infections and deaths it’s caused, there have been significant knock-on effects on financial markets, supply…
Will 3 Billion People Really Live in Temperatures as Hot as the Sahara by 2070?
May 13 • 5 min
Will 3 Billion People Really Live in Temperatures as Hot as the Sahara by 2070? . Humans are amazing creatures, in that they have shown they can live in almost any climate. Think of the Inuit who live in the Arctic or the Bedouins in the deserts of North…
To Find a Coronavirus Vaccine Faster—Should We Deliberately Infect Thousands of People?
May 12 • 9 min
To Find a Coronavirus Vaccine Faster—Should We Deliberately Infect Thousands of People? . “First, do no harm” is a core principle for all physicians. Yet with the new coronavirus wreaking havoc across the globe, the medical community is now asking: What…
Hacking Plant Life: Artificial Photosynthesis Takes a Leap Forward
May 11 • 3 min
Hacking Plant Life: Artificial Photosynthesis Takes a Leap Forward . All life on earth ultimately gets its energy from the sun through the amazing ability of plants to sustain themselves on nothing more than water, air, and sunlight. Now researchers have…
Volvo Will Add Lidar for ‘Eyes-Off-the-Road’ Self-Driving Cars on Highways
May 10 • 6 min
Volvo Will Add Lidar for ‘Eyes-Off-the-Road’ Self-Driving Cars on Highways . It’s 2020. Why can’t we binge Netflix as our cars drive us down the highway? Well, we’ve made progress, but not at the pace once promised. While some cars offer automated driving…