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The new seven wonders: Defining the top technological marvels of the contemporary age.

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The seven wonders of classical antiquity were architectural marvels, triumphs of human ego and raw power. The great achievements of today, however, are made possible by systems, infrastructure, and technologies that are invisible. Check back every week for a new wonder of the modern world. When the ...

Could Drugs Heal A Broken Heart?

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Love and heartache have always been inexorably tied. Recall the paranoid, lust-dizzy characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream or the tortured, memory-deprived lovers in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. Wouldn’t it be nice if a pill could take away the pain of a breakup? Researchers are looking ...

The 'Internet of Things' Will Be The World's Most Massive Device Market And Save Companies Billions Of Dollars

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is beginning to grow significantly, as consumers, businesses, and governments recognize the benefit of connecting inert devices to the internet. In an all-new report from BI Intelligence, we examine what is currently driving growth in the Internet of Things and how various sectors ...

Meet Generate Capital, a new way to fund energy projects

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Company-wide access to Gigaom Research, analyst briefings or inquiries, Gigaom Event tickets & much more. By now, most of us know the story of how Silicon Valley’s love affair with “cleantech” didn’t turn out so well. As of the end of 2014, most VCs no longer do energy ...

How Sensors That Test Our Stress Could Revolutionize Product Design

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > WIRED.com © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm

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Lawyers are the latest to find themselves in the firing line of robots—or artificially intelligent algorithms, at any rate. The robotic revolution has been predicted to spread its techno-tendrils far and wide in the job market, and a recent repo​rt by UK consultancy firm Jomati Consultants suggests that ...

Printing Circuitry for Bionic Implants

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3 mentions2 weeks ago
With new “inks” containing semiconductors, researchers have been able to print LEDs for the first time. 3-D printing allows many things to be custom-made, but its usefulness is limited by the range of compatible materials and the available techniques for fabrication. A 3-D printer can already make a ...

Intel futurist: 'imagination is the undeveloped skill' (Wired UK)

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Brian David Johnson was the first futurist to work at Intel. It takes around 10-15 years to design,build and deploy a new chip, he tells the audience at WIRED Retail, which is why Intel needssomeone who can look 10-15 years into the future and tell them whatthe world ...

Steven Pinker: ‘Twitter can hone your skills as a writer’

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Yes, absolutely. I inherited it from my father. They can be beautiful, interesting and make life easier. But I don’t have everything. They have to do something for me in my life and their advantages have to outweigh the disadvantages. No, why should it? I get this question ...

Scientists Demonstrate Brain-to-Brain Communication

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Scientists have established direct communication between two human brains, but is it more than a stunt? Communicating directly with the brain could help scientists better understand how it encodes information. Two scientific teams this year patched together some well-known technologies to directly exchange information between human brains. The ...

Wireless Data Could Travel Twice as Fast Using a New Circuit

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A circuit that lets a radio send and receive data simultaneously over the same frequency could supercharge wireless data transfer. A relatively simple circuit invented by researchers at the University of Texas could let smartphones and other wireless devices send and receive data twice as fast as they ...

How Technology Is Changing Media

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Every BuzzFeed post and video is designed for sharing, which explains why BuzzFeed’s traffic is at the forefront of the shift to social. Social is on a serious growth path, and millennials are the driving force behind it. They rely on social sites for both news and entertainment ...

Mass Extinctions: What Humans Can Learn from the Past

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From the space rock that killed the dinosaurs to the supervolcanoes that wiped out nearly 90 percent of the world's species, mass extinctions have occurred a handful of times throughout Earth's history. And if humans aren't careful, the planet may be due for another one. "It's the ultimate ...

First passengers on Japanese maglev train travel at speeds of 311 mph

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3 mentions1 month ago
The maglev trains have been tested before between the cities of Uenohara and Fuefuki but now members of the public have been allowed on board for the first time. The 27-mile trip went by in a flash for the 100 passengers as the train, which “floats” above tracks ...

How Ushahidi’s BRCK will pave the way for education in Africa and beyond

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Now that BRCK has launched, Ushahidi is turning its attention to where it will be best put to use — in schools. Photo: BRCK BRCK is best described as a “backup generator for the internet.” When it was announced, the idea of a rugged, rechargeable, mobile wifi device ...

The Myth Of AI

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To arrive at the edge of the world's knowledge, seek out the most complex and sophisticated minds, put them in a room together, and have them ask each other the questions they are asking themselves. The idea that computers are people has a long and storied history. It ...

A Wearable, Embedded Tattoo Concept, Designed to Make Life Easier

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We recently had the opportunity to sit down with NewDealDesign, a design consultancy and the facilitators of Fitbit, and ask about the future of wearables, based on a recent piece produced by Fast Company, where NDD unveiled its concept for a digital tattoo that can be implanted under ...

10 Technologies That Could Change the World By 2022

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The group surveyed the current state and progress of different technologies used in fields such as big data, high-performance computing, the Internet of Things, life sciences, nanotechnology, and robotics (many have been the topics for our special reports). The team also surveyed several thousand IEEE members about the ...

A Genome Testing Device That Looks as Cool as a Jambox

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In today's business world, disruption is a constant force that never lets up. At the annual WIRED Business Conference: Disruptive by Design, we celebrate the creative power of bold new ideas and the people that make them happen.See the event > WIRED.com © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

Don't swallow it: Six health myths you should ignore

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This myth just won't go away, but the truth is no one even knows where it came from. And why pure water, not tea or juice?Read more Many parents are utterly convinced that eating sugary foods makes their kids bounce off the walls. They're wrongRead more There are ...

IBM's Watson Wants to Examine Your DNA

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Stephanie began as a PCMag reporter in May 2012. She moved to New York City from Frederick, Md., where she worked for four years as a multimedia reporter at the second-largest daily newspaper in Maryland. She interned at Baltimore magazine and graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (in ...

Drones will soon give us first aid on demand

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Nearly 400,000 heart attacks happen every year in the United States alone, and 88 percent of them happen at home — far from the lifesaving Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) devices common in many public spaces. In a heart attack, aid must be given in the first first five ...

Novel process could let consumers 3D-print metal parts for the first time

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Prototype Selective Inhibition Sintering (SIS) metal machine (left) and block diagram of the machine (right) (credit: Torabi Payman et al./3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing) A novel 3D printing process called Selective Inhibition Sintering (SIS) promises to allow manufacturing of consumer 3D printers* that can print parts made of high-performance metals, which high-cost industrial 3D printers can already do. The new process, developed at the Center for Rapid Automated Fabrication Technologies at USC, is based on existing low-cost inkjet printing technology. It differs from traditional research in powder sintering* (a process ...

Good News: The World Is More Democratic Than Ever

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Gone are the days when the world was dominated by swaths of tyrannical regimes and dictatorial rule. According to empirical evidence gathered by Max Roser, an economist at Oxford University, the world is officially more democratic than ever before, with the majority of countries under democratic control. Just ...

Doctors Without Borders Is Experimenting With Delivery Drones To Battle An Epidemic

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The tests took place in September, when executives the Silicon Valley drone startup traveled there at the invitation Doctors Without Borders staff, who are helping to battle a raging tuberculosis epidemic in the rural regions of the country. “We’re working in one of the biggest swamps in the ...

Meet The Startup That's Using Drones To Change The World

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When Andreas Raptopoulos and his team got stuck in a 20-truck convoy completely marooned in mud while navigating between villages in Papua New Guinea, it was incredibly frustrating. It was also a validation of his work.Raptopoulos is the cofounder and CEO of a startup called Matternet, which makes ...

10 Cities Visualized By How Cleanly Their Streets Are Laid Out

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London's streets run every which way, while Chicago is all north-south right angles. Can you find your city? Getting around London without a map or a GPS device is hard. The streets go off in all kinds of directions because the city grew organically with little central planning.

Protecting Africa's bees for world food security

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Scientists in a new, world-class laboratory in Kenya will work to protect Africa's bees and help farmers produce top-quality honey and wax for international markets. Located at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) in Nairobi, Kenya, it will improve our understanding of these unique creatures ...

These Drones Will Fly Directly Into Tornadoes To Predict Future Storms

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Some 70% of the time, tornado warnings are false alarms, and when a storm does hit, the average warning reaches victims only 12 minutes in advance. To help increase that lead time, and to make warnings more accurate, a group of researchers now plans to start flying drones ...

How Exercise Changes Your Brain To Be Better At Basically Everything

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Recent studies have revealed more complex and nuanced ways in which exercise activates and affects the brain. The brain is fundamentally a lazy piece of meat, according to neuroscientist Gregory Berns. But take the body attached to it on a brisk walk or jog and suddenly your meat-brain ...

The Random Events That Sparked 8 Of The World's Biggest Startups

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A study abroad opportunity during his junior year at Stanford University provided Kevin Systrom with the inspiration for Instagram. A shy child growing up in St. Louis,Jack Dorsey told 60 Minutes that he preferred to stay inside and listen to the police scanner instead of play with friends.

A student’s ambitious plan to canvas the Netherlands with ‘ambulance drones’

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Before graduating from the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, Alec Momont needed to complete a final project. Motivated by negative headlines about drones, he set out to find a positive use for the unmanned aerial vehicles. Momont’s parents had recently lost a neighbor to cardiac arrest ...

Mesmerizing Photos Of Bees, From An Instagramming Beekeeper

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3 mentions1 month ago
Check out enough photos and captions and you will quickly know the basics about queens, wax moths, colonies, pollination, and everything else there is to know about bees. Now, she'll get dozens of questions if she doesn't put up a detailed explanation of every image she posts. "Hi ...

Google's Secretive DeepMind Startup Unveils a "Neural Turing Machine"

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DeepMind has built a neural network that can access an external memory like a conventional Turing machine. The result is a computer that mimics the short-term memory of the human brain. One of the great challenges of neuroscience is to understand the short-term working memory in the human ...

Could Bees 3D-Print Concrete Structures in the Cities of the Future?

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Bees already pollinate the great majority of our fruits and veggies – but could they build our buildings as well? Former Gizmodo Editor-in-Chief Geoff Manaugh, and designer John Becker came up a plan to use bees to 3D print architectural structures using geometric formwork. In the plan bees ...

Okay, Haters, It's Time To Admit It: The World Is Becoming A Better Place

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6 mentions2 months ago
And there are certainly plenty of horrible things to complain about. People are mean, for example. And people get sick. And there are horrible accidents and injustices and tragedies and unfairness everywhere. And there is Ebola. People who love to complain about how horrible everything is also love ...

‘Data smashing’ could automate discovery, untouched by human hands

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From recognizing speech to identifying unusual stars, new discoveries often begin with comparison of data streams to find connections and spot outliers. But simply feeding raw data into a data-analysis algorithm is unlikely to produce meaningful results, say the authors of a new Cornell study. That’s because most ...

iRobot and Others Look Ahead to Robotic Elder Care

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A European project has equipped some elderly people’s homes with technology including telepresence robots. Youngsters aren’t the only ones who get the latest high-tech gadgets. Sometime in the next decade or two, homebound retirees could be early adopters of an important new technology: the home-help robot. As robots ...

Rethinking the Placebo Effect: How Our Minds Actually Affect Our Bodies

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In 2013, Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted a mind-bending debate on the nature of “nothing” — an inquiry that has occupied thinkers since the dawn of recorded thought and permeates everything from Hamlet’s iconic question to the boldest frontiers of quantum physics. That’s precisely what New Scientist editor-in-chief Jeremy ...

The 'Radicalized' Tweet

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Authorities in the United Kingdom want Google, Microsoft, Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook to help them track down terrorists and their sympathizers. The Islamic State publishes many of its beheading videos to social media, and officials are seeking to use the group's penchant for propaganda against it, according to ...

Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century, in 20 minutes

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Piketty's bestselling economics book is seismic, a vital infusion of data into the ideological debate over economics -- but it's also 700 pages long.That's not because the argument is difficult to lay out -- it's because the evidence to support it is so prodigious, and because Piketty predicted ...

5 Unbelievable Ocean Mysteries We Still Haven't Solved

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Those large, beautiful bodies of water are home to an infinite number of strange creatures and bewildering phenomena. The average ocean depth is 14,000 feet deep — that leaves a lot of room for the mysterious, the mythical and everything in between. "The ocean is 95% unexplored, unknown,

China's GMO Research Juggernaut Prepares for Climate-Changed Future

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With its world-leading research investments and vast size, China will dominate the future of genetically modified food—despite the resistance of its population. Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineNovember/December 2014More in this issue »It is a hot, smoggy July weekend in Beijing, and the gates to the Forbidden City ...

How hackers transform biology into building material

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How do you transform mushrooms into furniture, or re-wire algae to conduct electricity? Biohacking, the practice of rewiring the biology of living organisms for practical uses, is evolving from a fringe science to a more legitimate academic discipline. But just as the movement is gathering converts, it’s also ...

All Things Alt: The Internet of Block Chains and an Injunction Against Moolah

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The altcoin community has often been rocked by scandals and platform crises, and the past two weeks have been no exception. Despite the controversies and occasional market panics, however, project development soldiers on, aspiring toward ever more lofty goals in the face of this adversity. The syscoin development ...

21 Technologies That Are Decentralizing The Economy And Bringing Real Power Back To The People

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The world is becoming more centralized, increasingly focused on economies of scale and transferring wealth to a tiny elite at the top of the financial system. The 21 decentralizing technologies and innovations in this list are all related to food, energy, water, shelter and waste and they are ...

What Role Does Technology Play in Record Levels of Income Inequality?

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The disparity between the rich and everyone else is larger than ever in the United States and increasing in much of Europe. Why? Also featured in:MIT Technology Review magazineNovember/December 2014More in this issue »The signs of the gap—really, a chasm—between the poor and the super-rich are hard to ...

Published for the First Time: a 1959 Essay by Isaac Asimov on Creativity

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In 1959, I worked as a scientist at Allied Research Associates in Boston. The company was an MIT spinoff that originally focused on the effects of nuclear weapons on aircraft structures. The company received a contract with the acronym GLIPAR (Guide Line Identification Program for Antimissile Research) from ...

The real cyborgs

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Ian Burkhart concentrated hard. A thick cable protruded from the crown of his shaven head. A sleeve sprouting wires enveloped his right arm. The 23 year-old had been paralysed from the neck down since a diving accident four years ago. But, in June this year, in a crowded ...

How Did Nigeria Quash Its Ebola Outbreak So Quickly?

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On July 20 a man who was ill flew on commercial planes from the heart of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia to Lagos, Nigeria's largest city. That man became Nigeria's first Ebola case—the index patient. In a matter of weeks some 19 people across two states were diagnosed ...
 

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