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

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3 mentions6 days 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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2 mentions6 days ago
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

3 mentions1 week ago
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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2 mentions1 week ago
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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1 mentions1 week ago
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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12 mentions1 week ago
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 > © 2014 Condé Nast. All rights ...

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

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2 mentions2 weeks ago
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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6 mentions1 week ago
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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12 mentions2 weeks ago
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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3 mentions2 weeks ago
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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2 mentions2 weeks ago
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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15 mentions2 weeks ago
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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6 mentions2 weeks ago
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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9 mentions2 weeks ago
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

3 mentions2 weeks ago
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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6 mentions2 weeks ago
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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2 mentions3 weeks ago
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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2 mentions3 weeks ago
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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1 mentions3 weeks ago
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 ...

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

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3 mentions3 weeks ago
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 ...

Mesmerizing Photos Of Bees, From An Instagramming Beekeeper

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3 mentions3 weeks 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 ...

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

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8 mentions3 weeks ago
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 mentions3 weeks 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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3 mentions3 weeks ago
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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3 mentions4 weeks ago
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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2 mentions4 weeks ago
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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2 mentions1 month ago
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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2 mentions4 weeks ago
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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2 mentions4 weeks ago
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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2 mentions4 weeks ago
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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3 mentions4 weeks ago
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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4 mentions4 weeks ago
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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2 mentions1 month ago
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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5 mentions1 month ago
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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5 mentions1 month ago
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

8 mentions1 month ago
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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2 mentions1 month ago
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 ...

Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

2 mentions1 month ago
The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes. From the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor. But six years into his administration,

Robot can perform brain surgery through the patient's cheek

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2 mentions1 month ago
A surgical robot can perform corrective epilepsy brain surgery in a much safer and less invasive way. For a percentage of epilepsy patients, medication is less effective at controlling seizures, or it doesn't work at all. For these patients, there is another option: brain surgery. This is usually ...

A Wild Idea: Save Tasmanian Devils While Controlling Killer Cats

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2 mentions1 month ago
Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) disappeared from mainland Australia centuries ago, probably not long after humans first brought dingoes to the continent. A new plan could bring the infamous, snarling predators back from the island of Tasmania to Oz. That would not only benefit the devils, which are dying ...

Your life on earth

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1 mentions1 month ago
How you and the world have changed since you were born. Best viewed on Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer 10 and above Find out how, since the date of your birth, your life has progressed; including how many times your heart has beaten, and how far you have ...

Let Your Finger Do The Reading With This Great Device From MIT Media Lab

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2 mentions1 month ago
We live in a time of information abundance, which far too many of us see as information overload. With the sum total of human knowledge, past and present, at our fingertips, we’re faced with a crisis of attention: which ideas should we engage with, and why? Big Think ...

Skunk Works Reveals Compact Fusion Reactor Details

3 mentions1 month ago
Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the ...

Network Theory Reveals The Hidden Link Between Trade And Military Alliances That Leads to Conflict-Free Stability

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2 mentions1 month ago
The first game-theoretical study of military alliances shows that they cannot alone lead to global stability. The study of modern history is currently undergoing a revolution. That is largely because historians are beginning to apply the ideas in network theory to the complex interactions that have forged our ...

Apple Pay And Digital Currency Mean Time Is Running Out For Physical Cash

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19 mentions1 month ago
Editor’s Note: Ilya Subkhankulov is the COO of BTX Trader, the digital currency trading platform. He has also recently launched a consumer-friendly bitcoin and dogecoin buying service called Celery. Since the advent of electronic payments, there has been a clear shift away from cash and checks. Credit and ...

8 Things About Hardware Crowdfunding We Learned From 20 Campaigns

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14 mentions1 month ago
Editor’s note: Cyril Ebersweiler is the founder and Benjamin Joffe is general partner of the hardware startup accelerator HAXLR8R (“HAX”). Both have been living in China and Asia for over a decade. This is the fifth part of their series on “Lean Hardware.” So far HAX startups have ...

First Demonstration Of Artificial Intelligence On A Quantum Computer

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1 mentions1 month ago
Physicists have long claimed that quantum computers have the potential to dramatically outperform the most powerful conventional processors. The secret sauce at work here is the strange quantum phenomenon of superposition, where a quantum object can exist in two states at the same time. The advantage comes when ...

World's first 3D-printed car released in US

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4 mentions1 month ago
American company Local Motors has built the world's first 3D-printed car, made from a mix of carbon fibre and plastic. It then took one day to refine the shape and two days to assemble the lightweight vehicle... which weighs in around 1,000 kilograms. Local Motors engineer James Earl ...

The Future of Food: Experts Predict How Our Plates Will Change

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Unless there are big changes within the next 20 years, I foresee a two-class food system. One class will eat industrialized food produced as cheaply as possible at the expense of its workers and natural resources. The other will enjoy home gardens and locally and sustainably produced food, - Reseachers exploring biodegradable 3D printed metal bone scaffolds

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2 mentions1 month ago
3D printers can produce custom replacement parts for machines. Why couldn't the same process used in the medical field? Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering and the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine are proposing a new technique to image a damaged structure like a ...

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