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  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Vandertoolen
    +13 +1

    A new $6,000 virtual reality headset lets you see with 'human-eye' resolution

    Finnish start-up Varjo launched its first virtual reality (VR) headset on Tuesday in a bid to capture the growing industrial market for the technology, despite slow pick-up among consumers. The $5,995 headset will be sold directly to businesses in industries like architecture, engineering and construction. Varjo has already collaborated with companies including Airbus, Audi and Volkswagen.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by dianep
    +3 +1

    Samsung's foldable smartphone is a 'game-changer' — but it won't be a profit-maker yet, analyst says

    Samsung's new foldable smartphone is a "game-changer," but investors should not expect the new device to be a major contributor to the company's profits this year, according to an analyst. The South Korean tech giant announced the new phone, called the Galaxy Fold, on Wednesday at a launch event in San Francisco. It builds on Samsung's engineering and display innovation since its first flexible display prototype in 2011.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by sasky
    +4 +1

    Hankook Reveals Futuristic Tires Concept

    At this year’s Essen Motor Show, South Korean tire maker Hankook is once again concentrating on future topics and presenting two futuristic concept tires, the Aeroflow and the Hexonic. The innovation concept initiated with the London Royal College of Art this year within the context of the Hankook “Design Innovation” was launched under the motto “Extending Future Life beyond Mobility”. The task the participating students were set was to develop a new tire concept for autonomous vehicles and thus to create a whole new experience for mobility of the future.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +19 +1

    Bionic Hands Let Amputees Feel and Grip

    If you’re sitting near a coffee mug, pick it up, and note how easy it is to do without really looking. You feel the curvature of the handle, the width of the cup, the slipperiness of the ceramic. Your hand glides into place and you squeeze, getting a sense of the weight, and bring the cup to your mouth. Now, imagine trying to do that with a robotic hand that gives you no sensory feedback. You get no information about the tiny adjustments that your fingers must make in order to grasp it properly. It feels more like operating a joystick than a hand.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +19 +1

    Impossible Burger 2.0 Named Top Tech of CES 2019

    Digital Trends announced its top tech picks for CES 2019, a consumer electronics expo that brings together leaders, developers, and tech enthusiasts. Bringing home the gold was the Impossible Burger 2.0. The Impossible Burger began making headlines in 2016 as the bloodiest vegan burger on the market. It looks, tastes, and even “bleeds” like the traditional beef-based burger.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by capoti
    +1 +1

    Lab-on-a-chip detects cancer from speck of blood

    A new ultrasensitive diagnostic device invented by researchers at the University of Kansas, The University of Kansas Cancer Center and KU Medical Center could allow doctors to detect cancer quickly from a droplet of blood or plasma, leading to timelier interventions and better outcomes for patients.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zobo
    +16 +1

    A major chemical company is building roads made of recycled plastic. They've already stopped 220,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.

    Plastic gets a bad rap for clogging up landfills, polluting our oceans, and leaking toxic chemicals, but there may be ways to mitigate its damage. Beginning in 2017, one of the world's largest plastic producers, Dow Chemical, began building roads with recycled plastic as a way to reduce waste. Their combined efforts have saved 220,000 pounds of waste from ending up in landfills.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ubthejudge
    +2 +1

    Scientists Have Developed New Material That is as Flexible as Elastic But Tough as Steel

    We may soon have fabrics and clothing that is as stretchy as a rubber band while simultaneously being as durable as steel.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by larylin
    +22 +1

    This food tech startup just raised $90 million to make it easier to invent new plant-based meats

    It took Impossible Foods years–and deep expertise in biotech–to develop a plant-based burger that looked and tasted like beef. Other companies, like Just, also have multimillion-dollar labs. But a new startup now wants to make it easier for the other companies to enter the world of plant-based or cell-grown meat, dairy, and eggs.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TNY
    +25 +1

    Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

    Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles or robotic actuators, researchers have found. The resilient fibers, the team discovered, respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level of relative humidity in the air, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators...

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dynamite
    +12 +1

    Forget growing weed—make yeast spit out CBD and THC instead

    We as a species would be miserable without yeast. Baker's yeast has given us leavened bread for thousands of years. And I don’t even want to begin to imagine a world without beer and wine, which rely on yeast to convert sugar into alcohol.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +23 +1

    Bill Gates: How we’ll invent the future

    I was honored when MIT Technology Review invited me to be the first guest curator of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies. Narrowing down the list was difficult. I wanted to choose things that not only will create headlines in 2019 but captured this moment in technological history—which got me thinking about how innovation has evolved over time.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +5 +1

    A robotic hand that gives sixth sense back to users

    We know all know about the five senses, but our ability to move through the world is highly dependent on an often overlooked sixth sense. It's called proprioception, and it's our brain's ability to know where our limbs are in space without visual cues.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +31 +1

    Is the world ready for lab-grown meat?

    Do people want to eat lab-grown meat? A new study, for which I was a peer-reviewer, is the first to rigorously assess consumer interest in plant-based and “clean meat” (also known as lab-grown or cultured meat) in the US, India and China. The study found “high levels of acceptance” in all three countries and “significantly higher acceptance” in India and China, where 86% and 93% respectively reported being at least “somewhat likely” to purchase clean meat.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Pfennig88
    +17 +1

    Goodyear Designs Tire to Turn Cars Into Flying DeLoreans

    Goodyear believes that in the future we will be flying through skyways like Marty McFly in Doc’s DeLorean. So the company has invented a tire that can be used to drive on the road and as a propeller for flight. It’s name is Aero, and it looks pretty cool. Of course, Marty’s future came and left on October 21, 2015 and we still don’t have flying cars. We have some airplane prototypes that are basically just airplanes with wheels, but that's about it.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ppp
    +8 +1

    Welding breakthrough could transform manufacturing

    Scientists from Heriot-Watt University have welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser system, in a breakthrough for the manufacturing industry. Various optical materials such as quartz, borosilicate glass and even sapphire were all successfully welded to metals like aluminium, titanium and stainless steel using the Heriot-Watt laser system, which provides very short, picosecond pulses of infrared light in tracks along the materials to fuse them together.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by manix
    +2 +1

    Researcher uses innovative Clemson facilities to help develop gluten-busting wheat

    A Clemson University researcher is using state-of-the-art facilities at the Pee Dee Research and Education Center (REC) to help develop a new wheat variety that’s safe for people who suffer from celiac disease to eat. Sachin Rustgi, an assistant professor for molecular breeding, altered the wheat genome to create the new variety, which has a built-in defense against celiac disease. Rustgi uses laboratories provided by Clemson’s Advanced Plant Technology Program (APT) to conduct his research.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +19 +1

    Swedish technology could make geothermal as mainstream as wind and solar

    Geothermal power is the best of both worlds. It is flexible, like coal power, providing energy whenever needed. And it’s green, like wind and solar power, producing almost no emissions. Current technology, however, limits its applications. Large geothermal power plants depend on accessing to very hot water, which can only be recovered in small regions around the planet. That’s why places with volcanoes, like Iceland and Indonesia, are able to use large amounts of geothermal energy, but others like France or the UK aren’t.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by jackthetripper
    +20 +1

    AI will change or eliminate 130,000 federal jobs over the next two decades

    AI will play a significant role in helping government agencies to more efficiently provide services, but it will reshape the workforce in ways that are dramatic and largely unforeseen, according to Partnership for Public Service.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by cone
    +23 +1

    Corning is making flexible glass to replace plastic in folding phones

    Whether it’s named or used anonymously, Corning’s Gorilla Glass has been a key ingredient in smartphones since the first iPhone — except for folding phones, where the screens are covered in flexible plastic. The reason: Corning says that it’s still working on flexible glass that will meet the specific needs of smartphone users, a development process that could take a couple of years.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zyery
    +32 +1

    In The Future Of Work, Humans Will Still Be Wanted

    Much of the debate on the fourth industrial revolution has revolved around the threat posed by new technologies such as AI and robotics to jobs and the human way of life. It's a debate that has often contained more hyperbole than fact, and perhaps Manpower is not the first group you would think of to try and add some sense to the debate, but that's what they've tried to do with a recent paper published to coincide with the World Economic Forum shindig in Davos.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rexall
    +4 +1

    USB4 is Going to Revolutionize the USB Standard All Over Again: What You Need to Know

    It’s that time again—another USB standard is upon us, ready to upgrade your device’s ports and cabling in the coming years. Here we’re going to explain everything you need to know about USB4, including the speed improvements in the pipeline and the new capabilities it’s going to borrow from Thunderbolt 3, which shares the same port shape but is a different and more demanding protocol that can piggyback on top of USB-C ports.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by gottlieb
    +11 +1

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “We should be excited about automation”

    Robots have put half a million people out of work in the United States, and researchers estimate that bots could take 800 million jobs by 2030. But New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says that widespread automation is an exciting proposition–as long as some kind of government safety net is in place to equitably help the people who are displaced.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by zritic
    +3 +1

    Why a Universal Basic Income Would Be Cheaper Than Expected

    A universal basic income would be cheaper than many expect, Andrew Yang said in an interview Friday. The entrepreneur is running for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in the 2020 election, pushing for a policy that would give every American a $1,000 per month “Freedom Dividend.” “It gets much, much cheaper, very, very quickly, and the reason it does is that about half of Americans are already receiving government income support in some fashion,” Yang told CBS News.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +5 +1

    Artificial intelligence is going to control on-demand bus services in Japan

    The Mitsubishi Corporation has set up a joint venture company that will use artificial intelligence (AI) to control on-demand bus services in Japan. The new company, called Next Mobility, has been established by Mitsubishi and the Nishi-Nippon Railroad Company, a major Japanese bus operator. The joint venture will start a one-year trial in April at Island City, in the Higashi-ward of Fukuoka City.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +4 +1

    After Success of First 3D-Printed Home in US, 50 More Homes Are Being Built for Poor Families

    It has been one year since this cozy little home, which was built in just 24 hours, was unveiled as America’s first permitted, 3D-printed home in Austin, Texas. Now, the masterminds behind the house are beginning construction on 50 more homes for poor families in rural Latin America.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +22 +1

    SpaceX's Crew Dragon could land with abort thrusters in emergencies, says Musk

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says that Crew Dragon – originally designed to propulsively land like Falcon 9 – is still technically able to do so, a capability that could give the already uniquely redundant spacecraft yet another level of safety during Earth reentry and landing. While Musk noted that adding or enabling that capability during missions with astronauts would be entirely dependent upon NASA’s approval, the idea would be to trigger Crew Dragon’s SuperDraco abort thrusters in the event of a partial or total failure of the spacecraft’s parachutes.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by wildcat
    +12 +1

    10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019, curated by Bill Gates

    I was honored when MIT Technology Review invited me to be the first guest curator of its 10 Breakthrough Technologies. Narrowing down the list was difficult. I wanted to choose things that not only will create headlines in 2019 but captured this moment in technological history—which got me thinking about how innovation has evolved over time.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by spacepopper
    +20 +1

    How Artificial Intelligence Is Changing Science

    No human, or team of humans, could possibly keep up with the avalanche of information produced by many of today’s physics and astronomy experiments. Some of them record terabytes of data every day — and the torrent is only increasing. The Square Kilometer Array, a radio telescope slated to switch on in the mid-2020s, will generate about as much data traffic each year as the entire internet.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +23 +1

    New Rocket Engine Could Whip You From London to Sydney in 4 Hours

    The makers of a new hypersonic rocket engine say it could whisk flights from London to Sydney in just four hours, traveling at five times the speed of sound. That’s a flight that can take 20 hours on a conventional jetliner. According to the BBC, UK company Reaction Engines says it’s gearing up to test the futuristic craft in Colorado — a startling vision of the future of transportation that could also, if the engine lives up to the hype, inform the future of spaceflight.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by geoleo
    +13 +1

    New York City says electric cars are now the cheapest option for its fleet

    Electric cars are expensive. The sticker price for electric vehicles (EVs) has historically exceeded that for comparable gasoline cars. But that’s less true every month. The arrival of cars like Kia’s $33,145 electric Soul, GM’s $36,620 Bolt, and Tesla’s $35,000 Model 3—not to mention the $23,800 Smart EQ—have pushed the price of top-reviewed EVs below the median price for cars in the US. And that’s before thousands of dollars in state and federal incentives.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by ticktack
    +22 +1

    ‘Retail apocalypse’ continues: Gap, Family Dollar, thousands of other stores will close this year

    This year is setting up to be a year that will be full of store closures.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by dianep
    +14 +1

    Scientists build a self-healing, stretchable electronic skin

    The jellyfish -- a transparent, gelatinous blob that fills the world's oceans -- doesn't inherently seem like much of an inspirational creature. But don't tell the scientists at the National University of Singapore that. They've been inspired by the humble, transparent invertebrates to build their latest creation: a self-healing, stretchable, touch-sensitive electronic skin that could be used to develop soft robots and various human-machine communication interfaces.

  • Analysis
    1 month ago
    by estherschindler
    +17 +1

    8 ways sci-fi imagines data storage

    We can remember it for you wholesale. But we probably prefer to use today's storage technology, at least for now.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by melaniee
    +19 +1

    Canada is becoming a tech hub. Thanks, Donald Trump!

    US companies are going to keep hiring foreign tech workers, even as the Trump administration makes doing so more difficult. For a number of US companies that means expanding their operations in Canada, where hiring foreign nationals is much easier. Demand for international workers remained high this year, according to a new Envoy Global survey of more than 400 US hiring professionals, who represent big and small US companies and have all had experience hiring foreign employees.