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Natural selection making 'education genes' rarer, says Icelandic study

Researchers say that while the effect corresponds to a small drop in IQ per decade, over centuries the impact could be profound<p>Tempting as it may be, it would be wrong to claim that with each generation humans are becoming more stupid. As scientists are often so keen to point out, it is a bit more …

Genetics

Ichelle Im 001 Drone

Tesla designer Andrew Kim, along with his artist wife Michele Park, have launched a place online to share products and product concepts. One of the …

Drones

What is Love? 3D Print Me (NSFW)

3D printing is a seductive and addicting hobby that traps many in its filament web. Like any relationship, it starts casually at first with the first …

Six drones that do good for people and the planet

When the general public first learned about drones, the context was largely related to military applications and spy tactics, so the unmanned aircraft were cast with a bad rap. Years later, a number of creative technologists have found ways to use drones to help people, animals, and the …

Drones and RC kayaks offer fresh views of the ocean

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography has gotten a few more tech upgrades. Scientists aboard research vessel <i>Sally Ride</i> recently tested a pair of drones and a remote control kayak in an effort to get different views and readings of their subjects.<p>For the former, the Institution launched a drone …

Cheers to The Tech We Have to Look Forward to in 2017

A new year brings new technological marvels and possibilities.<p>While we can't say for certain what 2017 will hold when it comes to tech, we know some of what we can look forward to in the new year.<p>From the 10th anniversary of the iPhone to a perilous plunge into Saturn, here's a look at some of the …

Samsung Galaxy S7

Genetic editing could rob world of creative geniuses like Thomas Edison or Tennessee Williams

Genetic editing to cure future generations of disease and mental disorders could rob the world of the creative geniuses who have transformed society, it has been claimed.<p>Next year, the first large trials will begin in the US and China to tweak the genes of patients suffering from cancer - a …

The Alien Style of Deep Learning Generative Design

What happens when you have Deep Learning begin to generate your designs? The commons misconception would be that a machine’s design would look …

17 Google products you've never heard of

Most of us have heard of Google's well-publicized moonshots: Self-driving cars, smart contact lenses, internet-beaming balloons, and more.<p>While those products and services sound amazing, most of us can't use them just yet. But the company actually has a bunch of other ones that are incredibly …

Apps

Prepare for even more volatile weather in 2017

Ice isn't just great for keeping your drinks cool at parties, it also helps keep our planet cool by reflecting some of the sun's heat away. But thanks to our <i>glacially</i> slow progress in addressing climate change, there's going to be a lot less ice in the Arctic next year. Scientists are observing …

The $5 PoisonTap quickly, completely hijacks even a locked computer’s internet

After I learned of this clever exploit from Samy Kamkar, my poor 2012 MacBook Air looks more vulnerable than venerable: Asleep on the table, its USB ports exposed, it could be hijacked in seconds by a malicious Raspberry Pi Zero called PoisonTap. No need for passwords, zero-days or million-dollar …

Raspberry Pi

Leaked NASA Paper Shows The 'Impossible' EM Drive Really Does Work

Did we just achieve fuel-less propulsion?<p>The results of NASA's tests on the 'impossible' EM Drive have been leaked, and they reveal that the …

Space Travel

Wall Street's biggest investors have their own expensive election polls that the public rarely sees

But suppose you had a way of knowing that the election outcome isn't as uncertain as it might seem.<p>Some of the world's biggest investors do have a way.<p>Unwilling to rely on public polls conducted mostly by the media and universities, these hedge funds and other large investors are paying for their …

Polling

Harvard Study Decrypts the Ancient Mystery of Consciousness

What is consciousness? Is human consciousness seated in our mind, body, brain—or some combination of all three? These questions have mystified …

Consciousness

This résumé landed me interviews at Google, BuzzFeed, and more than 20 top startups

I also crafted, revised, rewrote, and continuously edited my résumé.<p>This résumé landed me interviews at Google, BuzzFeed, Oscar, and nearly two dozen other top startups.<p>I also got interviews for full-time jobs at a major political campaign, a huge government contractor, and a billion-dollar …

Employment

Over The Last 2,000 Years, Humans Have Evolved In Some Surprising Ways

Genetic traits ranging from height to lactose tolerance and menopause onset have changed in the blink of an evolutionary eye.<p>Humans are clearly still evolving. Even though the criteria for passing on our genes is just managing to survive until we reproduce, natural selection keeps on working behind …

The Markforged Mark X lets you teleport precision custom parts from designer to printer

The promise of 3D printing has been kind of a dud. Aside from a few cool Yoda heads and some small plastic pieces, there have been no “indie” players doing much interesting in the space except Markforged. Markforged is a Boston company we featured last year that makes carbon-fiber reinforced …

3D Printing

Why SoftBank Just Led A $130 Million Mega Round Into Zymergen's Microbe-Creating Robots

A single-cell organism, if it’s designed just right, can be worth hundreds of millions to its corporate owners. And for a company leading the way in finding new ones, it means almost comparably large sums from investors who hope it can corner the field.<p>Tucked away in a warehouse in Emeryville, the …

Venture Capital

Verizon has big plans for drones

Verizon recently conducted a test of a drone equipped with wireless antennas designed to provide cellular coverage to dead zones, Bloomberg reports.<p>The initial test was designed to see if the drone could provide coverage to an area in the aftermath of a natural disaster, where power lines and cell …

Drones

Fiat Chrysler Avoids Canada Strike With C$400 Million Deal

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV reached a tentative agreement with workers in Canada that includes more than C$400 million ($300 million) in total …

Business (Canada)

Teachers union, Chicago school district reach contract deal

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago teachers and officials in the nation's third-largest school district reached a tentative agreement late Monday to avert a strike that would have affected about 400,000 students.<p>The Chicago Teachers Union said its members were prepared to walk off the job Tuesday morning for …

Education

Unifor and Fiat Chrysler avert strike, reach tentative agreement

Negotiators for Unifor and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV reached a last-minute tentative agreement, averting a strike by about 10,000 auto workers that would have shut down the company's two Canadian assembly plants and a factory that makes engine parts and other components.<p>After holding fast in …

The market looks eerily similar to the days right before the 1987 crash

Financial advisers and market strategists usually warn their clients that the market's performance in the past is not a reliable guide for its future moves.<p>But when Citi's Tom Fitzpatrick and his team overlaid the current chart of the benchmark S&P 500 with the index in 1987 — right before the …

Stock Markets

SeaBubbles wants to be the Uber for waterborne transportation

Future water taxi service may be coming to Paris<p>When our streets become too congested, why not take to the open water to get around? SeaBubbles is a startup that aims to revolutionize waterborne transportation through fleets of sleek, hydrofoil-equipped shuttles designed to make city travel more …

Traffic

Poland builds a solar-powered bike path that glows a ghostly blue

Poland can do some cool stuff. To wit: this cool bike path in a town called Pruszków. The path is made of a light-emitting material that charges in the sun and can glow for up to 10 hours in the dark, bathing cyclists in a calming blue glow.<p>The company that made it, TPA sp. z o.o is an engineering …

Bike Lanes

American Liquor Distributors Are Confident About the Next 6 Months

Spirits are high in the alcohol business right now, as liquor distributors are optimistic about business, according to a survey of senior …

Morgan Stanley

This adorable robot octopus is powered by farts

Farting octopus robot has prepared me for our automated future<p>The latest addition to a growing menagerie of octopus-robots has a lot going for it: It’s small, completely squishy, it doesn’t need a battery — and it farts.<p>The adorable palm-sized robot is the work of a team of engineers from Harvard …

Robotics

Philip Morris Sabanci Sales and Marketing Inc / mimaristudio

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> The project is the new work and operations headquarters for PMSA which has its design, drafting and …

Architecture