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A banner year: Financial scams in China nabbed at least $24 billion in 2015

It’s been a banner year for financial scams in China. Prominent among them was Fanya Metal Exchange—wringing $6 billion or so from duped investors—but it certainly wasn’t alone. Chinese investors lost about $24 billion to such chicanery this year. Many risked their entire life savings, regardless …

China

Here’s how Calgary rental rates compare to the rest of Canada

The latest apartment rental report released by rentseeker.ca indicates that Calgary remains the most expensive city to rent a one bedroom in Canada. …

Canada

Getting creative to cut methane from cows

In a pasture outside Edmonton, Canada, you’ll find a few dozen cows doing what cows do: mostly eating. The average animal spends eight-plus hours a …

The Trans-Pacific Partnership could spell the end of filesharing sites

According to documents leaked by Wikileaks -- specifically, the TPP's finalized chapter on Intellectual Property -- the days of filesharing sites could quickly be coming to a close. Per the agreement, which would be enforced across all 12 member states, ISPs would be required to "remove or disable …

The Internet May Be Changing Your Brain In Ways You've Never Imagined

"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."<p>Five years ago, journalist Nicholas Carr wrote in his book <i>The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing Our Brains</i> about the way technology seemed to be eroding his ability to concentrate.<p>"Once I was a …

The Brain

Brain simulation breakthrough reveals clues about sleep, memory

The Blue Brain Project is a vast effort by 82 scientists worldwide to digitally recreate the human brain. While still far from that goal, the team revealed a breakthrough that has already provided insight into sleep, memory and neurological disorders. They created a simulation of a third of a cubic …

Forget head-up displays. Mitsubishi's eX Concept has an augmented reality windshield

Ahead of its world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month, Mitsubishi has revealed renderings of its latest concept car, the eX Concept.<p>The …

Lying awake at 3am? Perhaps you should try biphasic sleeping

Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be worried about aiming for that magic eight hours a night?<p>While the National Sleep Foundation recommends adults …

Entrepreneurship

This wind turbine can think for itself

These undulating wooden blades are harvesting wind. The €60,000 (£43,000) Hercules turbine is built by Italian company ENESSERE and can provide up to …

Turbines

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ISPs

Inside USC’s crazy experimental VR lab

Even by virtual reality’s usual standards, the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies is taking things a little over the top.<p>“You’re gonna see this drone fly up,” warns Todd Richmond, IEEE fellow and director of advanced prototype development. In ICT’s …

MIT researchers can break Tor anonymity without even touching encryption

Before the arrest of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht made headlines a few years ago, most everyday web users had never heard of Tor. Originally …

SkyGreens Vertical Farm - A compact solution to low-impact food production.

World’s first low carbon hydraulic water-driven, tropical vegetable urban vertical farm, using green urban solutions to achieve enhanced green …

New DNA Tech: Creating Unicorns and Curing Cancer for Real?

We have the earth-shattering technology in our hands—but even its inventors worry about its awesome power to alter our genetic future.<p><i>“We have within</i> …

Genetics

Genome Canada to create ‘innovation network’ of 10 research centres

Citing the need to keep up with a rapidly changing field of science, Canada's principal entity for supporting research in genomics is changing its approach.<p>On Tuesday, Genome Canada is expected to announce it will spend $15.5-million over the next two years to jump-start the creation of what it …

Alberta budget to include more taxes, reveals $5-billion deficit over next year

The Alberta government is asking residents to pay more taxes and receive fewer services for years to come.<p>The province will post a record $5-billion deficit over the next year, reflecting a global collapse in oil prices that has depressed Alberta's revenue and sent the provincial economy spiralling.<p>…

California Just Had a Stunning Increase in Solar

California is now the first U.S. state to get 5 percent of its annual utility-scale electricity from the sun. But that's really understating what …

R7.5 billion wind farm boost for SA

The Eastern Cape is moving ahead with a R7.5 billion wind farm project in the East London Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), which aims to produce 3 …

Why Cities Around The World Are Suddenly Ditching Traffic Lights

Chicago joins other urban areas from England to the Netherlands in rethinking the relationship between pedestrians and automobiles.<p>Common sense says that cars and pedestrians should be kept apart. Pretty straightforward. So why are so many cities challenging that idea? This spring, Chicago will …

Urban Design

Human Computer Interfaces: The Next Hot Innovation In PC Gaming?

I spent the better part of last week at the Game Developers Conference (GDC), checking out a number of new gaming-related innovations poised to hit the market in the next few weeks, months, and (maybe) years. I’m particularly interested in PC hardware, which was good because a number of the major …

Online Life

Why the garage startup is quickly becoming a thing of the past

Traditional tales of teenagers inventing gadgets in basements or undergraduates launching companies in dorm rooms are fading into history. The era of the garage startup is waning, for good reason.<p>First, entrepreneurs are generally a sociable bunch who like interacting while transacting. Gaining …

You Can Now Invest In Solar Bonds Through Your Retirement Account

Investing in solar energy through a retirement account just got easier, thanks to a new initiative.<p>Major solar provider SolarCity announced Monday …

Investing

How Fast And How Deep Will Utilities Venture Into The Solar Energy Craze?

The recent showdown in Arizona between customers who generate electricity using rooftop solar panels and the Salt River Project is a microcosm of the national phenomenon: Questions persist over how to allocate the cost of running the grid and how utilities should be investing for the future.<p>While …

Solar Power

The UK Is Building 6 Electric Lagoons To Generate Electricity From The Tides

The tides are always rising and falling. It’s time to use that energy.<p>Few things are more dependable than the tides. As long as the moon is in the sky and gravity rules the earth, the ocean will always run in and run out. So, it’s perhaps not crazy to think of harnessing tidal movements for energy …

Hydroelectric Power

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

Canada’s oil industry bound for a leaner, fitter future

Any worthwhile television medical drama has a mandatory life-and-death scene. A patient lies on a hospital bed. His heartbeat beeps rhythmically while a green line traces a jagged pulse on a black, gridded screen. Suddenly, the patient's heart gives out, the green line goes horizontal, the beep …

New Technology Will Triple Smartphone Battery Life

The brilliance, power and sheer innovative genius of your smartphone is always balanced by the terrorising and ever present ‘low battery’ sound. At every smartphone launch, every time I get my hands on a new handset, my childlike awe is immediately tempered by the crushing reality of how much power …

Clean Energy

Should we give up on the dream of space elevators?

Elevators that can whisk people and cargo up from the planet’s surface into space could spell an end to polluting rockets. But making them reality is a challenge. Nic Fleming investigates.<p>Elon Musk is considered by many to be visionary – a pioneer of private exploration, and the man behind the …

Engineering

The Future Of Agriculture? Smart Farming

The agricultural sector is going to face enormous challenges in order to feed the 9.6 billion people that the FAO predicts are going to inhabit the planet by 2050: food production must increase by 70% by 2050, and this has to be achieved in spite of the limited availability of arable lands, the …

Farming