Christopher Bays

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Scientists invent ‘super wood’ that could replace steel

Scientists have devised a way to make wood up to 12 times stronger in a bid to replace steel with a cheaper, lighter and more renewable …

Engineering

On Jan. 1, California is basically becoming a different state

Protection for undocumented immigrants, tougher gun laws, recreational marijuana: California will welcome 2018 by turning into the US equivalent of a Scandinavian country. Hundreds of new laws of markedly progressive inspiration will go into effect in the Golden State come the new year, affecting …

Immigration

Dockless bike-sharing startup LimeBike is working on creating virtual parking spots

It’s the company’s answer to cities’ concerns over bike congestion.<p>For consumers, the benefits of dockless bike-sharing are obvious: You can take a bike and park it anywhere. For cities, it’s a little more complicated.<p>Left unmanaged, bikes can stack up and create more congested pedestrian walkways. …

Cycling

Edward Snowden created an app to catch hackers

Rather than fill your home with cameras, or motion sensors, or trip wires or booby traps, Edward Snowden has a new way to figure out if your home or laptop has been violated. All it takes is an extra Android phone.<p>The Freedom of the Press Foundation, which counts the NSA whistleblower as a board …

Electronic Frontier Foundation

Anti-aging stem cell treatment proves successful in early human trials

The results of two human clinical trials into a stem cell therapy that can reverse symptoms of age-associated frailty have been published, and the …

Cell Biology

North Korea EMP attack could ‘shut down US power grid and kill 90% of Americans’

Experts have warned Congress that it is ignoring a newly-developed weapon from North Korea which could shut down the US power grid and kill the vast …

Government

Magic mushrooms 'reboot' brain in depressed people – study

Patients unresponsive to conventional treatments benefit when treated with natural psychoactive compound, but researchers warn against self medication<p>Magic mushrooms may effectively “reset” the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the …

The Brain

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give an example of a compelling smart city application that real people are using. But to be honest, there really isn’t too much to point to – yet. Cities may be getting smarter, but they haven’t noticeably changed from a user perspective.<p>It seems like …

Iceland switches on first true “negative emissions” plant that sucks in CO2 and turns it into stone

In a world first, a plant has managed to truly reduce our CO2 emissions by sucking it out of the air and injecting it into the ground<p>Some of us don’t …

Why a Hyperloop route between St. Louis and Kansas City isn’t that far-fetched

I live in the St. Louis area, so I’ve driven the flat stretch of Interstate 70 between St. Louis and Kansas City on several occasions. Along the way, there is a store called Ozark Land, where you can buy fireworks, ninja stars, retro candy, and a pocket knife with your name carved into it, which …

Kansas City

Trump to end key ACA subsidies, a move that will threaten the law’s marketplaces

President Trump is throwing a bomb into the insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act, choosing to end critical payments to health insurers that help millions of lower- ­income Americans afford coverage. The decision coincides with an executive order on Thursday to allow …

Health Care
Health Care

New compound kills cancer without harming healthy cells

Scientists have developed a small molecule that directly triggers suicide in cancer cells without harming healthy cells.<p>In the journal <i>Cancer Cell</i>, …

Richard Branson and Virgin join forces with Hyperloop One

Today, the Virgin Group has announced that it has invested in Hyperloop One, the startup that recently demonstrated a working prototype of the travel system. As well as cash, and the involvement of Sir Richard Branson, the company will re-brand as Virgin Hyperloop One in the near future. In a …

We tested out Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac's Super Cruise — here's which one we liked better

The two best semi-self-diving features in the car market right now are Tesla Autopilot and Cadillac Super Cruise.<p>Tesla's system has been around longer (it debuted in 2015) and uses cameras, radars, sonar, and GPS navigation. In particular, the camera-based visual technology demands that each …

Tesla

If you’re surprised by Terry Crews’ harassment admission, then you don’t know Terry Crews

Admitting he was sexually accosted by a Hollywood executive is just another example of Crews’ openness<p>When "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews took to Twitter on Tuesday to discuss the sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, he opened up about his own victimization at the hands of …

Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg Think This 1 Teaching Method Will Shake Up Education. Here's Why You Should Care

Personalized learning is the way forward in education and therefore our economy. Here's why.<p>We currently don't have the silver bullet to education. We're not quite sure what works and what doesn't. Maybe it's because we all learn differently. But whatever the reason, "personalized learning" is on …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

A new Hyperloop One route has been proposed for Missouri

Less than a month after Hyperloop One announced the ten viable routes for its transportation system, several groups have come together to form a new …

Transportation

3 Things to Know about Big Data: A Primer on Data Analytics Part 1

Joyce Durst, co-founder and CEO of Growth Acceleration Partners, shares the need-to-know info about data analytics for entrepreneurs.<p>Deciding how to invest your company's resources is complicated, especially when you're not sure what factors to rely on: revenue, customer reviews, team feedback, or …

Big Data

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

HHS Secretary Tom Price resigns

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Tom Price, the embattled health and human services secretary, resigned Friday in the midst of a scandal over his use of private planes, a storm that enraged President Donald Trump and undercut his promise to bring accountability to Washington.<p>Price's departure came as he's being …

Donald Trump

Elon Musk's Plans Include Passenger Rocket to Anywhere on Earth

From here to everywhere in an hour or less.<p>Filed Under Elon Musk & Travel<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed Friday that, his company’s name …

Elon Musk

It’s the end of the university as we know it

<i>This is the last in</i> The Vanishing University, <i>a four-part series exploring the tech-driven future of higher education in America. Here are parts one, two, and three.</i><p>“Not enough people are innovating enough in higher education,” gripes Larry Summers, the economist who served for five years as …

Higher Education

California is now also considering a ban on gas and diesel-powered cars

California and its Air Resources Board have long been perceived as leaders in the fight against climate change and especially in the adoption of electric cars.<p>But several other countries have since been more aggressive and announced upcoming bans on sales of new gas and diesel-powered cars.<p>Now …

Elon Musk says he has a green light to build a NY-Philly-Baltimore-DC hyperloop

‘Verbal govt approval’<p>Elon Musk just tweeted that his Boring Company tunnel project has received “verbal [government] approval” to build a hyperloop connecting New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.<p>While we work to verify his claim, Musk is continuing to tweet more details …

'INFLECTION POINT': Renewables will be the 'cheapest form of new power generation' by 2020

New research from Morgan Stanley estimates that renewables will be the cheapest source of power in the world in less than three years.<p>"Numerous key markets recently reached an inflection point where renewables have become the cheapest form of new power generation," the bank said in a note.<p>"A …

Renewable Energy

Dutch startup promises a solar car for around $130,000

When most people talk about using solar energy to power cars, they mean sourcing electricity from solar panels. But a new Dutch company has something …

Electric Vehicles

This self-driving truck has no room for a human driver — literally

An eerie resemblance to the killer tractor trailers from Logan<p>Most experts believe the first industry to be upended by autonomous driving will be the trucking sector. What better use case for driverless technology than long-haul trucking where most of the driving is confined to the highway? The …

In the knowledge economy, we need a Netflix of education

With 4.6 billion pieces of content produced daily, it might seem that our hunger for knowledge should be satisfied — but information production and distribution is not the same as consumption and it’s not as simple as just putting information out there.<p>The problem is that we are drowning in content …