Christopher Bays

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Elon Musk Shares New Image and Update on the Tesla Model 3 Performance

It’s no secret that the Tesla Model 3, the more affordable electric vehicle from the carmaker, is a source of frustration for the company’s CEO Elon …

“Change like we’ve not seen in decades”—high-end auto designers go electric

Whoever you ask, EVs mean far greater freedom for designers, engineers, and marketers.<p>Change comes hard. And sometimes, it's slow. Until recently, no …

Scientists discover a new type of depression, paving the way for new treatments

Rising depression rates are at the forefront of mental-health-related discussions right now, particularly in light of Kate Spade and Anthony …

Research

Ben Bernanke warns this is the Wile E. Coyote economy

<b>1. Don't look down:</b> Ben Bernanke fears that the American economy will soon look like a Looney Tunes episode.<p>The former Federal Reserve chief questions the wisdom of Congress for waiting until the economy looked healthy and then hitting the gas with massive corporate tax cuts and a burst of spending.<p>…

Federal Reserve

Here's what teachers accomplished with their protests this year

<b>(CNN) —</b> This was the school year teachers reached their breaking point.<p>From West Virginia to Arizona, they walked out en masse to protest at their state capitols. Many were tired of working multiple jobs and wanted higher salaries.<p>Even more demanded better school funding for their students to …

Education

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 …

Los Angeles

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. …

San Francisco

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 …

Android Phones

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 …

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 …

In race to replace Christie, GOP nominee Guadagno takes hard right turn

The sleepy race to replace New Jersey Gov. Christie Christie, steeped until now in talk of property taxes and job creation, is taking a sudden, hard right turn as the GOP nominee borrows a page from President Donald Trump’s playbook.<p>Down in the polls by double digits and struggling to raise enough …

Magic mushrooms 'reboot' brain in depressed people – study

Magic mushrooms may effectively “reset” the activity of key brain circuits known to play a role in depression, the latest study to highlight the therapeutic benefits of psychedelics suggests.<p>Psychedelics have shown promising results in the treatment of depression and addictions in a number of …

The Brain

Smart cities are boring. Give us responsive cities.

Colin O’Donnell Contributor<p>Colin O’Donnell is the chief innovation officer of Intersection.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>With autonomous vehicles it’s not about the journey, it’s about the destination<br>• In the smart city race, we’re betting on transit<p>As an urban technologist, I’m often asked to give …

Smart Cities

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 …

Carbon Dioxide

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 …

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

In Start to Unwinding the Health Law, Trump to Ease Insurance Rules

Directive is expected to expand the sale of less-expensive plans with fewer benefits<p>President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order Thursday to initiate the unwinding of the Affordable Care Act, paving the way for sweeping changes to health-insurance regulations by instructing …

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 …

Space Travel

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 …

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

<b>Terry Crews (Getty/Dave Kotinsky)</b><p>Admitting he was sexually accosted by a Hollywood executive is just another example of Crews’ openness<p>Matthew Rozsa<p>October 11, 2017 5:24pm (UTC)<p>When "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Terry Crews took to Twitter on Tuesday to discuss the sexual harassment allegations against …

Harvey Weinstein

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 …

Education

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 …

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 …

Information Systems

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 …

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

From here to everywhere in an hour or less.<p>SpaceX founder Elon Musk revealed Friday that, his company’s name notwithstanding, his rockets can do more …

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 …

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 …

Electric Vehicles