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DNA data storage gets random access | Ars Technica

Microsoft Research adds the concept random access to files stored in DNA.<p>When it comes to data storage, efforts to get faster access grab most of the …

Genetics

Entire operating system written into DNA at 215 Pbytes/gram | Ars Technica

High data density thanks to techniques developed for error-prone communication.<p>With humanity's seemingly insatiable desire for data, archiving it …

Genetics

Today, Michio Kaku described what life will look like in twenty years

Earlier today, Michio Kaku spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai. I was fortunate enough to be in the crowd and, like those around me, I was …

Physics

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

Alexa, enable Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Clever Camera App Uses Deep Learning to Perfectly Retouch Your Photos Before You Take Them

Professional photographers often spend hours painstakingly perfecting their images in Lightroom and Photoshop before sharing them with the world. But …

Exclusive: Intel's new smart glasses hands-on

Gear & Gadgets

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (And Amazon Has a Patent for It.)

LONDON — What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something wrong?<p>What if your supervisor could identify every time you paused to scratch or fidget, and for how long you took a bathroom …

Dystopia

Macron's moves to rebrand France as 'business friendly' pay off

President Emmanuel Macron ran for office on a promise to revitalise the economy and shed France’s reputation as a place that is hostile to business. Less than a year into his tenure, his efforts have started to pay off.<p>“France is back,” Macron announced in a speech at the World Economic Forum in …

France

Nintendo Labo hands-on: how these cardboard add-ons work

Nintendo

Vino añejo: edad y tamaño del negocio familiar

Forbes México. <br>Vino añejo: edad y tamaño del negocio familiarVivimos en una sociedad en la que cumplir años es un mérito que llega de manera …

How Likely Is Your Industry to Be Disrupted? This 2×2 Matrix Will Tell You

The topic of industry disruption — “a process whereby a smaller company with fewer resources is able to successfully challenge established incumbent businesses” — is rife with misconceptions. One of the biggest is that it is a mysterious, random, and unpredictable event. Another is that it happens …

Innovation

Portable DNA Sequencer Searches for Life in Extraterrestrial-Like Conditions

A tiny life-seeking instrument could be packed on a future mission to Mars or the icy moons of Enceladus or Europa. Its aim: to find microbes through …

Astronomy

Alibaba and Foxconn Are Pouring Millions Into a Chinese Electric Carmaker

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd have led a 2.2 billion yuan ($347.74 million) funding round in Chinese electric car maker …

Alibaba Group

Dollar Street

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate

Its mantra is #MonkeyFirst<p>At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone …

Working on future assumptions: ideas and ideals with Lyst cofounder Chris Morton

Chris Morton has experimentation imprinted in his business DNA. At a young age, he recalls moving to America and watching his father, who worked for …

More than a feeling: Ten design practices to deliver business value

As design thinking nears its 50th birthday, many companies still struggle to realize value from design. Those that succeed often follow ten best …

Open Innovation Generates Great Ideas, So Why Aren’t Companies Adopting Them?

Today, many companies see open innovation — a process for sharing knowledge and ideas with other organizations — as a core part of their strategy for developing new offerings. Examples include L’Oréal working with Renault on an electric “spa” concept car and auto-parts makers Delphi and Mobileye …

This travel agency doesn't reveal your destination until your plane takes off

<i>This interview is part of our series of Growth Stories. We interviewed the founders and CEOs of 20 of the fastest growing startups in Europe. We asked them about their companies, their companies’ culture, and their lives, trying to understand how these three factors played a role in the achievement</i> …

What the future of work will mean for jobs, skills, and wages

As many as 375 million workers around the world may need to switch occupational categories and learn new skills.<p><b>The technology-driven world</b> in which …

AI creates fake celebrity porn for Redditors to fap to

Artificial intelligence is a game-changer. Never in the history of human existence has there existed a technology with the power to wipe out cancer, end traffic accidents, and perhaps even formulate an actionable plan to reverse climate change. And fortunately for us, some of the smartest people in …

How An Entirely Fake Restaurant Became London's Hottest Reservation

A London-based writer has illustrated how easy it is to manipulate review sites like TripAdvisor, by pushing an entirely nonexistent restaurant to …

The Department of Energy May Have Hit on a New Model for Accelerating Breakthrough Innovation

A blueprint for discovering the technologies of the future and bringing them to market<p>It often seems easy to know when the next big thing is upon us. Someone like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk stands on stage and tells us what they are planning to launch. The business press gets excited, pundits swoon …

Real estate crowdfunding expands into more niche markets

The growing investment model is attracting institutional and individual investors alike<p>To those unfamiliar with real estate crowdfunding, the Fair-Haired Dumbbell development in Portland may be just the kind of wacky, esoteric project one envisions when imagining what happens when strangers pool …

Artificial Intelligence

Entire human chess knowledge learned and surpassed by DeepMind's AlphaZero in four hours

Hundreds of years of chess knowledge was learned and then surpassed by Google DeepMind’s artificial intelligence algorithm in just four hours, it has emerged.<p>The astonishing programme AlphaZero quickly mastered the ancient game, before coming up with completely new strategies, which are now being …

These 3D-printed objects don't need batteries to connect to Wi-Fi

One of the big tradeoffs that comes with the convenience of having smart devices run your home is the hassle of keeping them powered, either with batteries or by plugging them into the wall. But a new project devised by researchers at the University of Washington could one day help guide the …