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18 Exponential Changes We Can Expect in the Year Ahead - MIT Technology Review

<i>Azeem Azhar is a strategist, product entrepreneur, and analyst living in London. He is the curator of the weekly newsletter</i> Exponential View<i>, from</i> …

Innovation

Affordable new device uses solar energy to produce hydrogen and electricity

Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) have advanced the field of hydrogen power by creating a hybrid device that uses solar …

Clean Energy

Unravelling Ropes Into Fractal-Like Patterns (10 Photos)

In an ongoing series of artworks entitled ‘<i>Ciclotramas</i>‘, Brazilian artist Janaina Mello Landini unravels ropes into incredible fractal patterns that …

São Paulo

First Evidence That Offshore Wind Farms Are Changing the Oceans - MIT Technology Review

Offshore wind farms are becoming increasingly common in our oceans. In Europe, the goal is for them to supply over 4 percent of the continent’s …

Wind Power

Why you should be excited about zero UI

Zero UI doesn't mean getting rid of the interface entirely. Rather, it's a process where many of the visual interfaces we spend so much time with …

UI Design

Dragonfly Wings Can Rip Apart Bacteria Without Antibiotics

We finally know why.<p>Special bacteria-killing surfaces constitute a highly active area of research and development. Strategies to construct them vary …

SolarWindow unveils new energy-generating glass that bends

SolarWindow made headlines for their business-card thin solar coating for curved glass surfaces in late 2016, and now they’re going a step further …

MIT's self-folding origami technology could change how we design everything from airbags to wearables

PUMPED UP<p>MIT’s self-folding origami technology could change how we design everything from airbags to wearables<p>By December 29, 2016<p>Think “inflatables”—balloons, airbags, or pool rafts probably come to mind. The list might get a bit longer.<p>Researchers at MIT’s Tangible Media Group have developed a …

Robotics

For Carbon Sequestration, ARPA-E Banks $35 Million On The Crops Of The Future

<b>Published on</b> December 19th, 2016 | <i>by Tina Casey</i><p>0<p>December 19th, 2016 by <b>Tina Casey</b><p>The Energy Department is out with another $35 million in funding for …

Imaging

Dutch scientists' artificial leaf can create medicine anywhere

Wouldn't it be great to have the ability to concoct medicine anywhere the sun shines, even if it's on another planet? A team of Dutch scientists from Eindhoven University of Technology have developed an artificial leaf-like device that could make that happen. The researchers, inspired by plants …

Chemistry

Welcome to Terra Sapiens

Humans have been altering Earth for millennia, but only now are we wise to what we’re doing. How will we use that wisdom?<i>By David Grinspoon</i>Read at …

Anthropocene

A 28-Year-Old Hollywood Composer Shares 3 Ways To Optimize Creativity Under Pressure

It’s like trying to extract water from a hose riddled with kinks. It just doesn’t work. Yet it’s the logic many of us rely on almost everyday.<p>I’m talking about creativity—and the alarming misunderstanding of its nature.<p>According to scientists, creativity is a spontaneous process. In other words, …

Costa Rica modernized without wrecking the environment. Here’s how.

<i>First in a series on tackling global poverty while protecting the environment. Read the intro.</i><p>For the one in 10 people around the world living on …

Even the Flowers Sing at This High-Tech Botanical Garden

Finally, the permission to play in the woods after dark you’ve always wanted.<p>It may be called a “holiday light show,” but don’t let that scare you. There’s not a single Santa suit or manger in sight at <i>Enchanted: Forest of Light</i>, the weird and rather wonderful after-hours installation at LA’s …

Disturbing Photos of American Oilfields Look Like Abstract Expressionism

Using satellite imagery Mishka Henner's '18 Pumpjacks' turns the oil industry into abstract art.<p><i>Mishka Henner, Eighteen Pumpjacks, (2012). API 02914653 Mountain View, CA.</i><p>In Kansas, California, and Texas there are hundreds of oilfields which have made an indelible mark on the landscape. 18 of them …

Comment on Seattle Minimum Wage Experiment is Over by What I’m Reading – Matt Franz

[…] Seattle Minimum Wage Experiment is Over (Barry Ritholtz) The unemployment rate in the city of Seattle – the tip of the spear when it comes to …

This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

We can’t go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it<p>As a theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the world’s great universities. …

Stephen Hawking

The World's Top Biologists Have Met to Discuss Whether We Should Update Evolution

Bringing Darwin's theory into the 21st century.<p>Evolutionary biology has helped scientists understand why the world looks the way it does for more …

Fake News Is Not the Only Problem – Data & Society

There have been so many conversations on the impact of fake news on the recent US elections. An already polarized public is pushed further apart by …

A Strange And Largely Unrecognised Life Form Is Controlling Our Oceans

Killing whole ecosystems in a matter of hours.<p>Have you ever wondered where the foam in the ocean comes from? Or why the sea can look clear on some …

Physicist Says Our Universe Could Have Spawned From a Black Hole

What if the Big Bang was a black hole?<p>According to our best understanding of the Universe, if you travel back in time as far as you can, around 13.8 …

Crystal ball-like robot will fill your home with sunlight

LONDON — Dr. Diva Tommei, 32, was once a Bioinformatics PhD student at Cambridge University who was spending way too much time in a dark office.<p>That …

Cambridge University

Chen Wenling's Grotesque Materialism

The farting bull you see above is a sculpture by Chen Wenling called "What You see Might Not Be Real," a commentary on the global financial crisis …

Self-awareness

Energy hijacking pathway found within photosynthesis

An unexpected source of inefficiency within a photosynthetic enzyme has been identified by scientists. The issue also adversely affects the …

A NASA Scientist Told Us Why People Love Bass So Much

Robert Alexander talks us through what low frequency does to us physically and psychologically.<p>I'd never been to Las Vegas before, so I wasn't sure how often you got to meet former NASA scientists by the swimming pool of a swanky hotel. Is that what people do in Vegas? Gamble, drink, and let a very …