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The Advantages of Edtech in the Classroom

Great news! My superintendent has given me ten minutes on the fall kick­off agenda to talk about the advantages of edtech in the classroom. This …

Education Technology

EdTech Apps and the Future of Education

> EdTech Apps and the Future of Education<p>Views13540<p>The intersection between technological innovations like mobile apps and websites get a ridiculous …

Your Smart Robot Is Coming in Five Years, But It Might Get Hacked and Kill You

However, it's the cars you really have to worry about.<p>A new report commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security forecasts that autonomous artificially intelligent robots are just five to 10 years away from hitting the mainstream—but there's a catch.<p>The new breed of smart robots will be …

Google Glass

Running at 150,000 RPM, this tiny motor could help satellites keep on course

Free space is clearly at a premium for tiny satellite designs like ASU’s Femtosat.<p>The future is small in space: picture Cubesats the size of toasters and Femtosats an inch across crowding the skies. A newly invented motor that’s both tiny and powerful goes hand in hand with that vision, providing …

Engineering

7-Eleven is now delivering by drone — but only in one state

7-Eleven and drone startup Flirtey made the very first consumer drone delivery in the United States, according to Tech Crunch.<p>The convenience store chain successfully delivered Slurpees, a chicken sandwich, donuts, hot coffee, and candy to a family on July 10 using a drone built by Flirtey.<p>Amazon …

Drones

Rideable Luggage And Golf Course Surfing: Two Devices To Reduce Walking

Could we possibly get any lazier? Now circulating around social media is information on two products: one is a scooter that you can ride around the golf course and a second is luggage that you can ride in the airport. Yes, when I play golf, the first thing I think of is “darn, too much exercise, …

Luggage

Audi Just Invented Fuel Made From CO₂ and Water

An Audi research facility in Dresden, Germany, has managed to create the first batches of diesel fuel with a net-zero carbon footprint — made from …

Carbon Dioxide

American Companies Are One Step Closer To Claiming Asteroid Treasure

Space may be the final frontier, but according to the pesky 1967 UN Outer Space Treaty, celestial bodies may not be claimed for any particular country. But what about the things on the celestial bodies–specifically, the things that can be sold for lots of money? The SPACE act, which would authorize …

Space Exploration

This Futuristic Concrete Heals Itself With Built-In Bacteria

A solid idea<p>Concrete has been a go-to building material since Roman times. It’s durable, easy to make, and relatively inexpensive. There’s just one problem: It has a tendency to crack.<p>There are a lot of different reasons that concrete cracks, but in general, it gets stressed either from the load …

Scientists are developing an x-ray pill you can swallow

Going to the doctor is rarely a pleasant experience. Beyond the sterile atmosphere and high prices (at least in the US), there’s the poking, the prodding, the injecting, and the inserting. According to the American Cancer Society, everyone over the age of 50 should get a colonoscopy to be screened …

Cancer

Food Technology for All - MIT Technology Review

For years, the most important food technologies were all about scale. How could we feed a fast-growing population at less expense? By doing …

Agriculture

Rebuilding the brain: Using AI, electrodes, and machine learning to bridge gaps in the human nervous system

The Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering is building a bidirectional human computer interface that could be used to help stroke and spinal …

Neurophilosophy

Abbott Gets FDA Green Light for First Fully Absorbable Heart Stent

<b>Abbott</b> just received FDA approval for the Absorb coronary heart stent, the first and only fully resorbable stent available in the U.S. We’re kind of …

Wearable Tech

Military may one day ‘grow’ drones in massive chemical baths

What is more exciting than 3D printing, nanotechnology, and drones? The answer, at least according to cutting-edge research at BAE Systems and the …

BAE Systems

Military Playing With Elaborate Sandbox To Explore Future Battlefields

Anticipating where levees will break<p>Today’s battlefields change in the blink of an eye. Generally, that’s because of new attackers emerging from somewhere unseen, or an undetected bomb going off, but what if the sudden change instead came from a burst dam or flash flood? To answer these questions, …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Tiny Rocket Could One Day Deliver Meds Or Hunt For Cancer In Your Body

Ready for bubble-propelled blastoff<p>"Give yourself a <i>shot</i> of adventure!" That was the tagline of the 80s flick "Innerspace" about a miniaturized submersible pod injected into a man's body. Ludicrous right? Well, it looks like technology may be catching up to at least part of the film's nutty premise. …

Lab-Grown Leather Gets A Boost

No cows required<p>Imagine that all the cows on Earth gathered to form their own country. The newly created Republic of Cowtania would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gasses, just behind the United States and China.<p>That’s because cows fart and poop. A lot. And bovine waste is rich …

The Jet Fighter Of The 2040s Will Be A Stealthy Drone Herder

Conceptualizing future aerial battlefields<p>African elephants gestate for up to 23 months in the womb. That’s the longest time between conception and birth in the natural worlds, but it’s got nothing on modern fighter jets, which can gestate for decades. New airplanes just now entering military …

Uber Parking Lot Patrolled By Security Robot

Rented robot is cheaper than California minimum wage<p>Robots make compliant workers. They need mechanics, not sick days or human resource managers. They never demand fair working conditions, or legal protections, or strike if those needs aren’t met. Ride-coordinating service Uber is investing heavily …

South Korean Dog Cloning Facility Can Give You Your Dead Dog Back

Grief Relief<p>The Sooam Biotech Research Foundation can reincarnate your dead dog, a service that would delight pet lovers—for $100,000.<p>“These people …

Biotechnology

Reality goes virtual amid new technology

WE live in a world where virtual reality is changing the way we live our daily lives, and those changes are coming quickly.<p>E-commerce giant Alibaba, …

In a Future of Rapid Change, These 7 Things Will Stay the Same

I’m constantly inquiring about the impact of exponential change over the next 20 years. An equally important question is, what <i>won’t change over the</i> …

Emerging Technology

Technology will change where we live

Dan Laufer Contributor<p>Dan Laufer is a co-founder of RentLingo.com.<p>Governor Jerry Brown recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large-scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Francisco, specifically, which suffers from …

San Francisco

Economic Growth and the Future of the Labour Market

<i>By Conor McGlynn, member of the St. Gallen Symposium's global Leaders of Tomorrow Community</i><p>Reducing unemployment has traditionally been essential to economic growth. More people working produce more goods, in turn adding value to the economy. High unemployment is linked to low or negative growth …

Economics

Why Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen is building an airplane as wide as a football field

Created by Microsoft cofounder and Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, the Stratolaunch will be larger than any other airplane every built. According to Christian Davenport at The Washington Post, the plane is staggeringly huge:<p>Its wingspan measures more than the length of a football field — 385 …

Paul Allen

Walmart looks at robotic shopping carts that tell you what to buy

Websites have suggestions, Walmart has robotic personal shoppers doubling as shopping carts — or at least it wants to.<p>The company is reportedly collaborating with Five Elements Robotics to help consumers ease the burden of pushing around a shopping cart, all while offering up suggestions to …

Elon Musk says the Model S can float well enough to be a boat

The story goes that last week, a Tesla Model S drove through a flooded tunnel in Kazakhstan. It’s not clear in the video below if the car was actually floating, but that didn’t stop Elon Musk from taking to Twitter to turn the video into a bit of Tesla marketing.<p>Musk failed to indicate the …

Tesla