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The Web Cookie Is Dying. Here's The Creepier Technology That Comes Next

It may raise hackles to think that U.S. intelligence officials might be monitoring your telephone and Internet communications, but for most of us it’s only the marketers who are really interested in our everyday online activities. And with many billions of dollars at stake, companies are …

17 Emerging Energy Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging energy technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions based on consultation …

Energy

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Nanowires three atoms wide could lead to paper-thin gadgets

What's that odd shape, you ask? That's the world's thinnest nanowire -- and it could be the key to a future wave of flexible devices. In blasting single-layered, semiconducting materials with an electron beam, Vanderbilt University student Junhao Lin has created wires that measure just three atoms …

3D Printed Cars Will Look Weird, Cost Less, Offer Crazy MPG

The days of the iconic car assembly line seems to be numbered. 3D printing technology will one day scale up for mass production of full-size …

3D Printing

Meet the awesome tech that will soon make your smartphone smarter

Context is everything. Your smartphone knows where you are and what direction you're facing, but that's about it. What if it knew your context?<p>Not …

Computer Science

Quantum Dot Technology Could Lead To Solar Panel Windows

Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and the University of Milano-Bicocca have designed and synthesized a new generation of quantum dots …

Diagnosing Parkinson’s From Voice Recordings And Smartphone Movements

Today it’s expensive and difficult to test for the disease. One day, it could be as simple as a computer analyzing for telltale signatures in easy-to-access data.<p>About 6.3 million people suffer from Parkinson’s disease worldwide, but it’s a good bet that not all of those people have actually been …

14 Emerging Digital Technologies That Will Change The World

<i>Policy Horizons Canada worked with futurist and data visualizer Michell Zappa of Envisioning to produce a report called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies and accompanying infographics. We are reproducing the summary for emerging digital and communications technologies.</i><p>We have included predictions …

Internet of Things

Self-healing metal could lead to longer-lasting airplanes

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: MIT<p>MIT researchers recently pulled on a piece of cracked metal so hard that they expected it to break apart. Instead, …

Millions of these robotic bees may roam the world in the near future

This science-fiction infomercial was made to raise awareness of the fact that bees—which are crucial for the survival of all species, including …

The Wild And Wacky Ways Technology Could Change Our Lives In A Decade

A tabletop device that cranks out a sculpture based on sound waves from your conversation. Or how about a shirt that tracks your emotions and emails the stats to your therapist? These are just a couple of the interesting concepts that Ideo and MIT Media Lab have brainstormed together.<p>Ten years from …

U.S. Postal Service

Five out-there energy projects that are moving closer to reality

Advertisement<p>30 Comments<p>Some newer clean energy sources, like solar panels and wind turbines, are becoming mainstream industries, with low prices and …

ABB Conversations > The megatrends are among us, part 1

Technology is redefining what robots CAN do for us. But some big megatrends are redefining what they MUST do for us.<p>In the early 2000s, Google’s …

Citi: These 10 Technologies Will Utterly Transform The World

It's a brand-new list from the one did they did last year.<p>"For the most part, when people think about disruptive innovation, technology is the first thing that comes to mind — smartphones, flat-screen TVs, MP3 players — things that have come on the market that have totally replaced products that we …

U.S. Army

How to Make Solar Panels Affordable—for Billions

Like the installment plans of the Great Depression, Simpa Networks' "Progressive Purchase" agreements are enabling customers in rural India to get solar power for their homes.<p>“Upgrading to electricity” is not a phrase most industrialized world denizens think about much, given that it happened a …

50 billion devices: How software has to change to fit an ultra-connected world

Cisco thinks that as many as 50 billion devices will be connected to the Internet by 2020.<p>To put that in perspective, that’s nine devices for every one of the eight billion people expected to be on the planet. Your phone, the fitness device on your wrist, your doorbell, the thermostat in your …

A 'quantum leap' in encryption technology

Toshiba Research Europe, BT, ADVA Optical Networking and the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the UK's National Measurement Institute, today …

SolTech's Beautiful Glass Roof Tiles Heat Your Home With Solar Energy

SolTech Energy, a Swedish company selling solutions for clean solar power, has developed a unique home heating system contained within roofing tiles …

Clean Energy

The Not-So-Distant Future When We Can All Upgrade Our Brains

The analysts at the Institute for the Future present new research about our weird times.<p>In a decade, cognitive enhancement may have gone mainstream. Pills can already help you stay up longer, bring more focus to your work, and who knows what else. But what might sound good on an individual level …

How Soon Can We Check in to a Space Hotel?

Bigelow Aerospace vice president Jay Ingham tells PM how inflatable space habitats will transform low Earth orbit, starting with an inflatable space station module called BEAM that is slated to dock with the ISS in 2015.<p>NASA tried making inflatable space habitats during the 1990s with its TransHab …