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Unbreakable: A Robot That Can't Be Stopped

New research shows that artificial intelligence can use trial and error to finish a job even when a robot's body is damaged.<p>It almost looks like a wounded animal.<p>There’s that little hop in its gait, the way it looks tentative as it springs forward from its haunches, the not-exactly-straight …

Robotics

10 Cities That Are Shaping The Future Of Urban Living

Cities are frequently at the front line of innovation when it comes to addressing the changing problems of urban life. Plans to combat climate change, bring about cleaner air and create safer, healthier spaces for citizens are all being executed by mayors and councils in the world's major …

Drones Could Become Flying Peeping Toms, Privacy Experts Warn

The Federal Aviation Administration is partnering with CNN and other companies to test-fly an undisclosed number of small drones. Privacy advocates are suing the government to avert a future of flying, spying, and prying robots.<p>Imagine a future in which small machines swarm all around us: blaring …

Piper Pied Imitates HBO’s Silicon Valley And Creates Lossless Compression For Online Images

Brother and sister team Peter Ma and Nancy Ghaly presented Piper Pied, a lossless compression algorithm for online images, at the Disrupt NY Hackathon today. The startup is a “creative spin” on Pied Piper, the company with a similar lossless compression algorithm for everything that appears in …

“Diplomacity” and the role of cities in a globalized world

In order to gain his unique insight on the past, present and future of our cities and their role in world affairs, URBAN HUB spoke with renowned …

National University of Singapore

A Bridge Too Far-cical?

Major media outlets scramble to join the excitement over a Japanese bridge. Gullible or cynical?<p>It was hard to avoid it in the past week — the crazy …

Google Maps

Festival Artist Spotlight: Burning Man's HYBYCOZO

The brilliant artists behind HYBYCOZO and this year's new Burning Man art installation, entitled Deep Thought, are a perfect example of how powerful …

Why you should avoid hotel Wi-Fi like the plague

Click here for more<p>Everybody loves free Wi-Fi. It's an important factor for the connected traveler when they're choosing a hotel, and there are even …

Information Systems

How The May 7 Election Could Break UK, EU And The Global Economy

As the May 7th British election approaches, a worrisome scenario about the outcome in the polls emerges: that neither of the two major parties will win enough votes to form a government.<p>This means that the balance of power is tipping to smaller parties with nationalistic and local agendas. That’s …

DNA editing takes a serious step forward -- for better or worse

It's a scenario that has haunted biologists since the dawn of the DNA age: the evil scientist custom-crafting a human being with test tubes and Petri dishes.<p>So when a Chinese team revealed last month that it had used a new laboratory technique to alter a gene in human embryos, it set off an urgent …

Is the Federal Government Ready for War Against the American People? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>Prior to even the beginning of the Jade Helm provocation strategically announced months in advance for the purpose of triggering reactionary alarm</i> …

Responsive Street Furniture adapts public spaces to suit pedestrians' needs

Street furniture prototypes designed to make cities more adaptable for disabled people are on show as part of the Designs of the Year exhibition at …

Tesla battery storage will accelerate exit of coal generators

Elon Musk has created one of the world’s most valuable motor companies by doubling the price of electric vehicles and wowing consumers with a …

The Dangers of a Constitutional 'Right to Dignity'

It may provide support for same-sex marriage, but it also empowers judges to decide whose 'dignity' they wish to prioritize.<p>If the Supreme Court strikes down same-sex marriage bans, it may well do so on the grounds that they violate the dignity of gay couples. And although proponents of marriage …

Law

Whether or Not Millennials Are Buying Cars Is Beside the Point

Some will, some won't—it shouldn't change how cities adjust their transportation policies.<p>The ongoing discussion about Millennial car interest has been treated, rather strangely, as a zero sum game—as if anyone either always drives or never drives, with no behavior in between. So we get a somewhat …

The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

Something’s rotten: America has little income mobility, lots of inequality and our hard work makes the rich richer<p>The American way of life—more simply, the American way—is charged with affirming our American ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In that trio of nouns—<i>life,</i> …

Press me! The buttons that lie to you

Does it help to push the buttons on pedestrian crossings, train doors and thermostats? Often the answer is “no”, as Chris Baraniuk discovers.<p>The tube pulls in to a busy station along the London Underground’s Central Line. It is early evening on a Thursday. A gaggle of commuters assembles inside and …

House quietly passes tax exemption for megadonors

Major contributors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer would get a break on gift taxes to secretive non-profit groups.<p>The House on Wednesday with little fanfare passed legislation that would protect major donors like the Koch brothers and Tom Steyer from having to pay gift taxes on huge donations …

This 19th Century 'Stench Map' Shows How Smells Reshaped New York City

Malodorous industries moved from Manhattan to Brooklyn, shifting the industrial landscape.<p>During the 19th century, it was widely believed that bad smells carried diseases. In the 1870s, the New York City Metropolitan Board of Health created the below "stench map" to point out where malodorous …

Hanover's Bald Eagle Webcam Is Really Addictive

Gaze in wonder at Liberty and Freedom, their babies, and piles of gory fish.<p>Viewed in the privacy of their nest, America's beloved bald eagles are a mighty sight: fierce, ever-vigilant, and surrounded by fly-swarmed piles of bloody fish.<p>Since February, the Internet has had the immense pleasure of …

This Handlebar Laptop Stand Brings Cycling Style to Your Desk

Warning: Not for use on an actual, moving bicycle.<p>It's tough to be a cycling enthusiast working a desk job. Instead of speeding down a bike trail, you’re stuck in one place for eight hours a day as your body deteriorates from prolonged sitting. But here’s a way to bring a bit of cycling style into …

Copenhagen's Pioneering Bike Share Program Is Days Away From Being Scrapped

The Danish capital is embroiled in a battle with the company responsible for providing fancy new bikes for the program.<p>In 2013, Copenhagen—a city of ebullient cyclists—launched the mother of all city bike schemes. Its white bikes were fitted with motors and GPS-enabled tablets—expensive, but …

Copenhagen

NSA declares war on general purpose computers

NSA director Michael S Rogers says his agency wants "front doors" to all cryptography used in the USA, so that no one can have secrets it can't spy …

Reinventing Times Square, Again: Best #Cityreads of the Week

A roundup of the best stories on cities and urbanism we've come across in the last seven days.<p><i>Tweet us your favorites with #CityReads.</i><p>"Imagining the Future of Times Square, Again and Again," Adam K. Raymond, <i>New York Magazine</i><p>Times Square has always been about reinvention — in order for the New York</i> …

We can’t take a joke anymore: The inflated dangers of pushing the envelope and crossing the line

The humble gag has become a ticking bomb in the age of the Internet. Here’s why humor has become so fraught<p>I won't start by asking if you've heard the one about the comic whose four-year-old tweets came back to bite him in the ass. That would be a lame, jokey way to begin a discussion of lame …

Senate creating secret encyclopedia of US spy programs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trying to get a handle on hundreds of sensitive, closely held surveillance programs, a Senate committee is compiling a secret …

Mapping New York City's Booming Passive House Movement - Curbed NY

Seeing as Brooklyn is the artisanal, organic heartbeat of New York City, it should come as no surprise that the latest trend in sustainable building is spreading across the borough. Passive buildings, built to <b>"passive house" standards</b> imported from Germany, are popping up all over the place (even …

Green Living

In This Zoo Of The Future, All The Animals Are Genetically Modified Mutants

If wildlife goes extinct, perhaps we can preserve its essence in a menagerie of disturbing new creatures.<p>With species now disappearing 1,000 times faster than the natural rate, it’s not hard to imagine a near future when the only surviving gorillas, leopards, and elephants live in zoos. Some …