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China’s Air Problem Is Worse Than You Think

A new study finds that air pollution kills 4,000 people per day in China.<p>Over the past 10 years of living in and then writing about China, I’ve struck these big three recurring themes:<p>That it is impressive and notable for the U.S. and China to have managed relations as well as they have over the …

Documents confirm Apple is building self-driving car

Exclusive: Correspondence obtained by the Guardian shows Project Titan is further along than many suspected and company is scouting for test locations<p>Apple is building a self-driving car in Silicon Valley, and is scouting for secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area to test it, the Guardian …

Silicon Valley

How Your Brain Remembers Where You Parked The Car

If you run into an old friend at the train station, your brain will probably form a memory of the experience. And that memory will forever link the person you saw with the place where you saw him.<p>For the first time, researchers have been able to see that sort of link being created in people's …

Neurophilosophy

Cars designed to be slept in

Vehicle design students at the Royal College of Art have been re-imagining the kind of cars that will be possible in an era of driverless transport.<p>As part of its Future Design series, BBC News spoke to Prof Dale Harrow, head of the Vehicle Design Programme, along with one of his students, Yibo</i> …

Design

Are We More Productive When We Have More Time Off?

We were recently working with a company in Amsterdam, and having difficulty getting a summer meeting scheduled because of the number of executives who were on vacation. Experiencing some frustration, we began to wonder how this company actually got its work done. But their VP of HR assured us, “I …

Polski tramwaj przyspawany do dróg

Co charakteryzuje najnowsze inwestycje polskich miast w transport szynowy? Polityka budowania linii tramwajowych obok wielkich inwestycji drogowych.

The 4D Future of Stuff

Why limit ourselves to printing in just three dimensions?<p>Ours is a world of static objects, cut, cast, or forged for specific tasks. But let’s say you opened an Ikea box, and the desk inside assembled itself. Or your water pipes shrank as the pressure decreased: no more weak showers, less wasted …

Engineering

The Problem With Donald Trump's One-Page Summary On His Wealth

Just how much is Donald Trump worth?<p>"I'm really rich," Trump declared during his presidential announcement Tuesday in New York at Trump Tower, one of the many buildings around the world donning his name.<p>But just how rich has always been a question. It was one before the real-estate mogul declared …

Real Estate

This 20-Year-Old Inventor Said He Could Clean Up The Ocean–Now He’s Really Doing It

The giant ocean trash cleanup machine will begin its work in 2016.<p>Boyan Slat first proposed his giant marine cleanup machine three years ago when he was just 17 years old. During a TED talk, he sketched a vision for a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents.<p>The …

Pollution

Apple Versus Google

In the past two weeks, executives from both Apple and Google have taken the stage at the Moscone Center, in San Francisco, to pump up their troops, their developer corps, and the media. What struck me first in this technology lollapalooza was how similar the events were. Leading the onstage …

Here's A Photo Of A Brain Forming A New Idea

And scientists can tell what the idea is about<p>When a cartoon character has an idea, a light bulb illuminates above his head—a metaphor for how a new thought just seems to click into existence in the human brain. Now neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University have captured the brain’s “eureka” …

The Brain

Airbus to build 900 satellites for OneWeb internet-from-space project

Project partly funded by Richard Branson’s Virgin group aims to create global communications network, launching the first of its orbiting fleet in 2018<p>Airbus will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based internet access to …

Space Exploration

How NASA Can Save Us Billions of Gallons of Water

Here’s something to add to your doomsday list of natural resources that people need to survive but are threatened by climate change: snow. It’s a key …

Inside Obama’s Stealth Startup

President Obama has quietly recruited top tech talent from the likes of Google and Facebook. Their mission: to reboot how government works.<p>For Eric Maland, the whole thing goes back to that San Francisco wedding. Mikey wasn’t there—well, wait, actually, Mikey was there. But Eric didn’t meet him at …

Elon Musk's plan to put the Internet in space moves to launch pad

Elon Musk's SpaceX has asked the FCC to let it start testing a new Internet service, delivered to customers from space.<p>Last month, Musk petitioned the government to launch up to eight prototype satellites into space. They would be equipped with antennas that would send an Internet signal back down …

Elon Musk

Can Wearable Tech Combat Sexual Assault?

ROAR is a startup that’s building a wearable device designed to deter attackers and notify loved ones.<p>Yasmine Mustafa knew things were out of control when somebody was abducted outside her Philadelphia apartment and raped. This wasn’t a bad part of town, either: The self-described serial …

The Try-Hard Generation

Though Baby Boomers may criticize Millennials for being self-centered, careerist, and politically dispassionate, they are really just adapting to the world they live in today.<p>Graduation season is almost done, and it has brought the usual spate of commencement speeches that urge graduates to follow …

We're toast, genetically speaking. (Well, a little bit.)

If someone told you that you and a slice of bread have a common genetic heritage, you probably wouldn't believe it. Yet it's true.<p>As it turns out, yeast and human genes go way, way back: About a billion years ago, we had a common ancestor. Today, yeast and humans still share about 4,000 genes in …

Gun killings fell by 40 percent after Connecticut passed this law

In the early ’90s, gang shootings gripped Connecticut. Bystanders, including a 7-year-old girl, were getting gunned down in drive-bys. “The state is becoming a shooting gallery, and the public wants action,” an editorial in the Hartford Courant said at the time.<p>So in the summer of 1994, lawmakers …

Guns

Young and Entrepreneurial: Lessons Tip'd Off CEO Akshay Oberai Learned From A Successful Exit

<i>Young & Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world. By sharing the stories of these individuals, I hope to inspire youth from all over the world to follow their passions, to take the road less traveled and to</i> …

Net Neutrality rules roll out to keep Internet a one-lane highway

Despite months of heated debate, a new set of net neutrality rules went into effect Friday, so all web users (you and me) and the big traffic-sucking …

Japan is building huge solar power plants that float on water

Unlike coal-fired plants, solar power stations don’t produce smog but they do take up land. Or, at least they did.<p>In Japan’s Hyogo prefecture, a solar station was recently launched that floats on a reservoir and will produce about 2,680 megawatt hours per year—enough for 820 typical households. …

Renewable Energy

The 9 Most Interesting Things China's Richest Man Told Some Of The Richest Executives In America

Jack Ma, the founder and chair of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, spoke frankly to some of the richest people in New York at the Economic Club Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria. Here are some of the most interesting things he said.<p>"If you have less than $1 million, you are the happiest person in …

China

Apple’s Music Revolution That Isn’t

“This amazing little device holds a thousand songs, and it goes right in my pocket.” So said Steve Jobs in introducing the iPod, in October, 2001. And while it wasn’t the first portable digital-music device—there were plenty of MP3 players on the market already—the iPod was so much more elegantly …

As the machines take over, Apple desperately clings to humanity

Technically incorrect: In Monday's announcement of its new music service, Apple is clinging to the hope that people still want to be people and want to believe in other people, rather than in the supremacy of the machines.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken</i> …

Reality TV

Apple Wants to Be the Streaming Music Service for Dads

The tech giant is banking on scale, not innovation.<p>In a sprawling two-hour-long keynote at its annual developer’s conference, executives from the world’s most valuable company touched upon as many of its business commitments as they could.<p>They outlined upcoming changes to its desktop, mobile, and …

Cincinnati Scientists Find A Way To Heal The Body Using Electricity

Cincinnati scientists may have found a way to use electricity to help our bodies quickly heal from injury and wounds.<p>Their experiment works on the …

The $5 Billion Battle For The American Dinner Plate

Investors in startups like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated are wagering hundreds of millions of dollars on the idea that dinnertime is just too hard to manage. As meal-kit startups spring up like so many mushrooms, Fast Company investigates the boxed-meal phenomenon and how it will change the …

2015's 10 Best American Cities For Retirees

Forget the surf-and-turf enclaves of Florida. The top city in the U.S. to retire is actually Phoenix, according to Bankrate.com's first ranking of the best cities for retirement.<p>In a report released Monday, the publisher of finance content ranked 172 cities after considering factors that most …

How to learn 30 languages

Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?<p>Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …

Language Learning