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The Way That Students Learn Today Is Wrong

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A Job Plan for Robots and Humans - MIT Technology Review

One perk of working for Melonee Wise’s startup Fetch is that if your feet are tired you can glide around the office on the back of a squat wheeled …

To preserve mental acuity into old age, experts suggest focusing on these three things

Preventing the diseases we fear most as we age is rarely a sure or simple matter. But for those determined to slow mental decline and drive down the …

An asteroid is definitely going to hit the Earth, expert warns

Space is a dangerous place to be, and since the Earth is in space, every living thing on the planet is at risk of eventually feeling its wrath. …

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Why pulling out of Paris Accord damages America’s economic future

Pulling out of the Paris agreement on climate change will become one of the greatest economic blunders by a U.S. president in our lifetimes.<p>People can disagree about the scientific premise behind climate change, but it’s an inescapable fact that the world is driving ahead to replace carbon energy …

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Pittsburgh plans to power itself with 100% renewable energy

Pittsburgh aims to transition to 100% renewable-energy sources, like wind and solar, by 2035, Mayor Bill Peduto said on Friday.<p>Peduto said he was joining a coalition that intends to uphold the Paris Agreement called Mayors for 100% Clean Energy. The coalition, an initiative of the Sierra Club's …

Massive Rockslide Buries Stretch of California's Highway 1

Weather<p>A major new rockslide has buried a stretch of California's iconic Highway 1 in up to 40 feet of stone and dirt, the latest hit in a soggy winter of slides, floods and road closings along the winding Central California coast road, state transportation officials said Monday.<p>A swath of the …

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A Network Of "Mini Brains" May Be Responsible for Your Pain

A (De)centralized Nervous System<p>Those annoying Crossfit instructors that like to say that pain is all in your head used to have the general support …

Eminent Astrophysicist Issues a Dire Warning on AI and Alien Life

“Fixed to This World”<p>Lord Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal and University of Cambridge Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, believes that …

A Stanford engineer is making stretchable, flexible skin that's straight out of Westworld

"I decided it was time to start helping people," Bao, a chemical engineering professor at Stanford, tells Business Insider.<p>Bao's 17-member Stanford team is developing is flexible, stretchable skin that can sense touch and temperature. In those ways, it's a lot like the stuff that sheathes the …

‘Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.’ The road to immortality

In California, radical scientists and billionaire backers think the technology to extend life – by uploading minds to exist separately from the body – is only a few years away<p>Here’s what happens. You are lying on an operating table, fully conscious, but rendered otherwise insensible, otherwise …

Higgs Boson Physicist May Have Killed the Birth Control Pill

Hormonal contraceptives might be a thing of the past.<p>When the physicists working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN discovered the Higgs boson …

Saya: Big ambitions for Japanese 'digital daughter'

<b>Last year a new Japanese celebrity burst onto the scene. But "Saya" was a different kind of star, because she is the product of a Tokyo computer lab. And like all "parents", her creators have big ambitions for her, writes the BBC's Yvette Tan.</b><p>"'I think I've seen her somewhere' or 'She looks like …

This compact bag puts your entire office -- and a change of clothes -- on your back (pictures)

Sorry, but the jobless future isn’t a luddite fallacy

By Vivek Wadhwa<p>Vivek Wadhwa<p>Email Bio Follow<p>With the unemployment rate falling to 5.3 percent, the lowest in seven years, policy makers are heaving a sigh of relief. Indeed, with the technology boom in progress, there is a lot to be optimistic about. Manufacturing will be returning to U.S. shores …

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These Pedal-Powered Pod Cars Travel Above City Streets, So You Can Avoid Traffic

Hanging from rails up to 80 feet above the street, the Skysmart system uses a series of personal pods that run on either solar power or pedaling from …