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We Could Be Living On The Moon In 10 Years Or Less

And it wouldn't actually be that expensive, thanks to robots, 3D printing, and SpaceX<p>"You are here to help humanity become a spacefaring species."<p>So said the opening line of a brochure for a workshop that took place in August 2014. It was a meeting of some of the greatest scientists and …

A Canadian Province Is About to Start Trialling Universal Basic Income

"The government remains committed to leaving no one behind."<p>People living in the Canadian province of Ontario could soon start receiving an …

Urban Empire is a strategy game that lets you rule cities, not just build them

Keep a city running for 200 years<p><i>Urban Empire</i>, a new project announced today by Tropico publisher Kalypso Media, is a strategy game about building a city and running it — over the course of two centuries.<p>The game is in development for PC at Fragment Production, the Finland-based studio behind the …

The post office is far from dead. With Trudeau’s support, it can become the catalyst of a more caring, equal economy<p>The story has an air of inevitability. A rise in online communication has led to a inexorable decline of mail. Our local post offices, squeezed by the digital era, will soon be quaint …

Canada

Here's How Corporate Growth Is Killing The Economy

It’s easy to see it in fast-forward: companies like Twitter and LinkedIn, who leapfrog each other to achieve sky-high valuations, end up incapable of …

Legalizing Weed Has Done What 1 Trillion Dollars and a 40 Year War Couldn’t

<b>The $1 trillion War on Drugs launched by President Nixon in 1971 created the Mexican drug cartels, now legalizing weed is killing them.</b><p>By <b>Nick …

Cannabis

Breakthrough in next generation of storage batteries could transform the US electrical grid within five to 10 years, says research agency, Arpa-E<p>A US government agency says it has attained the “holy grail” of energy – the next-generation system of battery storage, that has has been hotly pursued by …

Clean Energy

11 Vital Books for First-Time Entrepreneurs

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>From 2011 to 2013, I read 197 books. I read about history, physics, science, health, world travel, space exploration, the ocean, fitness and mathematics. I read bestsellers, classics and unknown authors. However, the underlying foundation …

Why Everyone Who Makes Things Must Learn Entrepreneurship

No other way.<p>Whether you see yourself as an independent musician, a painter, or a developer selling your own software. These days, you must learn the <i>craft</i> of entrepreneurship.<p>Yes -- tough call. But look: most new businesses fail. Scores and scores people who always let their 'trade' take precedence …

Better batteries key to cleaner future

One of the key technologies that could help wean the globe off fossil fuel is probably at your fingertips or in your pocket right now: the battery.<p>If …

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Canada

Does the Device Matter

<b>Does the Device Matter?</b><p>The are many different devices being implemented into classrooms all around the world. With schools using PC’s, Laptops, …

Crowds attack Mexico pipelines, steal diesel with buckets

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Rebellious crowds of townspeople in a rural area in central Mexico are defying police and soldiers to steal diesel from illegally …

Want kids to listen more, fidget less? Try more recess... this school did

Four times a day, the doors of Eagle Mountain Elementary in Fort Worth, Texas, fling open to let bouncy, bubbly, excited kindergarteners and first-graders pounce onto the playground.<p>The youngest kids at this school now enjoy two 15-minute breaks in the morning and two in the afternoon for a total …

Colas Paves Future Roads With Solar

It would be an understatement to say that the company’s executives were surprised when all of France’s major media showed up at the Colas trade show booth in mid-October.<p>“It was incredible,” said Christophe Lienard, Colas’ Innovation Group Director. “Our work in road construction and maintenance …

Roads

Stung by Keystone reversal, Canadian province doubles down on renewable energy

After getting a “major wake-up call” from the U.S. government in its rejection of the<p>Keystone XLpipeline project, the leader of the Canadian province of Alberta announced an aggressive climate-change plan Sunday that sets emission limits for the oil sands and begins the transition from coal to …

Stronger than steel and stretchier than elastic, synthetic silk could transform clothing

DUBLIN -- If Bolt Threads has its way, the clothes of the future could be made from synthetic fibres similar to the web fired from Spider-Man's wrists. How's that for wearable technology?<p>Imagine for a moment that someone from the 1950s time-travelled to today. They would no doubt be astounded by …

Clothing

Release offers first detailed look at 12-state Trans-Pacific Partnership, world’s largest free trade agreement<p>New Zealand has put the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) online, offering the first detailed look at the world’s largest free trade deal, the most ambitious effort in years to …

World Economy

Toyota's New Hydrogen Car First Drive: Produces Exhaust Water Clean Enough To Drink, So I Did

When Toyota emailed about their latest car I got very excited. To understand why I have to take you back a bit to a really old segment from Top Gear back in 2003. In that film James May drove a GM prototype called the Hy-Wire. Back then electric cars as we know them now were an impossibility, there …

Energy

New Solar Thermal Energy Storage Method Boosts Solar Potential

Engineers have created a new method of storing concentrated solar thermal energy. This new technique will lower the cost and will enable solar …

The world's first wave energy microgrid project is coming to Australia

Wave power offers huge promise as a source of clean energy, and now Australia’s Carnegie Wave Energy is taking the technology to bold new places with …

Canada Now Has a Minister of Environment AND Climate Change

Leaders in Canada’s environmental community are expressing optimism about the appointment of lawyer Catherine McKenna as Minister of Environment and …

In the Future, International Airline Travel Will Actually Be Fun Again. No, Really.

Traveling abroad is inherently thrilling — but then there’s that interminable, soul-sucking trek to get there. In the future, things might be very …

Los Angeles

See The Bizarre New Space Suits That Will Take Us To Mars

When Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov conducted the world’s first space walk in 1965, the mission nearly ended in catastrophe. After 12 minutes outside the Voskhod spacecraft, the vacuum of space had caused Leonov’s suit to inflate so much he couldn’t get through the air lock. He was forced to …

Earth - See Saturn's watery moon Enceladus as never before

Coming to within 30 miles (49km) of Saturn's moon Enceladus, Nasa's Cassini spacecraft has captured it in tantalising detail.<p>This raw and unaltered image of Enceladus was taken during Cassini's flyby on 28 October 2015.<p>The moon emits plumes of water and is a key contender for life beyond …

This amazing 3d-printed home and car can charge each other

The future of smart energy-efficient homes may be all about sharing. This is the concept behind AMIE, the Additive Manufacturing Integrated Energy concept by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the largest science and energy lab of the U.S. Department of Energy.<p>Both the one-room shelter and the …

Oil sands companies turn to solvents for low-cost crude extraction

Some oil sands companies are increasingly tweaking a decades-old method of tapping underground seams of bitumen as they scramble to eke out profits after slamming the brakes on multi-billion-dollar growth projects.<p>High costs and pressure to reduce pollution are forcing companies such as Imperial …

Copper foam might revolutionize batteries

You're not dreaming because it may be a reality in the not-too-distant future, powering everything from electric cars to smartphones.<p>And speaking of dreams, the device from Prieto Battery Inc. in Colorado is made of copper foam.<p>Prieto Battery is a startup founded by Amy Prieto based on her research …

Skype founders invent self-driving robot that can deliver groceries for £1

The new self-driving robot, Starship, promises to shake up the local delivery market<p>You've heard of Amazon's plan to deliver packages using drones; now a new company called Starship is promising to disrupt local delivery with the launch of a self-driving robot that can deliver groceries to …

Robotics