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Blockchain

Experts warn booming seaweed industry - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A rising number of valuable uses being found for seaweed — from food and fertilizer to pharmaceuticals and industrial gels — is driving the rapid …

Five ways to make your garden into a haven for bees

Kim Stoddart celebrates Bees’ Needs week with her roundup of the best ways to attract pollinators of all kinds to your patch<p>Have you ever listened to the musical sound a bee makes as it works a flower head? Or looked at a wasp as it chews tiny bits of wood off your fence or garden furniture? Wasps …

Gardening

US beekeepers fear for livelihoods as anti-Zika toxin kills 2.5m bees

‘It kills everything’: conservationist warns over threat to other animals Regulators: ‘clear and public health crisis’ allows use of Naled chemical<p>Huddled around their hives, beekeepers around the south-eastern US fear a new threat to their livelihood: a fine mist beaded with neurotoxin, sprayed …

Environmental Health

OBAMA LEGACY: Quiet but big changes in energy, pollution

HANGZHOU, China (AP) — Mostly unnoticed amid the political brawl over climate change, the United States has undergone a quiet transformation in how and where it gets its energy during Barack Obama's presidency, slicing the nation's output of polluting gases that are warming Earth.<p>As politicians …

Fossil Fuels

This map shows the startling impact our 'human footprint' is having on the planet

A new map of the ecological footprint of humans shows that 97 per cent of the most species-rich places on Earth have been seriously altered in the …

Ecology

Warming could unlock Canada’s carbon safe | Toronto Star

“It’s carbon that has accumulated over several thousands of years,” said Mike Waddington, a McMaster professor who has been researching peat in …

Climate Change

The Greatest New Innovative Technologies of 2016

The World Economic Forum (WEF) and Scientific American have recently joined forces and devised a list of the top ten most innovative technologies of …

This new $1 app lets you use Cardboard apps on the Samsung Gear VR, no root required

Hecorat, the developer behind some cool apps we love like AZ Screen Recorder and EZ Package Disabler, has released a new app on the Play Store and …

12 demos that made me say ‘wow’ at VRLA

VRLA, the world’s biggest VR convention, was closer to a theme park this year than a trade show. You waited in long lines, abused your body with impractical thrills, paid too much for merchandise ($40 t-shirts?) and then went home giddy and dizzy.<p>Unlike a theme park, each booth had a business model …

Why Chinese Investors Are Pouring Money Into This California Virtual Reality Startup

Foreign investors are betting big on consumer virtual reality being the next big thing in TV broadcasting.<p>California startup NextVR recently raised …

Virtual Reality

To cut pollution, old-school sailing boats are taking on diesel megaships

Amid the dozens of cargo ships now steering through the North Sea, one vessel stands apart: the Avontuur, a 144-foot-long schooner powered only by …

One Man Single-Handedly Repopulates Rare Butterfly Species In His Own Backyard

The California Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor hirsuta) is a locally rare butterfly within San Francisco. Now, thanks to California Academy of …

New Solar Capture Technique Converts CO2 Into Burnable Fuel

University of Chicago Engineers have built a new type of solar cell that would efficiently convert atmospheric carbon dioxide to fuel—and it achieves …

Virtual reality: The hype, the problems and the promise

It’s the technology that is supposed to be 2016’s big thing, but what iteration of VR will actually catch on, and what’s just a fad? Tim Maughan takes an in-depth look.<p>I’m sitting in the dark. It’s pitch black, apart from a circular spot of light on the wall in front of me. Voices emerge, a woman …

Virtual Reality

These are the best arguments from the 3% of climate scientist 'skeptics.' Really.

Contrarian climate scientist Roy Spencer summed up the contrarian case for a fossil fuel and tobacco-funded think tank<p>When I give a presentation and mention the 97% expert consensus on human-caused global warming, I’m often asked, “what’s the deal with the other 3%?”. These are the publishing …

Climate Change

These Photorealistic Images Were Created Using Unreal Engine

Electronic artist and game designer Noisestorm crafts lifelike landscapes for his own album art.<p>Dublin-based electronic artist Noisestorm a.k.a. Eoin O’Brion splits his days between making electronic music and working on game development. Of late, O’Brion’s 3D computer-generated designs have been …

Game Development

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4 Design Elements That Cooled Houses Before the Invention of Air Conditioning

Floor plans maximized air flow.<p>Home air-conditioning units have been available to the wealthy since 1914, but they didn't reach the middle class until the post-World War II economic boom, when they became standard in suburban developments.<p>That wasn't that long ago, which begs the question, …

The boy who cried VR!

I came, I saw, I was conquered<p>Quick one, before I go to bed — it’s 4am, and I’m tired as fuck. I want to thank the relevant gods that I was able to …

Virtual Reality

The Future of Tech Just Changed at VRTO--Here's Why That Matters to You

When Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Robotics" for a short story, it's safe to say he never imagined they would persist as guiding principles in the real world 75 years later.<p>And as a writer, I'll cop to no small degree of jealousy for that kind of lasting impact. But I think we can all …

Artificial Intelligence

3 Things That Pokémon Go Says About the Future of Technology

It is hard to think of another app that has reached such high levels of awareness only a little over a week after its release. <i>Pokémon Go</i> is all the …

Pokémon

Man leaves rat race to grow dream permaculture farm - and it's flourishing after 3 years

Andrew Martin left the fast-paced business world in order to live a more simple and sustainable life in balance with nature. He and his wife Beth …

Creating a buzz: Using bees to pull people out of poverty

<b>Bees buzz between the blue and white painted hives.</b><p>There are light purple flowers growing in between the olive trees, rocks and brown grass. The sun burns.<p>"Don't go any nearer, otherwise you'll disturb the bees' movement, and they may sting you," beekeeper Khairi Kharroubi warns.<p>We are in the …

Business Administration

This ‘Other’ Form Of Solar Energy Can Run At Night, And It Just Got A Big Backer

Converting sunlight directly into electricity, the photovoltaic (PV) solar panel industry has dominated the solar generation market recently because …

Environmentalism

Augmented reality has no clothes

Bo Begole Contributor<p>Bo Begole is the vice president and global head of Huawei's Media Technologies Lab, which specializes in algorithms for machine perception, media enhancement and compression.<p>Augmented reality and virtual reality continue to buzz hotly as contenders for the next wave of …

Augmented Reality