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The 'new' battery that may be vital for a zero carbon future

Researchers have made a potentially vital breakthrough in the search for renewable energy storage.<p>We all know the issues that inefficient batteries can bring to our everyday lives.<p>One of the most important challenges for battery technology is finding a way to provide cheap, stable and efficient …

Clean Energy

Alzheimer's gene neutralised in human brain cells for the first time

Scientists have claimed an important breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s after neutralising the most significant gene responsible for the disease for the first time.<p>A team in California successfully identified the protein associated with the high-risk apoE4 gene and then managed to …

Dementia

The 'Dutch Mountains' will be the world's largest wooden building

The Netherlands is famously flat—but a massive green mountain is rising up in the Dutch city of Veldhoven. The Dutch Mountains project will be the …

Design

Stephane Malka Architects Plug In Eco-Friendly, Cube-Like Extensions Onto A Building Façade In Paris

In the 16th arrondissement of Paris, on Rue Mirabeau near the Seine River, sits a 1970’s, seven-story residence, which like many buildings constructed during this period, consumes enormous amounts of energy – approximately 190 KWh per square meter per year – due to thermal bridges, poor insulation …

Architecture

DeepMind's new robots learned how to teach themselves

The minute hand on the robot apocalypse clock just inched a little closer to midnight. DeepMind, the Google sister-company responsible for the smartest AI on the planet, just taught machines how to figure things out for themselves.<p>Robots aren’t very good at exploring on their own. AI that only …

These 5 Design Firms are Reimagining Bamboo Possibilities

Flexible, durable, and fast-growing—it's no wonder bamboo has been nick-named "the green steel of the 21st century."<p>Renowned for their sustainable projects, this dynamic duo has won multiple green awards, including FutureArc Green Leadership and Green Good Design.<p>The team's latest project is the …

Eco-Friendly Insulation Offers Thermal Performance, Sound Absorption and Fire Resistance at the Same Time

With the aim of promoting more efficient ways to isolate and protect building envelopes, the Chilean team Rootman has developed Thermoroot; a …

Porsche Develops Artificial Neural Networks to Sense Mechanical Failures - The Drive

Porsche Develops Artificial Neural Networks to Keep Machines Running<p>The sensors use vibrations in machines to fix small problems before they become …

Artificial Intelligence

2019 Volvo XC40 Review

The SUV market is getting crowded, fast, and carmakers are scrambling to have their own models stand out. At first glance, Volvo’s new 2019 XC40 …

Metal-clad Treehouse for "no-commute lifestyles" mimics Portland’s forests

With projects like LEVER Architecture’s recently completed Treehouse, it’s little wonder Portland, Ore. scores high marks for livability and …

Datacenter AM4 / Benthem Crouwel Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> TEMPLE OF THE 21ST CENTURY: DATA CENTERS EQUINIX IN AMSTERDAM<br>AM4, Equinix's new data center, makes the …

A Cultural Center Inspired By The Spirit Of Shanghai

Eight Tenths Garden, the art museum and cultural complex designed by Shanghai-based Wutopia Lab, brings together natural and urban environments. …

Power Plant Goes High-Design on Stanford University Campus

It's workhorse architecture with fancy-museum looks<p>When it comes to glamorized building types, cultural institutions (museums, concert halls, and their kin) get all the glory. But the workhorse architecture of the world—like data centers, recycling facilities, and parking garages, don't often get …

Japan Plans for Supertall Wooden Skyscraper in Tokyo by 2041

Timber tower construction is the current obsession of architects, with new projects claiming to be the world’s next tallest popping up all over the …

This amazing green office is covered with native plants that were rescued on-site

Ho Khue Architects has created a beautiful office space in Da Nang infused with lush native greenery. The Vietnam-based firm constructed the Modern …

8 (New) Energy Efficient Materials Architects Should Know

Whether architects are trying to meet the Architecture 2030 Challenge or pursuing their own mission to save energy, they have an opportunity to …

Energy Efficiency

The Modern Village Office / Ho Khue Architects

<i>Text description provided by the architects.</i> Children from centuries in the past until now were born and raised in the countryside without many …

People love Google’s new feature that matches your selfie to a famous painting

It’s the No. 1 free app on the App Store.<p>Do you look like the Mona Lisa? Or maybe more of an American Gothic?<p>Social media is being flooded with Google’s opinions, at least, as part of a new feature that compares a user’s selfie with the company’s catalog of historical artworks, looking for the …

App Store

Viaroom Home uses AI learning to predict smart home activity

This startup, backed by ATES Networks, uses AI learning to predict your smart home's habits.<p>The Viaroom Home, the product of a startup backed by ATES Networks, is a self-learning home controller connected to the internet. It's meant to round up all your smart devices and anticipate home automations …

Smart Homes

Buy, lease, or … subscribe? Volvo takes a cue from Netflix with Care

One of the biggest decisions motorists need to make when shopping for a new car is whether to buy or lease. Volvo is throwing a third option into the …

Alfa Romeo

SingularityNET’s Ben Goertzel has a grand vision for the future of AI

SingularityNET — an ambitious project to create a decentralized marketplace for AI — has raised a lot of money in its token sale. In around 60 seconds after opening the sale to the public, it sold out of the whole amount of available tokens (the AGI token), bringing the total raised to $36 …

Blockchain

5 Key Artificial Intelligence Predictions For 2018: How Machine Learning Will Change Everything

During 2017 it was hard to escape predictions that artificial intelligence is about to change the world. In 2018, this is unlikely to change. However, an increased focus on repeatable and quantifiable results is likely to ground some of the “big picture” thinking in reality.<p>Don’t get me wrong - in …

Artificial Intelligence

Battery researchers claim lithium metal breakthrough to triple electric car range

In the latest battery breakthrough claim of the week, researchers from the University of Waterloo released a new paper claiming a breakthrough involving the use of negative electrodes made of lithium metal.<p>They claim that it has the potential to “dramatically increase battery storage capacity,” …

AlphaZero AI beats champion chess program after teaching itself in four hours

Google’s artificial intelligence sibling DeepMind repurposes Go-playing AI to conquer chess and shogi without aid of human knowledge<p>AlphaZero, the game-playing AI created by Google sibling DeepMind, has beaten the world’s best chess-playing computer program, having taught itself how to play in …

Artificial Intelligence

Developing tomorrow’s technology | BIM+

People<p>Q&A: Foster + Partners’ Martha Tsigkari<p>Developing tomorrow’s technology<p>0 Comments<p>3 December 2017 | By Stephen Cousins<p><i>Foster + Partners’ Applied</i> …

Lessons Learned from the First Generation of Net-Zero Communities

BedZED / WikipediaThe first generation of net-zero communities, which were designed to add no carbon to the atmosphere, are entering their second …

Carbon Emissions

WeWork has big plans for Alexa for Business

Amazon is soon to announce Alexa for Business, and WeWork is one of the first partners to have hopped on the platform.<p>WeWork’s vision is to use technology to help businesses make the most out of their physical space, all while customizing that space to each individual’s personal needs.<p>The …

Startups

US academics predict buildings 3D-printed as a single structure | BIM+

Technology<p>Underground construction is set to become faster and improved by the latest software solution from geospatial specialist 3D Laser Mapping. …

In an age of AI and machine learning, app marketing gets supercharged

Remember the saying, “there’s an app for that”? It may be the case that there are too many apps for “that” these days. The number of available apps in the Google Play Store was placed at 3.3 million apps in September 2017. Apple’s App Store is the second-largest app store with 2.2 million available …

The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data

A NEW commodity spawns a lucrative, fast-growing industry, prompting antitrust regulators to step in to restrain those who control its flow. A …

Economics