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Driverless taxi rides are headed your way this year

Ready for a completely driverless taxi cab? Riders in the Phoenix area will have the chance to summon a fully autonomous, self-driving vehicle when Google's Waymo launches its ride-sharing service later this year, the company announced.<p>Waymo launched a pilot program last year, but has until now …

Ridesharing

Report: Amazon to Roll Out UPS-Like Delivery Service

Amazon reportedly plans to pilot the new service in Los Angeles with third-party merchants. After that, it will be rolled out to more cities and …

Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

New research published in the journal <i>BMC Cell Biology</i> shows that old human cells can be rejuvenated using chemicals similar to resveratrol, which is …

New wonder drug hailed as biggest breakthrough in fight against heart attacks and cancer

A new class of drugs which could prevent thousands of heart attacks and deaths from cancer has been hailed as the biggest breakthrough since statins.<p>Scientists last night said the discovery ushered in “a new era of therapeutics” which work in an entirely different way to conventional treatment.<p>As …

New frontier in cancer care: Turning blood into living drugs

SEATTLE (AP) — Ken Shefveland's body was swollen with cancer, treatment after treatment failing until doctors gambled on a radical approach: They …

Immunotherapy

This Robot Completes a 2-Hour Brain Surgery Procedure in Just 2.5 Minutes

Doc Bot<p>Brain surgery is precision business, and one slip can spell doom for affected patients. Even in one of the most skilled jobs in the world, …

The Brain

Startup Promises Immortality Through AI, Nanotechnology, and Cloning

One of the things humans have plotted for centuries is escaping death, with little to show for it, until now. One startup called Humai has a plan to …

Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the 'cure'

In September 2015, Elizabeth Parrish flew from Seattle to Colombia to receive an experimental treatment.<p>Craig Venter wants to tackle the ultimate …

Genetics

Is it Possible to Float a Skyscraper From an Asteroid?

Buildings of the future will stretch high into the sky in our cities of the future, but they may not even be attached to the ground. At least, not if …

New era of 'cut and paste' humans close as man injected with genetically-edited blood

A world where DNA can be rewritten to fix deadly diseases has moved a step closer after scientists announced they had genetically-edited the cells of a human for the first time using a groundbreaking technique.<p>A man in China was injected with modified immune cells which had been engineered to fight …

Immune System

Has the secret of eternal youth been found? Researchers pinpoint chemical they say 'has the potential to postpone aging'

Researchers have identified a key factor in the aging process they say could one day lead to longer lives.<p>In a new study on mice and roundworms, …

Research

Ageing process may be reversible, scientists claim

New form of gene therapy shown to produce rejuvenating effect in mice, although scientists say human clinical applications are decade away<p>Wrinkles, grey hair and niggling aches are normally regarded as an inevitable part of growing older, but now scientists claim that the ageing process may be …

Aging

Comment on 3 Big Trends Shaking Up the Energy Industry by barbuto@optonline.net

It is about time……I mean the coming of SOLAR energy is way past due.<br>I remember when Jimmy Carter tried to stimulate it in the 1970s. With the Oil …

Tesla

This Future Highway Will Remove Lanes, But Add Public Transit And Space For Drones

“We believe, in the future, cars won’t be operating the way they are now,” says Vicky Chan, director of Avoid Obvious Architects, which partnered …

Transit

This New Lightbulb Transmits A Record-Breaking Amount Of Data To Your Home Devices

Live, laugh, Li-Fi<p>Researchers in Saudi Arabia have developed a white light laser that sends data hundreds of times faster than the average Wi-Fi connection. They claim it's able to move 2 GB per second, or the size of a feature-length movie, faster than it's taken you to finish reading the last …

Solar roadways of the future to be tested on Route 66

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) plans to become the first US public highway department to test out a new type of pavement created …

Google's new robot is the craziest one we've seen yet

Although Google is selling Boston Dynamics to distance itself from "terrifying" humanoid robots, there's still plenty of robot projects underway. The latest: a humanoid robot with a whole lot of leg and wide range of skills.<p>SCHAFT, a Tokyo-based robotics company run by Google's parent company …

Robotics

How nanotechnology research could cure cancer and other diseases

Genetic diseases may soon be a thing of the past thanks to nanotechnology, which employs tiny particles to manipulate cells and change our DNA<p>Here’s how cancer treatment often runs today: a patient develops an aggressive tumor. A surgeon operates to remove the tumor, but a few cancer cells remain, …

Cancer

The driverless truck is coming, and it’s going to automate millions of jobs

A convoy of self-driving trucks recently drove across Europe and arrived at the Port of Rotterdam. No technology will automate away more jobs — or drive more economic efficiency — than the driverless truck.<p>Shipping a full truckload from L.A. to New York costs around $4,500 today, with labor …

Will capitalism survive the robot revolution?

Economic experts are trying to figure out a question that just two decades ago seemed ridiculous: If 90 percent of human jobs are replaced by robots in the next 50 years — something now considered plausible — is capitalism still the ideal economic system to champion? No one is certain about the …

3 'Smart' Apps That Will Get Everyone Talking

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Picture yourself in the metro or on a bus, facing a long trip home and wondering what to do: You're tired of tweeting; you're not up to a Snapchat; and your temporary transit neighbor has his earphones plugged in. What's more, nothing …

Apps

If you're alive in 30 years, chances are good you may also be alive in 1000 years

Sounds unlikely? It's not - it's actually quite likely.<p>The only way to get people to live for a thousand years or more is to develop advanced …

Samsung Shows What Our Somewhat-Upredictable Future Will Look Like

Futurology cannot precisely pinpoint what’s to come—the only certainty is uncertainty

Samsung

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Brain Preservation Breakthrough Could Usher in a New Era in Cryonics

Researchers from 21st Century Medicine have developed a new technique to allow long term storage of a near-perfect mammalian brain. It’s a …

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The Best Cordless Nail Guns

As powerful as ever.<p>We drove thousands of nails into pressure-treated lumber, oak, pine, and a sandwich of those materials to find out how far these finishing nailer can go on a charge.

Cryopreservation: ‘I freeze people to cheat death’

Max More will have his brain frozen after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.<p>In 1972 Max More saw a children’s science fiction television show called Time Slip that featured characters being …

2050 and the Future of Infrastructure

Much of the world around us has been formed around key pieces of infrastructure. Most see this as a testament to who we are as a society, and part of …