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Everyone on Wall Street is talking about this dark new China report

And it has got all the China watchers on Wall Street talking.<p>"Many analysts once forecast a soft landing for the economy after more than 35 years of breakneck growth, but that landing point is still not in sight," the report said.<p>It continued: "While we believe the government will pull enough …


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How fast could humans travel safely through space?

The current speed record has stood for 46 years. When will it be beaten, asks Adam Hadhazy.<p>We humans are obsessed with speed. Recent months, for instance, brought news that students in Germany have broken the record for the fastest accelerating electric car, and that the US Air Force plans to …


Tesla CTO: Batteries + Solar Will Lead To Cheap Electricity Within 10 Years

Energy storage technology is key to popularizing solar energy generation, and that point was underscored by the feature speaker at a large solar energy conference in San Francisco Monday: Tesla Motors' chief technology officer, JB Straubel.<p>Straubel took the stage at Intersolar’s opening ceremony to …


Inside McLaren's high-tech auto lab

Tesla And Energy Storage: The Race To Power The Future

What if there were a way to modernize the nation’s energy grid while also helping bolster renewable energy production? According to Tesla’s innovative mastermind, Elon Musk, the development of massive batteries, which store energy produced from renewable resources, could become a reality within the …

Clean Energy

The GOP’s lottery-ticket philosophy: How extreme wealth is deranging American politics

A new study sheds light on just how large an impact money has on political affiliation<p>It’s a long-running debate: Are rich people more conservative, and particularly more likely to be Republican? The answer is yes, and a large literature establishes this, but the debate still rages on, driven …

Income Inequality

How to Hack Your Body to Live Past 120

A high-profile group of futurists is exploring the possibility of extending human life. How will they do it? Treat the body like a computer.<p>For as …

How to access the secret hidden menus on your iPhone or Android phone

So you think you’re a smartphone expert. You know your iPhone or Android phone inside and out and you constantly help your friends and family with …

Faster-Than-Light Lasers Could “Illuminate” the Universe

<i>The Very Large Telescoping Interferometer firing it’s adaptive optics laser. Image Credit: ESO/G. Hüdepohl</i>It’s a cornerstone of modern physics that …


What’s good for U.S. business? Protect the little guys with big ideas

When independent inventor James Watt introduced his improved steam engine in 1788, he catalyzed the industrial revolution in the United Kingdom, and …