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By Christine Calo | Articles generally about Technology and Innovation.

Nature article turns theory of stellar evolution upside-down

This week, <i>Nature</i> published an article that could challenge the theory of stellar evolution.<p>"I think that, over the coming months, stellar …

Physics

Cryptocurrency Market Suffers Another Major Correction as Bitcoin, Ether, Ripple Fall

Advertisement<p>The cryptocurrency market experienced yet another major correction for the second time this week, as the price of both major and small …

Bitcoin

Electric Vehicles Cost Less Than Half As Much To Drive

Electric vehicles cost less than half as much to operate as their gasoline-powered counterparts, according to a study of fuel costs released Thursday by the University of Michigan.<p>The average cost to operate an EV in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered …

Electric Vehicles

Tesla is about to suffer the same fate as Ford

• <b>In the 20th century, General Motors outcompeted Ford.</b>• <b><br>Ford was the early innovator, but GM was able to improve on Ford's achievements to become dominant.</b>• <b><br>The same dynamic is now playing out between GM and Tesla, with electric cars and autonomous vehicles.</b><p>About a century ago, give or take a decade, …

Mary Barra

Ford teases an all-electric performance SUV called the ‘Mach 1’

Coming in 2020<p>Ford just rolled out a new Ranger pickup truck, Edge crossover, and Bullitt Mustang here at the North American International Auto Show, all of which were either rumored or expected. But the company teased something totally out of the blue at the very end of its press conference: an …

Electric Vehicles

Physicists Just Caught Particles Spinning Wildly in The 'Wrong' Direction

"What we observed was totally amazing."<p>Physicists have observed some weird atomic collision problems as particles failed to bounce off each other in …

Physics

Renewable energy investment 'bonanza' is coming to Australia, economists say

Economists claim a string of new renewable energy investments could be the beginning of the end for Australia's energy crisis.<p>Following the …

Renewable Energy

Google's Genius Productivity Hack Will Change How You Innovate

Its mantra is #MonkeyFirst<p>At Google X, the company's "moonshot factory," the mantra is "#MonkeyFirst." The idea is that if you want to get a monkey to recite Shakespeare on a pedestal, you start by training the monkey, not building the pedestal, because training the monkey is the hard part. Anyone …

Productivity

Canada could become the world's bitcoin mining capital as China cracks down

• <b>Bitcoin transactions are enabled by so-called bitcoin miners, who are rewarded for digitally checking transaction records with newly minted bitcoins.</b>• <b><br>China is home to the world's biggest bitcoin miners but is cracking down on the sector due to concerns about excessive energy usage.</b>• <b><br>At the same time,</b> …

Cryptocurrency

The best cryptocurrency wallets in 2018

Once you’ve bought Bitcoins (BTC) or other cryptocurrencies via an exchange (like Bitstamp), if you plan to spend your cryptocurrency right away, you …

Cryptocurrency

Be like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett: If you’re not spending 5 hours per week learning, you’re being irresponsible

“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time — none. Zero.” <i>— Charlie Munger, Self-made billionaire & Warren Buffett’s longtime business partner</i><p>Why did the busiest person in the world, former president Barack Obama, read an hour a day …

Peter Diamandis

Why an Old Theory of Everything Is Gaining New Life

Twenty-five particles and four forces. That description—the Standard Model of particle physics—constitutes physicists’ best current explanation for …

Physics

Is Something Neurologically Wrong With Donald Trump?

It is best not to diagnose the president from afar, which is why the federal government needs a system to evaluate him up close.<p>President Donald Trump’s decision to brag in a tweet about the size of his “nuclear button” compared with North Korea’s was widely condemned as bellicose and reckless. The …

Donald Trump

Germany Had So Much Renewable Energy Over Christmas It Had to Pay People to Use It

This is the future.<p>People in Germany essentially got paid to use electricity on Christmas.<p>Electricity prices in the country went negative for many …

Renewable Energy

With a Single Tweet, Elon Musk Taught a Major Lesson in Emotional Intelligence

In a few short sentences, Musk shows how to reach customers effectively: by touching their emotions.<p>Love him or hate him, you've got to give Tesla CEO Elon Musk credit for one thing: The man knows how to use social media.<p>Consider the tweet he sent out on December 26:<p>Wanted again to send a note of …

Emotional Intelligence

Neuroscience: This Simple 10-Minute Exercise Will Give Your Brain an Immediate -- and Lasting -- Boost

This simple 10-minute exercise can give you a 14% gain in cognitive performance say scientists.<p>There are times when we need to have all our brain cells working at their very best to help us make the right decision, or solve a difficult problem, or do well on a test or examination. But, as we all …

The Brain

Australia's first electric passenger plane takes to the skies of Perth, with Rottnest in its sights

Australia's first electric aircraft has begun test flights at Perth's Jandakot Airport, amid hopes the plane will be flying to nearby Rottnest Island …

Aviation

The Internet Of Things (IOT) Will Be Massive In 2018: Here Are The 4 Predictions From IBM

With the number of connected devices set to top 11 billion – and that’s not including computers and phones – in 2018, Internet of Things will clearly continue to be a hot topic.<p>I had the chance to speak to Bret Greenstein, VP of IBM’s Watson IoT Consumer Business, who highlighted four key trends. …

Internet of Things

Trump’s outburst against Bannon removes any shred of presidential decorum

This latest playground brawl must surely mean the end of our hopes for a return to sanity or normalcy in the dawn of Donald Trump’s new year<p>The sight of Donald Trump squabbling with his former strategist Steve Bannon bears a remarkable resemblance to two ferrets negotiating the inside of a sack. It …

Donald Trump

Awake Under Anesthesia

One day in the nineteen-eighties, a woman went to the hospital for cancer surgery. The procedure was a success, and all of the cancer was removed. In the weeks afterward, though, she felt that something was wrong. She went back to her surgeon, who reassured her that the cancer was gone; she …

American Philosophy

Researchers just accidentally found an effective Alzheimer’s treatment while trying to cure diabetes

Developing new treatments for ailments can be a tedious and frustrating process for scientists. Oftentimes, newly developed drugs just don’t work the …

Alzheimer's Disease

This Incredible Virus Attacks Brain Cancer And Actually Boosts Our Immune System

The first therapeutic virus to pass the blood-brain barrier.<p>A study attempting to show that viruses could be delivered to brain tumours has delivered …

Cancer

Rupert Murdoch reportedly called Trump a 'f---ing idiot' after explaining to him that Silicon Valley didn't need his help

• <b>Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch reportedly called President Donald Trump "a f---ing idiot" after a conversation the two had about Silicon Valley during the transition period.</b>• <b><br>The revelation came about in columnist Michael Wolff's upcoming book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White …

Donald Trump

7 Reasons the Best Employees Quit, Even When They Like Their Job

To win at being the best company, you must first win over your best employees.<p>Losing a great employee is a terrible thing. There’s the expense of …

Leadership

Here’s how the U.S. and the world are regulating bitcoin and cryptocurrency

Regulators all over the world have begun to address the challenges presented by virtual currencies that bypass regulated banks, financial firms …

Bitcoin

Here is how tech companies are responding to the repeal of net neutrality

Unless you’ve been in living under a rock the past several months, you knew that a vote on net neutrality was coming. It played out just as everyone suspected and the FCC voted to reclassify internet service providers like Comcast, Spectrum, and Verizon. The vote removed restrictions on the …

Net Neutrality

Older Adults' Forgetfulness Tied to Faulty Brain Rhythms In Sleep

Older brains may forget more because they lose their rhythm at night.<p>During deep sleep, older people have less coordination between two brain waves that are important to saving new memories, a team reports in the journal <i>Neuron.</i><p>"It's like a drummer that's perhaps just one beat off the rhythm," says …

The Brain

Dubai Sets Its Sights On Becoming The World's First Blockchain-Powered Government

Dubbed as the “city of the future”, Dubai, which plans to have robot cops, flying taxis and autonomous vehicles on its roads in coming years and appointed a minister in-charge of Artificial Intelligence recently, is planning yet another transformation: to become the world’s first blockchain-powered …

Bitcoin

Apparently, even Obama wanted to kill net neutrality

Last week saw one of the darkest days for the internet, as the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Title II regulations, which includes net neutrality guidelines that keep ISPs from blocking or throttling web traffic as they please.<p>As part of its effort to overturn those …

Net Neutrality