History in the Making

By Darby Krajicek | World Wide News

Solar-powered Pipe desalinates 1.5 billion gallons of drinking water a year for California

Solar power and water desalination are two of the most important things to lock down in the modern age.  Produces an endless source of drinking …

Water

Peter Thiel Is Very, Very Interested in Young People's Blood

The contrarian venture capitalist believes transfusions may hold the key to his dream of living forever.<p>More than anything, Peter Thiel, the billionaire technology investor and Donald Trump supporter, wants to find a way to escape death. He's channeled millions of dollars into startups working on …

New alloy 'four times harder than titanium'

<b>A super-hard metal has been made in the laboratory by melting together titanium and gold.</b><p>The alloy is the hardest known metallic substance compatible with living tissues, say US physicists.<p>The material is four times harder than pure titanium and has applications in making longer-lasting medical …

Titanium

Police 3D-printed a murder victim's finger to unlock his phone

Police in Michigan have a new tool for unlocking phones: 3D printing. According to a new report from <i>Flash Forward</i> creator Rose Eveleth, law enforcement officers approached a professor at Michigan State earlier this year to reproduce a murder victim’s fingerprint from a prerecorded scan. Once …

Policing

NASA looks at a strengthening Tropical Storm Darby

Tropical Storm Darby has been increasing in intensity since yesterday and is expected to become a hurricane. NASA provided a visible look at the …

India Has Planted Nearly 50 Million Trees In 24 Hours

The smoggy cities of India are suddenly looking a lot greener, with just under 50 million trees having been planted in India in a record-breaking …

Cheap robots are coming for our farm jobs by taking the most brutal tasks first

More than a million people working in America’s fields, and far more globally, are about to face competition from workers who never sleep, get tired or ask for a living wage.<p>As field robots have gotten cheaper, a steady stream of farm jobs are being automated. Lettuce weeding is one of the first …

Robotics

You Can Now Drink The World's First Beer Brewed Using Artificial Intelligence

Technology continuously makes our lives better in all sorts of ways.<p>Thanks to the development of things like artificial intelligence, futuristic …

Robots are set to take the jobs of millions of Asian workers in the coming years

In the next few decades, about 56% of all salaried workers in Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam could be displaced by automation and advanced technologies, such as 3D printing. That’s the conclusion of an extensive series of new studies by the International Labour …

Robotics

This Swimming Stingray Robot Is Powered by Real, Living Rat Cells

The cells are activated by light and contract so the robo-stingray can swim.<p>This soft robotic stingray is made of rat heart muscle. Yeah, it's just as crazy as it sounds.<p>"Roughly speaking, we made this thing with a pinch of rat cardiac cells, a pinch of breast implant, and a pinch of gold. That …

Elon Musk says that about ‘500,000 people would have been saved (last year) if Tesla’s Autopilot was universally available’

Following the news of the fatal accident in a Tesla Model S on Autopilot, which happened in May but only came to light last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claims that about half of the approximately one million people who died in auto accidents last year would have been saved if the Tesla Autopilot was …

Missouri is installing solar power grabbing pavement on Route 66

Part of its ‘Road to Tomorrow Initiative,’ Missouri’s Department of Transportation is teaming with Solar Roadways, an Idaho-based startup (seriously, what’s going on in Idaho?) to cover an undetermined length of Historic Route 66 with road-ready solar panels.<p>“We expect them to be in place, I’m …

As Tech Evaporates Jobs, “The Tipping Point Will Be Driverless Trucks”

Driverless vehicles “will make what happened in the steel or auto industries look tiny,” says the former chief of one of America’s largest unions.<p>It was the free pizza that led Andy Stern to his first union meeting, back when he was working as a welfare caseworker in the 1970’s. He rose fast …

Jackpot! NASA Just Released 56 Patented Technologies Into the Public Domain

A Technological Windfall<p>We may have all just won the lottery (and we didn’t even know we were playing). NASA just released 56 patented technologies …

Space

Memory That Lasts Forever: New Quartz Coin Can Store 360TB of Data for 14 Billion Years

Previously, we shared an amazing breakthrough: The ability to store data on slivers of quartz glass for 300 million years.<p>Now, you don’t have to …

Hyperloop One reaches 187kph in first test run

Hyperloop One has successfully tested its levitating electromagnetic motor for future transport systems at a track in Nevada, USA.<p>The company's electromagnetic sled reached 187kph, as reported by <i>The Guardian</i>, on a short open-air test track before ploughing into a pile of sand – necessary, as the …

Hyundai's new wearable robot turns you into a mech pilot

South Korean automaker Hyundai has unveiled what is apparently a new robotic exoskeleton. In a blog post the company compares its "wearable robot" prototype to an Iron Man suit, saying it gives the wearer extra strength, allowing them to lift objects "hundreds of kilograms" in weight. The company …

Autos

IBM Announces Magic Bullet To Zap All Kinds of Killer Viruses

Working with Singapore researchers, IBM has engineered a chemical that blocks viruses like Zika, Ebola, dengue, influenza, herpes, and more.<p>Soon your bathroom might have antimicrobial soap that doesn't just kill bacteria, but also wipes out Ebola, Zika, dengue, or herpes. That's the promise of a …

AI Lawyer "Ross" Has Been Hired By Its First Official Law Firm

Ross: A Very Smart Artificial Co-worker<p>Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy …

Why Microsoft Just Bought 10 Million Strands of DNA

It’s all about the future of storage.<p>Microsoft MSFT . just bought 10 million strands of DNA from a San Francisco company called Twist Bioscience. Why? Data storage.<p>When you think about DNA and data, chances are you’re thinking about all that genetic information that can help further medical …

Watch a River Catch on Fire Because of Fracking

Mother Nature probably never wanted to wax a song about fire and water but when fracking gets involved, all sorts of wild stuff starts happening. …

Cool Stuff

Solar plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

KAPOLEI, Hawaii (AP) — A solar plane on an around-the-world journey has reached the point of no return over the Pacific Ocean after departing Hawaii, and now it's California or bust.<p>The plane was cruising over the cold northern Pacific late Thursday at about 20,000 feet with a nearly-full battery …

Airplanes

The 3 Big Technologies To Watch Over The Next Decade -- Genomics, Nanotechnology and Robotics

Many people take it as an article of faith that technology is changing the world, but in his new book, <i>The Rise and Fall of American Growth</i>, economist Robert Gordon says otherwise. He points out—accurately—that productivity, which surged between 1920 and 1970, has stalled since then and is likely to …

Robotics

U.S. Navy’s sub-hunting drone ships will hit the open ocean this summer

Drones may known for their prowess in the skies, but thanks to some new developments at the U.S. Navy, they’ll soon be turning the open seas into …

Gear & Gadgets

Cure for HIV reportedly 3 years away

A cure for HIV and AIDS reportedly could be just a few years away after scientists have been able to successfully snip away the virus from infected cells and prevent the disease from returning.<p>Scientists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University are confident that within the next …

China Unveils $50 Trillion Global Electricity Proposal

BEIJING — China has unveiled a proposal for a $50 trillion global electricity network that would help fight pollution and the effects of climate change.<p>The plan envisions linking existing and future solar farms, wind turbines and electricity plants in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas, …

China

Scientists have found a way to recycle sunlight, and it could cause a solar-power revolution

The world of solar cells could be on the cusp of a revolution, as researchers seek to boost efficiency by harnessing the power to recycle light.<p>A new study, published Thursday in the journal Science, considers the properties of hybrid lead halide perovskites, a group of materials already making …

Revolution

These Breathtaking Images Reveal That by Destroying Nature, We are Destroying Life Itself

Creative visual campaigns can go a long way in helping to raise awareness of pressing social and environmental issues. WildAid’s “Protect the Pandas …

Environment