David Stibbe

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Researchers in Japan are developing a brain-controlled robotic arm

It's all about multi-tasking, as participants were asked to utilize their own two hands while also using their brain to control a third robotic …

Robotics

Scientists at a company part-owned by Bill Gates have found a cheap way to convert CO2 into gasoline

A team of scientists claims to have discovered a cheaper way to extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and turn it into gasoline or other fuels, …

In worst case scenario, the trees in big parts of Canada's boreal forest 'will probably die,' says federal scientist

By mid century, parts of Canada’s 270-million hectares of boreal forest that purifies water and air, regulates the climate and stores carbon will be …

YouTuber makes incredible time-lapse video showing three month fitness transformation

A YouTuber has posted a time-lapse video showing his fitness transformation over 12 weeks.<p>Hunter Hobbs took a picture every day for three months, …

DIY Li-ion battery building kit opens door for homemade ebikes, powerwalls and even EVs

For DIY enthusiasts in the green energy community, homemade lithium-ion battery packs have long been a holy grail. For everything from home solar energy storage to garage-built electric bicycles, go-karts and full-size EVs, lithium-ion batteries were once one of the most limiting factors for …

Batteries

Mutant enzyme that ‘eats’ plastic bottles could be a game-changer, scientists say

Scientists have created a mutant enzyme that digests plastic bottles. And this “inadvertent” discovery could result in a recycling solution for …

A Dutch 'boy genius' said he could get the ocean to clean itself. Turns out, he's right.

<b>In 2012 — when he was just 18 — Dutch inventor and entrepreneur Boyan Slat gave his first TEDx Talk about cleaning up the ocean .</b><p>In his talk, he laid …

Pollution

The oceans’ circulation hasn’t been this sluggish in 1,000 years. That’s bad news.

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p>The Atlantic Ocean circulation that carries warmth into the Northern Hemisphere’s high latitudes is slowing down because of climate change, a team of scientists asserted Wednesday, suggesting one of the most feared consequences is already coming to pass.<p>The Atlantic …

Global Warming

'Catastrophe' as France's bird population collapses due to pesticides

Dozens of species have seen their numbers decline, in some cases by two-thirds, because insects they feed on have disappeared<p>Bird populations across the French countryside have fallen by a third over the last decade and a half, researchers have said.<p>Dozens of species have seen their numbers …

Ecology

Nvidia just unveiled a terrifying AI supercomputer

Nvidia has unveiled several updates to its deep-learning computing platform, including an absurdly powerful GPU and supercomputer.<p>At this year's GPU …

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet | Kim Stanley Robinson

There are now twice as many people as 50 years ago. But, as EO Wilson has argued, they can all survive – in cities<p>Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense …

Greenland is literally cracking apart and flooding the world

Visit Greenland on the right summer day, and you could see a 12-billion-gallon lake disappear before your very eyes.<p>Glaciologists saw this happen for the first time in 2006, when a 2.2-square-mile (5.6 square kilometers) lake of melted ice drained away into nothing in less than 2 hours. Researchers …

Spiraling Atmospheric CO2 and Global Temperature

Why Thawing Permafrost Matters | Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

By Renee Cho<p>Permafrost thaw ponds in Canada. Photo: Steve Jurvetson<p>In Bethel, Alaska, walls are splitting, houses are collapsing, and the main road …

Headless robot skiers tackle slopes beyond the Olympics

The wild windy weather at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, may have forced some alpine skiing races to be postponed, but there are some very different competitors out on the slopes that aren't fazed by the chill.<p>The Welli Hilli Park ski resort in South Korea hosted the Edge of …

Global Warming Map Shows What Happens When the Earth Gets 4 Degrees Warmer

We read a lot about global warming in the headlines, and climate change is certainly one of the biggest concerns for most scientists, but what would the actual impact on our geography look like? International relations expert and best-selling author Parag Khanna gives a glimpse into our possible …

Climate Change

We are doomed

I’m sorry to inform you, but it appears the end is nigh.<p>Boston Dynamics, the robotics company now owned by SoftBank (and once deemed too creepy for Google to keep its hands on), released a new video today (Feb. 12) of its latest four-legged creation.<p>The video shows the latest iteration of its Spot …

Robotics

25 Years of Satellite Data Uncover Alarming Error in Sea Level Measurements

Climate change is worsening faster than we thought.<p>The Earth is changing in ways that could cause an actual mass extinction during our lifetimes. In …

Coral reefs require ‘radical interventions’ to save them from destruction, say top marine scientists

Leading scientists are considering “radical interventions” to save the world’s coral reefs.<p>Galvanised by the coral bleaching events of the past few …

Spatial and Temporal Earthquake Clustering: An Overview of EQECAT's Perspective - Part I: Overview, Mega-thrust Earthquakes

The recent major earthquakes that have occurred in Chile (February 2010), New Zealand - Canterbury (September 2010), New Zealand - Christchurch (June …

Boeing's Experimental Cargo Drone Is a Heavy Lifter

Most likely, your expectations for the age of drone delivery involve cute li'l quadcopters that descend onto your porch with a gentle <i>bzzzz</i>, deposit a …

Alaska crushes record for hottest December as Arctic sea ice hits record low

"We are the U.S.'s canary in that coal mine."<p>In its hottest December ever recorded, Alaska was a stunning 15.7°F above the 20th century average. And …

‘Killer robots’ will start slaughtering people if they’re not banned soon, AI expert warns

An artificial intelligence expert has called for countries to ban so-called “killer robots” before activists’ warnings against them become a …

Agility Robotics Introduces Cassie, a Dynamic and Talented Robot Delivery Ostrich

One day, robots like these will be scampering up your steps to drop off packages Image: Agility Robotics via YouTubeCassie is a dynamic bipedal robot …

Bipedaled Cassie the latest robot to enter package delivery race

Dive Brief:<p>Agility Robotics has introduced a bipedal walking robot named Cassie that the startup is positioning for several possible applications, …

Amazon Is Quietly Building the Robots of Sci-Fi—Piece by Practical Piece

Science fiction is the siren song of hard science. How many innocent young students have been lured into complex, abstract science, technology, …

Robotics

For the first time ever, a robot was granted citizenship

Sophia of Saudi Arabia<p>In an historic move for both human- and robot-kind, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia officially granted its first-ever robot …

Saudi Arabia becomes first country to grant citizenship to a robot

Sophia the android addressed the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh yesterday to the delight of hundreds of delegates. (Courtesy of FII)<p>Updated …

Global warming speeds up due to Pacific 'flip'

After slightly slowing for the past 15 years, global warming is once again rising more quickly due to a decade-long weather pattern that warms and …

Footprint in Mouth: Deforestation

Deforestation for palm oil plantations is threatening the survival of orangutans – not to mention all the other creatures with whom they share the …

Palm Oil