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The World's Soaring CO2 Levels Visualized as Skyscrapers

This unusual animation gives an architectural twist to the history and possible dark future of climate change.<p>If you want an unusual but punchy telling of the world’s explosion of climate-warping gases, look no further than this visualization of CO2 levels over the past centuries soaring like …

Climate Change

5 Reasons Volunteers Are The Best Innovators

Volunteers have passion and energy that experts lack.<p>Like much we've learned over the last 15-20 years of experience, many innovation insights are counter-intuitive. That is, they seem radically, if not 180 degrees, different than what our experience tells us.<p>For example, open innovation, sharing …

Innovation

BREAKING: Light Has Been Stored as Sound For The First Time

The future of computing depends on it.<p>For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip - …

Quantum Mechanics

Is it Time to Innovate? What Netflix Got Right (And WebTV Didn’t)

One point I continually stress in speaking to audiences and in consulting with organizations of all sorts is the absolute importance of innovation. …

Innovation

Google's Got a Plan to Put Its Splashy AR Powers on Millions of Android Phones

This isn’t hyperbole. Between Apple’s ARKit and the new ARCore tool announced by Google, a viable form of augmented reality, the ability to witness …

Augmented Reality

Disturbing Data Visualization Shows Just How Many People Would Die in a Nuclear War

Data visualization artist Neil Halloran has a knack for turning incomprehensibly large and complex data sets into content that’s both coherent and …

Data Visualization

This super-stretchy wearable feels like a second skin and can record data

This could someday replace big health monitors<p>We’re a little closer to getting rid of bulky health sensors now that scientists have created a super-thin wearable that can record data through skin. That would make this wearable, which looks like a stylish gold tattoo, ideal for long-term medical …

Engineering

Super Mario Bros in Real Life (Augmented Reality) by Abhishek Singh

In a World-First, Scientists Have Achieved 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>For the first time, physicists have achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature, making this strange form …

Quantum Mechanics

Chinese Scientists Launch the Global Quantum Space Race

The quantum internet could change the world.<p>When famed physicist Niels Bohr proposed the idea of quantum entanglement in the 1930s, it was so crazy …

A new device can clean polluted air and turn it into hydrogen energy

A team of Belgian researchers has developed a device that will remove pollutants from the air and convert them into simple hydrogen — using sunlight, nanoparticles and a photoelectric chemical membrane.<p>The project was conceived and developed by two sets of researchers working on related issues, …

Chemistry

The Supermarket of The Future

YouTube

The rise of the QR code and how it has forever changed China’s social habits

On one of the hottest May days on record, Wang Jiarui walked out of school to see his grandfather, who had come to pick him up, standing in a …

Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!

This week D-Wave, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, unveiled its latest machine, D-Wave 2000Q, as well as its first customer: a …

ARM’s new processors are designed to power the machine-learning machines

ML plus AI, AR, and VR — ARM is taking on the full set of trendy initialisms<p>On the eve of Computex, Taiwan’s big showpiece event where PC makers roll out the latest and best implementations of Intel CPUs, mobile rival ARM is announcing its own big news with the unveiling of a new generation of ARM …

Machine Learning

AI-Powered Software Makes It Incredibly Easy to Colorize Black and White Photos

AI-powered software that can automatically colorize old black and white photos exists, but it’s often far from perfect. In comparison, manually …

UC Berkeley

A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a …

Engineering

history of the entire world, i guess

HoloLens Demo at Microsoft Build 2017

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How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Story Remix resembles Apple Clips and Google's Photo …

Microsoft

An Amazing Hypothesis for Why the Trappist-1 System Hasn't Destroyed Itself

When astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, Earthlings immediately celebrated …

Universe

Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that …

Microsoft

A New Transparent, Conductive Material Is Set to Revolutionize Our Electronics

A New Material<p>Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new material that could change technology as we know it. This nano-scale, …

Engineering

This biped robot uses mechanics instead of a computer brain to stay upright

But it still needs a little help<p>Bipeds keep getting better. Instead of slow, heavy, and terrain-sensitive humanoids like ASIMO, researchers are building lightweight and agile bird-like robots, such as Cassie. The better the designs are mechanically, the less power and smarts are required to keep …

Robotics

This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Illustration

The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women

This Insanely Detailed Animation Is Made From Only 4096 Bytes of Code

The demoscene is an internet subculture that has managed to stay cool for decades. And as the winning entry in a recent demo competition in Tokyo …

Cool Stuff

Why China is beating the U.S. at innovation

For decades, America lost factories and jobs to China but retained a coveted title: the world's leader in inventing and commercializing new products.<p>Now, even that status has been eroded, and it's hurting the economy.<p>While the United States is still at the top in total investment in research and …

Innovation