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Scientist Sleuths Used DNA to Track Spread of Superbug

When an outbreak occurs, in order to effectively figure out how to stop it, researchers typically try to figure out how it started. The answer to …

Public Health

A $88-a-month startup that wants to help straighten your teeth just raised $15 million

• <b>Candid Co., a startup that wants to ship you clear aligners without you having to step foot in the orthodontist office, just raised $15 million.</b>• <b><br>For $1,900 (or $88 a month), the company will straighten your teeth under the remote supervision of an orthodontist.</b>• <b><br>The direct-to-consumer option is a lot</b> …

Startups

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YouTube

Report: Impact of Emerging Technologies on Business

<b>Tech Trends report from Deloitte shows how technologies such as Mixed Reality are being adopted by industry.</b><p>The <i>Technology in the mid-market: Closing</i> …

Innovation

Somaliland's voting technology shows how Africa can lead the world

Africa has become a testing ground for technological leapfrogging. This is a process that involves skipping stages and moving rapidly to the …

Innovation

New study links natural disaster with revolutions | Ars Technica

Data sheds light on violent chain reactions started by volcanic eruptions 2,200 years ago.<p>From 305 BCE to 30 BCE, ancient Egypt was ruled by the …

Climate Change

Gartner's Top 10 Predictions For IT In 2018 And Beyond

• In 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator, creating 2.3M jobs while eliminating only 1.8M jobs.<br>• By 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.<br>• By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be versatilists, holding multiple roles, most of which will be business, rather than …

Mobile

Why Toronto is the ideal place to build a neighbourhood of the future

<i>Daniel Doctoroff is chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs and former deputy mayor of New York. Eric Schmidt is executive chairman of Alphabet.</i><p>Two years ago, Google (now Alphabet) formed Sidewalk Labs with the belief that emerging technologies could help tackle the world's toughest urban challenges. …

Cities

Can Basic Income Plus The Blockchain Build A New Economic System?

To stop society’s unsustainable demand for ever-more resources, we need to decentralize and localize our economy. Combining the new ledger technology with UBI may be the way to make that happen.<p><i>This story reflects the views of this author, but not necessarily the editorial position of</i> Fast …

Basic Income

First facility grabs CO₂ from the air and stores it underground | Ars Technica

Swiss hardware piggybacks on existing Icelandic storage project.<p>In a press conference presentation Wednesday, Reykjavik Energy’s Edda Aradóttir …

Energy

Scientists have discovered this drug fixes cavities and regrows teeth

Goodbye, Fillings<p>Dental fillings may soon be left in the ash heap of history, thanks to a recent discovery about a drug called Tideglusib. Developed …

Breakthroughs

Using Projectors and Fog, This Artist Created the Creepiest Ghost Effect We've Ever Seen

Ever since seeing Princess Leia’s floating hologram in <i>Star Wars</i>, artist Joanie Lemercier has worked to design and realize animations that appear to …

Cool Stuff

The Impact Of The VR Era On Connecting With Millennials And Gen Z

Virtual reality: What started as a means of entertainment has blossomed into a revolutionary tool for brands to connect with modern consumers on a significantly deeper level, and no one is connecting more quickly than millennials and Gen Z.<p>Smart brands are driving major sales growth by creating …

Virtual Reality

These Dutch designers are harvesting stardust from rooftops

Did you know that 37,000 to 78,000 tons of stardust falls on the earth’s surface every year? The dust is made up of micrometeorites that make it …

Rare Earth

Nvidia built a real Holodeck, aimed at creative collaboration

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang once told me that one of the things he was most excited about for the future of his company’s tech was bringing the Holodeck to life – and now, that’s exactly what Nvidia is doing with its new Holodeck photorealistic VR platform for designers and developers.<p>Nvidia Holodeck …

Virtual Reality

Bionic Lens Promises Greater than 20/20 Vision

There is a quote that is attributed to several people, such as William Shakespeare and the Roman politician Marcus Tullius Cicero, which says that …

Tech Trends

Google's new browser experiment lets you learn about basic AI

Just how does machine learning work? You’ve probably read a primer or two on the subject, but often the best way to understand a thing is to try it out for yourself. With that in mind, check out this little in-browser experiment from Google named Teachable Machine. It’s a perfect two-minute summary …

Machine Learning

Netherlands paved a bike path with recycled toilet paper

As it turns out, TP can strengthen asphalt<p>We’ve seen some unusual pavement experiments in our time, with roads being infused with everything from cigarette butts to plastic bags. But when it comes to reinventing asphalt, the Netherlands is leaving nothing to waste. The country has undertaken a …

Green Design

Rise of the Robolawyers

How legal representation could come to resemble TurboTax<p>Near the end of Shakespeare’s <i>Henry VI, Part 2</i>, Dick the Butcher offers a simple plan to create chaos and help his band of outsiders ascend to the throne: “Let’s kill all the lawyers.” Though far from the Bard’s most beautiful turn of phrase, …

Intelligence

Want Change In Education? Look Beyond The Usual Suspects (Like Finland)

In a tiny hamlet in Tanzania, children who have never been to school, and can't recognize a single letter in any language, are about to start learning basic math and reading. They'll do this with the help of a cutting-edge, artificially intelligent "tutor" who can hear what they are saying in …

Education

Chinese money dominates bitcoin, now its companies are gunning for blockchain tech

Beijing, China<p>It’s a sweltering summer night when I’m invited to join a bitcoin miner from Shenzhen at a “bitcoin club” somewhere in downtown Beijing. I’ve just returned from visiting one of the world’s largest bitcoin mines and find myself at a gathering of cryptocurrency enthusiasts at a craft …

Bitcoin

Disney built a blockchain, and now its creators are trying to turn it into a commercial platform to compete with Ethereum

<b>-Dragonchain is a blockchain protocol originally built by Disney.</b><p><b>-It's designed to be more private than other popular blockchains like the bitcoin and ethereum protocols.</b><p><b>-Now some of the developers behind the technology want to build a commercial business to make it easy for less technologically</b> …

Bitcoin

This Beautiful Air Conditioning System Works Without Electricity

An architect in India used age-old principles to design an alternative to A/C–desperately needed as global temperatures rise.<p>A new terracotta device can turn hot air into a cool breeze, pushing temperatures inside a room from over 107 Fahrenheit down to 97. According to its creator—Monish …

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 …

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 - …

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 …