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Solar Robots, 4K TVs Spring Forward

Spring is in the air. Here in Silicon Valley, it seems like just about everything is in blossom—daffodils, wildflowers, trees, and, it turns out, …

Silicon Valley

With $6.25M In Tow, Bina Technologies Wants To Bring Big Data Insight To Genomic Sequencing

Once unfathomably expensive, thanks to scientific and technological advances, the cost of genome sequencing for your average Joe is dropping fast on its way to a big, historical benchmark: The $1,000 genome. We’re not quite there, but we’re getting close. This is exciting for a host of reasons, but …

How drones could build real-world networks to transform delivery of food, medicine, mail, and more

The rise of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles) has been at the forefront of the news over the last months, with issues emerging that range from the …

Scanning felons' brains could help predict whether they'll reoffend

Over five decades since <i>A Clockwork Orange</i> foretold a future where experimental science is used to "cure" repeat offenders, a study of 96 male felons has used brain scans to predict the likelihood of falling back into crime. While the neuroscientist who led the study, Kent Kiehl of Albuquerque's …

Brain Scan Predicts Whether Convicts Will Re-Offend: Welcome To The Sci-Fi Future

Activity in one very particular part of the brain shows a high correlation with recidivism.<p>Researchers at the Mind Research Network in New Mexico--a non-profit, partially government-funded neuroscience facility--have discovered a way to predict whether released convicts will return to their own …

Google Explains Why The Future Of Energy Is Green

Google isn’t investing billions into clean energy projects only to feel good and make employees happy.<p>The company is doing it because the bottomline results are supported by data.<p>“While fossil-based prices are on a cost curve that goes up, renewable prices are on this march downward,” said Rick …

Massive Energy Skyscraper Proposed On U.S.-Mexico Border

Note: An update to this story is available here.<p>A Maryland energy company is planning to deliver 500 megawatts of power to the electrical grid from a giant hollow tower on the Arizona-Mexico border that would be the second-tallest structure ever built.<p>Known as a downdraft tower, the project by …

Building a new society in space

If any mission to the Moon or Mars is successful, how will people behave when they are free from Earth’s influence? Our space correspondent searches for answers.<p>I like Star Trek as much as the next person. Probably more. But one thing has always bothered me: life on the Starship Enterprise may …

Space Science

News 2050: Space tourist gives birth

What will dominate TV news headlines in 2050?<p>As part of the BBC's What If? season of programmes, we commissioned a week of news reports that take a light-hearted look at the future.<p>We kick off with a tale of the first birth in space and an unfortunate accident at the cryonics plant.<p>Have we got it …

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