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Science just took us a small step closer to HAL 9000.
A new artificial intelligence (AI) program designed by Chinese researchers has beat humans on a verbal IQ test.
Scoring well on the verbal section of the intelligence test has traditionally been a tall order for computers, since words have …Intelligence
A West Australian company has a robot they say can lay 1,000 bricks per hour and build the frame of an average house in under two days.
The robot is still in prototype stage, but Fastbrick Robotics is hoping to bring a commercial machine onto the market within the next couple of years, Mike Pivac, …Robots
Of all the carbon emitters that surround us every day it’s easy to overlook one of the most ubiquitous: concrete.
The material that builds our buildings, paves our roads and spans our bridges is the most widely produced and consumed material on earth apart from water, according to a WBCSD report. By …Concrete
To some, ball bearings are boring, even though these small steel spheres are what keep everything from factory machines and wind turbines as well as cars, trucks, planes, and trains moving smoothly and safely. But to Sweden-based SKF Group — the leading company in the $76 billion global market for …Internet of Things
Big changes are afoot for the energy sector in the next 25 years. Coal and gas are headed out and solar and wind are rushing to take their place on a multi-trillion dollar investment bonanza, according to a new report from Bloomberg New Energy Finance that scopes out the power generating landscape …Energy
Oslo: From flower emblazoned cemeteries to rooftop gardens and balconies, Norway's capital Oslo is creating a "bee highway" to protect endangered …Environment
Five years of wrenching austerity that have left many Greeks traumatised and pauperised are about to get a lot worse.
Creditor governments meeting in Brussels on Saturday night pledged to halt Greece’s bailout on Tuesday after the leftwing government abandoned five months of negotiations with its …Bailouts
The emerging consensus view of humanity’s imminent future is that just about everything will soon be interconnected with just about everything else.
In a recent report on Digital Life in 2025, the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project predicted that the internet would soon become a “global, …Silicon Valley
Banks are facing a huge wave of competition from financial technology, or fintech, startups who are eating away at various parts of their business by using technology to do the job faster, cheaper and better.
One of the highest profile areas of attack on the banks has been in the international money …Money
Is the sky big enough for two multi-billion dollar satellite internet projects? In the next two years, we’ll find out if entrepreneurs driven by human betterment—one looking up at the heavens and humanity’s future, the other looking down to the earth’s neediest—can share a shot at creating the next …Satellites
Lloyd's prepares "an exploration" of apocalyptic scenarios
Rarely does a document prepared by an insurance group read like an apocalyptic screenplay. But it does happen. In this case, Lloyds, a storied insurance market put out a report outlining the potential global meltdown that could occur if …Climate Change
This startup pays young people in Africa to learn to code and connects them with Fortune 500 companies
Africa has the largest pool of untapped tech talent in the world, according to Jeremy Johnson.
The 31-year old says that for two reasons:
Human brilliance is evenly distributed around the world, but opportunity isn't.
• There are four jobs for every software developer in the U.S.
Johnson's solution is …Startups
The global rise in antibiotic resistance is a growing threat to public health, damaging our ability to fight deadly infections such as …Life Sciences
The MIT Tech Review has compiled a list of the 50 “smartest” companies in the world. Elon Musk’s Tesla tops the list, while the Chinese mobile and wearables upstart Xiaomi comes in second.
The Review gives Tesla props for its new line of batteries “in service of a big goal: remaking the energy grid …Elon Musk
After years of anticipation, the renewable energy revolution is finally here.
Solar energy is poised to become the dominant player in electricity markets worldwide moving forward, capturing a large share of the expected $12 trillion in investment between now and 2040, according to a new report from …Energy
The country's intensifying efforts to redraw maritime borders have its neighbors, and the U.S., fearing war. But does the aggression reflect a government growing in power—or one facing a crisis of legitimacy?
In the tranquil harbors that dot the coastline of Palawan, a sword-shaped island in the …International Relations
A court in The Hague has ordered the Dutch government to cut its emissions by at least 25% within five years, in a landmark ruling expected to cause ripples around the world.
To cheers and hoots from climate campaigners in court, three judges ruled that government plans to cut emissions by just …UK Politics
With all of the revelations of data snooping and privacy violations at the hands of government agencies and clandestine hacker groups, a new report suggests young people are having buyer’s remorse regarding the amount of social media accounts they’ve poured their life details into.
In a report …Social Media
It’s no secret that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is investing heavily in genetic engineering and synthetic biology. Whether that excites or terrifies you depends on how you feel about the military engineering totally new life forms. If you’re in the excitement camp, however, here’s …Mars
The AI startup MetaMind has published new research detailing a neural networking system that uses a kind of artificial short-term memory to answer a …Artificial Intelligence
Some people can speak a seemingly impossible number of tongues. How do they manage it, asks David Robson, and what can we learn from them?
Out on a sunny Berlin balcony, Tim Keeley and Daniel Krasa are firing words like bullets at each other. First German, then Hindi, Nepali, Polish, Croatian, …Linguistics
The University of Michigan figured out a way to cut circuit boards in such a way that they bend and flex without breaking.
Ever wonder why all our gadgets are rigid rectangles? It doesn't have anything to do with the outside of the device, but the inside. Electronics are full of conductive sheets, …University of Michigan
A new study confirms that synapses between hippocampal neurons remain for the duration of an episodic memory.
Google Partners With Broad Institute Of MIT And Harvard To Bring Genome Analysis Tool To Its Cloud Platform
Google today announced that it has partnered with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to launch a limited alpha of the institute’s Genome Analysis Toolkit (GATK) on Google’s Cloud Platform and make it available as a service. The software, which was developed by the Broad Institute and helps …Google
Google's new Sidewalk Labs wants to bring free public Wi-Fi projects to cities around the world.The post Google’s Next Moonshot: Lining City Streets …Google
Ford Is Now Using Carbon3D’s CLIP 3D Printers With Astonishing Results While Researching New Materials
The Silicon Valley startup, Carbon3D, has been in the headlines a lot lately. Following their launch out of stealth mode earlier in the year with …Manufacturing
Wal-Mart is testing a revolutionary barcode technology that could eliminate long lines at checkout registers.
The technology is called invisible watermarking, and it allows scanners to read barcodes from anywhere on a product's packaging, Mike Rogoway at The Oregonian reports.
That drastically speeds …Barcodes
The next wave of innovation about to wash over the connected world is the industrial Internet of Things (IoT). Beyond smart watches and FitBits, forward-thinking businesses are applying the concept of IoT to complex, psychical machinery, like jet engines and locomotives, to unleash unexpected …Internet of Things
Those telltale layered stripe marks all over a 3D-printed object might soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new high-res printing technique that’s …Fab Lab