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Amazon has a plan for thousands of drones to fill the sky

When Amazon gave 60 Minutes a sneak peak at its drone delivery plans in 2013, it was easy to imagine that it was just a publicity stunt. The …

Amazon

Tiny Drones Can See The World Like Insects Do

Better for surveillance... and not crashing into each other

Tiny insect drones could be useful for disaster-area surveillance or delivering supplies to people in accessible places. But the technology is still new, and they run a high risk of running into each other in confined spaces. Now …

Insects

The Next World War Will Be Digital

With guest host John Donvan. P.W. Singer and August Cole imagine World War III in a new novel where the battlefront goes deeply cyber.In this file …

International Relations

Hacked molecular machine could pump out custom proteins

Engineered ribosomes pave way for designer enzymes and synthetic cells.

By hijacking the cellular machinery that makes proteins, bioengineers have …

Protein

Sri Lanka Will Be The First Country To Deploy Google's Balloon-Based Internet

Project Loon is coming.

Only about 1 in 5 people in Sri Lanka are connected to the Internet today. With the help of Google's balloon-based Internet network, Project Loon, 100% Sri Lanka residents will almost immediately be plugged in. Instead of spending many years and even more zillions of dollars …

Google

Google Applies Pressure on Insurance Innovation

It’s a common thread in nearly every industry: Innovation occurs when consumers’ growing needs and expectations converge with intense competition. It’s no surprise, then, that insurance — not exactly known for being on the forefront of technology — is one of the last remaining industries to …

Google

The Distinct Personality of Entrepreneurial Cities

Great universities, venture capital, and talented people are necessary, but insufficient.

Mayors, economic developers, and business leaders alike all say they want one thing: more entrepreneurship. Across the country and the world, there’s been no shortage of efforts to clone the “next Silicon …

Personality

Marketing's Next Big Thing: The Internet Of Things

Recently I wrote about how marketing executives need to be both entrepreneurial and-tech savvy. It might be enlightening to look more closely at the “tech” that marketers need to be savvy about.

The ubiquity of digital technology offers a level of interaction with consumers that yesterday’s …

Marketing

Klarismo, A Service That Makes A 3D Model Of The Inside Of Your Body, Raises $2.1M

Klarismo, which takes existing MRIs and other kinds of body scans to build a 3D model of a person, has raised $2.1 million and launched out of Y Combinator.

Klarismo is an online service where users are able to take a much deeper look at their body’s internal structure. It takes MRI scans and other …

3D Modeling

UK Is Leading The Way To Becoming A Global Bitcoin Hub

In many countries, when it comes to regulating bitcoin companies, it’s still mostly a work in progress. Some governments want to restrict bitcoin quite a lot, while others are adopting a more favorable stance. The U.K. has been the financial hub of Europe for decades now, and it looks like it plans …

Bitcoin

Uber and the lawlessness of 'sharing economy' corporates

In February, Airbnb chief executive Brian Chesky compared his firm’s defiance of local housing ordinances with that of Gandhi’s passive resistance to British rule. Meanwhile, a tweeter compared Uber to Rosa Parks, defying unjust laws. Chesky quickly backed down after widespread mockery. Companies …

UK Politics

Flow of Cheap Hydroelectricity Slows in Parched West

As rivers and reservoirs shrink across the parched West, cheap sources of water-generated electricity are starting to dry up.

Historically low flows on the McKenzie River that snakes west of Oregon's snow-starved Cascades, for example, forced the closure of a hydroelectric generation turbine at the …

Energy

Why the Paris climate deal must signal end of the carbon economy

A new global climate change deal, due to be agreed in Paris in December, must give clear guidance that moving away from fossil fuels is inevitable …

Climate Change

Here are the 2 ways the tech economy could be making inequality worse

A man looks at his phone as he walks out of the courthouse past a man arranging his bags in Los Angeles, California July 8, 2014.

Look around and it seems pretty obvious that technology has made daily life easier.

We can watch almost any film or listen to any song at the press of a button. People pay …

Economics

Beyond Extinction

Transition to post-capitalism is inevitable

by Nafeez Ahmed

In Margaret Atwood’s powerful essay on the reality of climate change — and its implications …

Extinction

Websites can track us by the way we type - here's how to stop it

Researchers have come up with a new Chrome extension that muffles our key-press duration and typing lags.

Typing

Quarter of Earth seen living on just one continent

The Earth will be quite a bit more crowded in 2050—with nearly 2.5 billion more people than now.

A report released Wednesday by the United Nations …

Africa

Predictive analytics will shape the future of every sector

There has been a lot of hype around predictive analytics over the past few years, though there have been few real-world applications worth …

The Future

What happened to Germany during the Greece negotiations?

During the long night of negotiations over Greece on July 12-13, something fundamental to the European Union cracked. Since then, Europeans have been …

Europe

This is the future of food

Are you ready for lab-made hamburgers, bug-filled protein bars and 3D-printed cuisine? With the Earth's population rapidly approaching 8 billion and the race to keep up with food demand intensifying, industries have begun to drain essential resources and adversely affect the environment. Thanks to …

Life Sciences

Drones Being Tested To Fight Against Farm Pests

When you think of Australian animals, you are likely thinking of a cute koala or a kangaroo jumping around. What you don’t think of are the infestations of feral dogs, pigs, deer and rabbits. To farmers these animals are invasive pests that cause billions of dollars of damage to farmland and …

Drones

Scorching 'heat dome' over Middle East sees 'feels like' temperature of 162F in Iran

Iran is enduring a "heat index" of nearly 72C while Iraq has called a public holiday due to the sweltering temperatures

Iran is buckling under the pressure of a massive heatwave passing across the Middle East, with temperatures feeling like more than 70C.

Scorching heat levels of 50C have already …

Middle East

Elon Musk’s Most Impressive Company Isn’t Tesla or SpaceX. It’s SolarCity.

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Let’s review. Several years ago, the high cost of solar panels was a prohibitive deterrent to adoption; homeowners would have …

Renewable Energy

A bionic hand in five days: how tech innovation is changing lives

In the UK, more than 11 million people live with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability, according to government statistics. More than one in four disabled people, meanwhile, say that they don’t have choice and control over their daily lives.

For those who need it, a bionic limb can …

Disability

Chinese factory replaces 90% of humans with robots, production soars

The gravest fear that has rippled through humanity from the technology industry is that, someday, almost all of our jobs will be replaced by …

Robots

9 New Predictions And Market Assessments For The Internet Of Things (IoT)

A number of new reports on the Internet of Things (IoT) provide a fresh look at the state of this hot market and forecasts for its future impact on the world’s economy.

IDC discussed The Internet of Things Mid-Year Review at a webinar on July 23, including findings from a survey of 3,566 companies …

Internet of Things

The 20 hottest startup hubs in the world

While Silicon Valley may stand undefeated as the most prominent name for tech entrepreneurs and startup visionaries, other regions all over the world are worthy competitors.

Compass, a San Francisco-based benchmarking software company, has published a 2015 Startup Ecosystem Ranking Report that …

Startups

Big oil is worried about Tesla's success

A Tesla supercharger site

It's not just the cars made by electric-car startup Tesla Motors, or the fact that it's the first new automaker in decades that appears to have a serious chance of long-term success.

The Silicon Valley company is also viewed as a potential disruptor of established players.

In …

Energy

How Google Translate squeezes deep learning onto a phone

Today we announced that the Google Translate app now does real-time visual translation of 20 more languages. So the next time you’re in Prague and …

Google