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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 …


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 …


Scorching 'heat dome' over Middle East sees temperatures soar to 165F 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 soaring to nearly 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


Facebook Ready To Test Drones That Can Deliver Internet At 10 Gigabits A Second

The lightweight, carbon-fiber drones can provide coverage to a radius of 50 miles.

Facebook has built the first full-scale version of its connectivity drone today, a V-shaped high-altitude device meant to connect people in underserved areas. Its eventual fleet of drones will be part of the company’s …


Chattanooga startup wants to 3D print your future house

Branch Technology, a graduate of GIGTANK, 3D prints open matrices that provide the internal structure for homes and other buildings.

For Platt Boyd, inspiration struck in the way aspiring writers envision their Great American Novels taking shape: late at night, after a drink.

In Boyd’s case, however, …


3D brain map reveals connections between cells in nano-scale

Scientists have created an unprecedented high-resolution map of the brain that reveals structures as small as those found in individual nerve cells.

They produced the 3D map from a compilation of images taken with nanoscale resolution, making it possible to pick out features measured in millionths …

The Brain

This startup uses artificial intelligence to predict whether a Hollywood film will be a hit or a flop — just by scanning the script

There’s a lot of literature that claims a successful Hollywood script can be broken down into a formula.

The most famous is the screenplay guide Save the Cat! by guru Blake Snyder, which has swept through the screenwriting world with its minute-by-minute formula for how to wow the audience.

Now one …


How Canadian startups are disrupting the auto industry

Want to monitor your teenage son’s driving speed, or track your mileage and gas for work? Jay Giraud has the tool for you.

As CEO of Vancouver-based Mojio, he produces a small Internet-connected device that plugs into your car’s diagnostic port (usually just under the steering wheel). It beams your …

Autos (Canada)

The world could have another billion people in thirteen years

The United Nations just released updated population projection figures, and it looks like our world is going to get more crowded.

The UN estimates that the current world population is about 7.3 billion. Based on their main middle fertility projections, the UN expects that we will hit 8.3 billion — …


The boom in mini stomachs, brains, breasts, kidneys and more

Biologists are building banks of 'organoids', and learning a lot about human development on the way.

It was an otherwise normal day in November when …


Large scale solar near parity in world’s three biggest markets

Utility scale solar is making such inroads into the energy business in the US that utilities are now longer fighting it, with large scale solar …

Solar Power

Barcelona: The most wired city in the world

It’s a showcase for the “smart” metropolis of the future—in which tech giants like Cisco, Microsoft, and IBM see big profits in helping governments save by tracking data on everything from garbage to traffic to selfies. But not everyone is happy about this new urban reality.

The sun is still high in …


The Era of Asteroid Mining Just Quietly Got Under Way

Asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources launches its first exploratory probe. But how close are we to an actual operation?

​A small spacecraft carrying big ambitions deployed from the International Space Station on July 16. The Arkyd 3 Reflight is the first step toward Planetary Resources' goal of …

Asteroid Mining

Our Cities Will Be Beautiful In The Driverless Future—But First We Have To Get There

How can we push past public fear and political red tape to get to the beautiful world that awaits when no one drives anymore?

Imagine a city where cars roam free, dropping off their relaxed occupants and then sliding back into a sea of slow-moving but non-stop traffic. Cyclists weave through, …

Concept Cars

The 'impossible' EmDrive could reach Pluto in 18 months

This is a guest post by David Hambling, a freelance journalist and author based in South London, specialising in science, technology and strange phenomena.

Last summer WIRED revealed that Nasa's Eagleworks Lab was testing a copy of the EmDrive, a propulsion device frequently labelled as "impossible" …


We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food

Two items crossed my desk recently that were so fundamentally opposite in their visions of the future that it was enough to give a reader whiplash. The first was the 2012 book Abundance, the optimistic paen to entrepreneurs, inventors and Silicon Valley gazillionaires written by X-Prize founder …

Food Science

Who Benefits from the Peer-to-Peer Economy?

Elizabeth Ann Berwick drove for Uber for eight weeks in 2014. She, and two others, then brought suit against the company. On June 16, the California Labor Commission ruled that she as a driver should have been classified as an employee – not an independent contractor – and that she was due over …


The Guy Who Taught AI to ‘Remember’ Is Launching a Startup

Google and Facebook already snapped up two big names in the AI field. Jürgen Schmidhuber and his new company may be next.The post The Guy Who Taught …


Experts Concerned China May Soon Establish Southern ADIZ

U.S. and international security experts have expressed concerns that it may just be a matter of time before China establishes an air defense …


Disruptive Technology that Could Transform Government-Citizen Relationships

William Gibson, the science fiction writer who coined the term “cyberspace,” once said: “The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly …