Innovation Watch

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US scientists launch world's biggest solar geoengineering study

Research programme will send aerosol injections into the earth’s upper atmosphere to study the risks and benefits of a future solar tech-fix for climate change<p>US scientists are set to send aerosol injections 20km up into the earth’s stratosphere in the world’s biggest solar geoengineering programme …

Climate Change

Why Makerspaces Are the Key to Innovation

Makerspaces are creative spaces located in communities, schools, and public and academic libraries. These areas are designed to engage participants …

Scientists Can Reverse DNA Aging in Mice

Researchers have found a way to protect a mouse's DNA from the damage that comes with aging, and they’re ready to test it in people.<p>Dr. David …

Longevity

These AI bots created their own language to talk to each other

A next step in the development of artificial intelligence.<p>It is now table stakes for artificial intelligence algorithms to “learn” about the world around them. The next level: For AI bots to learn how to talk to each other — and develop their own shared language.<p>New research released last week by …

Artificial Intelligence

The Future of Tactile Touch Screens

As he swipes his finger over the touch screen, Joseph Quintanilla senses a subtle bumpiness. Rubbing back and forth, he feels the roughness give way …

Touchscreens

Robotic legs give the paralyzed a new view of their world

From CNET Magazine: Exoskeletons are slowly making their way out of hospitals and rehab centers and into homes.<p>Arthur Renowitzky can't help but command attention as he walks down the street on a sunny autumn morning.<p>A driver lowers her window to flash a smile and a thumbs-up. "You got this," she …

Bionics

Internet Of Things Will Revolutionize Retail

• 70% of retail decision makers globally are ready to adopt the Internet of Things to improve customer experiences.<br>• 73% of retailers rate managing big data as important or business-critical to their operations.<br>• 78% of retailers say it is important or business-critical to integrate e-commerce and …

Customer Experience

How Sensors, Robotics And Artificial Intelligence Will Transform Agriculture

The world population is expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050. China and India, the two largest countries in the world, have populations totalling around one billion. In four years, by 2022, India is predicted to have the largest population in the world, surpassing China.<p>This means we need new ways …

Agriculture

These major cities are starting to go car-free

In late 2016, Madrid's Mayor Manuela Carmena reiterated her plan to kick personal cars out of the city center.<p>On Spanish radio network Cadena Ser, …

Cities

In a Massachusetts warehouse, NASA’s Valkyrie robot helps lay the groundwork for Mars settlements

NASA’s Valkyrie (R5) robot will never slip the surly bonds of Earth. The humanoid space robot is destined to spend the rest of its days on terra firma with the rest of us. But like Robonaut before it, the six-foot, 290-pound piece of machinery represents a link to the future.<p>She’s a first step …

Robotics

Dubai is Going to Be Home to the World's First 3D Printed Skyscraper

A Tall Order<p>Dubai-based construction firm Cazza Technologies has announced plans to build the world’s first 3D printed skyscraper.<p>“When we first …

Bosch and Nvidia create an AI supercomputer for self-driving tech

Bosch is creating the brain for the self-driving cars of the future.<p>At the international Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 conference in Berlin this week, the supplier of technology and services presented an onboard computer for automated vehicles.<p>Thanks to artificial intelligence, the computer can apply …

Artificial Intelligence

We Can Now Harness the Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - and Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

Biology

AI Can Likely Already Do Your Job Better Than You Can

Automation on the Up<p>Andrew Ng (founding lead of the Google Brain team, former director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and now …

The Future

America may miss out on the next industrial revolution

Preparing for automation means investing in robotics<p>Robots are inevitably going to automate millions of jobs in the US and around the world, but there’s an even more complex scenario on the horizon, said roboticist Matt Rendall. In a talk Tuesday at SXSW, Rendall painted a picture of the future of …

Manufacturing

Scientists rewrote the DNA of an entire species

Biologists designed a new type of yeast from scratch. Now, they want to bring it to life.<p>In just a few years, scientists will unveil a creature whose every letter of DNA was written by a human being. It will be a yeast cell with a fully designer genome, and biological capabilities seen nowhere else …

Genetics

China is Now the Biggest Producer of Solar Energy in the World

China has proven that it is, in fact, very serious about its intentions to lessen dependence on coal. According to China’s National Energy …

Renewable Energy

This map claims it can predict crimes across London before they happen

Each circle on the map represents the potential number of crimes in the area that are expected to take place in 2017<p>Dataiku<p>Every time police across the UK attend an incident or make an arrest, it is logged. This information is stored online and the largest force in the country, London's …

Freedom of Information

The quest to crystallize time

Bizarre forms of matter called time crystals were supposed to be physically impossible. Now they’re not.<p>Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at …

Quantum Mechanics

An AI Completed 360,000 Hours of Finance Work in Just Seconds

A New COIN<p>JP Morgan Chase & Co. is the biggest bank in the United States. It is one of the largest employers in the American banking sector, with …

Automation

IBM somehow crammed data into a single atom

The research breakthrough isn't yet practical, but it's the direction the industry is headed. Imagine storing 26 million songs in your smartwatch.<p>In the never-ending quest to improve computing technology, IBM has just taken a big step smaller: It's found a way to store data on a single atom.<p>A hard …

Quantum Mechanics

Gene Therapy in a Box

Genetic repairs are curing patients—but only at a few elite centers.<p>Jennifer Adair carried out her first gene therapy experiment several years ago. A …

Gene Therapy

3D Printing Is Already Starting To Threaten The Traditional Spare Parts Supply Chain

The race is on to use 3D printing to produce small-series parts, on demand and on location, for industries from aerospace to automotive. At stake is the shape of a $400 billion market for spare parts manufacturing and logistics. And those changes are not 20, or even 10, years out — they are …

3D Printing

The Promise of Blockchain Is a World Without Middlemen

The blockchain is a revolution that builds on another technical revolution so old that only the more experienced among us remember it: the invention of the database. First created at IBM in 1970, the importance of these relational databases to our everyday lives today cannot be overstated. …

Harvard Business Review

Nasa wants to put a giant magnetic shield around Mars so humans can live there

The shield would let the planet restore its atmosphere and become habitable<p>It may be a dry and desolate world now, but Mars was once an active planet covered in oceans with a thick atmosphere. If we're to colonise the Red Planet in the future we may have to recreate these conditions. Luckily, Nasa …

Space

​DNA data storage landmark: Now it's 215 petabytes per gram or over 100 million movies

Synthetic DNA could be the answer to the world's accelerating data-storage needs, and now researchers have shown that it can have a much higher …

DNA

The future of AI is neuromorphic. Meet the scientists building digital 'brains' for your phone

Neuromorphic chips are being designed to specifically mimic the human brain – and they could soon replace CPUs<p>AI services like Apple’s Siri and others operate by sending your queries to faraway data centers, which send back responses. The reason they rely on cloud-based computing is that today’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Chatbot that overturned 160,000 parking fines now helping refugees claim asylum

‘Robot lawyer’ DoNotPay is giving free legal aid to refugees seeking asylum in US and Canada, and asylum support in UK<p>The creator of a chatbot which overturned more than 160,000 parking fines and helped vulnerable people apply for emergency housing is now turning the bot to helping refugees claim …

Refugees

Mind-blown: Google is working on a satellite constellation

Google is working on a new a global-scale communication system that includes a large number of satellites (over 1000 satellites) and ground stations. The communication system aims to increase the satellite signal coverage of the populated world, reduce satellite collision between satellites as they …

DARPA