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Crispr Is Getting Better. Now It’s Time to Ask the Hard Ethical Questions

When Chinese scientists announced in April they had edited human embryos using a new genetic tool called Crispr, the headlines blared “designer …


Why 3D-Printing Companies Should be Watching This Startup

Xjet plans to make the first 3D printer that prints parts from liquid metal.

The next challenge for the 3D-printing industry is finding a cheap way to produce metal objects—and if Israel-based startup Xjet manages to pull off what it’s promising, 2016 could be the year that starts to …


When Your Boss Is an Uber Algorithm

Researchers examine how Uber steers its drivers’ behavior with its automated management system, despite its promise of being “your own boss.” It …


No more Alzheimer’s? World’s first anti-aging drug could let you live more than 120 years in good health

London — The world’s first anti-aging drug will be tested on humans next year in trials that could result in people being able to live healthily well …


Dubai To Make Rooftop Solar Mandatory By 2030

Dubai, the largest city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and a key logistics hub for the Middle East, said it would make rooftop solar panels mandatory for all buildings beginning in 2030.

Last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the political leader of Dubai, launched the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy …


Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg join tech moguls to fund clean energy tech

A number of the world’s most powerful figures in tech have come together to invest in technologies aimed at bringing affordable and reliable clean energy to the planet.

The Breakthrough Energy Coalition, comprised of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson, Amazon CEO Jeff …

Bill Gates

Space tech meets aviation: The hypersonic revolution

(CNN) — London to Melbourne in 90 minutes? Paris to San Francisco in under an hour?

That's travel at 25 times the speed of sound -- or barely enough time to take in an in-flight movie.

Few areas of aviation generate wilder predictions than hypersonic flight -- but a team in Germany might just have …


Amazon reveals Prime Air drone flight footage with Jeremy Clarkson explainer

Back in 2013, when Amazon revealed plans to begin delivering packages via flying drones through Prime Air, some seemed skeptical about the reality of deploying such a system.

Today, Amazon doubled down on those claims by releasing a video of one of the drones in action, and it's impressive.

Presented …


China unveils ‘armed attack’ robots armed with guns and grenades

Rifle-wielding robots that can launch grenades unveiled in China to help fight terror

“Armed attack” robots that carry rifles and grenade launchers have been unveiled in China as the latest line of defence in the fight against “global terror”, state media reported.

The toy-sized attacker is one of a …


Uber Banking: Fintech Aims to Revolutionize Financial Services in Canada

Fintech, applying cutting-edge technology to revolutionize financial services, is hot.As tech innovation disrupts industries like transportation and …


US testing an 'air traffic control system' for drones

The Guardian has gained access to the first tests of an experimental air traffic control system for drones that could open the skies to millions of low-flying unmanned aircraft.

On an isolated cattle ranch in rural North Carolina – and under the watchful eye of the Federal Aviation Administration …


China's carbon footprint grows with the good life

Shanghai (AFP) - The son of peach farmers, Chen Jian relishes the fruits of his middle class life, driving to work and flying on holiday, epitomising how China's carbon footprint has grown alongside the prosperity of its nearly 1.4 billion people.

Chen, 33, grew up without television in a village on …


This technology is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi

A new technology, known as Li-Fi, could one day offer internet speeds one hundred times faster than the Wi-Fi we use today. Scientists have achieved …


China’s New Silk Road Dream

For centuries the Silk Road, stretching across deserts, steppes, and mountains, linked the imperial dynasties of China with Europe. Chinese rulers …


President signs pro-asteroid mining bill into law

And just like that, American asteroid mining efforts are legal. President Obama has signed the US Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act (CSLCA) into law following Congress' approval, letting companies keep whatever resources they collect beyond Earth. As you might imagine, hopeful mining …

Asteroid Mining

Google is about to test something secretive across all of the US — and it sounds exactly like its Project Loon balloons

Google appears to be planning to test its Project Loon internet balloons across the entire US, according to recent documents filed with the FCC.

The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for a license to test experimental radios that use wireless spectrum in the millimeter …

Project Loon

Why You Should Pay Attention to DARPA’s New Robotics Award

This year, DARPA held the finals for its Robotics Competition, in which teams built humanoid robots designed to complete basic tasks like walking, driving, and opening doors. And with that, the competition concluded, and we were sad.

But this year, DARPA has announced a new initiative, called …


Chicago’s ‘Array of Things’ Takes Another Step Towards Reality

Last year the city announced it would be getting an urban fitness tracker: the Array of Things, a network of sensors that could monitor everything …

What Can A Technologist Do About Climate Change? (A Personal View.)

This started with a tweet. I’m embarrassed how often that happens.

Climate Change

The Latest Breakthrough In Understanding Diabetes Was Made By An Algorithm

Researchers now believe there are three different kinds of type 2 diabetes—a result discovered with help from machines combing through reams of medical data.

With the cost to sequence a human genome dropping by the day and medical records finally going digital, public health experts are excited for …


Jeff Bezos sends rocket to space and back: See photos of the mission

Jeff Bezos

China wants to build a high-speed rail link to a newly open Iran

China Railway, the state-owned rail-building behemoth, has proposed a high-speed rail link that will carry both passengers and cargo between China and Iran, according to the state-controlled China Daily.

The proposed route, put forward last week at a meeting of the China Civil Engineering Society, …


Moroccan solar plant to bring energy to a million people

A giant plant using energy from the Sun to power a Moroccan city at night will open next month.

The solar thermal plant at Ouarzazate will harness the Sun's warmth to melt salt, which will hold its heat to generate energy in the evening.

The first phase will generate for three hours after dark; the …


Home values are pointing to a sharp wealth divide in major US cities

WASHINGTON (AP) — It's still possible in Boston for a mail carrier, an accountant and a Harvard-trained psychiatrist — basically, the crowd from "Cheers" — to live as neighbors.

That finding by the real estate brokerage Redfin makes the capital of Massachusetts a rarity at a time when neighborhoods …


More than half of the Amazon’s tree species may be threatened with extinction

The Amazon is losing its vast expanse of green, bit by bit. By 2013, the Amazonia — originally spread over nearly six million square kilometers — …


India's Energy Crisis

Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly …


Welcome To Brain Science's Next Frontier: Virtual Reality

Amy Robinson, executive director at the startup EyeWire, is making neuroscience into a playground for the hot tech du jour.

Virtual reality is here, and brands of all stripes are embracing the tech. The New York Times and Google newly partnered to send more than 1 million cardboard VR viewers to …

Life Sciences

The Doomsday Invention

Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?

I. Omens

Last year, a curious nonfiction book became a Times best-seller: a dense meditation on artificial intelligence by the philosopher Nick Bostrom, who holds an appointment at Oxford. Titled “Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, …


Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next

A new startup wants to make DNA writing cheaper and faster.The post Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next appeared first on WIRED.