David Forrest

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New Knitting Technique Produces Electronic Smart Fabrics at Industrial Scales | Motherboard

Australian scientists have developed a knitting technique capable of producing electrically-conductive Spandex-carbon nanotube hybrid textiles at industrial scales. As described earlier this month in a paper published in ACS Nano, the stretchable fabrics "exhibit excellent performance" as sensors …

Textiles

In depth: Can an uploaded brain live forever?

Will we ever be able to map the brain?As speedy as today's supercomputers are, they're still nowhere near the complexity and power of the brains …

The Brain

UPS testing drones for use in its package delivery system

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (AP) -- One of the world's largest package delivery companies is stepping up efforts to integrate drones into its system.<p>UPS has partnered with robot-maker CyPhy Works to test the use of drones to make commercial deliveries to remote or …

Drones

Why Big Companies Can't Invent

It’s often said that Thomas Edison’s finest invention wasn’t the light bulb or the record player; it was the concept of an ongoing industrial …

Innovation

Future of Energy: Utilities Need to Embrace Renewable Energy or It Will Kill Them

Image source: Getty Images.<p>Utilities across the U.S. are facing a crisis. Electricity demand isn't growing for the first time since Thomas Edison invented the lightbulb, meaning there's no demand growth to fulfill with new power plants. That would be a challenge in and of itself, but now customers …

Energy

New Map Finally Reveals A Global Genetic Network Of Life

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Donnelly Centre have created the first map that shows the global genetic interaction network of a cell. It …

Genetics

The 5 technologies that are going to define the next decade in cities

Cities have always been hubs of technological experimentation, shaped by the people who inhabit them and the tools they use. We can still see the marks, both charming and garish, from technologies of years past — from old aqueducts to telephone booths to the damage done by cars.<p>The next wave of …

Cities

4-D Printing: 'Wow' Doesn't Even Begin to Describe What's Possible

Move over, 3-D. 4-D printing soon will allow manufacturers to create shape-shifting products that offer convenience, entertainment, safety, style, and economy.<p>3-D printing recently has done astounding things--scientists have used it to recreate a mummy head, cars, prosthetics and even firearms. …

Printing

Innovative Water-Gen machine harvests up to 825 gallons of clean water from thin air in a day

You might remember from grade school science class that water vapor is all around us, taking part in a continuous cycle that fills the clouds, lakes, …

Water

Banks are working on using info from Facebook and other social media when millennials have no credit history

Some of the world's biggest banks are working on using people's personal information from Facebook, Instagram, and other social media platforms as part of, or in lieu of, someone's credit history.<p>Yasaman "Yassi" Hadjibashi, chief data officer at Barclays Africa, told Business Insider in an …

Social Media

How to Protect Workers From Job-Stealing Robots

President Obama’s chief economist argues that, with the right policies, artificial intelligence can be boon to the labor market, not a threat.<p>There is a lively debate happening across various corners of the internet and the hallways of academia: In the coming decades, will advances in Artificial …

Robotics

Could Paris Show Mark The Start Of The Mass Market Electric Car?

The era of the mass market electric car might well start at the biennial Paris Car Show next month, and that would be great timing for the industry in Europe as the demise of the diesel engine gathers pace.<p>The triumph of the electric car has been promised for years, but despite big government …

Environment

Pay-per-mile insurance startup Metromile raises $191.5M, acquires Mosaic Insurance

The automotive industry is in flux with the rise of self-driving and electric cars, and the concept of car ownership altogether being thrown into question. With this, the car insurance industry is changing, too, and now, an on-demand car insurance startup has raised a large round of funding as it …

Startups

The world's first hydrogen train is a lean, green, water-emitting machine

The train<p><i>The Memo</i> spoke to Alexander Burrows, strategy director for Alstom, about what the Coradia iLint – the name of the new train – means for the …

Hydrogen

A Look At 7 New Cities Rising Along The New Silk Road

New cities are rising all along the revitalized trade routes of what has been dubbed the New Silk Road — an enhanced network of economic corridors stretching between China and Europe — as participating countries attempt to build new economies based on logistics, manufacturing and cross-border …

Silk Road

The Future of Work: It’s Already Here

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Singularity University Summit in San Francisco on The Future of Work. After months of research on the …

Employment

Photos: China’s booming virtual reality arcades are bringing the niche technology to the masses

More than two years after Facebook paid $2 billion to acquire Oculus, virtual reality remains a niche market in the West. Other than hardcore gamers and gadget nerds, few people have the chance to strap on an expensive headset and kill zombies, fly planes, or watch movies.<p>In China, however, VR is …

Virtual Reality

Amazon is now eating all the department stores, too

Amazon is already the biggest clothing seller online. It might soon overtake most of its brick-and-mortar rivals in fashion sales, as well.<p>There were no runway models on any Amazon catwalk at last week’s New York Fashion Week. But the e-commerce giant still loomed large in the minds of retail …

Amazon

AT&T invented a way to use power lines to deliver super-fast wireless internet

AT&T says it has developed a new technology it calls AirGig, which links up to standard power lines and uses a special transmitter to deliver super-fast gigabit internet wirelessly.<p>The project is only in its early test phases for now, and AT&T hasn't announced where and when it'll deploy it …

Wireless

Microsoft wants to crack the cancer code using artificial intelligence

Cancer is like a computer virus and can be ‘solved’ by cracking the code, according to Microsoft. The computer software company says its researchers are using artificial intelligence in a new healthcare initiative to target cancerous cells and eliminate the disease.<p>One of the projects within this …

Microsoft

Here's How Global Warming Could Trigger the Next Financial Crisis

The Bank of Canada thinks so<p>Move over mortgages. There’s now something much, much bigger to worry about, and harder to curtail, and far more likely to cause the next financial crisis: global warming.<p>That’s the conclusion of a new report published recently by the Bank of Canada.<p>The report is mainly …

World

DARPA sees future wars won with hypersonic weapons and artificial intelligence

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md — In comments that conjure up dystopian images of a future dominated by robot soldiers controlled by Skynet, researchers with the Pentagon’s futuristic think tank said they are working on better ways to merge the rapid decision making of computers with the analytical …

The Future

UPS Expands 3D Printing to Stay Ahead of a Threat

The company could make and ship parts instead of storing them for other companies.<p>United Parcel Service plans to expand its 3D printing service to Asia and Europe, the U.S. shipping company has told Reuters, in a bid to fully embrace and get ahead of a trend that threatens to eat away a small but …

3D Printing

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk Says His Company Could Have a Mars Colony by 2026

In a new interview with Y Combinator, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk doubled down on his bullish prediction that his spaceflight company would land humans on …

Elon Musk

What Drones Did for the Sky, Robot Subs Are About to Do for the Sea

What happens when autonomous sea vessels are cheap and freely available.<p>The next drone revolution is happening underwater. Just as flying drones have changed from expensive specialist tools to mass-market million-sellers in a few short years, their aquatic counterparts are opening up the …

Drones

Uber’s self-driving fleet in Pittsburgh goes live

Self-driving Volvo XC90 cars have entered into Uber’s taxi fleet, marking the first public ride-hailing test in the United States. The cars will be available to select customers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who will be able to ride in the cars for free.<p>Uber has been testing cars in Pittsburgh for …

Pittsburgh

It Took 1700 Hours to Map a Fly’s Brain | Motherboard

A team of researchers from Tokai University in Japan recently produced the first 3D model of a fruit fly’s neuronal network. The team’s work is an important step forward for neuroscience insofar as it has overcome the limitations of previous brain imaging techniques by providing a much higher …

Life Sciences

Illumina, Secret Giant Of DNA Sequencing, Is Bringing Its Tech To The Masses

With spin-off investments Grail and Helix, and a new software-savvy CEO, Illumina is poised to make DNA an even bigger part of your life.<p>It would raise the stakes even higher, but that didn't stop Jay Flatley, Illumina's then chief executive, from sending in vials of his own saliva and blood to the …

DNA

France just became the first country to ban all plastic plates, cups, and utensils

Go France!<p>France just passed a law that says all plastic plates, cups, and utensils will be banned by 2020, and replacements will need to be made …

Plastic

Human Chimera Research’s Huge (and Thorny) Potential

It is striking just how little we know about human development, especially given we are now decades into the modern era of biology. How is it …

Science