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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 …Medicine
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, …China
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 …Energy
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 …Cities
The Amazon is losing its vast expanse of green, bit by bit. By 2013, the Amazonia — originally spread over nearly six million square kilometers — …Amazon
Can India modernize its manufacturing economy and supply electricity to its growing population without relying heavily on coal—and quite possibly …Energy
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
Will artificial intelligence bring us utopia or destruction?
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, …Singularity
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.Biology
Bitcoin has a problem: It’s hard to use in the real world. Not many merchants know about the digital currency, let alone accept it as a form of payment.
Coinbase, a bitcoin startup backed by venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz and ex-CitiGroup CEO Vikram Pandit, among others, is trying to solve …Bitcoin
The notion of smart cities has been high on the agendas of strategic planners and architects for some time, with a continual cascade of speculation as to how emerging technologies can be harnessed to create the optimum urban environment. From city sensors and apps to drones and driverless cars, we …Traffic
Here is an essay version of my class notes from Class 18 of Stanford University’s CS183C — Technology-enabled Blitzscaling — taught by Reid Hoffman, John Lilly, Chris Yeh, and Allen Blue.
Errors and omissions are my own. Credit for good stuff is Reid, John, Chris Yeh, and Allen’s entirely.
This class …Startups
For the first time in history, a genetically modified organism is declared safe to eat. It's a salmon.The post In a First, the FDA Clears Genetically …Food
Energy from wind, water and sun would eliminate nuclear and fossil fuelsEnergy
Inside a suburban Los Angeles industrial building that once served as an R&D facility for Japanese automotive giant Nissan, natural midday light spills through the windows. Today, a very different company occupies this space. I arrive at lunchtime. It's catered, in true startup fashion — there’s no …Tesla
The world may be teetering on the edge of a “post-antibiotic” era, according to scientists who have found bacteria in China that are resistant to …Medicine
In the collision between consumer technology, cloud computing and cars, the legacy auto companies are lacking key ingredients for the future of the …Driving
Last winter, I contemplated purchasing a particular pair of leather boots for months before pulling the trigger. After I checked them out on at least two different websites to compare prices, they started to appear in ads all over my screen, stalking me with me promotional ads, and eventually a …Big Data
Landmark decision in the ongoing tussle between the need for investment and concerns over foreign ownership.
You can have too much foreign investment, it seems.
The Australian government Thursday blocked the sale of a portfolio of farmland the size of Kentucky to Chinese investors on national …Asia
Biologists have begun thinking and acting like designers, and they're working with one of the most powerful substrates imaginable: life.The post Move …Biotechnology
Yale bioethicist Wendell Wallach proclaimed in June that the developed world is at an "unparalleled" moment in history where technology is replacing more jobs than it creates.
If we use the word "robot" as shorthand for a wide variety of machines and programs fueled by artificial intelligence, then …Robots
The world has changed a lot in the past 12 months, with political conflict focusing the world on immediate crises, not the distant future. But a …International Relations
“I call it the rolling deckchair,” says Johan Erlandsson as his six-wheeled cargo bike, the Velove Armadillo, glides down the cobbled pedestrian streets of central Gothenburg. Stretching 14ft long but only 34 inches wide, the sleek machine is crafted from red-coated aluminium with a pedal-assisted …Gothenburg
It’s an exciting week ahead for social entrepreneurs, nonprofit directors, corporate philanthropy leaders, and anyone playing at the nexus of technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business. At the Social Innovation Summit, all of us are coming together to explore the …Social Enterprise
New York taxi owners and the lenders behind some of them are suing New York City and its Taxi and Limousine Commission, saying the proliferation of Uber is destroying their businesses and threatening their livelihoods.
The lawsuit filed in Manhattan federal court accuses the defendants of violating …New York City
Cities are home to half the world’s population and produce around 75% of the world’s GDP and greenhouse gas emissions. By 2050, between 65% and 75% of the world population is projected to be living in cities, with more than 40 million people moving to cities each year. That’s around 3.5 billion …Environmentalism
Now it's up to President Obama to decide whether Earth businesses can own pieces of asteroids
According to international treaties, no country is allowed to own things like moons or asteroids. But what about a company?
A new bill would allow space mining companies to own pieces of space. Although they …Space Travel
The planet has not been only record warm this year, it's been so unusually mild that the temperature records themselves have set records of their own. This is the case with October 2015, according to new preliminary NASA data released Tuesday.
The information shows that October 2015 was by far the …Global Warming
This article is published in collaboration with SAP Community Network. From dispatching on-time emergency services, to handling urgent care delivery …Smart Cities