David Forrest

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99.999 percent of microbe species remain undiscovered, say researchers.

Earth could contain 1 trillion microbial species, but humans only know about 0.001 percent of them, two biologists from Indiana University suggest in …

We've been mayors of New York, Paris and Rio. We know climate action starts with cities

The Paris climate agreement, already signed by more than 175 countries, was successful in large part because national governments recognized cities’ progress in reducing carbon emissions. On Thursday, as world leaders gather in Washington DC to discuss how to reach the goals set in Paris, they …

Climate

Millions of GM mosquitoes to fight Zika virus in Caymans

The British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans on Thursday to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases.<p>Deployment of the mosquitoes against the Aedes aegypti species in the Cayman …

Mosquitoes

Gene Therapy’s First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here

A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for a deadly disease.<p>The treatment …

AIs are starting to learn like human babies by grasping and poking objects

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are teaching robots to learn by touch, much like human babies. The experiment one day could allow artificial intelligence to learn about the physical environment through senses, including touch. The development draws robotics and AI closer together, paving …

Artificial Intelligence

We looked inside a secret Chinese bitcoin mine

In China, savvy entrepreneurs are making millions a year by mining bitcoin. Danny Vincent visited one of the world’s biggest facilities of its kind to film the activity and people within.<p>On the edge of a tiny Chinese town is a strange building where you can get an insight into the future – and only …

Bitcoin

Robots can now carry out surgery almost unaided

Operations performed by machines could one day be commonplace—if humans are willing to trust them<p>THEY don’t drink, they don’t get tired and they …

The World's Largest Coal Supplier Is Building a Giant Solar Plant

Image: Ivanpah solar plant in CaliforniaI suspect the Germans have an overwrought seven-syllable word for extreme irony, but even they’d have a hard …

Energy

IBM Inches Ahead of Google in Race for Quantum Computing Power

All kinds of things are hooked up to the Internet these days, but Jerry Chow’s computer stands out. Chilled by liquid nitrogen, his superconducting …

Google

Tencent venture poaches Google talent as Chinese tech firms pile into autos

BEIJING (Reuters) - An automaker launched last year by firms including tech giant Tencent Holdings Ltd has poached autonomous driving personnel from Google and Daimler AG, marking China's latest high-profile hires in the race to make self-driving cars.<p>Tech firms are encroaching on the auto sector …

Asia

Bill Richardson: What Saudi Arabia’s Bet on Solar Power Means

It's a sign the oil-rich nation is serious about change<p>President Barack Obama’s recent meeting with Saudi King Salman, coming during tense times between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, reminded me what a difference two decades can make.<p>As Secretary of Energy during President Bill Clinton’s second term, …

Energy

​Watch live: Scientists are exploring one of the deepest, most mysterious parts of the ocean

Right now, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's ship Okeanos Explorer is exploring the deep waters in and around the Marianas Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean — and researchers are broadcasting the journey via livestream.<p>This is the deepest part of the world's oceans, …

Oceans

San Diego to become largest U.S. city to run on 100% renewable energy

San Diego is not waiting for Washington to get its act together on climate change. The southern California city is moving forward with an ambitious …

Environment

Alibaba advances: How China is using fintech to take control of global trade

The global fintech ecosystem has been presented like the board game Risk, with banks, fintech startups, traditional IT providers and GAFA companies …

China

Gamification: Passing trend or pathway to workplace productivity?

Business owners and CEOs are constantly searching for ways to remain competitive, keep employees engaged and boost productivity.<p>Incentives, internal …

Gamification

This elevator could shape the cities of the future

<b>San Francisco (CNN) —</b> Elevators are in a rut.<p>They go up and they go down. They take people from one floor of a building to the exact same spot on another floor.<p>A new technology has the potential to break elevators free from their vertical prisons, allowing them to move side to side, at an angle, …

Elevators

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving? | Motherboard

All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn’t survive.<p>Even though the genetic code commands a seemingly immeasurable number of organisms, it also binds us …

Biology

Extreme Heat Will Make Parts of the Middle East and Africa Uninhabitable by 2050

New research shows that temperatures are set to skyrocket in parts of the Middle East and Africa, making human habitation next to impossible. In a …

Middle East

The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change’s Hidden Villain

The greenhouse gas hasn't gotten the attention such a potent carbon-polluter deserves. But that's about to change. The post The US Is Finally Taking …

Climate Change

Bitcoin creator reveals himself

Australian tech entrepreneur Craig Wright on Monday told the BBC he was the creator of controversial digital currency Bitcoin, ending years of …

Australia

Estonia wants to become a 'country as a service' and already has 10,000 virtual residents

Estonia is one of the most digitally advanced nations in the world, with digital public services, online voting, blockchain-based healthcare records, and paperless cabinet meetings in government since 2000.<p>But its most radical project is e-residency — letting people from around the world become …

Second Life

Google Ventures: Your Design Team Needs A War Room. Here's How To Set One Up

Want to foster creativity? Skip the foosball table and opt for a war room instead. Google Ventures's Jake Knapp shows you how. Plus: a peek inside Google Ventures's own war room<p>In the last two years at Google Ventures, I’ve done design sprints with more than 80 startups. One of the simplest tricks …

Gulf states are coping with the oil era's twilight years in different ways

The falling price of oil is beginning to have a real impact on the energy-fueled economies of the Gulf. In 2014, after almost a decade of record highs, the price of a barrel of Brent crude began to collapse from a peak of US$140 to less than US$30.<p>Saudi Arabia is lining up a US$2 trillion sovereign …

Economics

Digital America: A tale of the haves and have-mores

While the most advanced sectors, companies, and individuals push the boundaries of technology use, the US economy as a whole is realizing only 18 …

Dubai Pushes the Pedal to the Metal on Driverless Cars

Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads …

Transportation

Why SpaceX's New Mission is the Gateway to Colonizing Mars

A new approach is crucial to putting humans on the Red Planet<p>SpaceX announced last Wednesday that it’s planning to send a series of missions to Mars as soon as 2018, using a Falcon Heavy rocket and a landing craft called Red Dragon. Though details are still scarce, it’s clear these missions will be …

Mars

Kids Win Again In Lawsuit Blaming Gov't For Not Fighting Global Warming

Against all odds, another group of children who are suing the government to protect the environment against the harm of global warming in their future, have won in court.<p>Again.<p>In a surprise ruling on Friday from the bench in the ongoing climate case brought by these youths against the State of …

Global Warming

This New York Project Fuses Energy Microgrids With Blockchain Technology

A microgrid using Transactive Grid’s model could let you directly sell energy generated from your rooftop solar panels to your neighbor.<p>If in the future you find yourself selling your excess solar panel energy to your neighbor via secure blockchain, you'll have one startup's actions on President …

Energy

Citi: Robots could kill another 30% of bank jobs - Apr. 4, 2016

Message from Davos: The robots are coming<p>Digital disruption is turning finance on its head -- and destroying tons of traditional banking jobs along the way.<p>A wave of innovation has made it possible for people to get their banking done without walking into a branch if they don't want to. People can …

Employment

SpaceX: our Falcon rockets are more powerful than we thought

Falcon Heavy will have twice as much thrust as any other rocket, if you ask Elon Musk.<p>If you thought SpaceX was already making a fuss over the capabilities of both its existing Falcon 9 rocket and the upcoming Falcon Heavy, you haven't seen anything yet. The company has posted updated specs showing …

Elon Musk