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Algorithms – step-by-step sequences of operations that solve specific computational tasks – are transforming the world around us. They support sophisticated search engines, voice recognition software, online transactions, data compression, targeted advertising and self-driving cars. But algorithms …Programming
Study to collect data from customers of genetic-testing services.
Geneticists have launched a project to test whether they can study millions of …Genetics
"Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski."
Five years ago, journalist Nicholas Carr wrote in his book The Shallows: How The Internet Is Changing Our Brains about the way technology seemed to be eroding his ability to concentrate.
"Once I was a …The Brain
(CNN) — A Harvard medical pioneer calls it "astounding" — an "incredible achievement" and a "quantum leap forward" in the battle against cancer, autism, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
What's going on? Scientists at Ohio State University say they've figured out a way to grow the genetic equivalent of a …Cancer
HOW satisfied are we with our jobs?
Gallup regularly polls workers around the world to find out. Its survey last year found that almost 90 percent of workers were either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” from their jobs. Think about that: Nine out of 10 workers spend half their waking lives …Western Philosophy
The mountain air in Squamish, B.C., could soon be even fresher with the launch of a groundbreaking carbon capture operation.Carbon
Over the past couple of decades, Israel has developed a strong fintech ecosystem thanks to continued overseas interest, a local commitment to innovation, and a community that’s dedicated to addressing the emerging needs of this industry.
The Israeli fintech industry continues to grow so …Middle East
The country’s genetic biobank is still in its earliest stages, but the government hopes to one day have enough donors to totally overhaul its health-care system.
When Steven Smit opens the freezer, liquid nitrogen pours into the room, cascading dramatically over the sides of the container before …Life Sciences
Analyst Colin Sebastian at Baird thinks that Google's recent Alphabet restructuring could make it the "GE of the new technology generation," according to a research note published this morning.
For GE, the success of the lightbulb became a foundation for diversification and market dominance in areas …Alphabet, Inc.
U.S. officials could soon send a Navy ship steaming by a chain of man-made islands that China has built in the South China Sea, Pentagon officials said, potentially exacerbating tensions in an area in which Beijing is expanding its presence.
China set up a territorial limit around the islands, …Asia
TRIKALA, Greece (AP) — There'll be no arguing with the driver on this bus: the rides are free and there's no driver anyway.
Trikala, a rural town in northern Greece, has been chosen to test a driverless bus in real traffic conditions for the first time, part of a European project to revolutionize …Transportation
"What has been the source of our prosperity now becomes the source of our ultimate destruction, if we don't get off it"
(LOS ANGELES) — Gov. Jerry Brown dramatically increased California’s climate-change goals, committing the state to use renewable energy for half its electricity and make existing …Energy
Utilities would save consumers money and help support the electric grid if the companies tapped unused power stored in existing home and business batteries, according to a report released Thursday by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
The report, titled “The Economics of Battery Energy Storage,” by the …Batteries
At the end of last week, solar technology company SolarCity, which was co-founded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, made headlines when it announced it had …Renewable Energy
Frank Brincho greets a customer at the Wal-Mart store in Foothill Ranch. Brincho has been a greeter at the store for 10 years and will celebrate his …Economics
I recently read Dana Ardi’s The Fall of the Alphas. The most important parts of her argument are:
What’s striking is that this argument is a recurring …Silicon Valley
(CNN) — Could this be the Uber for airlines?
Start-up "Poppi" imagines the airline of the future, where customers can fly "cinema class," where the getting the dreaded middle seat means you win sponsored treats, and where baggage is dropped off when you leave home -- and reappears at your …Airlines
Recently, there seems to be an uptick in small nations or islands setting their sights on becoming increasingly, or completely, powered by non-fossil fuel energy sources, particularly renewables such as solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
This is welcomed news in a world that – despite recent …Energy
Workers are often taken advantage of by the on-demand economy. What if they ran it instead?
Mayor Bill de Blasio recently discovered, during his short-lived campaign against Uber, that saying no to a popular, convenient new technology doesn't tend to win many friends—or win much at all. In just a …Sharing Economy
The company already uses similar technology
Nike COO Eric Sprunk attended the GeekWire Summit last Friday, during which he claimed that you’ll soon be able to 3D print your own Nikes without ever having to leave your house, Quartz reports.
He was at the summit to discuss Nike’s Flyknit sneaker …Footwear
Dozens of people in Japan will be whisked to the local shops in driverless taxis from next year in an experiment with robot technology that could be fully commercial by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics in 2020.
From March 2016, the taxis will take about 50 residents of Fujisawa, a large coastal …Japan
An entire city for the sole purpose of experimentation.
A city being built in the desert of southern New Mexico has the potential to house 35,000 people, but no one will ever live there, CNN reports.
It’s called CITE — Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation. It’s a $1 billion, 15 square mile …The Future
Don't be evil—and don't waste anything either.
The current economy is built on waste—dig up some materials, turn that into a product, ship it to an "end user" who eventually tosses it in the trash. But that's starting to change.
Google is one of the latest mega-corporations to commit to the …Google
When design and code combine, building websites may never be the same.
A nonprofit startup is the most promising competitor for Google's Lunar XPrize
Tired of waiting for NASA to get its Apollo-era mojo back and start putting spacecraft on the lunar surface again? Then you’ll be happy to know that Israel—with some help from Google—is about to show the moon a little …Google
The Asian Development Bank is helping the fight against the extremes of climate change and food security for Asia's future.
Asia and the Pacific faces …Asia
By now, many people are aware of the ongoing battles between customers with rooftop solar panels and power utilities around the country. At first …Energy
When it comes to electricity, it’s all about the cost. A new report shows how clean energy electricity is becoming mainstream.
Electricity generated by large wind farms is now cheap enough in many places around the world to compete effectively with electricity generated by coal and natural gas.
Wind power is now the cheapest electricity to produce in both Germany and the U.K., even without government subsidies, according to a new analysis by …Energy
The Dutch micropayment platform for articles is taking off in spectacular fashion. Its foray into the German market delivers another proof of publishers’ interest in the kind of business model Blendle embodies. But, down the road, Blendle sees itself as the main transactional infrastructure …Journalism