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Cross-Laminated Timber is the Most Advanced Building Material

Cross-Laminated Timber Continues to Impress Builders and Engineers<p>On a cloudy day in early October, the architect Andrew Waugh circles the base of a nondescript apartment tower in Shoreditch, a neighborhood in East London. Shoreditch suffered heavily during the blitz of World War II—“urban renewal, …

Engineering

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

Global Warming

New competition challenges robot startups to submit their robots, connected devices and sensors

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster<p>What is a robot? The definition is more contentious than you might realize. But RoboHub and Silicon …

TV antenna maker Mohu targets cord cutters with new Channels device

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Mohu, best known for its Mohu Leaf TV antenna, is introducing a new device that combines over-the-air TV with online video …

Data privacy, machine learning and the destruction of mysterious humanity

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / Sebastian Kaulitzki<p>Recently, I wrote an article about Disney’s new RFID location- and …

Mesosphere thinks everyone’s servers should run like Twitter’s do, and it’s here to help

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>After years of handwringing over what cloud computing means and how it should function, a startup called Mesosphere might have …

These Structure Data speakers are blazing new trails in the information age

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Albert Chau<p>Big data might be on its way out as a buzzword, but its lessons hold true. Especially the one about …

White House announces privacy and big data events at 3 universities

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / dcJohn<p>The Obama Administration is appealing to technology workers, business leaders and civil society …

Zuckerberg: The goal of Internet.org is to make basic mobile internet access free

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr user Anirudh Koul<p>Internet.org doesn’t just want to make access to the mobile internet cheap in the developing …

The K5 security robot will begin patrolling one Silicon Valley campus this year

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: Knightscope<p>The Knightscope K5 robot’s 5-foot-tall bullet-shaped frame is impressive. Studded with cameras and sensors …

Why machine learning is still getting the human touch in retail

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / jocic<p>Handing power back to the people who know their business is becoming a more common practice, even …

How Khan Academy is using design to pave the way for the future of education

Advertisement<p>13 Comments<p>Credit: courtesy of Colin Price and the Designer Fund.<p>Every morning Khan Academy’s lead designer, Jason Rosoff, spends the …

Check out that connected washing machine you didn’t know you wanted

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>The connected fridge may be the much joked about symbol of the last internet of things hype cycle, but this time around, the …

Drop gets into the kitchen with a connected scale for bakers

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Signe Brewster/Gigaom<p>In the internet of things, the kitchen often seems to be the last room in the house to get some …

IBM is challenging developers to insert Watson into mobile apps

Advertisement<p>4 Comments<p>Credit: IBM<p>At the Mobile World Congress event today, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty laid down the gauntlet for mobile developers. Over …

When it comes to our data, none of us are in control

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Credit: Flickr / D. Miller<p>As we connect more devices, share our opinions on more social platforms and attach more sensors to …

Inkshares wants to create a hybrid of traditional book publisher and crowdfunded digital platform

Kepler discovers 715 new planets, nearly doubling the planets known to mankind

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: NASA<p>For the history of human space exploration, planet discovery has been an arduous process. An object that could be a …

Savant, the Apple of home automation providers, launches a cheaper option

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>Credit: Savant<p>Savant, a home automation company for the high end customer, has decided to come down-market a bit with a …

Watch a group of drones fly in a coordinated flock

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Credit: Eötvös Loránd University<p>A team of researchers based out of Hungary successfully flew a flock of quadcopter drones …

25 years after its invention, Pew data reveals how we view the web

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>When it comes to the internet, most Americans use it every day and view it as a beneficial source of communications in their …

Meta demonstrates how its augmented reality glasses can pair with 3D printing

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Meta’s MetaPro Glasses are coming this summer, and they look like they will be a big competitor in the augmented reality …

For $1, you can build a device that uses TV signals to recognize gestures

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: University of Washington<p>There’s energy all around us in the form of TV, radio and WiFi signals. Develop a device that …

The Defense Department’s data strategy: Huge, massive and distributed

Advertisement<p>1 Comment<p>Ely Kahn has spent more than a decade working in the national security world, including stints at the Transportation Safety …

What’s up with Watson?

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>IBM(s ibm) likes to trot out Watson any time it needs to tout its tech bona fides. Watson proves that IBM “gets” big data, …

LinkedIn bolsters content with new influencers

Think LinkedIn when looking for a job -- and when you want to do better at your current job.<p>LinkedIn is making a bigger play for eyeballs.<p>The professional networking site is expanding its "Influencers" program that began in the fall of 2012 and has included Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, …

Google spreading Fiber fingers to more cities

Google's fast Fiber Internet service may be coming to 34 new cities in the U.S., stepping up competition with existing cable, telecom and Internet providers like Comcast, Verizon and AT&T<p>SAN FRANCISCO - Google unveiled big expansion plans for its fast Fiber Internet service on Wednesday, stepping …

Stores can see where you go by tracking phones

WASHINGTON (AP) — Should shoppers turn off their smartphones when they hit the mall? Or does having them on lead to better sales or shorter lines at the cash register?<p>Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the …

Zuckerberg: WhatsApp a 'great fit' for Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says his company's shocking $16 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp represents a "great fit" for the growing social network.<p>Zuckerberg made his first public comments on Facebook's deal during a keynote speech on Monday at the Mobile World Congress in …

WhatsApp messaging service to add voice

Less than a week after Facebook bought WhatsApp, a voice service is in the works<p>Just a handful of days after Facebook purchased the mobile messaging app WhatsApp, things already are getting a bit more interesting.<p>On Monday, the cross-platform mobile messaging app that allows folks to exchange …