Kristine Williams

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India plans to build the world's largest floating solar farm

Solar farms need three things: sunlight, photovoltaic panels and a huge expanse of land. It's the third in that list that's hampering green efforts in countries like India, where space is scarce and therefore very expensive. That's why India is copying Japan's (pictured) idea of building floating …

These Islands Are Sucking Up Pollution From The Water They're Floating In

Floating islands that double as water treatment plants keep water clean without sullying nice views.<p>Wetlands are known for their ability to clean water: their thick vegetation traps excess nutrients (which cause algae blooms) and heavy pollutants, and help keep waterways free and clear. But, of …

Glass app lets you take a photo just by thinking about it

Developers in the US and UK are increasingly putting Glass through its paces in an effort to fully understand its current capabilities and future potential.<p>A UK startup, for example, appears to have taken Google’s face-based computer to a whole new level, developing software that allows you to snap …

LED-lit indoor farm produces 10,000 lettuces a day

A newly opened indoor farm in Japan has been built with LEDs that emit light at wavelengths optimal for plant growth.<p>It's the work of plant …

Flying Cars Predicted In Two Years: What Then?

People are already putting down money for self-driving flying cars. Are American motorists up to the challenge?<p>Since the dawn of aviation, Americans have dreamed of buying a flying car and opening up the skies to everyone. The utopian dream is embodied in the opening credits of <i>The Jetsons</i>, in which …

Here's How Google Glass Could Transform Visits To The Doctor Office

Nashville-based startup Octovis, Inc. is working with doctors to bring Google Glass technology — the $1,500 wearable computing device — into examining rooms and operating rooms to make it easier for doctors to take notes and access patient information, like MRIs or other images during surgery.<p>We …

How A Simple Design Tweak Is Bringing Injectable Contraceptives To The Developing World

Injections of birth control that lasts three months and don’t require a lot of fuss could empower women who have never had family planning options before.<p>Injectable contraceptives like Depo-Provera are a popular alternative to birth control pills, which require patients to remember their medication …

Google's Modular Smartphone Is One Step Closer to Being in Your Hands

Google's "Project Ara," an affordable smartphone with customizable and swappable features, is one step closer to reaching the public.<p>The search …

What Would it Take to Stop AIDS by 2030?

The United Nations announced today that the global HIV/AIDS epidemic could be slowed to a trickle within the next two decades. Can it be done?<p>A hopeful announcement out of the United Nations today: It may be possible to stop the global AIDS epidemic by 2030, according to a new report released today …

This Algae-Powered Building Actually Works

The BIQ algae-powered building has been operating for over a year. It’s faring well so far.<p>Does it make sense to power buildings with algae? That’s the question that arises with the Bio Intelligent Quotient (BIQ) building, in Hamburg, Germany, which has now been operating for more than a year. …

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How Rooftop Farms Yield 20 Times More Produce Than Traditional Farms

As more and more people move to cities, the demand for access to fresher, more nutritious foods continues to rise. Brooklyn-based Gotham Greens builds greenhouses on urban rooftops. Inside the greenhouses, the company grows vegetables that don't have to make the long journey most food makes from …

A Miracle Rice Could Save Millions Of Lives

Around the world, 250 million children are vitamin A-deficient, including about a third of the world's preschool-age population. This simple deficiency kills or blinds millions of women and children each year. In places like the United States, where vegetables like carrots are neither expensive nor …

The most promising technology for cleaning up ocean plastic is a giant wheel

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>There are at least one million tons of plastic in the ocean. Creative solutions abound, but few strike marine conservation experts as practical or praise-worthy. Too often, says ecologist Andrew David Thaler, projects like floating plastic-filter machines amount to little …

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This Smog-Eating Laundry Detergent Turns Your Clothing Into Air Purifiers

We all need more motivation to do our laundry anyway. What better than helping to clean the air around us?<p>Here’s another reason cities need more pedestrians: If someone is wearing clothes that happened to be washed in the right detergent, just their walking down the street can suck smog out of the …

Digital ‘bandage’ checks vital signs

Could wearable technology be the next big thing in healthcare?<p>Wireless specialist Sensium Healthcare thinks so, and has developed a high-tech adhesive patch that can monitor a patient’s vital signs.<p>Resembling a bandage and weighing just half an ounce, the SensiumVitals patch monitors heart rate, …

Forget Passwords: This Startup Wants To Authenticate Your Mind

Biocatch detects fraud and identity theft based on your online behaviors.<p>Most online identity security today is based on what you know (like a password, social security number, or mother’s maiden name) or something you have (like a code sent to your mobile device, fingerprint, or voice pattern).<p>But …

You Won't Recognize Your Dinner In 50 Years (But Don't Worry, It's Still Food)

Echoes of Soylent. But more colorful.<p>Scientists have already proven it’s possible to grow a burger in the lab using a few cells from a cow. Someday, it might also be possible to grow food from fake plastic cells–and get all of the nutrition we need without relying on nature or a farm.<p>A new project …

Google wants to define a healthy human with its new baseline genetic study

Google's got a big new project and it's you. Well, not just you, but a genetic and molecular study of humanity that aims to grasp at what a healthy human should be. It's in its early days, collecting anonymous data from 175 people, but it plans to expand to thousands later. The project is headed up …

These Rooftop Solar Panels Double As Extra Housing For Crowded Cities

In Frankfurt, Germany, a team of students has found a new way to make buildings “climate neutral” without raising rents: Build a new rooftop apartment with each installation.<p>The usual way to add solar power to a building is just to attach some panels to the roof. But a new design goes a step …

3D print yourself through Amazon's new Printed Products store

Amazon has opened a 3D printing store, allowing customers to design and order their own jewellery, ornaments and accessories<p><b>Amazon</b> has opened its own <b>3D Printed Products store</b>, giving customers the option to design their own games, accessories, jewellery and ornaments.<p>From iPhone covers and …

SAMI Is Like Google Earth for the Universe

In just 64 nights, SAMI, an instrument attached to the Anglo-Australian telescope in Australia, has recorded demographic information for 1,000 …

This Company Is Turning The Desert Green — And It Could Radically Change the Future Of Food

To meet the needs of a rapidly growing population, the oil-rich country must rely on imports for about 90% of its food. But there's a radical idea that's growing — against all odds — in the middle of Qatar's vast Arabian Desert.<p>It's called the Sahara Forest Project (SFP for short).<p>SFP was created …

These Floating Vertical Farms Are Designed To Bring Local Food To The Densest Urban Areas

A system of floating towers could provide more room for agriculture in places where farms won’t fit.<p>As one of the densest countries in the world, with nearly 20,000 people per square mile, Singapore doesn’t really have room for farms. Almost all of the food there is imported from …

This Electric Bicycle Could Be The Future Of Transportation

The bike wasn't just moving, it was <i>pushing</i>, adding extra propulsion to my own pedaling, giving me a boost with every revolution of the pedals. Faster than expected, I reached the end of a quiet block leaning into a corner. I took a straightaway for a few blocks and pushed 20 miles an hour without …

Watch Out Google Glass, Smart Shoes Are On The Way

In India, you’ll be able to wear technology somewhere completely different: On your feet. Lechal is the world’s first interactive haptic feedback …

You Can Now Sip Sushi With Vaporized Cuisine Technology

But whereas the legendary Catalan chef focused on the food itself, Edwards is re-imagining the tools and processes used to consume the food.<p>In his case, Le Whaf and whaffing: a technology the Harvard professor invented that creates food vapor which is inhaled through a special, truncated …

This colorful tree is designed to grow 40 types of fruit

Even the most beautiful trees tend to bloom in only a single color, but artist Sam Van Aken is growing trees that turn into a kaleidoscopic array of flowers come spring. A project of his, the "Tree of 40 Fruit," has Van Aken grafting 40 different stone fruit branches onto a single tree, ultimately …

Google Glass-Like Devices That Look As Natural As Sunglasses Are Closer Than You Think

However, in the near future, companies like Google may not have to try as hard to make their wearable displays fit in.<p>Soulaiman Itani, co-founder and Chief Scientist at Atheer Labs, told Business Insider that wearable computers as natural-looking as sunglasses are only about three or four years …

Researchers Have Created a New Blood Test to Predict Risk of Suicide

In a groundbreaking new genetic discovery, doctors from Johns Hopkins have found a mutation involved in how the brain reacts to stress that can …

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are