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Australia key heartland for battery storage revolution

The battery-storage wars are breaking out, with Australia in the thick of it. Tesla, while the highest profile, will not be short of combatants.<p>The …

Futurist Ray Kurzweil: Nanotech is the key to better EV batteries

Living up to his billing as an inventor/visionary, Ray Kurzweil kicked off an engineering conference in Detroit this week by imagining what might power cars of the future. Sure, he mentioned the self-driving cars his employer Google is working on, but a more interesting response was to a question …

Bill Gates reveals the best books he read this year

<i>Voracious reader Bill Gates has named his five favourite books of 2014</i><p>Bill Gates is known for his business acumen and philanthropy. But the …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Photograph: Keith Vanderlinde<p>Auroras over the 10-metre telescope and Bicep (background imaging of cosmic extragalactic polarisation) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The 10-metre South Pole Telescope and Bicep both collect data on cosmic microwave background radiation and black …

Solar Power Can Provide Hot Meals for the Masses

The Plate<p><b>In every one of my restaurants, each day begins with the same routine. Chefs receive their orders, line cooks start prepping their ingredients, and the front of the house starts polishing the silverware and setting the tables. Along with all of that, someone goes into the kitchen and</b> …

Why the sharing economy could be the internet’s most divisive revolution yet

Concerns are growing that the supposedly benign philosophy behind the new wave of internet star names such as Airbnb and Uber simply disguises a rapacious business model<p>You can not only find someone online willing to rent you a room in their house, but someone who will share their car, their desk, …

Awesome Google Features You May Not Have Known About

For example, did you know that Google can guide you through your wedding?<p>From the silly to the useful, these Google features (which we picked out of this great Quora thread) will make you love Google even more than you probably already did.

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Department Of Defense Tests A Bullet That Can Steer

Precision on the smallest scale<p>Since the first gun appeared on a battlefield, bullets have dealt death in straight lines. As the shortest distance between two points, lines are great, but they mean enemies can hide behind walls or buildings and not get hit, a clearly undesirable prospect for anyone …

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Elon Musk's Hyperloop Could Be Just 10 Years Away

Hyperloop, the ultra-fast tube transport dreamed up by SpaceX founder and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, could be ready for passengers in as few as 10 years.<p>In a 76-page report released on Dropbox on Thursday, a new startup called Hyperloop Transportation Technologies laid out plans for building …

Out of Fuel, Venus Express Is Falling Gently to Its Death in Planet's Skies

After more than eight years orbiting Venus, the European spacecraft's comes to an end.<p>Just above the surface of Venus, one of Earth's most intrepid robots is slipping into a sulfuric hereafter.<p>Over the next few months, Venus Express will fall slowly through the 150-mile-thick (250 kilometers) …

Oil, coal and gas soon worthless? | DW | 22.12.2014

Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney's letter to the Environmental Audit Committee of the British parliament in late October 2014 fueled the …

Here’s How Microsoft Described Its Newfangled Product Called “Windows” When It Went Public

Microsoft shipped the first version of Windows on November 20, 1985. The company went public on March 13, 1986. That means that Microsoft pulled the trigger on its IPO mere months after Windows was first launched into the market.<p>Until today I didn’t know that the two events occurred so close …

Cure for memory loss could be on the horizon

Breakthrough study could hold the key to ending memory loss and offer a lifeline to Alzheimer's sufferers<p>Birthdays, passwords, colleagues' names. At some point everybody struggles to remember something important.<p>For Alzheimer's sufferers the feeling is a relentless onslaught as cherished memories …

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Lens-free microscope lets almost anyone spot cancer

High-powered microscopes are useful for spotting cancer and other diseases in cells, but they're expensive and complicated. Your local physicians probably won't have a microscope on hand, and you'll probably need at least some skill to use one. However, UCLA scientists have developed a lens-free …

How Information Theory Unifies Quantum Mechanics

A new framework ties together wave-particle duality and quantum uncertainty with bits.<p>Two parallel mysteries of quantum mechanics, so-called wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, are in reality one and the same. This is according to a new framework developed by physicists …

Scientists Have Finally Discovered Why No One Can Remember Being A Baby

Infants' memories may be wiped clean by the genesis of new brain cells, a study in rodents suggests.<p>The findings offer an explanation for why people can't recall memories from early childhood, a century-old mystery.<p>The study's authors "make a very interesting and compelling case," says …

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Gadget guide: six new technologies to watch in 2015

<i>It’s sink or swim for many new gadgets in 2015.</i><p><b>A year ago,</b> <i>SmartCompany</i> listed the top new technologies <b>set to race into 2014.</b><p>Well, another year has …

ISS astronaut uses 3D printer to make socket wrench in space

Digital design emailed to zero-gravity printer on International Space Station and used to produce working ratchet<p>Astronauts on the International Space Station have used a zero-gravity 3D printer to produce a working socket wrench complete with ratchet action – using digital plans that were emailed …

4K video recording comes to Microsoft Lumia devices with Denim update

Microsoft has started rolling out its 'Denim' software update for Lumia devices, bringing an improved camera and more abilities for Cortana, the …

Is California's Hyperloop train closer to reality? Startup CEO has 'no doubt'

The chief executive of a company attempting to deliver a transport system that could send commuters from Los Angeles to San Francisco at speeds of up to 800mph says he is confident of securing the funding needed to turn the project from a pipe dream into a viable transit option for …

Anti-inflammatory drugs ‘could fight depression’

Scientists at seven UK universities are to set up a research consortium aimed at exploiting a newly discovered link between immune disorders and mental illness.<p>The connection raises hopes that anti-inflammatory drugs can be adapted to treat patients with depression or senile dementia.<p>The group – …

How to Write a Résumé That Stands Out

The resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right.<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> …

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Elon Musk: Tesla battery swap now working in beta in California

Will Tesla soon start offering its customers the option to quickly swap out discharged batteries with charged batteries on long road trips? On Friday …

Stop Using Battle Metaphors in Your Company Strategy

The economist Fritz Machlup wrote an essay about <i>weaselwords:</i> “words concealing voids of thought . . . used to avoid commitment . . . which destroy the force of a statement as a weasel ruins an egg by sucking out its content.” Machlup was talking about how economists often use words like “structure” …

What’s Missing from Annual Reports

As a shareholder of several companies, I receive many updates and reports. Even though I know how to dissect the financials and pull out any relevant ratios, I’m not satisfied with the story that these reports tell me. Nor, I’d suggest, are most shareholders. Many choose not to receive an annual …

NASA reveals what carbon dioxide looks like from space

SAN FRANCISCO — NASA revealed the first-ever images of the global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, the key long-lived global warming gas. …

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Calculate How Much Your Company Should Invest in Innovation

How much does your company need to invest in innovation? It seems like a simple enough question, but answering it with a degree of rigor often highlights a gap that’s bigger than you think between your future financial targets and your current investments in growth.<p>Identifying this so-called …