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Scientists May Have Just Created the Most Absorbent Solar Cell Ever

The Solar Panel of the Future<p>Scientists have developed a solar cell that is capable of converting direct sunlight into electricity with 44.5 percent …

Clean Energy

Elon Musk spent $1 billion developing SpaceX's reusable rockets — here's how fast he might recoup it all

These marvels of engineering typically become trash soon after launch, either by sinking into an ocean or crashing into a desert. It's a big reason why sending anything to space requires unfathomable sums of money.<p>But SpaceX, founded and run by tech mogul Elon Musk, is working hard to end this …

Elon Musk

Planetary Resources is pulling the plug on its Earth observatory satellite network

The company is focusing on its core mission: asteroid mining<p>Space startup Planetary Resources is killing its nascent Earth observation system, Ceres, opting to focus on its core mission of asteroid mining.<p>Planetary Resources announced its the project in May 2016, saying that it would spend $21.1 …

China's first robot cargo spaceship just went into orbit

Tianzhou 1 is expected to be China's most prolific spacecraft.<p>At 7:41 p.m. local time, the Tianzhou 1 robotic cargo ship blasted off on a Long March 7 rocket from the Wenchang Space Launch Center on Hainan Island. Now in orbit, it will soon rendezvous with the Tiangong 2 space station, in yet …

Biotech company Bolt Threads debuts $314 necktie made entirely from ‘spider silk’

Bay Area biotechnology company Bolt Threads is offering the first glimpse of its futuristic fibers with the debut of a necktie made entirely from lab-produced “spider silk.”<p>Founded in 2009, Bolt Threads has been setting out to “engineer the next generation of high-performance fashion fibers.” The …

Biotechnology

Congress just passed a bill that tells NASA to send humans to Mars by 2033

For the first time in more than six years, both chambers of Congress passed a bill that approves funding for NASA and gives the space agency new mandates.<p>The NASA Transition Authorization Act of 2017 is a bill that the Senate and House collaborated on for months, and it appropriates $19.5 billion …

Space Science

Lithium-ion co-creator introduces new battery with up to 3 times the juice

Lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry is currently dominant in electric cars, not to mention consumer electronics and other fields.<p>But what seems to be an army of researchers thinks it can be improved.<p>That includes one of the people who helped create lithium-ion batteries in the first place.<p>John …

Clean Energy

This animation shows how fast a rocket must go to leave every planet

Elon Musk's private rocket company SpaceX announced Monday that it plans to launch two paying customers around the moon in late 2018.<p>How hard will that be to accomplish, exactly?<p>Gravity makes it possible for us to live on Earth, but it also makes it pretty hard to leave.<p>Satellites fight gravity by …

Space Exploration

What’s Really Changed—and What Hasn’t—About Getting Humans to the Moon

Earlier this month, NASA quietly announced that it would "assess the feasibility of adding a crew to Exploration Mission-1, the first integrated …

Space Exploration

10 Movies Every Entrepreneur Should Watch and Why

"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies and cuts through to the essence of the evolutionary spirit." --Gordon Gekko<p>Hollywood loves a good story, and what better story is there than a story about someone facing the struggles of trying to succeed in …

Glengarry Glen Ross

Spotify has a clever plan to make more money from 'superfans'

The session was set up by Spotify, but it wasn't part of a traditional contest or lottery. The set-up was part of a larger plan Spotify has to help artists use data to identify their most passionate fans. And this push has big implications for the future of making money as a musician, Spotify's Jim …

Music Industry

President Kennedy originally wanted the US to go to Mars

Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, discovered recently that President John F. Kennedy had originally wanted to go to send Americans to …

Buzz Aldrin

5 apps for exploring a new city like a local

There are some things everybody knows about New Yorkers. They pay exorbitant rents, they worship pizza and they never hang out in Times Square.<p>But …

China uprooting thousands to build telescope searching for aliens

China is forcibly moving more than 9,000 residents who live near the world's largest radio telescope, currently under construction.<p>The telescope, …

New 'Superman' crystals can store data for billions of years

Remember the memory crystals in the "Superman" movies? Well, something similar is already a reality here on Earth.<p>Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way of storing digital data inside tiny structures contained in glass.<p>The storage technology is so stable and safe that it can survive for …

Nanotech

56,224 hard drives later, Western Digital fails most often

Backblaze offers a great cloud backup service for $5 a month, but you might not know it’s one of few large companies that refuses to use “enterprise grade” hard drives in its datacenters — instead opting for the kind of drives you or I might buy.<p>The company provides regular detailed reports on the …

Western Digital
Barack Obama

China has deployed 8 surface-to-air missiles on a contested island in the South China Sea

Satellite imagery from ImageSat International shows two batteries of eight surface-to-air-missile launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea.<p>A US military official said the imagery appears to show the HQ-9 air-defense system, which …

China

The WW2 flying wing decades ahead of its time

In the last months of World War Two, Nazi Germany tested an experimental fighter more spaceship than aircraft. Only now are we realising how inspired it was. BBC Future looks at the Horten Ho 229, one of aviation’s most futuristic designs.<p>In December, US aircraft maker Northrop Grumman unveiled a …

Aerospace

Releasing millions of GM mosquitoes ‘could solve zika crisis’

Releasing GM mosquitoes in Brazil has seen populations of infectious insects fall by 90 per cent<p>Millions of genetically modified mosquitoes should be released into countries affected by zika to bring the current crisis under control, scientists have claimed.<p>Thousands of babies have been born with …

Public Health

SoundCloud adds stations to encourage music discovery

It's no secret that SoundCloud is aiming to roll out its audio streaming service this year, and the company is laying the groundwork with new features. With an update to both the Android and iOS apps, SoundCloud added a new stations feature to encourage music discovery. The continuous play tool …

Stratfor has 11 chilling predictions for what the world will look like in 10 years

In 2015, private-intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting, or Stratfor, published its Decade Forecast, in which it projects the next 10 years of global political and economic developments. While international analysts often try their hand at predicting the major events of the coming year, Stratfor …

Geopolitics

Obama seeks $4 billion to reboot tech education

Part of the president's 2017 budget, the "Computer Science for All" initiative would bolster state funding for technology classes in public schools.<p>President Barack Obama on Saturday announced a $4 billion plan aimed at making sure all kids, especially girls and minorities, get a chance to learn …

Earth - Which spot on Earth gets the most sunlight?

One way to define the sunniest place is to ask which spot gets the most continuous hours of sun. If that is what you want, you might be surprised to find it is not the sunshine state of Florida you should visit, but a destination much further north.<p>Both Eureka and Alert on Ellesmere Island, Canada, …

Google plans to beam 5G internet from solar drones

Google has a new top secret project by the same team that brought us Project Loon, according to <i>The Guardian</i>. It's called Project Skybender, and it aims to deliver 5G internet from solar drones. Mountain View has reportedly begun experimenting with millimeter wave-based internet in Virgin Galactic's …

A research team has an unsettling explanation for why we haven't found aliens

Given the size and age of the universe, he said, and the statistical probability of life emerging in other solar systems, why is it that humanity has not seen any indications of intelligent life in the cosmos?<p>This query, known as the Fermi Paradox, continues to haunt us to this day.<p>If there are …

Science Fiction

Why Zika Is This Year’s Scary Virus

It is “spreading explosively” in the Americas and may be the next public health emergency.<p>Scary new viruses emerge abruptly in our modern world, provoking stark headlines and demands for bold government action—but in most cases the causes are complex and have developed, unnoticed, over years or …

Public Health

The world's biggest advertising company spent a whopping $4 billion with Google last year — and $1 billion with Facebook

Speaking with Business Insider at the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell listed the growing amounts the company has been spending on behalf of its clients with Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and AOL.<p>Here are the figures, for 2015:<p><b>Google:</b> $4 …

Advertising