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What is a blockchain? Here’s everything you need to know

Blockchain technology is commonly associated with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, but that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Some people think …

Blockchain

From Oil to Solar: Saudi Arabia Plots a Shift to Renewables

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia — Life in Saudi Arabia has long been defined by the oil that flows from the kingdom. Over decades, the vast wealth it pumped out paid not just for gleaming towers and shopping malls but also for a government sector that employs a majority of working Saudis.<p>Now, Saudi Arabia is …

Renewable Energy

Corruption Inquiry Draws Nearer to Former Chinese Prime Minister

The authorities in China have detained a wealthy investor who went into business with relatives of the previous prime minister, a sign that the anticorruption campaign initiated five years ago by President Xi Jinping may again be closing in on a former top leader.<p>Duan Weihong, 49, who set up …

China

Come for the Herring, Stay for the Chitchat: An Unlikely Haven for the Aged

HAMBURG, Germany — Ask the regulars seated at the sturdy, rectangular tables in the Staff Restaurant Billstedt, the cafeteria for workers in the basement of a municipal building in Hamburg, whether they have a favorite dish. They all give the same answer.<p>“It’s all good,” insisted nearly a dozen …

Social Democrats

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Speedy DNA nanorobot could lead to molecular factories

DNA-based robots promise all kinds of microscopic machinery, but there's a major obstacle: they're slow. Existing designs that use biochemical processes for movement can take <i>hours</i> to shuffle molecules around, which makes them utterly impractical for anything time sensitive. That might not a hurdle …

The pee-soaked Ikea pregnancy ad is actually more than just a gimmick

It may lead to diagnostics for heart disease<p>Early last year, an ad agency approached Jonas Hansson, product manager for Mercene Labs in Stockholm, to see if he could create a quite unorthodox advertisement for Ikea: a magazine ad that asked pregnant women to pee on the page to reveal a discount for …

BBC又出神作,让你一口气吸够40种猫

现代人都喜欢<b>吸猫</b>。<p>聚众吸一吸,可以爽上天。<p>它时而<b>高冷</b>,时而<b>撒娇</b>。<p>但你可能不知道,猫这个家伙,不止<b>有这两幅面孔</b>。<p>而是有<b>40多种</b>不同面孔!<p>而且有些猫,<b>不是你能吸得</b><b>起的</b>。<p>雪豹你敢吸吗?猞猁你敢吸吗?<p>小心吸猫一时爽,过后火葬场啊。<p><b>BBC</b>就出了一部最新纪录片,刚出一集就得到了爱猫人士的满分好评。<p><b>豆瓣9.6</b>。这都是无数猫奴们为主子打的分啊。<p>这部纪录片专门讲述了猫科的那些事——<p><b>大猫</b><p>Big cats<p>猫科动物这个大家族,有40多种。<p>非洲狮、虎、美洲豹、金钱豹、猎豹、云豹、雪豹、美洲狮、猞猁、豹猫、虎猫、渔猫、黑足猫、兔狲、薮猫、沙漠猫…<p><b>最快——</b><p>猎豹,是陆地上速度最快的动物。<p>想起<b>止咳糖浆广告</b>的那位,你不是一个人。<p>…

This is how a molten salt nuclear reactor works

Keepin' it radioactive.<p>Radioactive elements produce heat as they decay. Nuclear plants draw power from this process, and typically ­stabilize the temperature with water. But during a power outage, H2O—which needs pumps to flow—can’t always prevent meltdowns. Molten salt reactors, which instead …

Nuclear Energy

How You Can Help Fix the Global Water Crisis

Humans may be depleting our water supply, but innovative methods say there's a way to replenish it.<p>The average American directly uses about 2,000 gallons of water each day. Your morning shower takes 17 gallons of water and growing the coffee beans for your cup of joe took upwards of 34 gallons. It …

Water

Green tech will be everywhere in 2018

In 2017, clean power gathered unprecedented momentum. Multiple automakers launched entire families of EVs, including the most exciting one yet, Tesla's Model 3. The company also started pre-orders for the Solar Roof, a type of home photovoltaic panel that will make solar panel installations less …

HDMI 2.1 is here with 10K and Dynamic HDR support

Back in January, the HDMI Forum unveiled its new specifications for the HDMI connector, called HDMI 2.1. Now, that HDMI specification is available to all vendors who have already adopted HDMI 2.0. It's backwards compatible with all previous HDMI specifications.<p>The focus of HDMI 2.1 is on higher …

Handy

喵星人如何开启科学飞行模式?

俗话说:“爬得越高,摔得越重”,引力面前人人平等的这一常理,总是被喵星人这种神奇的生物打破,因为它们应对失重的状况有一套独家的“解决方案”,而这也一直是愚蠢的人类长期探索研究的课题。1849年,法国科学家首次用高速摄影机拍摄猫咪高空翻身旋转的过程;1947年,美国空军还将几只猫咪“打包”上运输机,进 …

Let these silly 'Game of Thrones' GIFs soothe your battered soul

We're just about through another harrowing season of <i>Game of Thrones</i>, and what a whiplashing six weeks it's been. Poisoning, throat-splitting, dragon …

Almost every country in the world can power itself with renewable energy

The planet is pretty much ready to go 100 percent renewable by 2050.<p>The country’s energy mix is under scrutiny. A report commissioned by Energy Secretary Rick Perry acknowledges that low natural gas prices—not renewables—are behind the recent closure of coal energy plants, and that the grid has …

Renewable Energy

Google’s US search results will let people check if they’re depressed

New mobile feature lets you take a clinically validated screening questionnaire<p>People in the US who search Google for “depression” on their mobile phones will soon have the option to take a screening questionnaire to test whether they’re depressed. The new feature, which Google spokeswoman Susan …

Tesla and GE are installing solar rooftop systems on 50 Home Depots

Tesla’s energy unit is working with GE’s Current to install solar systems on 50 Home Depot locations in the U.S. The installation is part of a plan on Home Depot’s part to move more of its stores to clean power, with a goal of generating 135 megawatts of clean energy from its locations by 2020, …

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The UK just hit a major renewable energy milestone

For the first time ever, renewables generated more energy than gas and coal combined in the UK.<p>That's according to a tweet from National Grid's …

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Trump's EPA proposal cuts funding for climate change, pollution programs

Ever since the election, we've been wondering what the new presidential administration has in store for environmental programs, and the proposed new EPA budget may provide answers. First, the <i>Washington Post</i> reported the proposal would cut EPA staff by one fifth in the first year and eliminate …

Hard drives of the future could be made of DNA

Our data-driven society is churning out more information than traditional storage technology can handle, so scientists are looking for a solution in Nature's hard drive: DNA. A pair of researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center recently wrote a full computer operating system, …

A movie, operating system and Amazon gift card have been stored in DNA

As a society, we are creating more data than ever before meaning we're at risk of running out of traditional storage. As a result, there is a race to …

Genetics

Elon's empire: the sprawling, intertwining web of Elon Musk's vested interests

Elon Musk famously spends his working life between two major projects.<p>Part of the week, he’s in Fremont, just over the bay from San Francisco in …

Storing data on DNA may not be practical, but it's possible—and it sure sounds cool

Researchers stored an operating system and a short movie on DNA<p>Our DNA is the coding that programs everything about us. Now it's being used to encode videos and operating systems. Dense and durable, DNA could store 200 petabytes (200,000,000,000,000,000 bytes or around 200,000 laptops) in one gram, …

Genetics

How IIoT is revolutionizing utilities

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is creating huge opportunities in the water and wastewater industries, adding value to both the utility and the consumer. Connected machines are reshaping the way these utilities operate, allowing them to make smarter and more informed decisions. By driving …

Internet of Things

Leaving the Paris Agreement would be Trump's worst move yet

The Trump administration is reportedly in the midst of a heated debate over whether to remain committed to the Paris Climate Agreement. (Cue "should …

Mixed reality arcades are the next big market opportunity — but not for VCs

Sunny Dhillon Contributor<p>Sunny Dhillon is a partner at Signia Venture Partners.<p>More posts by this contributor:<p>Approaching e-commerce investments in the age of Amazon<br>• Virtual reality in Japan<p>VR’s quest to become the next dominant computing platform has hit a few bumps in the road lately. There’s no …

The world's first craft beer hotel wants to soak you in a hot tub full of beer

Imagine walking into a well appointed hotel room. It's clean, maybe even tastefully decorated.<p>As you walk towards a neatly-made bed, you notice a …