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Graphene-reinforced concrete offers a stronger, more durable option

Concrete isn’t the sexiest building material, made up of little more than cement, water, and rocks. It’s neither as strong as steel nor as flexible …

Engineering

The strange topology that is reshaping physics

Topological effects might be hiding inside perfectly ordinary materials, waiting to reveal bizarre new particles or bolster quantum computing.<p>Charles …

Too Many Experts Can Hurt Your Innovation Projects

If you need an appendectomy, call a surgeon. But if you’re seeking a CEO for a surgical device company, an MD may not be your best choice.<p>To be sure, entrepreneurs in highly specialized and technical industries need the knowledge that only users (doctors, lawyers, engineers, and the like) can …

Supercomputing poised for a massive speed boost

NEWS FEATURE<p>Plans to build ‘exascale’ machines are moving forward, but still face major technological challenges.<p>Katherine Bourzac<p>Katherine Bourzac …

How To Avoid Creating Innovation Orphans - Products That Customers Want But Your Company Won't Sell

Most of our conversations on innovation in large companies centre around how to get more innovation happening within the organization. In our haste to create new products, services and business models, we have neglected another major challenge that large companies face. In his new book <i>The Startup</i> …

Innovation

Where Innovative Business Leaders Look For Creative Ideas

In his new book about Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson compares his subject to another artist he once wrote about: Steve Jobs. Although the two men lived hundreds of years apart and found their success in different categories of work, both men had discovered the secret to creativity. Leonardo and …

Creativity

Starting An Innovation Lab? Avoid These Pitfalls

If you work for a big, established company, you’ve probably been noticing the sudden rise of a new trend: the innovation lab. Companies as diverse as Delta Air Lines, Target, Google, Pfizer, Marriott, Autodesk, Fidelity Investments, Ford, Verizon, and Stanley Black & Decker are jumping on the …

Innovation

EasyScan GO: AI Powered Malaria Parasite Counter

EasyScan GO, an AI powered microscope developed by Chinese manufacturer <b>Motic</b>, has the capability to automatically and accurately quantify malaria …

Machine Learning

Bye-Bye Bike Chain??

Imagine not having to deal with greasy bike chains ever again. It’s annoying maintaining them, and a complete pain when they come undone. Stringbike …

ING, a Dutch bank, finds a winning digital strategy

GERMANY’S third-biggest retail bank has no branches. It is also Dutch. And it is highly profitable. ING-DiBa, an online bank owned by ING, the …

Sexual Harassment

Asia Pacific's warehouses adapt to the e-commerce effect

<b>Shopping online has become so easy that we forget how much work goes into getting the latest fashions or gadgets to our doors.</b><p>In recent times many …

eCommerce

Australia Post's new delivery robot no better than an esky on wheels, expert says

Australia Post have launched a new parcel delivery service using an autonomous robot that experts say is of limited use and resembles an “esky” on wheels.<p>A four-week trial of the “mobile parcel locker” began on Monday in the Brisbane suburb of New Farm. The small self-driving container, nicknamed …

Robotics

Ultimate Shock-absorbing for Bikes

This bike might just look like it has a set of cool-looking rims, but those rims are actually an innovative shock and tire system designed to …

Review: Heat Water for Tea From Afar With the iPhone-Connected iKettle 3.0

Smarter's WiFi-enabled iKettle has been available for purchase in the UK for years now, but the newest version, iKettle 3.0, recently made its way to the United States.<p>Priced at $150, the iKettle is a variable temperature kettle that can heat water to a specified temperature from 68°F to 212°F, …

Home Automation

Flexpoint: numerical innovation underlying the Intel® Nervana™ Neural Network Processor - Intel AI

We are delighted to announce our research team’s new paper, <i>Flexpoint: an adaptive numerical format for efficient training of deep neural networks</i>, …

Deep Learning

How Amazon Delivers Packages in Less Than an Hour

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Electronic Pills Powered by Gastric Acid to Guarantee Compliance: Interview with etectRx President & CEO Harry Travis

Patients are constantly lectured on the importance of taking their medications as directed. Yet, a disturbingly low adherence across patient …

Medical Technology

Medgadget Joins the Verily Baseline Project Study, Part 1: The First Visit

Over the past few years, just about all the major tech giants have shown significant interest in health. It’s basically now a necessity for …

Medical Technology

New definitions of scientific units are on the horizon

Metrologists are poised to change how scientists measure the Universe.<p>Revamped definitions of scientific units are on their way. In the biggest …

There Are Two Types of Performance — but Most Organizations Only Focus on One

In 2007 Harvard Business School professor Ethan S. Bernstein studied assembly-line performance at a company he called “Precision.”<p>Based in Southern China, Precision was the second-largest manufacturer of cell phones in the world at the time. Precision made it easy for managers to oversee their …

Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with DNA encoding thousands …

This Photographer Shot The Same People On Their Way To Work Over 9 Years

Peter Funch stood outside Grand Central for nearly a decade photographing the daily rituals of commuters.<p>We all have our little morning rituals, whether on the train, at the coffee shop, or while walking into the office. In his new book <i>42nd and Vanderbilt</i> published by TBW Books, the Danish …

Data From 3.5 Million Employees Shows How Innovation Really Works

Sales and marketing were once disciplines ruled by emotions. But somewhere along the way, we recognized that they were based on definable pipelines and applied technology to manage those pipelines. Today you can put a corporate dashboard in place to manage them and tweak the settings to try to …

This sensor-packed pedestrian crossing is fit for a modern city

Paint-on-the-floor pedestrian crossings don't cut it anymore. They are outdated, and the cause of 20 incidents a day in the UK. Architectural firm …

Machine Learning

Is Your Idea Commercialisation Ready?

Zillow announces new app for creating 3D home tours using only an iPhone

Popular real estate company Zillow today announced work on an all-new iOS application that will make it incredibly easy for real estate agents to add interactive 3D tours of homes and apartments.<p>Zillow says the app, called Zillow Group Home Capture, will let real estate agents use their iPhone to …

Real Estate

This Is Why Entrepreneurs Succeed After the Pitch Show Ends

The contestants on ABC's "Funderdome" aren't overnight success stories.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The entrepreneurs on ABC's <i>Funderdome</i> are some of the most passionate, creative folks out there. I should know -- as part of my job at GoDaddy, I got to spend a few …

Europe’s first-births convergence

ONE of the arguments in favour of the European Union is that it allows good ideas and policies to spread quickly across the continent. Together with …

Eastern Europe

Scientific breakthrough sees creation of antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains

Scientists have developed an antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains.<p>Already tested on monkeys, trials on human beings could begin next year, the BBC reported.<p>Up until now, HIV has been difficult to treat because of its ability to mutate and change its appearance.<p>Eventually, the human body …

Public Health