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In Africa, Chinese Developers Are Building A Mini-China

A photo investigation of the Chinese-sponsored apartments, highways, factories—and even entire cities—that are sprouting up in Africa at an astounding pace.

On the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya, a small sign points to "Beijing Road," where a new housing development called the Great Wall Apartments …

Africa

Nanotech could rid cattle of ticks, with less collateral damage

If you've ever used tick medicine on your dog, then you're probably aware of how toxic the stuff is. Well, it's used on cows too, and it can end up …

Collateral Damage

Teaching Machines to Understand Us

A reincarnation of one of the oldest ideas in artificial intelligence could finally make it possible to truly converse with our computers. And …

Artificial Intelligence

Solar and wind-powered sea vehicle will solve mysteries of the Celtic Deep

It's one of two autonomous vehicles to survey the part of the Celtic Sea known to draw marine predators.

Oceans

Quantum "Spookiness" Passes Toughest Test Yet

A cunning experiment plugs loopholes in previous demonstrations of quantum "spookiness," a concept that galled Einstein

Quantum Mechanics

What will power the next electronics revolution?

Business Spectator Technology Mark HopkinsonThe Conversation The semiconducting silicon chip launched the revolution of electronics and …

Transistors

StoreDot is developing an electric car battery that charges in 5 minutes

StoreDot, a three-year-old Israeli startup, is developing an electric car battery that will let electric cars travel hundreds of miles after only …

Batteries

Flashy innovation will not fuel the data revolution

The global data shake-up has to be driven by national priorities and long-term investment, says Shannon Kindornay.

Innovation

The rise of networked platforms for physical world services

Request an invitation to Next:Economy, our event aiming to shed light on the transformation in the nature of work now being driven by algorithms, big

Economics

How Air NZ is changing travel

Apple watch check-in An app will allow travellers to check in, receive flight information, order coffees and enter flight lounges using their Apple …

Travel (New Zealand)

Cellphone location data shown to help track infectious disease

Tracking mobile phone data is often associated with privacy issues, but these vast datasets could be the key to understanding how infectious diseases …

Disease

Forget the Campus Walking Tour And Fly Over Campus

Deakin University makes virtual reality a shared experience so as to give a glimpse at campus life

It’s that time of year again—the beaches are …

Virtual Reality

Robotic needle can be steered through tissue

A robot-assisted system developed at the University of Twente promises to make medical procedures that use needles more precise. The system allows …

Tumors

Radar images, local legend may point the way to long-forgotten Nazi gold train

For the past few days, rumors of a Nazi gold train have been circulating across the Internet. A pair of hunters (one Polish, one German) contacted …

Remembrance Day

Major cancer breakthrough: Doctors solve long-standing mystery of how to stop cancer from growing

Cancer is a terrifying disease that researchers around the globe are obsessively working to cure. Now scientists from the USA have made a …

Cancer

Watch Sony test their prototype mini-airplane drone

Sony has teamed up with Japanese robotics company ZMP Inc to form Aerosense, a company focused on building drones for surveying and inspecting …

Sony

Why Firms Need to Rethink the Way They Measure Productivity

Does technological change increase labor productivity or does it affect all factors of production equally? New Wharton research shows that the truth …

Productivity

Groundbreaking Solar Classroom in a Box to be deployed in every single county in Kenya

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s69yJFg0Aw0Aleutia’s solar classroom isn’t the first, but its design shows major improvements over previous models …

Renewable Energy

Instagram photographers on the VSCO Cam app

To the untrained eye, Ishtaarth Dalmia looks like your average millennial with a smartphone: forehead creased in concentration as he uses his iPhone …

Photography (India)

Eyeing the stars: Ethiopia’s space program

Space Science

ANU research could improve cancer treatment, renewables and technology and reveal secrets of space

ANU Physicist Dr Audrey Miroshnichenko has found a way to confine electromagnetic energy without it leaking away Photo: Elesa Kurtz

Imagine the …

Research

Europe Is Trying To Regulate Drones To Protect Airplanes

Credit: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

BERLIN/FRANKFURT, Germany, Aug 26 (Reuters) -- No-drone zones, software to block flights into sensitive areas and registration rules are among proposals from European regulators and aviation experts to ensure growing numbers of drones don't case dangerous …

Airplanes

Network of smart fire detectors protects poor neighborhoods

Add / Remove The 1.9 million homes in South Africa’s slums are mostly constructed from highly flammable materials and built extremely close to one …

Crowd Funding

Wind turbines and bridges: A match made in clean energy heaven?

Multitasking infrastructure on the Canary Islands could power as many as 500 homes.

Energy

Norwegian hypermiler drives Tesla 452 miles on a single charge

The fear your car will run out of battery before you get where you're going—also known as range anxiety—is still the electric vehicle's biggest PR …

Elon Musk

LG to unveil world’s first HDR-capable 4K OLED TVs at IFA 2015

Of the four new OLED TVs that LG is going to showcase at IFA 2015, three of them will support HDR.

Bend & Snap: Origami Inspires New Ways to Fold Curved Objects

A new mathematical rule explains how simple, 3D curved surfaces — such as domes or saddles — can be folded and snapped into new positions or to form …

Origami

Scientists Capture CO2 and Transform it into Carbon Nanofibers Used for Industry

Scientists may have discovered a way to change carbon dioxide (CO2) into a valuable commodity. Researchers are generating carbon nanofibers (above) …

Environment

Scientists turn to 'bee-tags' to help halt the honey bee apocalypse

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