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By Walter Ulloa | The latest news, analysis and opinion on innovations, trends, lifestyles, culture, industry and the environment spurred by cutting-edge technology from around the world.

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it's sunny and close when it rains.

When Chao Chen had to conduct a materials study during his second term at the Royal College of Art, he found inspiration while walking through London's Hyde Park on a …


Saskatchewan startup offers an easier way to create and share videos

When Saskatoon Public Schools opened a forum on the painful legacy of Canada’s residential schools this spring, the educators wanted to incorporate a wide range of voices. Using an online storytelling platform, more than 40 people signed up to create their own two-minute videos that addressed the …


Quantum teleportation? Producing spin-entangled electrons

A team from the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science, along with collaborators from several Jap• Read more about Quantum teleportation? Producing …

Quantum Mechanics

Meet The Memcomputer: The Brain-Like Alternative to Quantum Computing

This computer works like the brain: It stores and processes info simultaneously.

They underpin our economy, all mass communication, and at this point, even most of our government. But make no mistake, scientists are quickly learning that our traditional computers—from your laptop to our most …

Quantum Computing

Wearable uses silent pulse to control user’s energy levels on demand

Humans have an innate response to rhythm and lots of people turn to music to calm them down or make them more excited. But music can also be very …

Wearable Tech

Experiential Commerce Is The Next Billion-Dollar Opportunity For Developers

Technology has transformed entire industries over the past decade, from travel and transportation to media and real estate. While commerce has enjoyed some innovation, its transformation is far from over. The next frontier is “Commerce Everywhere,” which blends online and offline experiences to let …

Online Life

Dubai building will be entirely 3D printed, right down to the furniture

The uses for 3D printing are seemingly endless. We've seen the tech used by doctors, to build cars and for construction. While parts of a building have been 3D printed before, the United Arab Emirates National Innovation Committee is working to use the method for an entire office building in Dubai. …


Holland Opens Some Roads to Robots

Robots will begin to get their driving licenses tomorrow in the Netherlands, provided of course they have a reputable human by their side. The …


Forget 3D printed houses -- this brick-laying robot can build an entire house in 2 days

Stone masons beware: An Australian engineer has developed a bricklaying robot that can lay 1,000 bricks an hour, work 24/7, and complete the shell of a brick home in just two days.

FastBrick Robotics says its robot, named Hadrian, can achieve accuracy to within 0.5mm accuracy over a large area and …


Japan News and Discussion


Get ready for the world of 5G, a place where mobile communications will reach into nearly all facets of modern life: vehicles, railways, home …


Meet the Converted Smart Car That Thinks It's a Train

The little Smart car that could.Mercedes-Benz/Wired If you thought Smart cars were goofy before, wait until you see one that thinks it’s a train.In …


Scorpion-Style Toshiba Robot to Enter Fukushima Nuclear Reactor

Toshiba and the International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning unveiled a new scorpion-shaped robot that will be sent inside a containment vessel at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in August.

The robot, which is approximately 54 centimeters long and nine centimeters wide, …

Nuclear Power

There may be a way to 'turn off' chronic diseases with electricity — and it could be the future of medicine

Imagine a world where we treated deadly diseases with electricity instead of pills or chemo.

We might not be as far from this reality as you think.

Normally, our nervous systems send signals to our tissues and organs to suppress inflammation, a phenomenon known as the inflammatory reflex. But …


An eerie drone flight under London’s streets

Sit back and watch mesmerising footage of a drone flying through the Crossrail tunnels under London.

The view begins high above the London rooftops, the kind of eye-view usually seen only by crane operators working in cramped cabins. You descend at a gentle rate, dropping down until you’re at the …


Bio-inspired catalyst paves the way to 'gas-to-liquid'-technologies

A new bio-inspired zeolite catalyst, developed by an international team with researchers from Technische Universität München (TUM), Eindhoven …


Learning from South Korea’s mobile-retailing boom

How much do South Koreans love their smartphones? Well, the country has the highest smartphone penetration in the world: more than two-thirds of …


VR exercise machine lets users fly while they workout

Add / Remove One of the least appealing things about exercising in a gym is the unchanging scenery. We’ve seen a number of systems such as …

Virtual Reality

OAS1S imagines sustainable "treescraper" communities

Here's a concept for a forest retreat that's a little different from the norm. Holland's OAS1S has envisioned an eponymous community of dwellings …

Sustainable Design

An executive’s guide to machine learning

Machine learning is based on algorithms that can learn from data without relying on rules-based programming. It came into its own as a scientific …

Machine Learning

This 26-Story High-Rise Will Be The Biggest Passive Building In The World

A lot of building, a tiny bit of energy.

Most buildings that meet the rigorous passive house standards are single-family homes. But a new passive house apartment building in New York City will be 26 stories high—the tallest and largest in the world.

Passive homes are ultra-low energy buildings that …


After changing how people take photos, Chinese Instagram sets sights abroad

Nice is one of China’s hippest social apps.Adam Morley from Nice says the photo app began as what can best be described as a “shopping guide …


Nano Satellites Work with Ground Sensors to Offer New Eye on Disaster Relief and Agriculture

A swarm of small satellites could give critical infrastructure an Internet connection that never goes down. A rendering showing compact …

Disaster Relief

Uber will help you hail a boat in Istanbul

Uber launched a new intercontinental service this week, but it's not what you would expect. If you're in Istanbul, you can now hail an UberBoat to take you across the Bosphorous, the strait that divides the European and Asian halves of the city.

According to a blog post, the company says you'll see …


Cancer drug lengthens fly lifespan

Results shore up the importance of cancer-associated Ras proteins in ageing.

A cancer drug that boosts the lifespan of fruit flies is the latest …


The Hottest New Accessory for Songbirds: Tiny GPS-Enabled Backpacks

Peter Marra and Michael Hallworth of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center design a groundbreaking device that tracks birds' migrations

Animal Behavior

Your Lawyer May Soon Be an Algorithm

Lawyers are the latest to find themselves in the firing line of robots—or artificially intelligent algorithms, at any rate.

The robotic revolution has been predicted to spread its techno-tendrils far and wide in the job market, and a recent repo​rt by UK consultancy firm Jomati Consultants suggests …

Artificial Intelligence

The eternity drive: Why DNA could be the future of data storage

Story highlights

Science is now looking to nature to find the best way to store data in a way that will make it last for millennia
• Just one gram of DNA is theoretically capable of containing all the data of internet giants such as Google and Facebook
• Researchers in Zurich wanted to find ways to …


Humans 'will become God-like cyborgs within 200 years'

The amalgamation of man and machine will be the ‘biggest evolution in biology’ claims Professor Yuval Noah Harari

Wealthy humans are likely become cyborgs within 200 years as they gradually merge with technology like computers and smart phones, a historian has claimed.

Yuval Noah Harari, a professor …


Owl wings inspire quieter wind turbine blades

Scientists are working to harness the secret of owls' silent flights to build quieter wind power technology.

Wind Power