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Flatpacked humanitarian family shelters can withstand hurricanes

Extremis technology produce humanitarian shelters which can house a family of up to five in a disaster struck area until permanent housing can be …

Weather

Can baby tech make parenting easier?

Parenting can be a joy, but it's also pretty hard — so hard that you sometimes end up parking your kid in front of the TV or an iPad just so you can catch a break. But technology can be more than a distraction for your kid. There are a lot of products out that fall under this mysterious "baby tech" …

Babies

Radio and streaming digital ads platform goes live in Ireland

A new digital radio advertising platform for the Irish marketplace has gone live that places audio ads across streaming platforms and local radio …

Advertising

Food Technology for All

We may be heading toward a new food economy that’s more competitive and innovative.
For years, the most important food technologies were all about …

Food

Make New Memories But Keep the Old, With a Little Help From Electrodes

Matthew Walker thinks there may be a way to simulate deep sleep—vital for memory—by sending a low current to a person's brain

Science Museums

Dutch solar bicycle lane generating more power than expected

We tried to be charitable in our first post on Solaroad, the solar bike path being built in the Netherlands, pointing out that it is a prototype, an …

Renewable Energy

Jeremy Johnson

CEO, Andela

For helping students get paid to learn.

The problem

Few students in sub-Saharan Africa are able to afford higher education, and those who can do so must compete for limited spots at overcrowded universities. The tuition for a U.S.–style online education program "would be insurmountable for …

Education

Canon sends in the drones with new Nat Geo TV show

Photographer Krystle Wright in Vanuatu with drone in tow. Source: Abraham Joffe.

Drones are finally starting to shed their military connotations and …

Canon

Patron uses virtual reality to give a tour of distillery

We’ve all heard of beer goggles. This Cinco de Mayo, Patron is introducing tequila virtual reality goggles.

In the “Art of Patron Virtual Reality Experience,” the tequila company is inviting consumers to virtually step inside its Hacienda Patron distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, using Oculus …

Virtual Reality

This solar powered floating farm can produce 20 tons of vegetables every day

Solar Power

Sustainable cities depend on empowered citizens

Smart Cities

What today’s fitness technology means for tomorrow’s office

Contributing Author: Claire Niech

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the

Productivity

Airport's app takes trouble out of travel

Auckland Airport has teamed up with TripIt to introduce an app that will help visitors move through the airport.TripIt is a cloud-based travel …

Air Travel

How Cooperative Research Is Shaping The Future Internet

The EU-funded FELIX (Federated Test-Beds for Large-Scale Infrastructure Experiments) project was launched in April 2013 with the aim of helping …

Research

This Big Data House is Statistically Perfect

Hemnet Hemmet is Sweden's most statistically desirable home

With the millions of clicks Swedish real estate website Hemnet receives on people …

House Design

New record efficiency for black silicon solar cells

Researchers at the University of Aalto, Finland have broken the efficiency record for black silicon solar cells a type of cell that can gather …

Solar Cells

This Rapper's a Machine

Rapper Kamaal Ibn John Fareed, AKA Q-Tip from A Tribe Called Quest, perhaps said it best when he described rhyming battles against his foes – those “phony rappers”—as one between their “brain and his mind.”

It’s one of rap history’s classic putdowns -- in a genre rife with rivalry --as a brain on …

WSJ.com

Digital makeup artist copies celebrity looks using 3D printing

For those who never quite got the hang of applying makeup with their bare hands, MODA from Foreo is the world’s first digital makeup artist. The …

3D Printing

Nanophotonics: Chronicling the rise of tiny optical devices

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Applied research into the candle would have never led to the lightbulb. As a species, our fascination with light has led to many …

Metamaterials

How an 8-minute surgery could completely fix your poor eyesight

One of the things technology will most likely fix at some point down the road is poor eyesight. And it might happen sooner than we think, if …

Lenses

Ricoh rolls out electrifyingly exciting RUBBER!

It'll be good if they can pull it off: Ricoh has come up with a way to brush up on electricity generation with nothing more than a piece of …

Ricoh

Neuroscientists Are Making an Artificial Brain for Everyone

I’m fairly new to San Francisco, so I’m still building my mental database of restaurants I like. But this weekend, I know exactly where I’m heading …

The Brain

The German company EMAMIDESIGN has developed an innovative way to harness the power of wind. Interlocking, compact windmills combine to make the …

Green Living

Machine that 'uncooks eggs' used to improve cancer treatment

Professor Colin Raston with his invention, the vortex fluidic device, which can 'uncook' egg whites.

A machine invented by an Australian scientist …

Cancer

Agritech startups grow in India as more incubators sprout for support

In India, innovation in agriculture has been restricted within laboratories for a long time. And that was only because the scientists and engineers …

Feature

ITER, the international fusion reactor being built in France, will stand 10 stories tall, weigh three times as much as the Eiffel Tower, and cost its …

Cold Fusion

There's More To The Disruption Brewing In The Tech Industry Than On-Demand Startups

Even if we're living in an increasingly on-demand world, you still have to be able to pay to play. On Thursday, New York Times columnist Farhad Manjoo questioned whether a new crop of startups providing on-demand services are ever going to make their products affordable enough to appeal to …

Startups

Scientists discover whole new state of matter

The beautiful, hovering, crystalline material shown above is not a rare alien element. Rather, it represents a newly discovered state of matter …

State of Matter

Crawling toward a Wiser Web

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COMPUTING SCIENCE

Computing with data sets as large as the World Wide Web was once the exclusive …

World Wide Web