The Future

Future of transit: How will driverless cars and other changes impact Chicago?

Ride sharing and driverless cars inevitably will change the Chicago region the way that railroads and highways have, says Marshall Brown, associate professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology and co-director of the Driverless City project.<p>But how exactly will this happen, and …

Cities

Early Concept Design for New York City Skyscraper by Adjaye Associates Revealed

Early design studies have been unveiled of Adjaye Associates’ first New York City skyscraper. Developed by the Lightstone Group, the 61-story, …

Concept Design

This Is Apparently The New BMW 8 Series Concept

The 8 Series is actually coming back in 2018, and BMW had planned to give internet fanboys who have been dreaming of this for decades a concept …

Concept Design

Sea Levels Are Rising Even Faster Than Previously Thought

The Rising Seas<p>Global sea level rise is precipitated by two factors: the thermal expansion of oceans due to warming and the increased melting of the …

Climate Change

Researchers Have Created an AI That Is Naturally Curious

A Non-Utilitarian AI<p>Researchers at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, have produced an artificial intelligence (AI) that is naturally …

Artificial Intelligence

We May Have an Entirely New Source of Energy - "Flammable Ice"

China’s Digging<p>Since the industrialization of coal, the world has sourced much of its energy from fossil fuels. While the global energy landscape has …

Energy

Elon Musk: SpaceX Is Almost Ready to Update the World on Its Plan to Get Humans to Mars

Mission to Mars<p>Mars’ relative closeness to the Earth and ample distance from the Sun have made it humanity’s best target for off-world colonization. …

Elon Musk

Tech Leaders Say You Could Be Storing Data in Your DNA in the Next 10 Years

Data and DNA<p>Microsoft executives have revealed that they aim to have a “proto-commercial” DNA data storage system available in three years and hope …

DNA

Study Reveals New Insights Into a Strange Force That Can Both Pull and Push Objects

Pushing and Pulling<p>If you follow all the strange news about the physics of the universe, you may have already come across the topic of blackbody …

Physics

Experts Predict EVs Could Be Cheaper Than Gas-Powered Cars by 2030

Battery Wars Power Change<p>Between now and 2021, battery production all over the world will more than double, Bloomberg reports. With more companies …

Electric Vehicles

Tech Experts Disagree Wildly on the Future Impact of AI

The AI Debate<p>Our technology prophets are talking in the lexicon of magic, gods, and monsters when it comes to artificial intelligence (AI). They …

Artificial Intelligence

Introducing The 'Chit' - The World's First One-Bit Chemical Hard Drive

Storing data in chemicals.<p>In classical computing, information is stored in bits that are read by physical phenomena such as electricity. You might …

Quantum Mechanics

Toyota Is Using Blockchain to Get Its Self-Driving Cars on the Roads Sooner

Blockchain And Driverless Cars<p>At Consensus 2017 on Monday, Toyota announced a plan to use blockchain to amass driving data that will help them …

Bitcoin

A "Molecular Condom" Could Be the Future of Male Contraception

Stopping Sperm From Fertilizing<p>In a paper published last week in PNAS, researchers at UC Berkley have revealed a new possibility for male …

Biology

Scientists May Have Found a Simple Solution to a 40-Year-Old Space Mystery

“Sherlocking” our Galaxy<p>While scientists have already uncovered answers to some of the universe’s greatest mysteries, there’s still a great deal we …

Universe

Scientists Have an Experiment to See If the Human Mind Is Bound to the Physical World

Spooky Action<p>Perhaps one of the most intriguing and interesting phenomena in quantum physics is what Einstein referred to as a “spooky action at a …

Quantum Mechanics

Watch a Simple Experiment Make Sense of Quantum Mechanics

“No One Understands Quantum Mechanics”<p>Quantum mechanics: a branch of physics that is, to many, confusing and misunderstood. It encompasses and deals …

Quantum Mechanics

Could an AI Ever Be Elected President?

Robot President<p>The president. A highly coveted and highly controversial role, one traditionally held by humans. The use of “traditionally” is a …

Artificial Intelligence

A Powerful Energy Beam in Space Seems to Exceed the Speed of Light

A Fascinating Cosmic Q-Tip<p>In the Galaxy M87 (which was created when two other galaxies merged), a jet of hot plasma — caused by gas being sucked into …

Physics

Dubai Wants Robots to Make up 25% of Its Police Force by 2030

Robocop<p>On Wednesday, May 24, Dubai will launch a new police robot that marks the first phase of the integration of robots into the police force. This …

Robots

Google's Go-Playing AI Just Beat the World's Strongest Human Player

Close Match<p>This week, China is hosting one of the most anticipated conferences on artificial intelligence (AI). The historical Chinese town of Wuzhen …

Artificial Intelligence

Placebos Are Effective Even When Patients Know They Aren’t Receiving Actual Drugs

Open-Label Placebos<p>Clinical epidemiologist Dr. Jeremy Howick recently published a review of five research studies covering 260 patients that showed …

Medicine

Tesla's Next Update Could Include In-Car WiFi and a 360-Degree View

Update Possibilities<p>Today on Twitter, Elon Musk got into an interesting conversation with some Tesla fans. First, he was asked about the possibility …

Autos

(Un)Becoming Human: Tech-Augmented Human Workers Have Arrived

Industrial Revolution 4.0<p>The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived. The first was the steam engine-driven Industrial Revolution; the second …

Industry 4.0

Get Over It: The World's First 3D-Printed Bridge Officially Opened

World's First 3D Printed Bridge<p>The world’s first 3D printed pedestrian bridge has been created. It has been installed in an urban park in Madrid, …

What Are the Odds of You Coming Into Existence?

Life, in and of itself, can only be described as unlikely, since nearly 14 billion years ago, only basic light elements existed. Over time, gasses …

Someone in 2010 Bought 2 Pizzas With 10,000 Bitcoin. That Would Be Worth $20 Million.

$20 Million Pizza<p>On May 22, 2010, a developer bought two pizzas using 10,000 units of a then-little-known digital currency called bitcoin.<p>Today, …

Cryptocurrency

"Alien Megastructure" Star Resumes Its Bizarre Behavior After 2-Year Hiatus

A Series of Excited Tweets<p>When astronomers turn to Twitter to ask everyone who has access to a big enough telescope to look at the sky, you know …

Aliens

Students Made a Car That Gets a Staggering 2,713 Miles per Gallon

Extreme Fuel Efficiency<p>While electric vehicles (EVs) are steadily gaining ground, the majority of the cars on the road today are still gas-powered. …

Electric Vehicles

The Fastest Electric Car in the World Just Broke Its Own Speed Record

That’s Fast<p>In the early days of electric cars, critics mocked their speed, and they gained a bit of a reputation as gas-powered cars’ slower, less …

Transportation