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Electric and hybrid car sales hit record numbers in 2017

January 12th, 2018 at 1:31 am » Comments Off

Registrations for EVs and plug-in hybrids increased by more than 27% compared to 2016, up from 36,535 to 46,522.



Why American doctors keep doing expensive procedures that don’t work

January 7th, 2018 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

The proportion of medical procedures unsupported by evidence may be nearly half.



Stool-sample-sniffin’ electronic nose detects diseases

January 7th, 2018 at 10:33 am » Comments Off

Typically, colon-related illnesses such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are diagnosed via invasive tests. Thanks to a new “electronic nose,” however, it may soon be possible to detect such disorders by analyzing a whiff of the patient’s feces.



American reams: why a ‘paperless world’ still hasn’t happened

January 5th, 2018 at 10:45 am » Comments Off

In a world seduced by screens, the future of paper might seem uncertain. But many in the industry remain optimistic – after all, you can’t blow your nose on an email.



An AI accurately guessed voters race and voting record by counting cars on Google street view

January 2nd, 2018 at 11:11 am » Comments Off

A robust, timely census is vital to democracy. Censuses sketch the changing face of our nation by charting both political and demographic shifts, including changes in wealth and neighborhood transitions. Most crucially, they influence how resources and political power are doled out: Cities use census data to set budgets and the Constitution mandates a national […]



The history of 2017 in seven charts

December 31st, 2017 at 12:13 pm » Comments Off

When we try to remember 2017 (or more likely, try to forget it), there’s a list of names and places that immediately come to mind – Trump, Weinstein and Las Vegas, where the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history happened. But what were the broader trends of the year? Here we try to understand […]



9 technology mega trends that will change the world in 2018

December 12th, 2017 at 11:08 am » Comments Off

Some tech trends fizzle out and die a quiet death, while others are so significant that they transform our world and how we live in it. Here are the top nine tech mega-trends that I believe will define 2018 and beyond.



Strange atomic ripples in graphene could unlock clean, limitless energy

December 12th, 2017 at 10:40 am » Comments Off

By all measures, graphene shouldn’t exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of atoms act like a solid 3D material.



AI is so good you can’t trust your eyes anymore

December 8th, 2017 at 11:31 am » Comments Off

The newest groundbreaking AI tech? Unsupervised image-to-image translation. It allows you to auto-generate a different photo based off of an input photo. Essentially, it’s lying to your eyes.



AI adoption is limited by incurred risk, not potential benefit

November 28th, 2017 at 4:57 pm » Comments Off

It’s tempting to think that adoption of AI is limited by the technology itself. Headlines declaring the rise of robot doctors and approaching technological singularity, contrasted with humorous memes of robots falling over, make us alternately fear and doubt AI’s capabilities. In practice, however, decades-old AI technologies could unlock significant value, although many companies still […]



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