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Building from thin air & the carbon revolution

August 29th, 2019 at 3:51 pm » Comments Off

Imagine making fuel, plastics, and concrete out of “thin air.” That’s the promise of Direct Air Capture (DAC), a technology that fundamentally disrupts our contemporary oil economy.  Mimicking what already occurs in nature, DAC essentially involves industrial photosynthesis, harnessing the power of the sun to draw carbon directly out of the atmosphere. This captured carbon […]



This startup wants to put a free tiny house in your backyard

August 23rd, 2019 at 11:25 am » Comments Off

Rent the Backyard will get a tiny house into your backyard in a matter of weeks—and hopes it can add some cheaper apartments in cities to help alleviate the housing crisis. In cities with housing shortages, little room to build, and opposition to new construction, building small cottages in backyards can be one way to […]



Why you should try micro mastery

August 23rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

The wellness case for learning new skills In the summer of 2016 I was very unhappy. I was coming up on my year anniversary of living in London, where we had moved from Brooklyn for my husband’s job, but I still felt pitifully lonely and poorly adjusted to the culture. I reentered therapy, tried to […]



An ‘EpiPen’ for spinal cord injuries

August 4th, 2019 at 12:59 pm » Comments Off

ANN ARBOR—An injection of nanoparticles can prevent the body’s immune system from overreacting to trauma, potentially preventing some spinal cord injuries from resulting in paralysis. The approach was demonstrated in mice at the University of Michigan, with the nanoparticles enhancing healing by reprogramming the aggressive immune cells—call it an “EpiPen” for trauma to the central […]



Simple ‘smart’ glass reveals the future of artificial vision

August 4th, 2019 at 12:48 pm » Comments Off

From left to right, Zongfu Yu, Ang Chen and Efram Khoram developed the concept for a “smart” piece of glass that recognizes images without any external power or circuits. The sophisticated technology that powers face recognition in many modern smartphones someday could receive a high-tech upgrade that sounds — and looks — surprisingly low-tech. This […]



Physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

July 18th, 2019 at 7:53 am » Comments Off

Scientists have discovered that terahertz light — light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales to practical applications such as ultrafast computing. Jigang Wang patiently explained his latest discovery […]



AI and machine learning dominate World Economic Forum’s list of 2019 Technology Pioneers

July 18th, 2019 at 7:43 am » Comments Off

The World Economic Forum today announced its list of 56 companies selected as Technology Pioneers, and this year’s class demonstrates the growing embrace of artificial intelligence and machine learning across a broad range of sectors. Of those selected, at least 20 companies say they are using AI or machine learning in some fashion to tackle […]



Baldness breakthrough uses 3D-printed “hair farms” to grow new hair follicles

July 11th, 2019 at 11:50 am » Comments Off

The 3D-printed structure can for the first time grow human hair follicles entirely in a laboratory dish An exciting breakthrough from Columbia University researchers demonstrates a new way to grow human hair follicles using 3D printed molds. This is the first time human hair follicle cells have been grown completely in lab conditions, opening up […]



Artificial intelligence sees construction site accidents before they happen

June 29th, 2019 at 6:16 am » Comments Off

  Construction companies are developing an AI system that predicts worksite injuries—an example of the growing use of workplace surveillance. A construction site is a dangerous place to work, with a fatal accident rate five times higher than that of any other industry. Now a number of big construction companies are testing technology that could […]



This cool artificial reef was just deployed in Sydney Harbor

June 29th, 2019 at 6:08 am » Comments Off

Earth’s oceans have seen better days. They’re inundated with plastic waste, both whole single-use plastics and tons of plastic microparticles that find their way back into our food and drinking water. Their water temperatures are rising due to climate change, causing coral bleaching and other harmful phenomena. Overfishing has depleted multiple marine species. Organizations and […]



China’s built a road so smart it will be able to charge your car

May 21st, 2019 at 11:20 am » Comments Off

The road of the future is likely to become the brain and nerve center of an autonomous-driving revolution. The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers as the nation tests an “intelligent highway” that could speed the transformation of the global transportation industry. The technologies will be […]



Watch a 3D printed neighborhood spring up from nothing

May 15th, 2019 at 3:42 am » Comments Off

  We’ve already seen a 3D printer construct a house. Now we can watch one build a whole neighborhood. On Thursday, housing nonprofit New Story shared a video that shows how it plans to build what it calls the “world’s first 3D-printed community” — a futuristic application of 3D-printing technology that could bring affordable housing […]



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