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Gravity lights the world with this brand new technology

December 2nd, 2016 at 10:13 am » Comments Off

Could you create light from a bag of rocks and a downward force? The answer may surprise you. Creating a future that’s bright and safe for all is at the heart of GravityLight – the lamp that’s lighting areas of the world with limited access to electricity using the power of (you guessed it) gravity.



Planetary Resources is mining Luxembourg for $28M in asteroid funds

November 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm » Comments Off

The aspiring asteroid miners at Planetary Resources have struck pay dirt in Luxembourg, the tiny (but wealthy) European country positioning itself as an ally to commercial space. The country is directly investing €12 million, with another €13 million coming from public investment bank SNCI.



Will Artificial Intelligence Improve Democracy or Destroy It?

November 27th, 2016 at 4:27 am » Comments Off

The United States has just gone through a very divisive election and many have begun to question the role of democracy in future governments.



Somebody Is Learning How to Take Down the Internet

October 28th, 2016 at 6:46 am » Comments Off

Over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don’t know who […]



Let’s print a mountain range in 3-D

October 28th, 2016 at 6:00 am » Comments Off

  Futurist Thomas Frey is in town to talk to a Greater Des Moines Partnership breakfast Friday. I caught up with him by phone to discuss how our metro is likely to change as disruptive technologies pile up. By the time we were done, I had half-jokingly asked him if Iowa could 3-D print a mountain range, […]



Futurist Thomas Frey predicts farming drones, driverless streets

October 20th, 2016 at 5:54 am » Comments Off

What will Iowa’s farms look like when the combines and tractors drive themselves? How will Des Moines’ banking and insurance sectors fare when supercomputers run financial markets? Where will Iowans live when a self-driving car can take them anywhere with the tap of a smartphone? These are the kind of questions Thomas Frey ponders.



Student invents kitchen appliance for people with 1 arm – Genius!

October 14th, 2016 at 6:55 am » Comments Off

  Loren Lim is a student and an inventor. He designed an award-winning kitchen appliance, which helps people with one hand, as well as stroke victims, be more independent. He was inspired to create the product by his late uncle, who had suffered a stroke himself. Lim is now going to visit IKEA’s headquarters in […]



Ray Kurzweil: Radical Life Extension Will Be Better Than You Think

August 22nd, 2016 at 6:22 am » Comments Off

According to Ray Kurzweil, we’re approaching a time when humans will begin to radically extend their lifespans. This sounds good on the surface, but will we have enough resources to support everyone? And won’t living indefinitely get boring eventually? Not so much, Kurzweil says.



Drones to start delivering blood and medicine in the US

August 17th, 2016 at 7:35 am » Comments Off

A startup that uses drones to deliver medicine and blood to remote areas of Rwanda is launching a similar program in the US. California-based Zipline will bring its drone delivery program to rural and remote communities in Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, including some Native American reservations. Zipline will announce its expansion at a White House workshop […]



3-D print hair, brushes, and fur

July 5th, 2016 at 10:20 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have invented a radical pixel-mapping printing technique by bypassing computer-aided design (CAD) software. They have quickly and efficiently modeled and printed thousands of hair-like structures.



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