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New Yorkers propose high-speed gondolas to ease congestion

September 21st, 2014 at 8:58 am » Comments Off

The East River Skyway If you have ever commuted between Brooklyn and Manhattan, you’re already familiar with the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s overcrowding problem. But what if you could skip the train entirely? A radical new proposal suggests that New Yorkers try a high-speed gondola over the East River instead.    



A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am » Comments Off

The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system. According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about […]



LittleBits’ BitLab is an app store for hardware

September 20th, 2014 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

LittleBits has just announced something called the BitLab, a contest merged with a crowd sourced technology system that allows inventors to create new LittleBits blocks, upload them, and have them made and sold by the company. The system also includes a hardware development kit that allows anyone access to LittleBits’ custom magnetic snap-together leads. (Videos) […]



Sticky nanobeads strip bacteria and viruses from blood

September 19th, 2014 at 9:31 am » Comments Off

Blood cleansing machine. A new device developed by bioengineers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute uses magnetism to rid the bloodstream of pathogens that are the source of deadly infections.  



Google Glass makes doctors better surgeons: Study

September 19th, 2014 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Wearables may improve clinical outcomes in the OR. Healthcare is one of the ripest markets for Google Glass and Glass-based apps. While patient care has become increasingly data-driven, doctors need a way to receive the data while remaining hands-on with patients. (Video)    



Micro-payments between connected devices could enable a new layer of the economy

September 19th, 2014 at 8:59 am » Comments Off

Many of us now receive payments as well as make payments. Ross Dawson: Last week I gave a keynote on The Future of Banking to a group of the most senior risk leaders in a major bank, sharing some provocative ideas on how the banking landscape may change in the years to come.    



China is years ahead of western mobile gaming

September 19th, 2014 at 8:44 am » Comments Off

Instead of putting fun first, Western developers focused too heavily on analytics. The mobile-gaming gold rush is over, according to Rick Thompson of Signia Venture Partners. But he says the industry can reestablish a stronger, more sustainable model by looking to the East.    



MIT cheetah robot can run and jump untethered across grass

September 19th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

MIT cheetah robot Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah. The robot sprinted up to 10 mph, even continuing to run after clearing a hurdle in experiments done on an indoor track. The MIT researchers estimate that the current version of the robot may eventually […]



The future of robotics: What is a robot?

September 18th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

Robotics is a transformative technology. Brookings Institution is a prestigious organization in the nation’s capital. When organizations such as that decides to study civilian robotics, you know that at the very least the organization will present some thought-provoking views.    



$100B invested in wind or solar will produce more energy than oil

September 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am » Comments Off

By the late 2020s or early 2030s renewables could be competing much more aggressively with the oil market. Kepler Chevreux, a French investment bank, has produced a fascinating analysis that has dramatic implications for the global oil industry. The investment bank estimates that $100 billion invested in either wind energy or solar energy – and […]



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