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March 4th, 2017 at 10:00 am

The 12 most dangerous superbugs, ranked by the WHO


The World Health Organization says we need to step up the fight against a dozen bacteria that are growing resistant to all the antibiotics we have to treat them.

One of the scariest features of the antibiotic resistance crisis — which has been accelerated by how we overuse these drugs — is that pharmaceutical companies aren’t developing new antibiotics quickly enough. They also often place profits ahead public health when choosing which drugs to develop.

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November 18th, 2015 at 5:53 pm

The future of the quantified brain


For years it was believed the brain was an elusive black box which we simply didn’t understand. And it’s true, scientific knowledge of the brain has been hard won.

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November 4th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

11 amazing pairs of futuristic shoes


Fashion designers are starting to use all kinds of technology in their garments.  Scientific progress has always been an important part of shoe design — the invention of vulcanized rubber by Charles Goodyear directly led to boots that could climb Mount Everest, for example — and pro athletes consistently turn to Nike, Reebok, and other companies to create performance-enhancing footwear.

Here are 11 pairs of shoes for the future, some that heal themselves, give you directions, and even generate electricity.

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October 21st, 2015 at 3:39 pm

XPrize’s Peter Diamandis and Google Venture’s Bill Maris discuss the future of technology

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Both Google Ventures’ Bill Maris and XPrize head Peter Diamandis discussed a gamut of subjects, including life extension research, sentient robots, and self-driving cars versus those that can fly at the Wall Street Journal Live conference in Laguna Beach, California this week.

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October 21st, 2015 at 11:32 am

The smart bathroom of the future

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The bathroom of the future is going to make your electric toothbrush look decidedly low-tech.  A futurologist has predicted that in less than 25 years smart mirrors could perform health checks, while robots will be able to do a person’s make-up and even paint their nails.

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Should we gamify citizenship?