President's Science Symposium Showcases Nanotechnology
The director of Northwestern University's International Institute for Nanotechnology, Dr. Chad Mirkin, gave the keynote address at last Friday's President's Science Symposium. Mirkin spoke about the vastness of the emerging field of nanotechnology, which focuses on the tiniest particles and miniaturization.
A bionic hand in five days: how tech innovation is changing lives
In the UK, more than 11 million people live with a limiting long-term illness, impairment or disability, according to government statistics. More than one in four disabled people, meanwhile, say that they don't have choice and control over their daily lives.
How to Obfuscate - Issue 49: The Absurd - Nautilus
During World War II, a radar operator tracks an airplane over Hamburg, guiding searchlights and anti-aircraft guns in relation to a phosphor dot whose position is updated with each sweep of the antenna. Abruptly, dots that seem to represent airplanes begin to multiply, quickly swamping the display.
Working to Death: Leftist Critiques of Basic Income Fail to Offer Meaningful Alternatives | P2P Foundation
From Finland to Kenya to Ontario, it seems that everyone interested in social policy is talking up basic income. It's not a new idea, having been theorized since at least Thomas Paine's musings on a "citizen's dividend" in the late 1700s, and with variations actually having been piloted in several US cities and in Manitoba during the 1970s.
MDMA Psychotherapy May Be Legal In Just Five Years
If you think of MDMA, the drug often cut with other substances and sold as "Molly" or Ecstasy, as just an illicit party drug, think again. A growing body of research suggests that it and other psychedelic drugs can be effective treatments for ailments ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to social anxiety in autistic adults.
Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task.
Graphene membranes could make nuclear decontamination 100 times less energy intensive
According to research by the University of Manchester, graphene could help reduce the energy cost of producing heavy water and decontamination in nuclear power plants by over 100 times compared with current technologies. This could lead to the reduction of CO2 emissions associated with heavy water production by up to a million tonnes per year.
Legalize 2017 - Which Countries Are Next?
Legalize 2017While 2016 may have been one of the most important years for cannabis legalization in history, advocates on a global basis are already looking to the future. Or should that be, looking forward to a more liberal and proactive future in terms of cannabis
The Truth About Recycling
5 Gyres empowers action against the global health crisis of plastic pollution through science, art, education, and adventure.
Yes, you recycle. But until you start reducing, you're still killing the planet
I talk a lot about reduction. Reducing the number of toys you have, the quantity of cleaning supplies you buy, even the amount of meat you eat. My constant focus on reduction over recycling, upcycling or disposing of waste responsibly is a deliberate one. Put simply, recycling isn't enough.
Aviation: Airports switch to "virtual" control towers | The Economist
THE 67-metre-tall control tower that opened at San Francisco International Airport in October is a stylish structure that cost $120m. It is supposed to resemble a beacon of the sort used in ancient times to guide ships safely to harbour.
NASA Digs This Idea for Robots to Build Igloos on Mars
Well before NASA announced that liquid water exists on Mars, a team of designers from Clouds Architecture Office and Space Exploration Architecture (SEArch) toiled to figure out how we could use ice-so, in essence, water-as shelter on the Red Planet. It's a simple idea, really.
Examining Future Of Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles And Remotely Piloted Aircraft
MQ-1 Predator unmanned aircraft (drone). File photo: U.S. Air Force photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt By ASPJ -- ( September 24, 2015) By Maj Michael P. Kreuzer, USAF* In early 2008, the United States began a dramatic increase in the use of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) as part of the global war on terrorism.
Robot Surgeons are the Future of Medicine
Share on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/11mi0da DISCLAIMER: Surgical imagery depicted. Not for the easily squeamish! // Medical technology is getting weirder everyday -- in a good way. Robotic surgery and computer-assisted medicine are already doing amazing things right now -- just look at the da Vinci Surgical System!
What is the global future of Agriculture?
From time to time we respond to questions about the future sent in via email by readers. We don't have a lot of time for this, but when a question seems especially interesting we offer our thoughts. Question by Carole Mules, Brisbane, Australia Response by Glen Hiemstra, 2000 This is a complex question to summarize ...
Could robots be the journalists of the future?
Is robot journalism the future? It's not quite titanium machines in trenchcoats door-stepping celebrities or buzzing about in newsrooms, but media organisations are increasingly looking to developers to come up with smart ways to incorporate computer algorithms into the daily grind of the news industry.
Odds are we're living in a simulation, says Elon Musk
"There's a billion to one chance we're living in base reality," Elon Musk said tonight on stage at Recode's Code Conference, meaning that one of the most influential and powerful figures in tech...
First AI robot conversation ends in argument
Artificial intelligence robots have held a conversation with one another for the first time with surprising and surreal results. Two graduate PhD students at Cornell University gave voices and 2D avatars to a pair of online "chatbots", which they named Alan and Sruthi.
Self-Driving Trucks Are Going to Hit Us Like a Human-Driven Truck - Basic income
Late last year, I took a road trip with my partner from our home in New Orleans, Louisiana to Orlando, Florida and as we drove by town after town, we got to talking about the potential effects self-driving vehicle technology would have not only on truckers themselves, but on all the local economies dependent on trucker salaries.
Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada
"We do accept that important work remains to be done," he said. While the federal government will license and regulate growers, each of Canada's provinces will need to decide exactly how the drug will be distributed and sold within its boundaries.