Smart City-Agriculture

VR helps you see the world through an animal’s eyes

London-based design studio Marshmallow Laser Feast is using VR to let us reconnect with nature. With headsets, you can see a forest through the eyes of different animals and experience the sensations they feel. Creative Director Ersinhan Ersin took the stage at TNW Conference last…

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This is how intelligent smart roads could become

Smart phones, smart fridges, smart cities — everything is increasingly connected to everything else. The internet-of-things revolution has brought new (and often frivolous) features to the most mundane of everyday objects. But you know one thing it might actually help us to have synced up?…

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Clean energy will do to gas what gas has done to coal

Around the world, an emerging « rush to gas » – a glut of investment in new natural gas-fired power plants and associated delivery infrastructure – threatens to result in significant stranded assets. Innovation in renewable energy and other emerging technologies, including battery storage, has already created…

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Uber is building an advanced technology hub in Paris to research flying taxis

Uber’s flying taxi plans are well and truly taking off. The company announced this morning that it will be building a new advanced technologies centre in Paris for research focused on its flying taxi Uber Elevate project. The research and development hub will be its…

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NASA’s building new tools to manage water, as climate dangers grow

After an unusually dry winter, a late-season storm finally soaked California in early March, piling up several feet of snow across the high granite reservoirs of the Sierra Nevada mountains. On the Sunday morning after the weather cleared, a pair of NASA researchers loaded onto…

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California is throttling back record levels of solar—and that’s bad news for climate goals

Californians are enjoying a sunny spring, which means the state’s solar farms and rooftop panels are flooding the grid with electricity. The problem is, they’re producing so much that plummeting prices and mandates by the state’s grid operator are forcing renewable power plants to throttle…

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This is how drones could help to fight climate change

Drones today serve a variety of functions, from capturing aerial photography to assisting in military operations. But one particular service may end up being their chief contribution: by acting as mitigating forces against the impacts of climate change. These little gadgets are now capable of…

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How technology is driving a fourth wave of environmentalism

In any era, the hard work of environmental progress requires the best available tools. Today those tools include technological innovations that are giving corporations and NGOs alike new capabilities and supercharging the partnerships between them. Sensors, data analytics, machine learning and blockchain are just some…

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These restaurants are serving virtual food

Restaurants wanting to cash in on people increasingly sharing food photos are spicing up their menus with virtual cuisine that patrons can post across social media. To lift sales, fast food chains are turning to augmented reality to attract a new generation of customers. It’s…

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Cities are struggling to solve their transport problems. Big data is the answer

The future of transport appears full of fun and flashy possibilities. From super-fast hyperloop transport systems, to self-driving cars and hovering taxis, new technology promises to move us further and faster than ever before. Yet for cities facing everyday problems such as congestion, air pollution…

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