Energy from the sun, stored in a liquid – and released on demand

  Would you buy a smartphone that only worked when the sun was shining? Probably not. What it if was only half the cost of your current model: surely an upgrade would be tempting? No, thought not. The solar energy business has been trying to overcome a similar...

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Employees at this Swedish company can get a microchip inserted under their skin

The syringe slides in between the thumb and index finger. Then, with a click, a microchip is injected in the employee's hand. Another "cyborg" is created. What could pass for a dystopian vision of the workplace is almost routine at the Swedish startup hub Epicenter. The...

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4 supersmart ways technology is changing your commute

Have you spent another morning packed, sardine-like, into a train carriage? Or tapping your steering wheel in yet another endless traffic jam? Well, the tech world has got your back, and some seriously smart people are working on changing how we travel. Whether it’s a floating...

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Exploring the Structure of High-Dimensional Data with HyperTools

The datasets we encounter as scientists, analysts, and data nerds are increasingly complex. Much of machine learning is focused on extracting meaning from complex data. However, there is still a place for us lowly humans: the human visual system is phenomenal at detecting complex structure...

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The robots shouldn’t be stopped, but we need to keep things fair

  Former US Treasury Secretary Larry Summers recently took exception to current US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s views on “artificial intelligence” (AI) and related topics. The difference between the two seems to be, more than anything else, a matter of priorities and emphasis. Mnuchin takes a narrow...

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Tableau moves to subscription pricing for its BI products

Tableau is making a big change in the way it sells its business intelligence products. The company announced Thursday that all of its software will be available as a subscription, rather than a single license plus a service fee. Businesses will need to pay $70 per...

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Welcome to a world of sensors

Increasingly, we live in a sensor-laden world. Almost every electronic device in our lives has some kind of sensor in it, possibly many. We don't tend to think of sensors when looking at our phones, refrigerators, cars, airplanes and buildings, but believe me, they're in...

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The robot dream team keeping an eye on our crops

  A tower and robot vehicle duo can accurately create 3D models of plants and collect data on both regions of crops and individual plants. The mobile sensor tower and an autonomous robot vehicle equipped with three levels of sensors and an additional robotic arm help complete...

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This isn’t sci-fi: A space-based sharing economy powered by nano-satellites could save humanity

  The rise of the internet and the ubiquity of mobile computing devices have changed everything from travel and shopping to politics – think Uber, Amazon and Twitter. But for the next revolution in commerce, governance and social interaction we need to look up – about 100...

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We know sound soothes us. But what if it could kill a tumour?

  Sound has been used for centuries to soothe, treat and heal. An analgesic to some, a mood elevator to others, the use of sound to restore human health has ranged from ancient Tibetan singing bowls to bona fide “sound healers” who treat symptoms of physical...

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