Electric Utilities Get No Jolt from Gadgets, Improving Economy
The Wall Street Journal (paywall) examines the reasons executives are abandoning the assumption that electricity use is coupled with overall economic conditions.
—Mike Orcutt, research editor
HitchBOT, the Hitchhiking Robot, Bums 1st Ride
An experiment by McMaster University scientists focuses on the interaction between people and technology. HitchBOT, thumbing rides from Canada’s East to West Coasts, was near Montreal at the time of this writing.
—Nanette Byrnes, senior editor, Business Reports
Sprint Will Sell a $12 Wireless Plan That Only Connects to Facebook or Twitter
Sprint’s experiment with low-cost plans that offer access to only certain social networks has led to accusations it is damaging net neutrality.
—Tom Simonite, senior editor, IT
Brazil Farmers Say GMO Corn No Longer Resistant to Bugs
Brazilian farmers bring false-advertising claim against Monsanto as bugs become resistant to Bt corn.
—Antonio Regalado, senior editor, business
Venter Steals Top Scholar from Google
Craig Venter hires machine learning bigwig Franz Och, who built Google Translate, to decipher genomes.
These Aren’t Abstract Paintings, They’re iPhone Smudges
Finger-smudged manufactured art coming soon to a local gallery near you.
—J. Juniper Friedman, associate web producer
Mark Phelan: Lab Rolls Out Ideas for Future Vehicles
A handful of discoveries at a national lab that could transform transportation.
—Kevin Bullis, senior editor, energy
This startup wants to copy you into an embryo for organ harvesting
With plans to create realistic synthetic embryos, grown in jars, Renewal Bio is on a journey to the horizon of science and ethics.
VR is as good as psychedelics at helping people reach transcendence
On key metrics, a VR experience elicited a response indistinguishable from subjects who took medium doses of LSD or magic mushrooms.
This artist is dominating AI-generated art. And he’s not happy about it.
Greg Rutkowski is a more popular prompt than Picasso.
This nanoparticle could be the key to a universal covid vaccine
Ending the covid pandemic might well require a vaccine that protects against any new strains. Researchers may have found a strategy that will work.
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