New “Rotational” 3-D Printing Gives Objects Impressive Strength
Harvard researchers have demonstrated a new technique they call “rotational 3-D printing” that provides precision control over the materials it prints.
Learning from nature: Natural products like bone and wood have complex microstructures that give them… Read more
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Artificial Lighting Is Hurting Ecosystems, and Tech Tweaks Can Fix It
We’re starting to understand the true effects of light pollution on the natural world—and as we do, we’ll be able to tune lights to counter the effects.
Blinded by the light: The world is incredibly illuminated. More than 10 percent of Earth’s land can… Read more
- Ashim D’Silva | Unsplash
Slack Hopes Its AI Will Keep You from Hating Slack
If you work at one of the 50,000 companies that pay to use Slack for workplace collaboration, you probably spend hours on it, swapping information, bantering, and sharing files with your colleagues. It’s a casual, flexible way to interact—you tap out...Read the full story →
At the Detroit Auto Show, the Autonomous Car Dream Is Still a Way Off
Last week’s CES technology show sold a vision of driverless cars—but this week’s motor show appears to disagree.
Cryptocurrencies Plummeted Amid Talk of Clampdowns—But We Don’t Really Know Why
Bitcoin and other competing digital currencies have been suffering downturns, though you shouldn’t believe anyone who tries to tell you exactly why this is happening.
The numbers: At the time of writing, Bitcoin’s price was down more than 20 percent… Read more
The Fight to Save Net Neutrality Is Heating Up
Democrat push: Senate Democrats say they need just one more supporter to win a vote to overturn the FCC repeal. They’re using the Congressional Review Act,… Read more
Pairing AI with Humans Has Made Glassdoor a Success Story in the War on Trolls
Glassdoor, the jobs search and ratings site, has been able to build a collaborative working environment for its human and AI content reviewers.
The AI’s job: Machine-learning algorithms scan for fraud and profanity on the site. Cara Barry, who leads… Read more
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And the Award for Most Nauseating Self-Driving Car Goes to …
In many ways this year’s CES looked a lot more like an autonomous-car show than a consumer electronics show.
There were announcements aplenty from the likes of Ford, Baidu, Toyota, and others about self-driving vehicles, upcoming driving tests, and new...Read the full story →
The World’s Biggest Shipping Firm Plans to Track the Planet’s Containers on a Blockchain
Keeping tabs on millions of shipping containers is difficult. But IBM and A.P. Moller-Maersk, the world’s largest container shipping firm, are building a blockchain they say will streamline the process and save billions of dollars.
The problem: International… Read more
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Smart Thermometers Provide a Real-Time View of Spreading Flu Outbreaks
Tech-savvy health-concious types are giving interesting insights into this year’s flu.