Innovation
Tech | Science
Holograms Come of Age

Researchers from the University of Sussex have found a way to create holograms that you can not only see but also hear and even feel using ultrasound waves.

Tech | Engineering

Hats off to this 3D Printed Helmet

Ex-cycling pro Simon Gerrans wants to make your ride safer with this 3-D printed custom bicycle helmet produced by HEXR.

Tech | Products
A House Blanket Could be the Solution to Wildfires
Tech | Robotics
Walk This Way
Tech | Engineering
It's a bird, it's a plane... no it's a Volocopter

Revolutionary Science Makes Its Way into Flooring Design

Haptics—the science of touch—along with all the other sensory inputs can be influential tools, offering designers exciting possibilities when deciding which materials to use in a space. As workplace design shifts to prioritize more human-centric spaces, our approach to these environments morphs, too, says Mindy O’Gara, director of product and learning experience at Interface. Now more than ever, we’re understanding through neuroscience that we have the opportunity to forge memorable connections to materials creating more meaningful experiences with the built environment. “One of the first sensory connections we have is to material,” says O’Gara. “Our emotional interpretation of the materials that surround us inform how we feel about a space and whether or not we’ll use it.  Is it appealing?  How does it engage or behave?  Can it shape to specific needs?  All of these qualities are very important when we think about the value and depth of materials.” One solution is to seek out adaptive products with timeless design elements.

Tech | Science
Can Flame-Retardant Gel Protect Forests From Wildfires?
Tech | Engineering
A new Biotechnology Solution Could be the end of Plastic
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Tech | Artificial Intelligence
Artificial Intelligence-Driven Apps Deliver Relationship Advice

Want to find out if a text conversation is flirty or friendly? A new batch of apps, which use artificial intelligence to evaluate communication patterns, may have the answer. 

Tech | Science

Inside the Controversial Plan to Cool the Planet

Could spraying chemicals into the sky reverse some impacts of global warming? Scientists are considering the possible benefits and risks of solar geoengineering, a controversial concept that could possibly cut global temperature increases in half.  

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Tech | Robotics
Watch MIT's Unsettling Brain-Burrowing Robot Designed to Help Stroke Victims in Action
Tech | Augmented Reality
Augmented Audio Experiences are the Future of Headphones
Tech | Engineering
"Ice" to Meet You: The Mini-Submarines that Could Re-Freeze the Arctic
Tech | Food

The Future Points to BYOB Vending Machines

Grab your reusable bottle since Dasani is rolling out 100 BYOB vending machines – essentially, refillable water stations – as a test approach to curb plastic waste. The company also will start selling water in aluminum cans, which are made from more recycled material than plastic bottles, in the northeast this fall.

Tech | Science
Facebook Wants to Read your Mind
Tech | Transportation
The Electric Scooter Wars Are Fully Charged
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Tech | Science
CRISPR Therapy Tackles Some of Humanity's Worse Genetic Ailments

CRISPR may only be six years old but it's already made some impressive, and infamous, waves in the scientific community. Currently scientists around the world are using the gene-editing technology in several clinical trials and research efforts to correct some of humanity's most debilitating genetic ailments. Some of these conditions included Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, inherited childhood blindness (specifically Leber’s congenital amaurosis type 10), and sickle cell disease. 

Tech | Sustainability

Rural America Is Experiencing A Solar Revolution

Despite all the pro-coal bluster from the Trump administration, solar has been steadily gaining popularity in rural areas across the U.S. This push for sustainable energy is driven primarily by local energy co-ops that can take advantage of the reduced price of solar power, as well as marketing and campaigning by the National Rural Electricity Cooperative Association. Today, the NRECA has reduced its reliance on coal to just 40% in 2017, down from 54% in 2014. 

Tech | Augmented Reality
Burger King Will Give You A Free Whopper In Exchange For Virtual Arson
Tech | Transportation
Oslo Commits To Green Living With Wireless Taxi Charging
Tech | Software
New Algorithm Turns Doodles Into Hyper-Real Imagery In Seconds
Tech | 3-D Printing

New 3-D Printer Uses Light to Create Bespoke Objects In Just 2 Minutes

It's called the Replicator and it could very well be the future of 3-D printing. Inspired by both Star Trek and CT scanners, the Replicator projects a video of a 3-D image into a synthetic resin that solidifies under certain intensities of light. The result is a super smooth, bespoke object. Right now the Replicator can only print things at the centimeter scale, but the possibilities once it is scaled up could be astounding. 

Tech | Sustainability
New Solar Blind Harvests More Power Than Window Coatings
Tech | Engineering
Those Voices in Your Head Are Real and They're Coming from a Laser
Tech | Transportation
No Longer Blinded By The Headlights
Tech | Healthcare
AI Opens New Doors to Understanding Mental Health

Compared to the early days of psychoanalysis and psychiatry, we know a lot about treating mental health. But what we know still isn't enough. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 American adults—18.5% of the population—experiences mental illness in a given year, with about 1 in 25 experiencing one that significantly impacts their ability to function in society. For psychiatrists who attempt to treat the brain with medication, finding the right combination and strength of medicine can be a challenge. AI, data mining, and machine learning may make the job a whole lot easier in the near future.

Tech | Food

The Robotic Future of Farming

Thanks to advances in zoological sciences, we know that humans are not the only species that have the capacity for self-awareness, language, or even farming. But one cognitive ability we do have over other animals is thinking into the far future, which is a skill we've been under-employing as we face the looming threat of cataclysmic climate change and a swelling global population. But changes in the way we do agriculture, which currently produces 33% of green house gas emissions, could have long term positive effects on our planet. And a lot of these changes will be the result of robots taking on most of the tasks on large and small farms.

Tech | Robotics
The Future of Coral Reefs May Depend on Robot Fertilizers
Tech | Sustainability
English Town Trades in Coal Economy for Solar-Powered Housing
Tech | Products
Technology Veers Into the Absurd at CES 2019
Tech | Robotics

More Unsettling Tech Developments Arriving in 2019

New year, new future tech to be equally wowed and disquieted by. As we leave 2018 and all of its tech-related scandals and outrages behind, it's tempting to look ahead to this year's developments with a futurist-friendly outlook. In an ideal world, tech would be used solely for good or entertaining purposes — sadly, we don't live in an ideal world. Read on to find out what future developments you should keep a discerning eye on in 2019. 

Tech | Robotics
Let "Serve" Serve you
Tech | Products
Retail is on the Verge of a Tech-Assisted Renaissance
Tech | Artificial Intelligence
Taylor Swift Knows Your Face
Tech | Sustainability
Scientists Attempt to Cool Earth with Calcium Carbonate

The news about climate change may not be getting any better on the ground, but there's some hope up in the stratosphere. Scientists at Harvard will launch the first solar geoengineering experiment this spring, which will attempt to reflect some of the sun's rays back into outer space and keep our planet from reaching the dreaded 1.5-degrees celsius mark. This idea, known as stratospheric aerosol injection, mimics a natural global cooling phenomenon that can follow volcanic eruptions. 

Tech | Artificial Intelligence

Dreaming in Digital

Artificial intelligence may be a nascent technology but its capabilities are already startlingly advanced. The next industry to be touched by AI's incredible potential may be gaming. A new software developed by chipmaker Nvidia could take a huge burden off developers with its ability to dream up incredibly detailed scenes in mere minutes. 

Tech | Virtual Reality
Holographic Co-working Product Lets You Attend a Work Meeting Without Getting Dressed
Tech | Space
NASA Mars Tour 2018
Tech | Space
NASA's Newest Visualization Tool Transforms Earth Into A Living Organism
Tech | Software

Moooi Smacks Down Counterfeiters With New App

Cheating sucks, in relationships, in school, and definitely in business. Everyone, from individual designers to giant design houses, goes to great lengths to make sure their intellectual property stays out of the hands of counterfeiters, but Moooi may have found a solution that is foolproof and looks cool, too. Going forward, all Moooi products will come with a small floral button that contains a identifying microchip. Shoppers with the brand's new authentication app can scan the button and confirm if what they're looking at is a real Moooi product. 

Tech | Robotics
Ray Kurzweil Claims the Singularity is Less Than 30 Years Away
Tech | Transportation
The Fuzz Takes Flight
Tech | Products
Swedes Give A Big Thumbs Up To Microchips