A joint French-U.S. research team made nanotech history this month by constructing a first-ever molecular motor that sports an array of “rotor blades” that one can turn clockwise or counterclockwise.
Singapore and the United States hold one trait very much in common: Both face external security threats and must exercise foresight to avert them. In fact, the United States could boost its own security considerably by adopting some of Singapore’s national-security-planning practices.
Moving files and programs into clouds sounds great, but how secure will they be? Business and organization leaders everywhere are asking this, and many remain undecided on the answer. They wonder whether they really should trust the cloud with their most sensitive records.
Cloud computing made big strides forward in 2012, and if a host of industry experts proves correct, it will make even bigger advances in 2013.
Hold a mobile phone and you hold a piece of the biggest technological and learning platform in history—and incidentally, it’s a platform that’s revolutionizing life in general around the world.
Tape recorders, portable music players, digital cameras—mobile phones and their apps are already substituting for, or even replacing, many such products that used to be ubiquitous in everyday life. Don’t be surprised if they soon stand in for car keys and credit cards, as well.
Chemical toxins are an increasingly serious threat to human and environmental health worldwide, according to Global Chemicals Outlook, a report that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released on September 5.
Although digital divides between the world’s industrialized and developing areas loom large, development experts are finding ways to cross them.
A huge step forward for family planning worldwide took place Wednesday, July 11, in London, where more than 200 leaders of the world’s governments, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit groups convened and committed a whopping $2.6 billion over the next eight years toward provision of contraceptive supplies, services, and information throughout developing-world communities.
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Over many centuries, attempts have been made to get food production out of the cities. Produce comes from the land and is transported into the cities. In most western cities, abattoirs have disappeared. Markets are still there, but no longer have a central role in our shopping.
Star Trek Into Darkness: Eye candy for the amygdala. Yes, this is another Hollywood blockbuster depicting a dystopian future with big explosions and small innovations. However, the first ten minutes are worth the price of the ticket. I was pleasantly surprised to see J.J. Abrams using the Ancient Aliens theory and a huge wink to author Zecharia Sitchin's work in the opening scene located on the fictional (depending on who you ask) world of Nibiru.
Spray-on skin. Lab-grown ears. Human tissue grown in a petri dish. We're going deep into sci-fi territory (and it is already happening).
“Extropy” is celebrating its first quarter of a century. The idea was formally introduced as a philosophy of the future in 1988, and many things have happened from the end of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century. A new millennium has been born and the philosophy of extropy is well-suited for these new times of accelerating change, full of challenges and opportunities.
One definition of resilience is “the ability to cope with shocks and keep functioning in a satisfying way”. Resilience is about the self organizing capacity of systems. This means the ability to bounce back after disaster, or the ability to transform if a bad stage has happened.
This is my last posting for the next few days. I will be taking my office apart so that we can move to our new apartment downtown next Tuesday. I will be unplugged and disconnected except by tablet. Expect me to be back in the saddle before the end of next week probably in time to provide you with some more headlines. In the interim these are the stories I share with you this week: