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Coco Feng February 17, 2017
Dubai, with a population of 2.7 million, is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, and traffic congestion is a major complaint. The Dubai Roads and Transportation Authority is planning to allow remote-controlled drones work as taxis, and Chinese drone maker EHang Inc. announced “it will supply passenger-carrying drones to Dubai, which is aiming to become in July the world’s first city to...
Cade Metz February 12, 2017
Researchers of artificial intelligence recognize their work is capable of disrupting the global economy. Automation and computers have already supplanted many jobs that will never return. “In the US, the number of manufacturing jobs peaked in 1979 and has steadily decreased ever since,” explains Cade Metz for Wired. “At the same time, manufacturing has steadily increased, with the US now...
February 2, 2017
Need to feed a growing global population, along with urban migration and less land dedicated to agriculture, is pushing development of robots for the agriculture industry. Companies in Asia, North America and Europe are developing the robots for precision farming, and these “include UAVs, driverless tractors, automated harvesting machines and more,” reports GPS World, based on a Transparency...
Greg Ip February 1, 2017
Innovations seem to be plentiful, but many developments so far are not leading to “meaningful advances in Americans’ standard of living,” explains Greg Ip for the Wall Street Journal. He adds that “improvements in everyday life have been incremental, not revolutionary” and an “innovation slump,” due to society’s impatience and fear of risk, contributes to middle-class dissatisfaction. Industry...
Dennis Normile January 16, 2017
Physics research contributes to economic growth in many industries including manufacturing, aerospace, medical applications, information technology and more. “China is joining the elite club of countries that have equipped researchers with the potent sources of high-energy photons called free electron lasers,” reports Dennis Normile for Science Magazine. China reviewed options at other facilities...
Cade Metz December 30, 2016
Universities and corporations are rapidly developing artificial intelligence with teams of researchers. The research coincides with cloud computing, all designed to allow businesses to join, contribute and build their own applications and products. A “team inside Google’s cloud computing operation [is] building online services that any coder or company can use to build their own AI,” explains...
Brenda Ekwurzel December 5, 2016
US President-elect Donald Trump campaigned to reduce debt and the size of US government and also dismissed concerns about climate change. Analysts anticipate he will eliminate NASA climate programs including the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment satellite, GRACE, and funding for university earth science research. Such programs are multi-functional and ultimately apply science for the...