Innovative energy storage project tested near Tehachapi Bakersfield Californian Century-old railroad technology is mixing with green-style innovation at an energy storage project now being tested in the heart of Kern County's wind power region.
With massive amounts of computational power, machines can now recognize objects and translate speech in real time. Artificial intelligence is finally getting smart. (Cool --> MIT Technology Review: Deep Learning and building brains.
Paper concludes EU effort must unlock a competitive, low carbon and energy efficient future that ensures lower energy prices, innovation, jobs and growth Brussels, April 22, 2013 – A policy shift toward reducing EU energy and policy costs is urg...
Ralph Schneider's insight:
Energy Roadmap 2050 - A detailed overview on energy in the chemical industry until 2050. By CEFIC
News: Apple’s senior vice president of industrial design Jonathan Ive has given his support to the growing campaign against the UK government’s plans to remove design and other creative subjects from the school curriculum.
(Phys.org) A team made up of members from several European countries has published a paper in Physical Review Letters describing a technique they’ve developed for using fractal geometry to build structures that maintain their strength despite...
Luis Eslava Studio of Valencia has redesigned the European headquarters of Velcro in Barcelona, using the brand’s handy hook-and-loop fasteners to construct flexible screens and lampshades (+ slideshow).
Dutch designer and artist Joep van Lieshout talks to Dezeen about his sculptures depicting cannibalism and suicide in this interview recorded at the Carpenter’s Workshop Gallery in London, and how “industry itself needs to be saved” so he plans to...
New neuroscience research is confirming an old adage about the power of a handshake: strangers do form a better impression of those who proffer their hand in greeting.A firm, friendly handshake has long been recommended in the business world as a...
DARPA links human brainwaves, improved sensors, cognitive algorithms to improve target detection For warfighters operating in the field, the ability to detect threats from standoff distances can be life-saving.
Atlanta set to land AT&T innovation center Atlanta Journal Constitution Atlanta will soon be the new home of an AT&T innovation center that would add dozens of research jobs and power a high-tech incubator designed to generate more startups across...
A team of scientists led by Carnegie’s Lin Wang has observed a new form of very hard carbon clusters, which are unusual in their mix of crystalline and disordered structure. The material is capable of indenting diamond.
Two Asian and two South American cities are among the best 20 places in the world for technology-based start-ups, alongside Silicon Valley. (Developing-world cities rival Silicon Valley in global ranking.
Calling for a science of design, complexity, and collective action.
It is sometimes said that biology flows downhill — we are endlessly concerned with the well-being and competency and future adaptive success of our children. The strategic challenge of promoting well-being and competency and adaptive success is ever-present, and scientists continue to investigate and debate optimum strategies of childhood program delivery. Effective program delivery also necessitates engagement with politicians and economists and community members, and all stakeholders upon whom the success of childhood programs depends.
There is an excellent book I read recently, Childhood Programs and Practices in the First Decade of Life: A Human Capital Integration, which highlights some of the academic, practical, political, social, and economic challenges that face people working in the area of childhood program design and delivery. Reading this book made me think about a very significant need that I believe permeates psychological science: We need a science of design, complexity, and collective action — a new type of applied systems science — to supplement our psychological science.
News: Aric Chen, curator of art and design for the new M+ museum for visual culture in Hong Kong, says the museum will take an unprecedented stance in “placing Asia at the centre” of design history, rather than on the periphery as western curators...
MINI’s head of design Anders Warming predicts that “we’re not too far away” from driverless cars in this interview with Dezeen, recorded at the launch of the new MINI Paceman in Mallorca (+ audio + transcript).
Douglass Heaven | New Scientist Blind people could soon be able to read street signs using an implant that translates the alphabet into Braille and beams an image of the Braille directly to visual neurons at the back of the eye.
Istanbul Design Biennial: Belgian design studio Unfold used open source components including a filter made of 3D printed ceramic to build this water boiler and purifier, which could be used in the developing world.