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    CRISPR loses Nobel to tiny machines

    CRISPR loses Nobel to tiny machines

    CRISPR, the gene-editing technology revolutionizing the biotech industry, has failed to take home the Nobel prize in chemistry for the second year in a row. Instead, the award went to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, J. Fraser Stoddart, and Bernard L. Feringa – three men who developed the world’s smallest machines using molecular physics. Each will share equally in the 8 million Swedish kronor… Read More

  • ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    ShakeAlert provides earthquake early warning system

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and a series of university partners are developing an earthquake early warning system called ShakeAlert, which aims to provide the general public with alerts up to 10 seconds before an earthquake hits. The system is not yet public, but it is now undergoing testing in California, Oregon and Washington. “There is a similar test effort for an earthquake… Read More

  • Ultra-cute bugbots cooperate to climb a step together

    Ultra-cute bugbots cooperate to climb a step together

    Anything is possible if we all work together — and no one gets left behind. That is the lesson these tiny “VelociRoACH” robots taught me today. Read More

  • Carat: The Brilliant App That Increases Your Battery Life By Showing What Other Apps To Kill

    Carat: The Brilliant App That Increases Your Battery Life By Showing What Other Apps To Kill

    “Kill Pandora – Expected Battery Life Improvement: 1 hour 50 minutes” This is what you’ll learn from Carat, an incredibly useful free new iOS and Android app that’s the first to give you personalized mobile battery life-saving recommendations. Carat quietly takes measurements from you device, does some math, combines is with other people’s anonymized data… Read More

  • Who Could Have Guessed: 3D Hurts Your Eyes

    Who Could Have Guessed: 3D Hurts Your Eyes

    After experimenting on 24 adults, a research team at the University of California, Berkeley has determined that viewing content on a stereo 3D display hurts your eyes and your brain. The scientific term is “vergence-accomodation,” which means that the eye must constantly adjust to both the distance of the physical screen and that of the 3D content. This can supposedly cause… Read More

  • Tech Industry Managers: Little Men in Big Shoes?

    Tech Industry Managers: Little Men in Big Shoes?


    When I was ready to transition from computer programmer to project manager, my employer, Xerox Corporation, sent me to its huge training center in Leesburg, Virginia. Over two weeks, the people there taught me some of the skills I needed in order to succeed in my new role: managing projects, motivating people, complying with employment regulations, and preparing status reports and presentations. Read More