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Nov 13, 2019

The High-Tech Vertical Farmer

Posted by in categories: employment, food, robotics/AI, sustainability

In the kale-filled facility at vertical farm startup Bowery Farming, it’s a piece of proprietary software that makes most of the critical decisions — like when to harvest and how much to water each plant. But it still takes humans to carry out many tasks around the farm. Katie Morich, 25, loves the work. But as roboticists make gains, will her employer need her forever? This is the fourth episode of Next Jobs, a series about careers of the future hosted by Bloomberg Technology’s Aki Ito.

Host, Producer: Aki Ito
Camera: Alan Jeffries, Brian Schildhorn
Co-Producer: David Nicholson
Editor: Victoria Daniell
Writers: Aki Ito and Victoria Daniell.

Nov 13, 2019

Fifteen years and a Nobel Prize later, graphene’s creator is thinking even bigger

Posted by in categories: futurism, materials

Graphene, the super-strong, super-light and super-conductive material that was discovered in 2004 is often described as the material of the future. But it might be just the beginning.

Nov 13, 2019

Drone company Iris Automation makes first-of-its-kind FAA-approved ‘blind’ drone flight

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

Iris Automation recently flew a drone over Kansas without ground-based radar or a visual observer, the first time the FAA has authorized what is known as a “beyond-visual-line-of-sight” drone flight with only an automated onboard collision-avoidance system monitoring.

Nov 13, 2019

Can We Really Live Forever? | Unveiled

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension


We’ve been raised with the belief that death is inevitable, and so during our lives we consider the legacy of what each of us leaves behind. But what if you had unlimited time to pursue your life’s work, your hobbies, and your dreams.

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Nov 13, 2019

This Stingray-Shaped Spacecraft Could Be Perfect For Exploring Venus’ Dark Side

Posted by in categories: innovation, space travel

Researchers are designing a stingray-shaped spacecraft to explore the dark side of Venus.

(Image: © CRASH Lab, University at Buffalo)

Could a stingray-shaped spacecraft get to the dark side of Venus by flapping its wings?

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Nov 13, 2019

Scientists propose new theory of Parkinson’s disease

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

In a new review of the evidence, scientists propose two main types of Parkinson’s, depending on which part of the nervous system the disease originates in.

Nov 13, 2019

The factory of the future?

Posted by in categories: business, robotics/AI

Ocado, a British online-grocery company, is using air-traffic-control systems and AI technology to co-ordinate 700 factory robots. Its use of technology has made it a challenger to Amazon’s grocery-delivery business

Nov 13, 2019

New Study: Sleep Is Literally a Deep Clean for Your Brain

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Sleep washes away toxic gunk that builds up in your brain. Do you really want to leave it there?

Nov 13, 2019

Can we live forever? | Death Land

Posted by in category: life extension

What if you could cheat death and live forever? To people in the radical life extension movement, immortality is a real possibility. Leah Green spends a long weekend at RAADfest, a meeting of scientists, activists and ordinary people who want to extend the human lifespan. So is reversing your age a real possibility? And what’s behind this wish to live forever?
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Nov 12, 2019

Who shrank the drug factory? Briefcase-sized labs could transform medicine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, economics, military

Historically, the pharmaceutical industry has relied on economies of scale, mixing hundreds of litres of reagents in massive reaction chambers to make millions of doses of a single drug. Bio-MOD and related systems, however, cycle small amounts of chemicals through a series of thumb-sized chambers that can produce hundreds or thousands of doses of multiple drugs, all in less than 24 hours. Several teams have won support for this vision from the US military: the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has handed out more than US$15 million to support these do-it-yourself drug-makers.

Engineers are miniaturizing pharmaceutical production in the hope of making it portable and inexpensive.