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Plant DNA May Help Track Down Criminals

Plant DNA May Help Track Down Criminals

A new study shows how it is possible to trace marijuana plants back to their origins through DNA analysis. It may help law enforcement identify the where plants that enter the U.S. illegally came from. Criminals, beware: That pollen on your jacket could place you at the crime scene. While far less well-known than fingerprints, […]

Strange sensations: HTC’s brave new virtual world

Strange sensations: HTC’s brave new virtual world

The first thing I notice is a feeling of weight on my face. Followed by a sensation of standing in boundless space. A monochrome 360-degree vanishing point vista winks into view. I look around, blinking into the far distance and very quickly my adjusting eyes fill with grit… Welcome to the weird world of 21st […]

Getting predictive about politics (and everything else)

Getting predictive about politics (and everything else)

As the polls were closing for the 1948 presidential election between Thomas Dewey and Harry Truman, the Chicago Tribune went to print with the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” based on early voting predictions… It led to the forever-immortalized photo of an eventually elected President Truman triumphantly holding that same edition of the paper and boasting, […]

Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now

Four Counter-Drone Technologies We Need Now

As innovation goes, the idea of a trained bird of prey taking out a menacing quadcopter is hard to beat, as a Dutch law enforcement video recently showed. Peruse YouTube; there are hours of footage of birds of prey doing what may be the most elegant solution yet to what is becoming a vexing problem. […]

Is the U.S. Government Starting A Tech Civil War?

The U.S. Government Is About To Start A Tech Civil War… We’re Siding With Apple

Tim Cook’s open letter to customers about the FBI’s request to create a backdoor with iOS has set off a critical conversation about privacy in America. We too were shocked and saddened by the loss of life in San Bernardino. But the recent US magistrate order that Apple assist the US Government in unlocking the […]

3 Things Tech Has Right vs The Medical Industry

Three Things The Tech Industry Has Right And The Medical Industry Has Wrong

It seems like there’s no shortage of online apps and services to make life and business easier. You can stream movies in your own home, pay parking tickets with the tap of a finger and plan a world adventure from the comfort of your couch. But when it comes to healthcare, you’re living in the […]

Wearables Drive Component Technology Innovation

Wearables Drive The Component Technology Innovation

For years, many of the key components of wearables have been drafting off the strengths of the smartphone supply chain. During the last two years, the application processors and sensors for wrist and head-worn wearable products have more or less been taken off the parts bin of low and mid-tier smartphones. This is typical of […]

The Future Of the Internet of Things

The Future Of Smart Home Payments

The Internet of Things (IoT) has metamorphosed over the last few years. In the future, its applications will no doubt impact industry, urban development, healthcare, agriculture and other major ecosystems. Gartner projects there will be 6.4 billion connected things in use worldwide in 2016 (a 30 percent increase from 2015), and that the market will […]

How To Train Your Human: Part I

How To Train Your Human: Designing For Healthier Habits

Meet Joe. He’s in his mid 30s, and has 2 kids. Trying to watch his waistline, he decides he wants to lose 20 pounds. He buys the latest in wearables and the best in fitness apps to track his food and exercise. He tracks religiously for the first week and manages to lose a few […]

Will Lab-Grown Beef Save the Planet?

Lab-Grown Beef Will Save the Planet—and Be a Billion-Dollar Business

Memphis Meats’s lab-grown meatball was prepared with “traditional Italian seasoning” and fried in a pan. At $18,000 a pound, the meat produced by Memphis Meats probably won’t be on your table any time soon. But many big-name investors are eyeing lab-grown meat, or “cultured meat” as it’s referred to in the field, as not just […]