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Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees

It’s not that glamorous, but everyone from Walmart to the NFL is using it.

Posted on 22 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

To Make Solar Really Work, Turn Up the Heat

Researchers say it’s the only way to make concentrated solar efficient and affordable.

Posted on 21 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

The Race to Power AI’s Silicon Brains

Chip startups see AI as a once-in-a-lifetime chance to build big businesses. Many won’t make it.

Posted on 20 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

This AI Learns Your Fashion Sense and Invents Your Next Outfit

A new kind of AI system could create personalized clothing based on a shopper’s taste.

Posted on 16 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

UK Biobank Supercharges Medicine with Gene Data on 500,000 Brits

A database of DNA and health measurements is offering new clues into everything from who gets diabetes to who likes a pint of beer.

Posted on 15 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

This Startup Developed a Promising New Battery Material—and a Novel Survival Strategy

Kenan Sahin made $1.5 billion on his first company. Now he’s using his resources and experience to advance lithium-ion cathodes, propel electric vehicles, and help other battery startups succeed.

Posted on 14 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

Alibaba’s AI Fashion Consultant Helps Achieve Record-Setting Sales

AI will blur the line between online and offline retail.

Posted on 13 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

IBM Raises the Bar with a 50-Qubit Quantum Computer

Researchers have built the most sophisticated quantum computer yet, signaling progress toward a powerful new way of processing information.

Posted on 11 November 2017 | 3:00 am

Under Trump, Biologists Fear Political Risks of Controversial Research

Scientists fear a crackdown on embryo research if President Trump pays attention to scientific advances.

Posted on 9 November 2017 | 6:00 pm

Making Job-Training Software People Actually Want to Use

Salesforce will start selling its online learning platform, which has helped its own employees change roles and get promotions.

Posted on 7 November 2017 | 2:00 am

Why People Get Religious about Bitcoin

The cryptocurrency’s price is soaring, but the fervor is about more than just an investment opportunity.

Posted on 4 November 2017 | 5:45 am

Doubling Down on Gene Therapy for Heart Failure

After a disappointing clinical trial in 2015, scientists are trying anew to mend failing hearts with a gene.

Posted on 2 November 2017 | 5:00 pm

Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More

Will you be among the first to pick your kids’ IQ? As machine learning unlocks predictions from DNA databases, scientists say parents could have choices never before possible.

Posted on 2 November 2017 | 5:56 am

Eugenics 2.0: We’re at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More

Will you be among the first to pick your kids’ IQ? As machine learning unlocks predictions from DNA databases, scientists say parents could have choices never before possible.

Posted on 2 November 2017 | 5:56 am

This Doctor Diagnosed His Own Cancer with an iPhone Ultrasound

Can a smartphone-enabled ultrasound machine become medicine’s next stethoscope?

Posted on 27 October 2017 | 5:01 pm

The Unfinished Work of Vanu Bose

With an energy-efficient approach to rural connectivity, the late entrepreneur founded a company that aims to bring cellular coverage to the 1.1 billion people who lack it.

Posted on 25 October 2017 | 3:16 am

Our Guide to This Year’s Best Holiday Gifts

The 13 most drool-worthy techie gifts for family, friends, and Fido.

Posted on 24 October 2017 | 5:10 pm

You Could Become an AI Master Before You Know It. Here’s How.

Automating machine learning will make the technology more accessible to non–AI experts.

Posted on 17 October 2017 | 5:00 pm

Artificial Human Embryos Are Coming, and No One Knows How to Handle Them

Stem cells can be coaxed to self-assemble into structures resembling human embryos.

Posted on 19 September 2017 | 4:00 pm

Fun with Food

Playful new cooking based on traditional methods and weird ingredients will supplant the industrial techniques that dominate modernist cuisine.

Posted on 3 October 2014 | 5:00 pm