Signals from the future

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27 Jan, 2022

Everybody’s looking for a new sensation

Virtual reality has come a long way, and the ability to participate in video games and wander around virtual worlds...

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Everybody’s looking for a new sensation

Virtual reality has come a long way, and the ability to participate in video games and wander around virtual worlds...

Researchers develop new method embedding atoms one-by-one to build quantum chip

A team of researchers has developed a new silicon construction technique that could potentially improve the affordability and reliability of...

Welcome to dysturbia

The evolution of society from villages, towns and cities to cities, suburbs and slums was well underway when two powerful forces shaping the future clashed head-on – rampant tech innovation and the impending climate crisis. Only a spark was needed to ignite the revolution.

A new pandemic looms

Over the past few decades, we’ve battled a number of global infectious diseases; and most of them are caused by parasites, bacteria, or viruses. And we’ve made major advances in the science of dealing with these diseases, thanks to our development of genetic tools like CRISPR and mRNA. Far more...

Death of the financial centre

London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore; the names of cities that are famous hubs for global finance are easy...

Happy New Decade

As we say goodbye to the Roaring Twenties, what fantastic new developments, technological wonders, and global catastrophes await us? January...

All I want for Christmas is my freedom back

You would think, now that Covid has been defeated – more or less – that things would open up. That...

Repair your genes at home

For some years now, scientists and researchers have been able to ‘reprogram’ our skin cells into stem cells that morph...

Everybody’s looking for a new sensation

Virtual reality has come a long way, and the ability to participate in video games and wander around virtual worlds...

Researchers develop new method embedding atoms one-by-one to build quantum chip

A team of researchers has developed a new silicon construction technique that could potentially improve the affordability and reliability of...

Welcome to dysturbia

The evolution of society from villages, towns and cities to cities, suburbs and slums was well underway when two powerful forces shaping the future clashed head-on – rampant tech innovation and the impending climate crisis. Only a spark was needed to ignite the revolution.

A new pandemic looms

Over the past few decades, we’ve battled a number of global infectious diseases; and most of them are caused by...

Death of the financial centre

London, New York, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore; the names of cities that are famous hubs for global finance are easy...

Happy New Decade

As we say goodbye to the Roaring Twenties, what fantastic new developments, technological wonders, and global catastrophes await us? January...

All I want for Christmas is my freedom back

You would think, now that Covid has been defeated – more or less – that things would open up. That...

Repair your genes at home

For some years now, scientists and researchers have been able to ‘reprogram’ our skin cells into stem cells that morph...

Antarctica gives up the gas

Natural gas has long been touted as the obvious successor to coal and oil in the global energy mix. It’s...

Say goodbye to Black Friday

The last five years have seen a steady decline in those annual super sales like Singles Day, Black Friday and...

Nothing is lighter than air

First discovered by Chinese scientists in 2013, graphene aerogel was considered the lightest material in existence, less dense than air...

New hope for fusion energy

After almost a century of research and experimentation, we are on the cusp of finally harnessing the power of nuclear...

Making it in space

We’ve gotten used to astronauts from all sorts of countries heading into orbit and visiting one of the several space...

Pharma meets Farmer

Farmers and ‘Pharmas’ are the unsung heroes of bringing the Covid-19 pandemic to its knees in developed and developing economies....

The World’s First Trillionaire

Forty years ago, science fiction author Ben Bova surmised that the world’s first trillionaire would be born on the back...

E-cars stay in the slow lane

Yes, I know. When Tesla stock shot up six years ago, making Elon Musk the world’s richest person, we all...

China’s perfect storm

Looking back over a generation, we’ve witnessed the rise and rise of China, and its subsequent collapse. For four decades,...

Must love robots

Love me, love my bot. Yes, it’s true; for many of us, it’s beyond an attachment to a phone or...

CEO hangs upside down during keynote

In a bizarre turn of events, CEO Jared Youngman took off his shirt, strapped on a pair of gravity boots...

Solar storm maroons astronauts on Lunar Gateway

That’s the problem with the digital, connected, electronic age. When you’re used to the lights always being on, and everything...