Futurism |Soon, Your Windows Could Power Your Home

In Brief Researchers have developed a technique to use silicon nanoparticles to trap and collect the useful frequencies of light that shine through windows, turning them into energy harvesters. These energy-harvesting window panes could eventually be integrated into skyscrapers, turning entire cities into solar farms without impacting their aesthetics. High-Tech Windows Light streaming through windows can do…

Science Daily |Researchers engineer new thyroid cells

Date:February 2, 2017 Source:Boston University Medical Center Summary:Researchers have discovered a new efficient way to generate thyroid cells, known as thyrocytes, using genetically modified embryonic stem cells. The findings are the first step to developing a similar protocol using human stem cells that will allow the modeling of thyroid disease to better understand its causes…

Mashable |WhatsApp hits 200 million active users in India

WhatsApp has hit 200 million monthly active users in India as the Facebook-owned service continues its dominance in developing markets. India remains the biggest market for WhatsApp, which had 160 million active users in the country last November. Moving forward, Brian Acton, a founder of WhatsApp, said the company will explore ways to contribute to…

Science Daily |Ball-rolling bees reveal complex learning

Date: February 23, 2017 Source:Queen Mary University of LondonSummary: Bumblebees can be trained to score goals using a mini-ball, revealing unprecedented learning abilities. Bumblebees can be trained to score goals using a mini-ball, revealing unprecedented learning abilities, according to scientists at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). Their study, published in the journal Science, suggests…

WIRED |Google Accuses Uber of Stealing Its Self-Driving Car Tech

Until today, the race to build a self-driving car seemed to hinge on who had the best technology. Now it’s become a case of full-blown corporate intrigue. Alphabet’s self-driving startup, Waymo, is suing Uber, accusing the ridesharing giant of stealing critical autonomous driving technology. If the suit goes to trial, Apple’s legal battle with Samsung…

WIRED |Android Can’t Compete With iMessage. Google Is Changing That

When text messaging was simple, SMS worked beautifully. You could send 160 characters to anyone with a cellphone, and they’d receive it the same way they would a phone call. In the age of flip phones and nine-key texting, that was all anyone needed. But when texting gave way to group messaging, video calls, and…

Futurism |Tesla Is on Track to Deliver Us Into the Next Age in Energy

In Brief Production of Tesla’s $35,000 electric vehicle, the Model 3, is expected to begin on schedule in July, with the first deliveries coming in late-2017. This vehicle will allow Tesla to compete with other affordable electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Bolt, bringing the company’s EV brand to a new market….