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7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2018

January 07, 2018

Regardless of whether you’re a diehard tech fanatic, always after the latest devices, or a laid-back “average” consumer, if you’re like me, you can’t help but look forward to the tech developments and trends that lie ahead. After a year with surprisingly high sales for smart speakers and virtual reality, as well as the debut of several new phones and tablets, I’ve spent the last several weeks looking ahead to the possible trends that will unfold in 2018.

15 top science & tech leaders offer surprising predictions for 2018

January 07, 2018

The past year has been a momentous one for science and technology. From the detection of gravitational waves (predicted almost a century ago by Einstein) to the rise of virtual currencies like Bitcoin to the creation of genetically modified human embryos, 2017 was marked by all sorts of remarkable discoveries and innovations. What will 2018 bring?

Physics Found Gravitational Waves. Now Come the Existential Questions

January 04, 2018

In 1933, Fritz Zwicky first predicted the existence of invisible “dark matter” when he noticed galaxies were spinning faster than their masses predicted. Decades later, Vera Rubin found more evidence of dark matter in other galaxies. Physicists now think dark matter makes up 85 percent of the universe’s mass.Still, no one has seen the stuff down on Earth.

NASA Wants to Launch Exoplanet Probe in 2069

January 04, 2018

The basic outline of this mission was presented in mid-December at American Geophysical Union conference in New Orleans. JPL’s Anthony Freeman called the plan “nebulous,” noting that the mission doesn’t even have a name yet. The goal is to launch the as-yet theoretical probe in 2069, the one-hundred year anniversary of the moon landing. The design of the craft, launch vehicle, and propulsion system all remain unknowns.

5 exciting AI innovations from 2017

January 03, 2018

2017 was full of technological advances and introductions of cool new gadgets. A common theme among some of the most notable advances and new devices was the integration of artificial intelligence in smart and innovative ways. Despite a handful of flubs, AI-powered technologies still helped make the world a little smarter, kinder, and more innovative this year.

Revisiting the science stories that made us cry, think and say 'OMG' in 2017

January 03, 2018

Our Top 10 stories of 2017 cover the science that was earthshaking, field-advancing or otherwise important. But choosing our favorite stories requires some different metrics. Here are some of our staff’s favorites from 2017, selected for their intrigue, their power, their element of surprise -- or because they were just really, really fun.

10 ways tech will shape your life in 2018, for better and worse

January 03, 2018

Is the outlook for technology in 2018 exciting -- or slightly terrifying? Flip a coin. You’d be right either way. As I look into my crystal ball at what new technologies are most likely to shape our lives in the next 12 months, I see science-fiction dreams coming to life: glasses that mix reality and imagination, an electric car in my driveway and gadgets that charge without plugs.

Top Technology Stories of 2017

January 03, 2018

2017 was another big year for technology, with many new products launched to make our phones, homes and cars “smarter.” But the news also included stories about technology companies seeking to earn back the public trust.

China is building a giant $2.1 billion research park dedicated to developing A.I.

January 03, 2018

China is planning to build a 13.8 billion yuan ($2.1 billion) technology park dedicated to developing artificial intelligence (AI), state-backed news agency Xinhua reported Wednesday. The campus will be constructed within five years and situated in the suburban Mentougou district in western Beijing. It will cover 54.87 hectares, Xinhua said.

Drug companies may have shorted government more than $1 billion in Medicaid rebates

January 03, 2018

Makers of just 10 drugs may have shortchanged the nation's Medicaid system by at least $1.3 billion from 2012 through 2016 by misclassifying their products in a rebate program, a government analysis found. The analysis also showed that while nearly 900 drugs may have been misclassified, in 2016 just four drugmakers were responsible for 54 percent of the potential misclassifications that led to the underpayments to the Medicaid Drug Rebate Program.

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