Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by The New New World ByLi Yuan July 4, 2018 China will succeed in building a powerful technology industry that will rival the United States, even if President Trump starts a trade war to stop it. The reason can be found on the fourth floor of a nondescript factory in a city once famous for cheap manufacturing and prostitution. This factory floor, in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan, once employed what one employee called a “magnificent sea of people.” Rising labor costs and a new generation with little interest in toiling in factories forced a new tack. Now the sea of people is being replaced by a whirring array of boxy machines, each performing work it used to take 15 people 26 steps to finish. The factory suggests that Beijing’s vision of Made in China 2025 — the ambitious … [Read more...] about Why Made in China 2025 Will Succeed, Despite Trump
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Bill Gates on Friday announced he would give $12 million to the jump-start search for a universal flu vaccine, warning that the world was at severe risk for "deadly global pandemic."In a speech to the Massachusetts Medical Society in Boston, the billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist said the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would team up with Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife, Lucy, to fund a "grand challenge" encouraging "bold thinking by the world's best scientists" to find a vaccine that would protect seasonal and pandemic strains of the virus.A hundred years ago, an outbreak of the Spanish flu was thought to have killed between 50 million and 100 million people worldwide. Gates says an outbreak on the same scale today could take the lives of an estimated 33 million people within six months, citing research by the Institute for Disease Modeling."This could be an important first step if the White House and Congress use the opportunity to articulate and embrace a … [Read more...] about Bill Gates pledges $12M to search for universal flu vaccine
Wireless charging has been around since the late 19th century, when electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla demonstrated magnetic resonant coupling – the ability to transmit electricity through the air by creating a magnetic field between two circuits, a transmitter and a receiver.But for about 100 years it was a technology without many practical applications, except, perhaps, for a few electric toothbrush models.Today, there are nearly a half dozen wireless charging technologies in use, all aimed at cutting cables to everything from smartphones and laptops to kitchen appliances and cars. Wireless charging is making inroads in the healthcare, automotive and manufacturing industries because it offers the promise of increased mobility and advances that could allow tiny internet of things (IoT) devices to get power many feet away from a charger.The most popular wireless technologies now in use rely on an electromagnetic field between a two copper coils, which greatly limits the … [Read more...] about Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?
Industrial robots used in factories and warehouses that are connected to the internet are not secure, leaving companies open to cyberattacks and costly damages.That's the word coming from a study conducted by global security software company Trend Micro and Polytechnic University of Milan, the largest technical university in Italy."The industrial robot – it's not ready for the world it's living in," said Mark Nunnikhoven, vice president of cloud research at Trend Micro. "The reality is these things are being connected in more and more places. There are a lot of attacks that could happen in that environment."The study looked at Internet security vulnerabilities that could involve industrial robots used on manufacturing lines in areas such as the automobile and aerospace industries. The robots, which generally look like large mechanical arms, are used to move heavy objects, weld seams and fit pieces together. The machines also can be found moving and stacking crates in … [Read more...] about Industrial robots are security weak link
When Rutam Vora was growing up in Vadodara, a city of about 2 million people near the western coast of India, his parents kept cool each summer by drenching bedsheets in water and hanging them in the windows of their house. When the scorching westerly wind known as the loo swept in and hit the sheets, the evaporating water absorbed the brunt of the heat. White chalk spread on the roof reflected the sun and dropped the temperature further. They were old methods of coping with the heat, like drinking lassis or chaas when “struck by the loo,” and they were effective. But the weather, already hot, has been getting hotter. In the summer of 2015, it hit 114 degrees Fahrenheit in nearby Ahmedabad, where Vora works as a correspondent for The Hindu. The next summer, it passed 122 degrees, a record. It’s not uncommon for people to wrap their faces in wet cloth when venturing onto the furnace-like streets, and the wind is so hot it feels heavy. “For about a decade, the … [Read more...] about Inside India’s race to cool 1.3 billion people in a warming world