Caterpillar Focuses on Restoring World’s Natural Infrastructure

According to the UN estimates, 25 percent of the world’s land is highly degraded by now, and over 50 percent of all wetlands have been lost. However, it is possible to reverse this damage by reclaiming mines, re-building beaches, restoring rivers and re-planting forests. Soil restoration alone can help to eliminate 3.5 to 11 billion tons… Read more

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs

Internet-based economy boosts China’s GDP, creates jobs People pass by the entrance of Wuzhen internet-enabled hospital in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. LONG WEI / FOR CHINA DAILY Internet-enabled digital economy accounted for 30.6 percent of China’s GDP in 2016, according to the China Internet Plus and Digital Economy Index published in April. The segment has created […]

Surviving The Sharing Economy

Struggling to find jobs, millions of young workers have looked to the gig economy. Nearly a third of the sharing economy’s workers are in their thirties and a quarter are between the ages of 18 and 29; 30 percent take such jobs because they either can’t find a stable, “real” job or need the supplemental income.… Read more

What If Zillow Collected Patent Transaction Data

Imagine a world where Zillow had as much patent transaction data as it has for residential real estate transactions. If Zillow had a database that was populated with patent transaction, it could drastically change the Intellectual Property marketplace. In this transparent IP world, in seconds parties could establish a reasonable royalty rate or sale price for… Read more

EU-Funded fake news spotting tool gets better and better

Journalism may get an extra boost from fact-checking algorithms. Image in Public Domain Pictures. The Pope endorses Donald Trump! Or does he? Vaccines cause autism! No, they don’t (really, they don’t). Every day we’re bombarded with information and news, much of which is simply not true. Fake news has become a part of our life, and… Read more

WeChat becomes business tool as it tops rival Facebook’s daily usage

WeChat, the ubiquitous messaging app, is being used for an ever longer period of time and is growing into a lifestyle choice embedded into daily activities and interactions, a new survey has found. In 2016, one-third of WeChat’s 889 million monthly active users spent a solid four hours or more per day on the mobile chatting… Read more

Wikitribune Is Wikipedia founder’s Plan To Fight Fake News

Wikipedia has always been a site to take with a grain of salt because it’s curated by the Wiki community, which isn’t necessarily composed of professionals or specialists. Now Wikipedia co-founder Jim Wales wants to launch a news service to fight fake news, incorporating that same community idea with professional journalists. Wikitribune’s crowdfunding campaign launched Tuesday… Read more

Bioeconomy: One Billion Tons of Biomass

The federal agencies that provide the muscle for energy policy are finalizing plans to harness the energy from one billion tons of biomass per year. The “Bioeconomy Vision” is an effort to move biomass out of the laboratory and into the market. The goal, within the next 15 years, is production and commercialization of biofuels, renewable… Read more

As Farm Business Dries Up, Town Focuses on Foreign Visitors, Investors

“What can we do for you today?” asked sales clerk Josh Kness as the farmer came up to his counter. He was looking for some bolts of a particular size and gauge and within a few minutes Kness had them on the counter and completed the transaction. On almost every day of the week in rural… Read more

YourCause Adds Innovation Leadership and High-Growth Experience with Hiring of Chief Strategy Officer, Brant Barton

YourCause LLC, the industry leader in employee and nonprofit philanthropic solutions, welcomes Brant Barton as Chief Strategy Officer, a newly created executive role responsible for product innovation as well as the company’s strategic vision for growing the reach and impact of its Global Good Network. Today this network is comprised of over 150 corporations with greater… Read more

New energy cars steal the show
Nearly 1,200 new vehicles are exhibited at the Beijing auto show in April 2016, and this year’s show in Shanghai will have a larger scale, with 1,400 cars to be displayed. LI WENMING / FOR CHINA DAILY Electric, plug-in hybrids and fuel-cell vehicles arrive to woo audiences, report Li Fusheng and Hao Yan. One thousand domestic… Read more

China’s bike-sharing firms test the waters in US market

People ride shared bikes along the Chang’an Avenue of Beijing on March 10, 2017. Beijing claims to have over 200,000 shared bikes. [Photo/People’s Daily Online] China’s emerging bike-sharing operators have begun to test the waters in several US states, demonstrating China’s innovative ability to the citizens in the country half a world away. In China, once… Read more

GM says it’ll approach driverless cars like a startup

DETROIT —General Motors is managing its investments into self-driving cars “like a Silicon Valley start-up,” the automaker’s chief financial officer told Wall Street analysts Friday. Chuck Stevens said the automaker will save money on research and development costs after the sale of its Opel and Vauxhall brands to PSA Groupe. Meanwhile, the company is boosting its… Read more

Robots To Have ‘Large And Robust Negative Effects’ On Labor Market

Politicians like President Donald Trump often demonize trade deals and undocumented immigrants for their suspected downward pressure on labor and job supply, but a study published Tuesday by the National Bureau of Economic Research indicated that the economic threat of artificial intelligence may be far more serious. With the introduction of one robot per 1,000 workers,… Read more

How a 94-Year-Old Genius May Save the Planet

A man old enough to be Mark Zuckerberg’s great-grandfather just unveiled energy storage technology that might save the planet. John Goodenough is 94, and his current work could be the key to Tesla’s future—much as, decades ago, his efforts were an important part of Sony’s era of dominance in portable gadgets. Over the years, Goodenough has… Read more