The 5 Coolest Things On Earth This Week

Scientists in Canada found a way to spot tornadoes before they form, their colleagues in the U.K built a living “solar” cell that can generate an electric current both in the dark and in response to light, and researchers in New York hacked the immune system of a bacteria and turned it into a microscopic data recorder. Tornado Detection Above: A new tornado detection method could provide 20 minutes of additional warning time to people in the path of storms like this one in Canada. Image credit: Getty Images. Top: Scientists have hacked E. coli so that it can accumulate a chronological […]

Making The Polar Pitch: Why Frigid Finland’s Slush Is The Hottest Place For Innovation And Startups Right Now

Late November isn’t the best time to visit the Finnish capital of Helsinki. The days are short and gray, the weather is cold, and the streets are covered with slippery slush ushering in a long winter. But Slush is also the name of a huge technology conference — and the reason it’s hard to get a hotel room here this time of the year. A handful of local tech entrepreneurs including Peter Vesterbacka from Rovio, the creators of Angry Birds, launched the event in 2008 to bring local tech entrepreneurs together. Although the first event drew just 100 people, the […]

Arriving Early: 12 Weeks Premature. 45 Days In The NICU. 1 Family’s Story.

In September 2017, Natalie Ray was 28 weeks pregnant with her second child when she felt a pain beneath her rib cage. She assumed it was indigestion, but when it kept her up all night, she called her doctor. She was told to come immediately into Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland. When she got there, the doctors ran a series of tests and found that her liver was in distress. They diagnosed her with HELLP syndrome, a serious complication of high blood pressure during pregnancy that typically requires an immediate delivery. “By the end of the day, […]

Matrix Reimagined: Brand New GE Startup Is Developing Novel Ways To Draw Blood

Every time Risa Stack has her routine blood work done, she brings a book to keep her mind occupied and a candy bar to boost her blood sugar. She also alerts the nurse that she might faint. “It’s a whole process,” she says. “I need to be prepared. I pass out on occasion.” She believed in a better way and found it in Drawbridge Health, a healthcare technology company that is developing new ways to draw blood. When she arrived for a site visit earlier this year, she barely had time to settle into her chair. A clinical study coordinator […]

This Woman’s Dog Knew Something Was Wrong. 3D Automated Ultrasound Confirmed It.

Karen Edelmann’s Doberman, Apollo, developed an odd habit several months ago. He started nudging Edelmann beneath her left breast. Never her right breast, always her left and in the same spot each time. “The first time he did it, he jumped back as if something has scared him,” she said. Apollo kept returning to her, prodding her left breast in this spot several times a week for about a month. Edelmann paid a visit to Dr. Ian Grady at North Valley Breast Clinic in California. She had had a recent mammogram and it came back normal. But Apollo’s insistence made […]

Data Therapy: This Japanese Hospital Is Taking A Page From The Digital Factory Playbook

For a patient with an acute illness, there’s no graver enemy than time. A diagnosis a week too late, surgery that runs too long — these can be the dividing lines that separate life and death. But at Bell Land General Hospital in Osaka Prefecture, Japan, medical professionals are working to free up more time for doctors to save more lives by digitizing the way they interact with data. Time represents a unique challenge for the Japanese healthcare industry. The country’s proportion of elderly residents, already believed to be the highest in the world, is expanding at a rate far […]

4 Visions of Innovation

The 4th Industrial Revolution is study in contrasts, as the GE Global Innovation Barometer illustrates. Optimism about the power of innovation to address some of society’s greatest challenges, mixed with fear of “Digital Darwinism” and becoming obsolete. A growing recognition of collaboration as a competitive advantage, combined with the empowerment of individuals who have access to an increasing array of digital tools. For a glimpse of how these trends are shaping the future of work and the global competitive landscape, we’ve asked several thought leaders to share their outlook on the digital revolution — and animators to bring those visions […]

Jay Rogers: Why Collaboration Is Critical in Today’s Economy, But Not a Panacea

Collaboration is becoming an increasingly powerful innovation tool, but it’s important to harness its power for good. Here’s how.   Never before in history has knowledge been able to have so much power. The primary reason is that the world is more connected than ever before, but it goes further than that. In an increasingly networked world, the ability to reach across disciplines, time and space and to work together is rapidly accelerating. Naturally, the pace of discovery has picked up. With every change in communication pathways over time, collaboration has benefitted. Today is a particularly exciting time because the […]

Klaus Schwab: The 4th Industrial Revolution: What It Means, How to Respond

As the lines blur between the physical and digital, we need to ensure the technological revolution has a positive impact on society.   We stand on the brink of a technological revolution that will fundamentally alter the way we live, work and relate to one another. In its scale, scope and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. We do not yet know just how it will unfold, but one thing is clear: the response to it must be integrated and comprehensive, involving all stakeholders of the global polity, from the public and private sectors to […]

From Appliances To Apps: GE To Sell Its Appliances Business To Haier For $5.4 Billion

GE said this morning it would sell its Appliances business to Haier for $5.4 billion. The company will also enter into a strategic partnership with the Asian white goods manufacturer to work on projects involving the industrial Internet, healthcare and advanced manufacturing. “We are proud of Appliances’ history and performance,” said Jeff Immelt, GE chairman and CEO. “GE Appliances is performing well and there was significant interest from potential buyers, helping drive a good deal which will benefit our investors, customers and employees.” GE started making electrical household appliances more than a century ago. The business evolved and grew in […]