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I've been the Social Media Editor at Forbes since October, 2011. Prior to that, I was a freelance writer and contributor here. On this blog, I focus on futurism, cutting edge technology, and breaking research. Follow me on Twitter - @thealexknapp. You can email me at


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SaaS startup Bext360 has closed its seed round, which is aimed at enabling it to expand into new verticals.
Virgin Galactic has made the second successful supersonic flight of its spacecraft.
In a new paper, IBM researchers outline a method for better understanding why machine learning models reach their decisions.
Satellites startup ICEYE has raised $34 million to build and launch satellites capable of taking images through clouds.
Drone SaaS company Kittyhawk is collaborating with Boeing to offer near-real time flight authorizations for drones.
Business analyst firm Gartner estimates that the business value of artificial intelligence will reach over $3.9 trillion within the next five years.



Venture capitalist Arama Kukutai talks about what he looks for in agricultural technology investments.
3D Systems has a new platform for 3D printing that permits full-scale manufacturing - and its first products may wind up in your dentists' office.
These space startups were able to launch thanks to investments from Midas List members.
Manufacturing startup Made In Space takes 3D printing to the final frontier.
Chemical manufacturing startup Solugen has released a line of cleaning wipes made with its enzymatic processes. The products serve as proof-of-concept for a new, environmentally-friendly way to manufacture chemicals.
Steelcase and MIT have teamed up to create a 3D-printing process that could one day create customized furniture in minutes.



Weather startup Understory will be working with Monsanto to provide hyperlocal weather data for corn fields in Argentina.
Physical therapist Asha Gummadi just won the $25,000 National Geographic/Spring Chasing Genius Challenge to further develop her app, which allows doctors to prescribe physical therapy remotely.
With its LiveDrive motor, Canadian-based research firm Genesis Robotics aims to make sleeker, more powerful robots.
In the past few decades, soil health has become remarkably degraded. These startups aim to fix that.
IBM's new PAIRS Geoscope service allows developers to crunch a wide variety of geospatial data for applications as diverse as agriculture, insurance and emergency response systems.
22-year-old Easton LaChappelle wants to use 3D-printing and automation to produce realistic-looking, robotic prosthetic arms at a fraction of the price of current models. And he's partnering with Microsoft, Stratasys and Dassault Systemes to do it.