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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:56:50 +0000
Soccer players have gained a reputation for falling down at the slightest bit of contact from an opposing player in an attempt to draw a penalty, and it appears that tactic has been wholeheartedly embraced by robots. In the final match of the RoboCup Challenge soccer tournament held in Beijing on Monday, a team of […]
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Tue, 25 Oct 2016 19:26:49 +0000
Last week’s attack on multiple websites including Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit was carried out using internet-connected home devices as means of overloading the sites, experts have found. The “global event” involved “tens of millions” of internet addresses, analysts said, and used the ‘internet of things” – home devices connected to the web – as a […]
Fri, 21 Oct 2016 14:09:12 +0000
In a world dominated by smartphone games like Pokemon Go and powerful game consoles such as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, parents seeking tips on how much screen time they should let their children have were typically met with outdated recommendations. Now, in an attempt to keep pace with an increasingly technology-dominated world, officials […]
Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:05:42 +0000
Scientists at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have apparently accidentally found an efficient and inexpensive way to produce ethanol by using a copper nanoparticle catalyst to turn the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide into the renewable, alcohol-based fuel source. According to New Atlas and Popular Science, the Tennessee-based research team found that by taking their […]
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Mon, 10 Oct 2016 17:27:22 +0000
Silk is one of the strongest naturally-made materials, but now it appears researchers may have improved in that strength by feeding silkworms carbon nanotubes and graphene. According to a report published in the journal Nano Letters, researchers provided silkworms with mulberry leaves covered in aqueous solutions containing 0.2 percent of either carbon nanotubes or graphene. […]
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Fri, 07 Oct 2016 16:44:48 +0000
Inspired by beavers and otters, MIT engineers have created furry synthetic pelts that could be used to keep a human wearer warm in cold waters, according to a new report in the journal Physical Review Fluids. The report offered an in-depth mechanical description for how mammals like beavers keep themselves warm while diving underwater. To […]
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Thu, 06 Oct 2016 15:12:37 +0000
Since the second quarter of 2016, the cost of solar power has fallen significantly in China and Abu Dhabi, a sign that renewable energy technology might be more affordable for some time. “(T)here’s no reason why the cost of solar will ever increase again,” former clean energy executive Frank Wouters said in a recent interview […]
Tue, 04 Oct 2016 15:05:15 +0000
This week, MIT researchers are presenting a new technique for 3-D printing soft materials that makes robots less dangerous and more accurate. The result is expected to make drones, mobile devices, and protective equipment more durable. Using a their “programmable viscoelastic material” (PVM) technique, MIT researchers can manipulate just about every part of a 3D-printed […]
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Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:54:56 +0000
On Wednesday, Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet, IBM and Microsoft announced a collaboration dedicated to promoting the study and best practices surrounding artificial intelligence. Under the new Partnership on AI, this group of tech companies will discuss breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, a formal structure for communicating about these matters across company lines. These tech giants have pledged […]
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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:10:17 +0000
Using X-ray scanning technology, researchers from Israel and the US have managed to read an ancient, charred Biblical scroll discovered in the 1970s in a synagogue on the western shores of the Dead Sea, BBC News and the New York Times revealed on Wednesday. Made from carbonized parchment, the document was determined to be too […]
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