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UC Berkeley researchers just developed the most agile robot ever

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:53:02 +0000

Engineers at the University of California Berkeley have developed a 3.5 ounce, 10-inch tall robot capable of leaping into the air and then springing off walls or executing numerous vertical jumps in a row. According to a new study in the journal Science Robotics, the robot’s ability adds up to the highest robotic jumping agility […]

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Tests confirm German ‘star in a jar’ fusion reactor really works

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:25:42 +0000

A massive, tremendously complicated nuclear fusion reactor theoretically capable of producing far more energy than current nuclear plants without the harmful waste products appears to be working as its creators intended, according to a new study. Known as the Wendelstein 7-X, the fusion energy device uses a design called a stellarator that confines hot, charged […]

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Amazon will open high-tech grocery stores with no checkout line

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 16:56:12 +0000

E-commerce giant Amazon.com officially entered the brick-and-mortar world on Monday as it unveiled a cashier-less grocery store in the company’s hometown of Seattle, and reports indicate that the 1,800-square-foot location is only the first part of a much larger plan. Dubbed Amazon Go, the new convenience shop allows customers to walk in, take the items […]

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This supercapacitor could let you charge your phone in five seconds

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:42:49 +0000

Cell phones batteries that lose storage capacity after 18 months and take 30 minutes to charge may become a thing of the past as a study team from the University of Central Florida has developed a groundbreaking supercapacitor. In a report published by the journal ACS Nano, the researchers described how they developed flexible supercapacitors […]

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Michigan becomes the first state to legalize driverless cars

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 19:11:48 +0000

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is projected to soon sign a bill that will result in the state becoming the first to legalize driverless cars. A key aspect of that law would also permit a fleet of driverless trucks to travel “in a unified manner at electronically coordinated speeds,” something the bill referred to as “platooning.” […]

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Automation is coming: 60 percent of today’s students chase jobs that won’t exist in 10 years

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 16:09:20 +0000

Improvements in artificial intelligence and robotic technology will eventually take over so many jobs that the government will need to provide displaced workers with a basic universal income just to ensure their survival, according to one tech industry giant. Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla, recently told CNBC that computers, AI […]

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Leaked report shows ‘lawbreaking’ EmDrive engine is functional

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 18:32:46 +0000

An experimental engine that appears to breach the laws of physics may actually be functional, a new report has indicated. A contentious and perplexing engine design referred to as the EmDrive was able to create small quantities of thrust in a lab test, NASA scientists reported in an unpublished study, which has leaked online. Developed […]

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Wireless brain implant lets paralyzed monkeys walk again

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 15:28:27 +0000

In a breakthrough that could one day help people with paraplegia walk again, researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) have helped paralyzed monkeys regain the use of their legs following a spinal cord injury using a new wireless device. According to CNN and the New York Times, the EPFL scientists […]

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Man builds Amazon’s Alexa into singing fish, horror ensues

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 14:40:03 +0000

Technological know-how combined with boredom and/or curiosity can be both a terrifying and wonderful thing, as demonstrated by the work of developer Brian Kane, who recently hacked his Alexa digital assistant so that its voice comes from the mouth of an electronic singing fish. As GeekWire and The Verge explained earlier this week, Kane somehow […]

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How efficient are modern solar panels?

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 13:11:29 +0000

Solar power is one of those topics that we see quite often. It feels like there’s a new “breakthrough” in solar technology (and a new use for graphene) every other week. So we had to ask the question-- How good are modern solar panels?

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