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Russian drone company teases real-life ‘hoverbike’

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:24:49 +0000

A Russian drone building company recently posted an online video teasing a single-seat ‘hoverbike’ that looks like a cross between a motorcycle and a quadcopter drone. Dubbed the Scorpion-3, the electric-powered flying vehicle was designed by engineers who wanted to make “an extreme sports instrument” for both “amateur and professional navigators,” the company said. According […]

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‘Eagle Eye’ system might allow for hi-def sand grain-sized cameras

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:45:04 +0000

A team of engineers has created a camera that could give eagle-eye vision to both tiny drones and surgical probes, according to a new paper in the journal Science Advances. Previously, the same team had used a process known as femtosecond laser writing to 3D-print tiny lenses right onto an image-sensing chip. To produce super-sharp […]

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Trump’s FCC pick wastes no time in his plan to ruin the internet

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 19:27:31 +0000

As appointments associated with President Trump begin to make their mark on public life, it was almost inevitable that the FCC would be no different. During his first two weeks at its helm, Ajit Pai has done what most expected, and many feared, he would do. A former Verizon lawyer, Pai is a stated opponent of […]

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Team develops international ‘Tinder for orangutans’

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 22:13:32 +0000

A Dutch zoo has tried to improve the chances of a successfully mating encounter for a female orangutan by allowing her to view and select a male partner on a touchscreen. Dubbed “Tinder for orangutans,” the four-year experiment at the Apenheul primate park has involved showing Samboja, an 11-year-old female, images of potential partners from […]

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VIDEO: This gel-based robot is fast enough to catch a live fish

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 18:38:02 +0000

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new, gel-based type of underwater robot that can kick a ball underwater, catch and release a live fish and perform other high-energy tasks, according to a new Nature Communications study. The new robots move when water is pumped in and out of them, lead […]

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New bat-inspired drone is the ‘holy grail’ of flying robots

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 16:53:51 +0000

Flying robots are nothing new, but one inspired by the complex flight mechanics of the bat? That’s being hailed as “the holy grail of aerial robotics” by the biomimetric researchers who have successfully developed such a machine, according to CNET and Engadget. While engineers have previously replicated the flight mechanics of birds and winged insects […]

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Is Elon Musk seriously going to build a network of tunnels?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 16:38:46 +0000

When it comes to geniuses, it can sometimes be difficult to tell when they’re being serious and when they’re just goofing around, as is the case with Elon Musk and his apparent plans to launch a company to dig tunnels so that he (and others, presumably) and avoid traffic. As The Verge explained, the story […]

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Team develops ‘Fake News Vaccine’– too little too late

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:14:25 +0000

Inoculation is generally thought of as a technique designed to protect the body from invading viruses, but some research has shown that same technique can also be translated to protect against misinformation. In a new study published in the journal Global Challenges, researchers found inoculating people against “fake news” is an effective tool for guarding […]

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Social media makes people more narrow-minded, study finds

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 15:02:55 +0000

Ideally an outlet for people with different viewpoints to interact and cultivate understanding, Facebook and other forms of social media could actually make us more isolated and create an “echo chamber” of sorts that confirms our existing biases, according to a new study. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Alessandro Bessi, […]

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Screen time may actually be beneficial to teens, study finds

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 16:35:57 +0000

Parents have long been told to limit the amount of time their children spend watching television or playing computer games, but a new study has found that a certain amount of screen time each day isn’t harmful– it might actually be helpful! As part of their study, researchers from the Oxford University Internet Institute collected […]

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