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Secrets behind cuttlefish’s camouflage could inspire shape-shifting structures

Secrets behind cuttlefish’s camouflage could inspire shape-shifting structures

When it comes to blending in, cuttlefish are like chameleons of the sea. In fact, their color-changing and shape-shifting feats are far better than th ...
Charge your devices simply by plugging them into your Radius backpack

Charge your devices simply by plugging them into your Radius backpack

Dutch designer Pauline van Dongen has created a new pack that incorporates minuscule solar power beads that simplifies the recharging of smartphones t ...
‘Alien Zoo’ takes you on a virtual journey through an extraterrestrial world

‘Alien Zoo’ takes you on a virtual journey through an extraterrestrial world

An "Alien Zoo" has opened at a mall in Los Angeles, so get your tickets fast. The new VR exhibit pushes the boundaries of entertainment with an immers ...
It doesn’t look like much, but this black box pulls energy out of thin air

It doesn’t look like much, but this black box pulls energy out of thin air

Engineers from MIT have developed a small device that captures energy from fluctuations in air temperature. The thermal resonator could offer continuo ...
LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

LG's next flagship phone may tout an extra-bright, low-power screen

Just because LG is shying away from typical smartphone release cycles doesn't mean it will have nothing big to show in 2018. Well-known leaker E ...
Scientists invent an onion that doesn’t make you cry. Checkmate, Mother Nature

Scientists invent an onion that doesn’t make you cry. Checkmate, Mother Nature

Hate chopping onions? The “Sunion” is a new type of onion that's bred not to contain the volatile chemicals that make people cry. Best of all? It's av ...
Purdue’s microbots are designed to wander around inside your body

Purdue’s microbots are designed to wander around inside your body

Researchers at Purdue University have developed tiny microscale magnetic tumbling robots which could one day be used to deliver targeted doses of drug ...
A drone and helicopter reportedly collide in South Carolina

A drone and helicopter reportedly collide in South Carolina

A drone may be implicated as the cause of a recent helicopter crash in South Carolina. If the unmanned flying object is indeed determined to be the at ...
The latest weapon in the fight against potholes? Your smartphone

The latest weapon in the fight against potholes? Your smartphone

Keeping tabs on the quality of roadways isn’t an easy job. With tens of thousands of miles for public officials to monitor, and a limited budget to d ...
Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen

Apple dictates that all new apps must fully support the iPhone X screen

Enlarge / Here is a comparison of the safe area in landscape mode on the iPhone 8 and on the iPhone X. Today, Apple emailed iOS ...
SpaceX plans to launch its first ‘Starlink’ broadband satellites this weekend

SpaceX plans to launch its first ‘Starlink’ broadband satellites this weekend

Elon Musk has long outlined plans to launch low-orbiting satellites to beam high-speed internet to folks around the world as part of a program called ...
AMD sending out free processors to solve firmware flashing Catch-22

AMD sending out free processors to solve firmware flashing Catch-22

Enlarge / An original Ryzen die; this one doesn't have a GPU so it should work with any firmware. Well; this one won't, it's been etched t ...
Google’s idea for radar-based gesture control could change the remote forever

Google’s idea for radar-based gesture control could change the remote forever

Remote controls are functional, but they’re … well, boring. Ever since the remote went wireless, they’ve been mostly the same. Even as hardware remote ...
Internet rages after Google removes “view image” button, bowing to Getty

Internet rages after Google removes “view image” button, bowing to Getty

Enlarge / Google Image search will no longer offer the "view image" button, which directly linked to an image. Google This week, ...
5 practical uses for Elon Musk’s impractical flamethrower

5 practical uses for Elon Musk’s impractical flamethrower

When Elon Musk's side hustle, The Boring Company, announced its new flamethrower, it garnered a lot of attention (and criticism). Here are six ways we ...
Keen to stay with her belongings, a woman climbed into an X-ray machine

Keen to stay with her belongings, a woman climbed into an X-ray machine

A Chinese traveler took extreme measures recently when she was told to send her handbag through the X-ray machine. Apparently keen not to let it out o ...
Today, A.I. helps detect tiny earthquakes. Tomorrow, it might predict the big one

Today, A.I. helps detect tiny earthquakes. Tomorrow, it might predict the big one

In a recent study, an A.I. system was shown to be more accurate than current methods at detecting earthquakes, and may help bring scientists and seism ...
Graphene on toast? Edible electronics could help shield you from food poisoning

Graphene on toast? Edible electronics could help shield you from food poisoning

Researchers at Rice University have been lasering graphene foam onto food. And the results could one day help your food warn you about potential food ...
These smart boots can achieve GPS-style accuracy indoors, no satellites required

These smart boots can achieve GPS-style accuracy indoors, no satellites required

These smart navigation boots can accurately track a wearer's location indoors -- no GPS technology required. They could be used by firefighters or sol ...
Microsoft offers $200 off Surface Pro to celebrate its fifth anniversary

Microsoft offers $200 off Surface Pro to celebrate its fifth anniversary

Enlarge / Surface Pro with a Cobalt Blue Type Cover. Microsoft's first x86 PC, then known as the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, hit ...
Feast your ears on the nightmarish melodies of this Furby-powered synth organ

Feast your ears on the nightmarish melodies of this Furby-powered synth organ

U.K.-based YouTuber Sam "Look Mum No Computer" Battle has created perhaps the world's weirdest instrument: A MIDI keyboard controlling a whole army of ...
B&O’s upgrade for old speakers requires some heavy tinkering

B&O’s upgrade for old speakers requires some heavy tinkering

The $189/£149 Beocreate 4 channel amplifier is a development-style board that can be added to those older ...
A green tower is sprouting up in Singapore and features vegetation inside and out

A green tower is sprouting up in Singapore and features vegetation inside and out

We’ve known for years that being in nature, or even having a view of it, can help soothe the soul and make us feel calmer. So it’s little wo ...
Like 21st century taxidermy, 3D printing lets you freeze Fido forever

Like 21st century taxidermy, 3D printing lets you freeze Fido forever

A Canadian startup is using 3D scanning and 3D printing tech for a somewhat unique business: creating miniature replica models of people's beloved pet ...
Microsoft’s compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve

Microsoft’s compiler-level Spectre fix shows how hard this problem will be to solve

The Meltdown and Spectre attacks that use processor speculative execution to leak sensitive information have resulted in a wide ...
Poachers don’t stand a chance against these A.I.-powered camera drones

Poachers don’t stand a chance against these A.I.-powered camera drones

Computer scientists at the University of Southern California have developed a deep-learning artificial intelligence that is able to spot poachers in n ...
These $1 test strips detect fentanyl in street drugs, could curb overdoses

These $1 test strips detect fentanyl in street drugs, could curb overdoses

Johns Hopkins The United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis, which President Trump recently requested more than $13 billion to help control ...
A portable A.I. camera drone that truly flies itself

A portable A.I. camera drone that truly flies itself

Another drone with built-in camera isn’t all that exciting, right? Try telling that to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineering graduate ...
Google experiment writes IM replies for you, lets you send them with a tap

Google experiment writes IM replies for you, lets you send them with a tap

Enlarge / Google's two demo smart replies, now directly in a notification. Google's "smart reply" feature in Android is a prett ...
American Horror Story creator to call Netflix home in multimillion-dollar deal

American Horror Story creator to call Netflix home in multimillion-dollar deal

Netflix's latest content grab ushers the mind behind Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story into the company. The streaming ...
These drones could team up to lift injured soldiers off the battlefield

These drones could team up to lift injured soldiers off the battlefield

Georgia Tech engineers have been working on a new drone-based system that involves teams of drones working together to lift wounded soldiers from the ...
Love Starman? Sorry, you’ll have to bid a final farewell on Valentine’s Day

Love Starman? Sorry, you’ll have to bid a final farewell on Valentine’s Day

SpaceX's Starman and the Tesla Roadster he's "driving" are now more than a million miles away. On Valentine's Day, a live-stream will offer what could ...
Harvard’s insect-inspired HAMR robot scuttles like a cockroach on meth

Harvard’s insect-inspired HAMR robot scuttles like a cockroach on meth

HAMR-F is Harvard University's new cutting-edge, insect-inspired robot that's able to scamper along the ground at an impressive speed of a little unde ...
Want your pet to age gracefully? Study finds tablet games can help

Want your pet to age gracefully? Study finds tablet games can help

Researchers from the Clever Dog Lab at the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna have devised a high-tech way to keep dogs mentally engaged into ...
A.I. is ready to advise us on how to best protect Earth from deadly asteroids

A.I. is ready to advise us on how to best protect Earth from deadly asteroids

A new artificial intelligence algorithm could help save our planet by weighing different possible solutions to deal with the possibility of a deadly a ...
Google is good at building phones but terrible at selling them

Google is good at building phones but terrible at selling them

Enlarge / The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Ron Amadeo With the recent acquisition of one of HTC's smartphone teams, Google appears mo ...
UV lights in public spaces could kill airborne flu viruses on the spot

UV lights in public spaces could kill airborne flu viruses on the spot

Eugenio Marongiu/Getty Images Could overhead ultraviolet (UV) lights in offices and public spaces be used to stop and kill airborne flu viruses in ...
Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with Amazon-made AI chips

Fast talker: Alexa may offer speedier answers with Amazon-made AI chips

Amazon wants to cut the lag time between your asking Alexa a question and the virtual assistant giving you an answer. According ...
Here’s what Siri would have been like on MS-DOS in 1987

Here’s what Siri would have been like on MS-DOS in 1987

Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana, Siri, and Bixby, we guess, are getting more and more prevalent, the narrative goes. A lot of ...
Airbus’s delivery drone takes packages to ‘parcel stations’ run by robots

Airbus’s delivery drone takes packages to ‘parcel stations’ run by robots

Airbus has just unveiled Skyways, a drone delivery system designed for urban areas. Instead of flying to people's homes, the drone collects and drops ...
Robot skiers race in Pyeongchang, but they’re not at Olympic level just yet

Robot skiers race in Pyeongchang, but they’re not at Olympic level just yet

The first-ever robot skiing contest took place on the fringes of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Monday. To be frank, it wasn't the greatest dis ...
Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot now features a terrifying appendage

Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini robot now features a terrifying appendage

Boston Dynamics is at it again. The team this week unveiled another version of its versatile dog-like SpotMini robot, which once again features a mech ...
Amazon is reportedly designing its own A.I. chips to make Alexa respond faster

Amazon is reportedly designing its own A.I. chips to make Alexa respond faster

Amazon is designing its own artificial intelligence chips that would add speech recognition directly to Alexa-powered devices and allow the voice assi ...
Desktop Ryzens with Vega graphics: Is fastest ever integrated GPU fast enough?

Desktop Ryzens with Vega graphics: Is fastest ever integrated GPU fast enough?

Enlarge / The dark block on the left is the four core Zen CCX. On the right is the GPU.AMD Last year's release of the Ryzen proc ...
The key to next-gen 3D vision for autonomous cars is … praying mantis goggles?

The key to next-gen 3D vision for autonomous cars is … praying mantis goggles?

Researchers may have discovered a new way to model computer vision systems and it's all thanks to a multi-year project that involves putting tiny 3D g ...
If Apple designed a scooter, it would probably look a lot like The Eagle

If Apple designed a scooter, it would probably look a lot like The Eagle

Apple's Jony Ive doesn’t design scooters but if he did, we’re imagining they may well be along the lines of The Eagle, a forthcoming ultra-thin carbon ...
Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds better than $1,000 speaker

Reddit audiophiles test HomePod, say it sounds better than $1,000 speaker

Enlarge / Apple's new HomePod speaker retails for $350.Apple Apple released its much-hyped HomePod speaker to the masses last we ...
With Blink’s camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy

With Blink’s camera chip and a few AA batteries, Amazon goes low-energy

Blink At the end of 2017, Amazon quietly purchased Blink, a smart home security camera company known for its relatively affordab ...
Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs

Apple’s iOS 12 strategy: Take more time to squash the bugs

Enlarge / The new 10.5-inch iPad Pro.Andrew Cunningham Apple has new features planned for its big, new iOS update—but not as man ...
MIT drones navigate more effectively in crowded spaces by embracing uncertainty

MIT drones navigate more effectively in crowded spaces by embracing uncertainty

Amazon and other companies have big plans for delivery drones. In order to get to the point where delivery drones are truly safe and ready to become m ...
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