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America beats Australia in RoboCup soccer tournament

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…

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Webcams used in major internet DDoS attack

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…

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How much time should kids spend on screens?

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…

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Researchers accidentally discover how to make ethanol using CO2

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…

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Eating graphene turns a silkworm into Spiderman, study finds

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…

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MIT engineers create amazing beaver-fur inspired wetsuit

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…

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Solar power gets 25% cheaper in just five months

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…

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MIT’s new robots are safer, tougher, and more precise

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…

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Top tech firms join forces to tackle Artificial Intelligence

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…

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Charred Dead Sea Scroll read using X-ray technology

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…