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Meet ‘octobot’, the world’s first soft autonomous robot

Harvard University scientists have revealed the first-ever robot that is autonomous, untethered and made from entirely of soft parts. The small robot, dubbed 'octobot' and described in an upcoming paper in the journal Nature, could open the door for a…

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Gawker.com announces it will close next week

After nearly 14 years of celebrity news, pop culture, and media, gossip blog Gawker.com will be ceasing operations next week after the acquisition of its parent company’s assets was approved by a bankruptcy court on Thursday, AdWeek and The Verge…

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Ford promises fleets of driverless cars within five years

When it comes to driverless cars, the question is increasingly becoming 'when' not 'if' - and Ford Motor Company has provided an answer to the former. By 2021, Ford says it will have fleets of fully autonomous vehicles on the road.…

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The Wikiverse lets you explore Wikipedia as a spaceship

Comprising more than 40 million articles in over 250 languages, Wikipedia is both a trusted resource and a massive time sink. In 2014, French programmer Owen Cornec upped the time suck factor when he released WikiGalaxy, a three-dimensional virtual universe…

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Cognitive Offloading: Study shows Google is replacing our brains

Who lost Superbowl XXV? Where was President McKinley shot? What movie featured Jim Carrey with God-like powers? We used to have to rack our brains or phone a friend to get answers to questions like these, but now – all…

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New temporary tattoo lets you control your phone from your wrist

Scientists from MIT Microsoft Research labs recently changed the game for the future of wearables with temporary tattoos that can control computers, change color, and transmit data via near field communication (NFC). As detailed on MIT’s website, these tattoos are actually made of electrically-conductive…

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Team creates self-destructing battery

Engineers from Iowa State University have taken one giant step forward in the development of self-destructing  technology that could help keep military secrets out of the hands of the enemy, or eliminate the need to surgically remove temporary medical devices…

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How efficient are modern solar panels?

Solar energy has been all over the news lately. 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…

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VIDEO: Dancing Robots Break World Record in China

The Guinness World Record for most robots dancing simultaneously was broken in China by 1,007 bopping and shimmying droids. The record was broken in a demonstration by Ever Win Company & Ltd. at the Qingdao Beer Festival in Shandong, China…

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VIDEO: Company in China builds bus that can drive over cars

In an attempt to address the congestion that plagues China’s urban roadways, Chinese engineers have unveiled a massive bus that straddles a roadway allowing cars to drive underneath it, according to Chinese state media. The Transit Elevated Bus, nicknamed TEB-1,…