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May 20, 2016

Here’s your chance to help astronomers solve “one of the biggest mysteries of all time”

Posted by in category: cosmology

A team of astronomers investigating “the most mysterious star in our galaxy” have launched a Kickstarter campaign, with hopes to raise $100,000 to find out “Where’s the Flux?”

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May 20, 2016

Project Ara Lives: Google’s Modular Phone Is Ready for You Now

Posted by in category: mobile phones

After more than a year of silence, Google’s wildest idea about smartphones is starting to come true.

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May 20, 2016

Queen announces moves to develop UK’s first commercial spaceport | Belfast Telegraph

Posted by in categories: space, space travel

spaceport

“Driverless cars, drones and a commercial spaceport all featured in the Queen’s Speech.”

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May 20, 2016

MIT researchers unveil perching bee robot

Posted by in categories: drones, robotics/AI

BOSTON, May 19 (UPI) — Engineers at MIT and Harvard have designed a tiny bee-like robot capable of pausing mid-flight to perch on a variety of objects before once again taking to the air. The robot uses static electricity to momentarily cling to the underside of objects.

Robots designed for aerial surveys and related observational tasks, like quadcopters, are currently limited by short flight times. They tend to run out of battery rather quickly. While perching won’t extend a drone’s actual time in the air, the technology could empower UAVs to employ their power more strategically — periodically taking a moment to rest their wings, or blades.

Researchers tested their technology on RoboBee, a bug-like flying robot no bigger than a quarter. A small jolt of static electricity emitted through a tiny foam patch on the bee’s head allows it to land on and adhere to the underside of a plant or to the ceiling.

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May 20, 2016

There IS life after DEATH: Scientists reveal shock findings from groundbreaking study

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Hmmm.


LIFE after death has been “confirmed” by scientists who have discovered consciousness continues even once a person has died.

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May 19, 2016

Take a drive with Bill Gates in a Tesla Model X

Posted by in categories: sustainability, transportation

Billionaire Bill Gates is out with his regular book recommendations and it looks like he is now driving a Tesla Model X.

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May 19, 2016

Google’s Tensor Processing Unit could advance Moore’s Law 7 years into the future

Posted by in categories: computing, futurism

Google unveils custom TPU chip, which it says advances computing performance by three generations.

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May 19, 2016

This science laboratory looks like it should be in a James Bond movie

Posted by in categories: entertainment, science

More Videos by HuffPost UK Tech.

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May 19, 2016

Rare-earth-free magnet made from cheap materials

Posted by in categories: entertainment, materials

A new cheaper way in creating magnets.


US researchers have created a powerful permanent magnet out of iron and nitrogen, two plentiful cheap materials, as part of a programme to cut the need for ‘rare earth’ metals.

It is only a tiny sample, a film 500nm thick, but it is the real thing.

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May 19, 2016

Point your phone at an equation and Mathpix will solve it

Posted by in categories: education, information science, internet, mathematics, mobile phones, neuroscience

Math isn’t everyone’s strong suit, especially those who haven’t stretched that part of their brain since college. Thanks to the wonders of image recognition technology, we now have Mathpix, an iOS app that lets you point your phone camera at a problem and calculates solutions in seconds.

The interface looks like any standard camera app: simply drag the on-screen reticle over the equation and the app solves it and provides graph answers where appropriate. More useful is a step-by-step guide offering multiple methods to reach a solution, making this a bona fide educational tool. It uses image recognition to process problems and pings its servers to do the mathematical heavy lifting, so it likely requires an internet connection to work.

Mathpix was envisioned by Stanford PhD student Nico Jimenez, who was advised by Stanford grad Paul Ferrell. The app’s other developers are high schoolers Michael Lee and August Trollback, which is impressive for an app that claims to be the first to visually recognize and solve handwritten math problems.

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