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Oh Great, There Are Robots That Self-Evolve Using The Internet

Portuguese scientists have built robots that aren't programmed to perform tasks in the normal sense. They use algorithms that allow them to evolve their own behaviours by learning online. Read More >>

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The Next Version Of USB Will Charge Faster And Transfer More Data

If you've been wondering when USB Type-C will take over the world, look around you — its slow and inexorable march is continuing. The latest update to the standard, USB 3.2, doubles the existing 10Gbps speed of USB 3.1, on the same cables. Read More >>

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These Unreal Weapons Were Handcrafted Out Of Vintage Typewriters

From a purely technical standpoint, typewriters have long outlived their usefulness. Unless you plan on driving into a ravine and getting stuck in a cabin for weeks on end, with nothing to do but crank out the next great novel, a computer (or even a tablet) is the superior option. So, what to do with all the typewriters? Transform them into amazing works of art of course. Read More >>

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How Can Scientists Cool The Earth?

Ideas to combat climate change by hacking Earth's climate to make it cooler - "geoengineering" - have been around for decades. Read More >>

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TIL: There Are Free-Floating Planets

Becoming untethered in space is somewhat of a nightmare for astronauts, but it can happen to planets too - when they are ejected from host stars. Read More >>

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Time To Say Goodbye Forever To YouTube’s Video Editor

Google is more than happy to put its weaker and less-used services out to pasture. Come September, we'll have another casualty — YouTube's web-based video editor, which made its debut seven years ago. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Grew Cucumbers In Space

Scientists have untangled the competing influences of water and gravity on plant roots - by growing cucumbers during spaceflight. Read More >>

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Here’s The Rock’s ‘Biggest, Coolest, Sexiest, Funnest Movie Ever’… With Siri

Yesterday, Dwayne Johnson — y'know, The Rock — dropped a bombshell: he had a new film coming out, funded by Apple, co-starring Siri. Read More >>

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A Teenager Just Made A Longer Lasting Drone

"Swift" is an unmanned aerial vehicle that can fly five times longer than drones currently on the market - it can be airborne for more than six hours before the battery runs out. Read More >>

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Monkey Selfie Photographer Close To ‘Packing It All In’ After Expensive Legal Battles

It's been a rough few years for photographer David Slater, the disputed owner of those monkey selfies from 2011. Slater found himself in an interesting legal quandary after his ownership of the famous photos was disputed by the likes of PETA and even Wikipedia. Now, Slater is apparently struggling financially, the costs of the ongoing court battles all but draining his coffers. Read More >>

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Scientists Discover How Diesel Could Pollute Less Than Petrol

Diesel cars fitted with modern particle filters and catalysts emit fewer carbon emissions than their petrol counterparts, new research suggests. Read More >>

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Ford Will Let You Know Before An Ambulance Is Screaming Past You

The emergency services have by far the toughest job on our roads: they need to navigate through a minefield of traffic, at speed — and that's before they get to the scene of whatever accident they're attending. New Ford tech helps regular drivers know when a police car, ambulance or fire engine is coming up behind them, so they can pull over more quickly and safely and help save lives. Read More >>

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Brace Yourself: Facebook Messenger Ads Are Here

More than 1.2 billion people use Facebook's Messenger every single month - and until now, it's been pretty much the only place Facebook users haven't been hit with ads. Read More >>

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Even A ‘GigaGalactic Super Computer’ Would Take A Long Time To Crack 256-Bit Security

You've heard time and again that "256-bit" encryption is the bee's knees when it comes to security. But what does that even mean? Encryption is a topic that can be quite complex, though this educational video from 3Blue1Brown does an excellent job of visualising how hard 256-bit is to "crack". Read More >>