A Planned US Study Could Clear The Way for Fewer Dogs Used and Killed in Animal Research

Dogs have been everything we’ve ever needed them to be, including volunteers for clinical trials of drugs meant for both people and pooches. Sadly, these furry test subjects are sometimes euthanised at the end of these experiments, because it’s deemed the only way to get the accurate test results scientists are looking for. But the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to start a small—and safe!—study of dogs that might change that way of thinking. Read More >>

Scientists Made a Remote-Control Dog Using Its Love of Chasing Things

Point the red dot of a laser anywhere near a dog, and they’ll obsessively chase and stalk it for hours. So researchers at Tohoku University took that idea one step further, creating a wearable vest covered in flashlights that create targeted dots of light to direct a pup’s movements – essentially creating a remote control dog without any kind of cybernetics. Read More >>

The Sailors Who Hunt Garbage for Science

Emily Penn had a mission: To find a piece of trash in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch large enough to stick a satellite transmitter on so that researchers back on shore could track it until a vessel came to pick it up. Read More >>

PornHub is Funding Research into the Long-Term Effects of Porn

No one expected a porn website to become the good guy of the internet, but PornHub is well on its way with a fascinating blog of data insights and now a $25,000 grant for academics to study the long-term effects of porn. Read More >>

Latest Boston Dynamics Video Proves the Robot Uprising Will Be Shockingly Nimble

Do you remember the Boston Dynamics robots videos of just a few years ago? It was a big deal that robots like Atlas could walk on (gasp!) uneven ground. But Atlas keeps blowing through milestones left and right, like in this new video that shows Atlas effortlessly jumping over obstacles and hopping onto boxes like it’s a parkour legend. The robot uprising is on the horizon, folks. This is not a drill. Read More >>

Scientists Have Made an Intriguing Discovery in Alzheimer’s Drug Research

Scientists here in the UK and in Sweden believe they’ve come across an unprecedented advance in Alzheimer’s disease research: A method of developing new drugs that can target the roots of the fatal disease in a way that previous attempts couldn’t. But while the latest published work is genuinely intriguing, outside experts are worried that the researchers’ claims to the public are too grandiose. Read More >>

Researchers Worked Out 7PM is Peak Takeaway Time

Have you ever wondered when is the best time to order a takeaway and avoid the rush of other people who are getting their fix of greasy junk food? According to researchers the most popular time to order in food is 7pm, and that's a trend that's not just restricted to the UK. Read More >>

Google Maps Cars are Now Being Used to Map London’s Air Pollution

London has a problem with air pollution, and as long as there are too many people living there it likely always will. A lot of that pollution is blamed on all the cars that never seem to stop clogging up the roads of the capital city, so it's a weird twist of fate that researchers are using some of those cars to map air pollution. Specifically, they're using the Google Maps cars that make a habit of driving around the entire city. Read More >>

Nvidia Is Using AI to Perfectly Fake Slo-Mo Videos

One of the hardest video effects to fake is slow motion. It requires software to stretch out a clip by creating hundreds of non-existent in-between frames, and the results are often stuttered and unconvincing. But taking advantage of the incredible image-processing potential of deep learning, Nvidia has come up with a way to fake flawless slow motion footage from a standard video clip. It’s good thing The Slo-Mo Guys both have day jobs to fall back on. Read More >>

Research Claims Hydrogen Mix Could Reduce UK’s Natural Gas Consumption by 30%

It's no secret that fossil fuels are a limited resource that's only to get scarcer and scarcer over time, so there is work being done to develop more sustainable alternatives that also happen to be kinder to the environment. While this news isn't a major solution, research claims that it's possible to reduce our gas consumption by up to 30 per cent by mixing it with hydrogen. Read More >>

Scientists Have Started Making Hair Dye From Ribena Leftovers

There are people out there who are obsessed with natural products, because natural things are obviously better. Despite the fact those same people also live in houses with built in plumbing and use things like soap and toothpaste. That may be problematic if they want to dye their hair some sort of fantastical colour, though scientists think they've come up with an alternative solution using leftovers from the Ribena factory. Read More >>

Researchers Are Training a Robot Butler to Do the Chores You Hate in a Sims-Inspired Virtual House

Researchers are teaching machines to get stuff done using video simulations, a database of chores, and a virtual home reminiscent of your favourite time-wasting video game. The end goal? Teaching robots the same way you teach yourself how to install a toilet: instructional videos. Read More >>

An AI Created New Doom Levels That Are as Fun as the Game’s Original Ones

The technical skills of programmer John Carmack helped create the 3D world of Doom, the first-person shooter that took over the world 25 years ago. But it was level designers like John Romero and American McGee that made the game fun to play. Level designers that, today, might find their jobs threatened by the ever-growing capabilities of artificial intelligence. Read More >>

The Only Good Wearable Records Everything You Miss While Blinking Your Eyes

An eye blink is over in less than a second, which means you can’t possibly be missing much while your eyes are closed, right? But it’s estimated that humans can blink over 28,000 times a day, and as much as 10 per cent of our time awake is spent with our eyes closed. So it turns out you’re actually missing a lot by blinking, which totally justifies a wearable that documents all those missed moments. Read More >>

Research Claims Game of Thrones Leak Turned More People Into Long-Term Pirates

The last few years haven't been great for Game of Thrones' secrecy, starting with the 2015 leak that saw the first four episodes of the fifth season leak to torrent sites. HBO had been concerned about what the leak would mean for its business, and according to new research it wasn't good. Apparently that leak helped breed a new generation of pirates, and the effects didn't just impact Game of Thrones. Read More >>