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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

wearables
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 >>

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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 >>

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This Shape-Shifting, Pin-Headed Robot Lets You Feel Virtual Objects With Your Bare Hands

Virtual reality headsets today use your eyes and ears to make simulated experiences seem more real, but what about your other senses? Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a way for your hands and fingers to feel virtual objects with a unique robot that looks like an animated version of those Pin Art toys. Read More >>

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The World’s First Working Projector Smartwatch Turns Your Arm Into a Big Touchscreen

Some smartwatches come with powerful processors, lots of storage, and robust software, but have limited capabilities compared to smartphones thanks to their tiny touchscreens. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, however, have now created a smartwatch prototype with a built-in projector that turns the wearer’s arm into a smartphone-sized touchscreen. Read More >>

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This Video Streaming Breakthrough Could Lead to Smart Glasses You Might Actually Want to Wear

One of the many inconveniences that doomed wearable products like Google Glass and Snap’s Spectacles was the need to charge them every night. Streaming video and data requires a lot of power, and that takes a tremendous toll on a tiny battery. But engineers at the University of Washington say they’ve found a way to stream hi-def video that uses 10,000 times less power than current technologies. Read More >>

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A Breakthrough in 3D Printing Liquids Could Lead to Squishy, Flexible Gadgets

The most common types of 3D printing involve either extruding melted plastic or using a laser to solidify tiny particles, layer by layer, to slowly build up a solid object. But researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found a way to radically change that process by 3D printing liquids inside other liquids—and it could mean major advancements in gadget construction. Read More >>

health
Experts Want to Redefine Alzheimer’s Disease so They Can Study it Better

Experts in the field of Alzheimer’s disease are on the verge of redefining the devastating neurodegenerative disorder. And though the changes aren’t meant to influence how people currently living with Alzheimer’s are cared for by their doctors and families, they are poised to shape the future of research into the disease for years to come. Read More >>

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Fire-Detecting Wallpaper Turns Entire Rooms Into a Better Smoke Detector

Where there’s smoke, there’s fire, and that’s how most alarm systems are able to detect and warn of trouble. But Chinese researchers have developed a new kind of wallpaper, using ingredients found in bones and teeth, that sounds the alarm when heat and flames are detected, turning every wall in a room into a potential early warning system. Read More >>