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A New Survey Says Brits Now Prefer Coffee Over Tea

In news that is normally relegated to science fiction and silly comics, one survey claims that the British people now prefer coffee over tea. The British people and tea go together like the French and croissants, Germans and beer, or Americans and obesity. So this is pretty surprising to hear. Read More >>

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Could This Squishy Robot Be the Future of Robotics?

The phones in our pockets might be getting more and more complicated, but many researchers advancing the field of robotics are actually engineering simpler bots designed to reliably perform very basic tasks. So instead of one day facing a terrifying future filled with terminators, these squishy rolling donuts might be our biggest threat. Read More >>

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Brits are Ambivalent About Driverless Cars, Says Survey

Are driverless cars the future? Some people agree, some do not. That's according to a survey UK Autodrive consortium, which claims only a third of people would use a self-driving car. Another third would not, while the opinions of the final third seem to be missing. I can only assume they're either not sure, or waiting to see how much promise the tech has for the general population. Read More >>

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NASA Will Chase the Upcoming Solar Eclipse Using Telescopes Mounted on Jets

Observed from the ground, the total solar eclipse happening on August 21, when the Moon completely blocks your view of the Sun, will be visible for up to 160 seconds. It will be a fleeting glimpse of a rare phenomenon, which is why NASA plans to chase the Moon’s shadow using a pair of jets. Read More >>

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Magnetic Tape Data Storage Breakthrough Will Make Your Hard Drive Seem Tiny

The amount of data you can squeeze onto a hard drive continues to grow by leaps and bounds, with Seagate announcing a 60TB SSD late last year. But thanks to IBM and Sony, tape might still reign supreme when you need to archive massive amounts of data, as the companies have jointly developed a new kind of tape that can reportedly hold 201 gigabits, or roughly 25GB, per square inch. Read More >>

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Stanford Designed the Most Phallic Robot You’ve Ever Seen

Designing simpler spacecraft is what helped us finally put rovers on Mars and start exploring the Red Planet. Embracing simplicity might also give us simple, inexpensive robots that thrive doing very specific tasks, instead of multi-million dollar humanoids that have trouble just staying on their feet. Read More >>

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This Printer Doodles Stick Figure Robots to Explore Areas We Can’t

Building a robot that can replicate everything a human can do is both impossibly complicated and expensive. So, researchers at the IT University of Copenhagen are taking the exact opposite approach: building incredibly simple robots, on-demand, that only do what humans can’t. 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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Insanely Accurate Lip Syncing Tech Could Turn Fake News Videos into a Real Problem

Imagine the worst case scenario. Dubious filmmakers use artificially intelligent computers to feed raw audio into a simulated version of Barack Obama. The audio is actually Obama’s voice, and the face really is his face. But the lip movements? Totally fake. The filmmakers publish the video on the internet, and it’s virtually impossible to see that it’s a fake, because the technology is so good. This is not a hypothetical situation any more. Read More >>

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Dreaming Of A Quantum Smartphone? This Australian Scientist Is Making It A Reality

Quantum technology is one step closer to moving out of the lab and into our hands, thanks to a team of researchers including Swinburne University of Technology Centre for Micro-Photonics Director, Professor David Moss. Read More >>

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This Real Life Iron Man Is Only a Superhero on Laundry Day

Those blockbuster Marvel movies only show our favourite superheroes when they’re out saving the world. If you want a glimpse of what heroes like Iron Man do the rest of the time, look no further than this incredibly articulated humanoid robot called TEO, who’s recently learned to iron clothing. Read More >>

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Researchers Think They Can Use Twitter to Spot Riots Before Police

Researchers in the UK used machine learning algorithms to analyze 1.6 million tweets in London during the infamous 2011 riots, which resulted in widespread looting, property destruction and over 3,000 arrests. According to the researchers, analysing Twitter data to map out where violence occurred in London boroughs was faster and more accurate than relying on emergency calls—or even on-the-ground information gathering. Read More >>

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Screwing In This Lightbulb Turns Your Entire Desk Into a Touchscreen Smartphone

What if all those apps you rely on at work weren’t trapped on your smartphone’s tiny screen? They may not be for much longer. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s Future Interfaces Group lab have come up with a novel way for your smartphone to spill out onto your desk while still letting you interact with apps you rely on using your fingers. Read More >>

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We Are One Step Closer To Large-Scale Algae-Based Biofuel

Making biofuel from algae has just got a little bit easier, as a newly engineered strain produces twice as much oil as its wild parent, according to Californian researchers. Read More >>

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Scientists Just Worked Out How To Wirelessly Charge Electric Cars, On The Go

Imagine charging your electric car with the very road it is driving on, as it drives. There's a new way of charging devices wirelessly, based on fundamental physics, that works even when your device is moving away from the power source. Read More >>