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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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Ads Will Be Even Harder to Escape Now That Posters Can Hijack FM Radio

Visual ads like signs, posters, and billboards are easy to ignore—you just need to look away. But what if a poster for a concert started broadcasting music or notifications to your smartphone? Researchers at the University of Washington have found a way to turn print ads into low-power radio stations, making a future inundated with advertisements seemingly impossible to escape. Read More >>

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There’s a New Kind of Wifi That Uses 10,000 Times Less Power

Wifi is already a very great thing. Problem is—especially for mobile devices—wifi is also an energy suck. But now, scientists have come up with a way of connecting to wifi that requires about as much energy as a Bluetooth connection. Read More >>

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A Laser Has Been Used To Chill Water For the First Time Ever 

Point a laser at someone’s skin and they’ll react in fear, assuming it’s going to burn. But researchers at the University of Washington have come up with a way to make a laser that cools, instead, successfully lowering the temperature of water by about 20 degrees Celsius. Read More >>

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Software Could Automatically Put Your Holiday Photos in Perfect Order 

If you rely on just a single camera while travelling, it’s easy to organise your photos by time and date when you get home. But most of us use multiple cameras, and smartphones, and action cams, to document our travels. So researchers at Disney and the University of Washington are working on software that can automatically put all of those shots into a perfectly ordered slideshow. Read More >>

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Webcam Timelapses Used To Automatically Model Cities in 3D

The ability to see maps in buildings and landscapes in 3D makes following along considerably easier than with just 2D. So researchers at the University of Washington have made generating 3D models of a given location dead simple using custom software and nothing more than a webcam timelapse video of the spot captured on a sunny day. Read More >>

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Gamers Redesign a Protein That Stumped Scientists for Years

Folding: it's detestable and boring, as any Gap employee can tell you. But it's also a totally fun thing you can do in a video game! And today it's particularly exciting because players of the online game Foldit have redesigned a protein, and their work is published in the science journal Nature Biotechnology. Read More >>