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Lexus floats a new brand idea, the high-performance Lexus Sports Yacht

Toyota isn't new to the boat business, but the recently introduced 42-foot Lexus Sports Yacht is the first to use a corporate brand name. Two Lexus V8 racing engines can move the Sports Yacht at speeds up to 49 miles per hour.
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Smart gym bag promises to clean itself and everything inside it

Ever had the experience of opening your gym bag to be greeted by the smell of sweaty workout clothes? The folks behind new Kickstarter Paqsule think they’ve come up with a solution: a bag which cleans itself.
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Innovative prosthetic leg propels wearers through water as if it were their real limb

A new project funded by Northwell Health created the first fully functional swimming leg. Unlike other prosthetics, this leg actually propels wearers through water as if it were their original leg.
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Pink Trombone is a disembodied mouth that shows you how sounds are formed

This intriguing web app, created by a researcher at the Institute of Mathematics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, shows how mouths are manipulated to form the different sounds that they make.
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Facial-recognition tech takes on Beijing’s toilet paper thieves

What do you do if you run a popular tourist site and locals keep stealing the toilet paper from the restrooms? Build a toilet-paper dispenser with facial recognition technology to stop them taking it all, that's what.
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Scientists use big data to develop a ‘promising’ blood test for autism disorder

Scientists at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an algorithm that can accurately predict whether a child has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). It's based on a blood sample.
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Innovative startup turns old fishing nets into new 3D-printer materials

Whether you’re looking to save the planet or just need new 3D-printing materials, you'll find something to like about this U.K. startup, which is turning old fishing nets into 3D-printer filaments.
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Meet Samantha: a smart sex robot that you need to seduce before you get busy

Are you interested in forming a relationship with a sex robot that can show off emotions and even spout a bit of philosophy? If so -- and you have $5,374 to spend -- Samantha could be the doll for you.
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Scientists re-create a devastating tornado using a supercomputer simulation

Scientists used a supercomputer to re-create a supercell storm in an effort to understand its structure and mechanisms. Most importantly, they wanted to know why certain storms create such intense tornadoes.
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Neuroscientists can tell if you knowingly committed a crime based on brain scans

Neuroscientists have found that brain images reveal whether someone committed a crime knowingly or recklessly. It may seem like a small distinction but it could have a significant impact on the burgeoning field of “neurolaw.”

WebMD’s Health Pregnancy Study to recruit participants via Apple’s Research Kit

WebMD's Pregnancy health app will soon offer more than medical advice. The company's tapping Apple's ResearchKit to recruit participants for the Health Pregnancy Study, a long-term effort to track symptoms and impacts.