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Watch a neural network try to describe the streets of Amsterdam

Neural networks are becoming better at seeing things and describing them. One developers took an open-source program, NeuralTalk2, out on the streets of Amsterdam and recorded what it saw.
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Comet fragments likely to blame for dimming of star KIC 8462852, not aliens

New research into what caused distant star KIC 8462852 by nearly a quarter in 2011 and 2013 suggests that it could be the result of dust from comet fragments. However, the "alien megastructure" theory still cannot be ruled out.

Battery issues will be a thing of the past with this promising 'smart screen'

Bodle Technologies, a spin-out from Oxford, has made a "smart material" screen that barely draws any power, conserving your battery, while promising a crisp display in bright sunlight.
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This robotic prosthetic hand knows exactly how hard to grab an egg without crushing it

SynTouch, a tactile sensing company, just unveiled its recent breakthrough in prosthetics, showing off its BioTac fingers that can accurately sense applied force, vibrations, and temperature.
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Drones are now being used to prevent shark attacks off the coast of Australia

In what may be one of the most inventive applications of drone technology yet, the Australian government is using these flying nuisances (or novelties, depending on how you feel about them) to protect beach goers against shark attacks.
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This outrageously fast 3D printer creates objects at a blistering centimeter per minute 3:08

Italian startup Nexa3D has developed a new technique called self-Lubricant Sublayer Photocuring, which basically removes the need to create objects layer by layer and makes the printing process continuous instead of incremental.
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This ridiculously awesome motion simulator is suspended in mid air by a series of cables 2:29

A new Virtual Reality rig called the Cable Robot Simulator boasts 348 kilowatts of drive power and gravitational acceleration of up to 1.5g. It is designed to enhance flight and driving simulations, and could be used clinically to…
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Let there be light! Researchers design LED lamp powered by plants

Renewable energy most commonly refers to solar or wind power, but researchers at UTEC are adding to that definition with their new plant-powered LED light. Power is drawn from nutrients and bacteria that are contained within the soil.
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What to do with excess renewable energy? Just store it underground for later

A Stanford researcher is making the bold claim that the US could go 100 percent renewable energy by adopting his plans to generate electricity from solar, wind, and water, and store it underground for later use.
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Before silicon gets under your skin, get it etched on top with a Tech Tat 1:40

Tech Tats are temporary, adhesive wearable gadgets packed with biosensors. They can read vital signs and provide health data, not to mention possible applications for mobile payment solutions and the financial world.

Volkswagen staff appear to be using Google Glass at work

It seems as if Volkswagen logistics staff are using Google Glass for work. It certainly looks that way, with the car company issuing what it describes as "3D smart glasses" to a number of employees following a successful three-month trial.
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Samsung Gear VR Review

Samsung's outstanding new Gear VR is a virtual revelation for virtual reality.