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Sperm whales in Caribbean more chill than counterparts in the Pacific

Partly because they stay closer geographically but also due to clan cultural differences, Caribbean sperm whales hang with buddies more than Pacific whales. Whale clans can be differentiated by the dialects they use to communicate with each…
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Cozmo is like a lovable Pixar character come to life on your desk

Anki has created the robotic companion of your dreams: Cozmo, an AI-powered companion that's capable of conveying realistic emotions. It can play games, too, and entertain itself with dice-sized blocks.
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Will future buildings be built from artificial bone and eggshell?

We need to find a less energy-intensive way to process concrete and steel, or we need to develop new buildings materials that are more energy efficient -- two researchers from the University of Cambridge are working on it.
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This programmable, open source outlet can do things that off-the-shelf smart plugs can't

Excited by the idea of an open-source, Arduino-based outlet, capable of remotely controlling your various household devices? Then you'll definitely want to check out the Portlet, which you can program to control your various household…
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BrewArt lets homebrewers concoct their favorite beers from their smartphones

Eight years in the making, the BrewArt is a project from two Australian entrepreneurs that hopes to revolutionize on-demand brewing by allowing users to recreate some of their favorite pub's beers.
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Groundbreaking random number algorithm may be boon for online security

Generating a string of random numbers is easy. The hard part is proving that they’re random. But as this algorithm's co-creator tells Digital Trends Marcin Pawłowski, "I really believe we can improve the security of communication for…
Photography

Google Earth just got a whole lot sharper thanks to the Landsat 8 satellite

Google has updated Google Earth with sharper and brighter images from the Landsat 8 satellite. The new images will also show in the satellite view of Maps, and over time will replace all of the older images in Earth.
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BBC’s new ‘Robot Wars’ resurrects your favorite wired warriors 0:44

“When we were first commissioned to design and produce the new House Robots we really wanted to take them to the next level,” James Cooper, Creative Technologist of the company which built the series’ new robot overlords…
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Showering just got easier with this new soap-repellant coating

To accomplish the task, Brown and Hushan looked to nature, and in particular to the lotus leaf, whose waxy coatings and surface roughness both help repel water and keep leaves clean and healthy.
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NASA buys $750K gadget to recycle 3D-printed plastic on the space station

NASA is paying big bucks to experiment with plastics recycling on the International Space Station. The space agency recently inked a deal with Firmamentum, a Tethers Unlimited division, that is worth a whopping $750,000.
Virtual Reality

Epson peers into the future with the BT-300 augmented reality headset

Epson thinks augmented reality is the future -- but the company is bringing it to the present. We tried out the BT-300 AR headset to see if it’s as good as Epson says.
Music

The Kube is literally the coolest speaker we've seen, and it's finally coming out

Kube's combination of Bluetooth speaker and handy beverage cooler caught our interest out of the gate, and while the company took its time getting everything just right, the (literally) cool speaker is finally going on sale in…