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Can’t be at the DNC? Watch it in 360-degree virtual reality instead

Wish you could experience the Democratic National Convention in person? Well, now you can be part of the action, sorta. It's all thanks to Digital Domain and its curated live-stream of the 2016 DNC in 360-degree virtual reality.
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Want to be an ace pilot before you buy an expensive drone? Practice with this $120 quadcopter 2:43

The Swann Xtreem Gravity Pursuit's $120 price point makes this one of the most affordable mid-sized drones you'll find, and it's perfect for those who want to get into the drone hobby without learning to fly for the first time on…
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Odd new robot does ‘the worm’ to dance its way over sand, gravel, mud, and water

Researchers have created a bio-inspired robot which moves by “continuously advancing” transverse wave. To put it in less scientific terms, it’s a worm robot that moves by doing the worm dance.
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Meet Graham, a sculpture that may just scare you into driving safely

Ever wonder what we would look like if our body was designed to survive a car crash? Now we can, thanks to Australian artist Patricia Piccinini, who created the world's most crash-safe individual. Be careful if you look -- it may just give…
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Google raises 5 safety concerns for the future of artificial intelligence

The days of an AI-controlled robot janitor might not be too far away, but a new paper from Google, OpenAI, Stanford University, and UC Berkeley raises some safety concerns that need to be addressed first.
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Researchers create self-assembling material straight out of ‘Big Hero 6’

It's Big Hero 6 come to life thanks to researchers who have created a material that self-assembles on command into swarms, chains, or clusters. The process of self-organization is kicked off by exposing the material to an electrical field.
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Shape-shifting, remote-controlled microsurgeon robots come to life

A team of researchers from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and ETH Zurich have taken on Richard Feynman’s challenge, building remote-controlled microrobots designed to enter the body, deliver drugs, and perform…
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HoloLens concept lets you control your smart home via augmented reality

A Jedi-style HoloLens hackathon proof of concept would let smart home owners control their connected gadgets through augmented reality, using simple gestures and glances. Check out the awesome video demo here.
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We're gonna need a bigger pool: Check out 'Sharknado' water slide by Super-Fan Builds

You might not want sharks in your pool, but having them help you get into it is another thing entirely -- especially when they come in slide form. That's what one lucky fan got when they were the subject of the latest episode of Super-Fan…
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Veeso face-tracking headset hopes to become virtual reality’s missing link

Virtual reality is about to get much more real. No longer will you be an invisible observer of a virtual world; people there will be able to look back at you, too, if Veeso has its way.
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New California law requires registration of all 3D-printed guns

Impacting the firearm hobbyist community within California, new legislation approved by the Governor will require a background check in order to obtain proper registration for any homemade gun.
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India’s planned solar zones up the ante for large-scale solar farms worldwide

India plans to cash in on its solar energy richness with solar zones aimed at speeding the transition to sustainable energy. The zones will serve as flagships to encourage the rest of the country to reduce emissions and reliance on fossil…