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Soaring high with Parrot's Disco, the winged drone you pilot like a plane

Forget quadcopters, Parrot’s new Disco is a fixed-wing drone that weaves through the skies like a plane, and an included headset puts you in the virtual cockpit.
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Smartphone speech recognition can text 3 times faster than you can type

In a challenge pitting human texters against a cutting-edge speech recognition algorithm, the computer not only won -- it was three times faster than humans typing the same message. Impressive, right?
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More drone crashes caused by technical glitches, not human error, study shows

Who's to blame for drone crashes -- the pilot or the technology? A new study shows that, more often than not, it's the latter. Research suggests that preventing the loss of signal between the drone and pilot could significantly reduce…
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Texas girl, 5, is pretty in pink with prosthetic arm 3D-printed at public library

Texas girl Katelyn Vincik, 5, recently received a custom 3D-printed prosthetic arm (in pink!), courtesy of her nearby library and some freely-provided open source blueprints.
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Rubik's Cube-like device lights up, lets you play 'Snake' in three dimensions

A new Kickstarter project called QCoo is a portable Rubik’s Cube-style object that lets you play a number of games -- including Snake -- courtesy of a smart sensor and a bunch of LEDs.
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Get ready for Gaze, the smartest standing desk yet

The Gaze desk combines the health benefits of a standing desk with the smarts of a gadget giving users even more control over their workspace in hopes of creating happier and more productive workforce.
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With tiny hats, elephant seals help researchers study Antarctica’s melting ice

According to the researchers’ data, if ice shelves continue to melt at their current rate, the production of bottom water will be impacted and the pumping mechanisms Williams described will be restricted.
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Mouse’s body turned transparent to reveal its central nervous system

Researchers in Germany have demonstrated a new technique which can turn the entire body of an animal transparent so that it can be examined in previously unimaginable levels of detail.
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An edible battery may help power next-gen ingestible medical devices

Medical devices are often packed with batteries that are themselves packed with toxic chemicals that react badly in the body, so researchers from Carnegie Mellon University looked for a way to make them more compatible.
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Still use a kettle and flame? You should check out this water-boiling sponge

MIT engineers have invented a sponge-like device, which can heat water to boiling temperatures, simply by soaking up sunlight. Most impressive of all, it’s constructible out of basic DIY materials.
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Chicago hasn’t yet found an effective tech tool for cutting murder rate

The Chicago Police Department has implemented multiple strategies to reduce homicide rates. The most controversial, an algorithm to predict the people most likely to be involved in shootings, hasn't been successful so far.