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Texas grand jury finds that a GIF can be considered a weapon

In a first-of-its-kind case, a Texas grand jury this week ruled that an animated GIF can be used as a deadly weapon. The decision stems from a December 2016 incident in which a GIF was sent with the intention of causing a seizure in the…
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NASA’s PUFFER is a cute origami-inspired robot that goes where big rovers can’t

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are developing a small scout robot called the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER) to accompany the next generation of Martian rovers.
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AI learns when people are using hate speech, even when they use code words

Computer scientists at the University of Rochester have developed a smart algorithm which can detect hate speech slurs in Twitter messages, even when people use code words as disguise.

Zoom around town in style on Mercane Wheels’ foldable, electric Transboard

Dubbed the Transboard, the three-wheeled electric scooter was designed to handle daily commutes in dense cities and sprawling countrysides. It combines speed, stability, and comfort to make any commute an enjoyable one.

Watch: IBM uses artificial intelligence to make music with Phony Ppl 3:53

IBM's artificial intelligence program Watson Beat uses digital audio from users to composes original music based. We brought that technology to futuristic R&B group Phony PPL to see if actual musicians could find a cool way to…
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Bacteria may be the key to future 3D-printed bespoke materials

Scientists at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have developed a new process that enables them to 3D print a range of materials -- such as a form of graphene -- using bacteria.
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Studying brain waves while watching trailers can help predict a film’s success

Scientists have used brain wave-reading technology to monitor people's interest level when watching movie trailers. It turns out to accurately predict movie box-office performance.

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 DIY mouth you can manipulate to form sounds

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.