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The key to stopping Ebola? Using machine learning to track infected bats

A team of scientists have used machine learning to create a "bat map" which may help quell the spread of Ebola. Here's how it works.
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Incredible AI app can ‘repaint’ photos to look like it was composed by famous artists

Prisma, a free, Russian-made photo app, allows users to customize their images by feeding photos through an artificial intelligence that "repaints" them in the style of great artists like Van Gogh, Munch, and Picasso.
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'Biohybrid' robot built with sea slug tissue could be used to find toxins, black boxes

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have created a “biohybrid” robot using tough tissues from a sea slug and 3D-printing technology.
Computing

Researchers create a tiny ‘Atomic’ hard drive that can store 500 terabits of data

What does the future of storage density look like? How does 65.2 terabytes on a square-inch surface sound? Dutch researchers are working on exactly that, but it currently only works in liquid nitrogen temperatures.
Photography

This 348-pound lens was once mounted on a Soviet spy satellite — and it’s for sale

Super spies won't be carrying this lens around in their pockets -- this 348 pound lens is nearly 4.5 feet long. The lens, once on the Russian reconnaissance satellite Yantar 4K2, is listed for sale on an online classified site.
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Looks like a drone, flies like a drone, sees the world like an insect

A physics student from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed an autonomous drone that’s capable of flying around obstacles thanks to a vision algorithm that's modeled off insect eyes.
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Bird-like drone recovered in Somalia is the real ‘Black Hawk Down’

An unusual bird-like drone was found last week in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia. The origins of the crudely designed UAV are unknown, but early reports suggest it may belong to Somali intelligence agency NISA.
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Field goals in the NFL may get a little harder thanks to sensor-stuffed footballs

In an effort to make those extra-pointers or field goals a bit more difficult, the NFL is toying with the idea of placing data chips in footballs to determine whether those famous yellow goal posts should be narrowed.
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Obi is a robotic dining companion that aids disabled diners

Technologies don’t come more potentially transformative than Obi, a robotic arm which allows people with physical disabilities to feed themselves: restoring an important sense of dignity that otherwise risks being lost.
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New York City’s subway cars to get high-tech makeover

New York City has promised to spend $27 billion on improving its transportation network, with some of the money earmarked for the city's sprawling subway network. Modern cars and revamped stations are planned.
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NASA finalizes next Mars rover, inching closer to 2020 launch

NASA's next Martian rover -- for now dubbed simply Mars 2020 -- will help scientists investigate surface rocks for signs of prior life, collect samples, and store them for recovery by future missions.
Photography

Homemade motion-control camera rig works almost like the real thing

While there is certainly no shortage of DIY photography projects out there, this ingenious hardware hacker cobbled together spare parts into the ultimate motion control Franken-rig.