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Watch a wooden topographical map rise before your eyes when you turn handle

You know the clockwork-inspired Game of Thrones intro? Three brilliant industrial design students have created a hand-cranked machine that causes a topographical map to emerge from a flat surface when its handle is turned.
Mobile

‘Liquid glass’ promises to protect your phone from bumps and scratches

ProtectPax, a new crowdfunding project, is described as a "liquid glass" that promises to protect your smartphone's screen from scissors, nail files, car keys, and other sharp materials that happen to be jangling about in your pocket.
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Fire versus ice: Video shows what happens when thermite meets a frozen lake

Have you always wondered what would happen when a bunch of thermite is used to try and blow a hole in the thick ice of a frozen lake in Finland? Of course you have. You're only human!
Photography

Snap the ultimate selfie with this extreme DIY ring light

Tech learning company Adafruit has a new tutorial -- and it's all about getting the perfect light for smartphone shots. This DIY project is not for the faint of heart, however.
Web

Envelope internet: Google's Project Loon balloons can now hover in place

Google's latest navigational update for its balloon-powered Project Loon internet access points means that those same balloons can now effectively hover over certain regions, providing consistent -- rather than fleeting --…
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Algorithm predicts autism diagnosis in young children with 81 percent accuracy

A team of researchers have developed a deep learning algorithm that can accurately predict whether a child at high risk of autism is likely to be diagnosed with the disorder in early childhood.
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A desktop vacuum former on Kickstarter will complete any craft space

Looking for the next manufacturing or rapid prototyping tool for your home makerspace? This digital desktop vacuum former, available for pre-order on Kickstarter, could be what you're searching for.
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Bioengineers share their biobot blueprints with the world

Five years ago, the team of bioengineers developed bio-bots that could move thanks to a power supply provided by rat heart cells. Now, the team wants to help other bioengineers build biobots of their own.
Podcasts

Trends with Benefits: Elon Musk is boring a hole under LA, would you take a pilot-less flying taxi? 32:24

Why is Elon Musk digging a tunnel underneath LA? Is The Boring Company really legit? Will either tunneling or flying taxi's be a true solution to congested traffic? We have answers on this week's episode of Trends with Benefits.
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3D-printed miniature camera sees the world the way a bird of prey does

Do you want a camera inspired by the way that eagles and other winged predators see the world? Then check out this new miniature camera setup, capable of being 3D-printed onto a chip.
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Windshield technology just got smarter thanks to ProActive Wipers

Smart windshield technology uses cameras, radar, and rain sensors to predict when your car is going to get splashed by a vehicle coming in the other direction. Then it turns on your wipers.
Features

Imagining the Future: An Interview with Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow's first science fiction novel for adults in eight years, Walkaway, envisions a utopian future where a post-scarcity society's "walkaways" are using technology to make their lives better.