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Microsoft hits another milestone in speech-recognition software accuracy

If you’re fed up with chatbots mishearing you, Microsoft may be here to help. Its researchers have achieved an impressively low error rate for speech recognition software -- just 6.3 percent, according to a paper published last week.
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What do 2 million stars look like? Europe’s space agency just gave us a map

The European Space Agency released the largest ever full-sky survey of celestial objects yesterday. The release is the first batch of more than one billion stars that the agency hopes to catalog using its Gaia satellite in the coming year.

Quantum computing will make your PC look like a graphing calculator

infried Hensinger likes Star Trek. “It goes all the way back to primary school,” said the director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies in England. “I wanted to be science officer on the Enterprise, so I worked…
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Watch a steam-powered rocket fire stuntman Eddie Braun over a canyon

A steam-powered rocket has just fired stuntman Eddie Braun over an Idaho canyon. The rocket was pretty much identical to the one legendary daredevil Evel Knievel used in his failed effort to pull off the same feat back in 1974.

Oxbotica's robotic brain finds its way into driverless vehicles in the U.K.

Oxbotica, a spinoff group from Oxford University, is developing driverless technology in the U.K. The company aims to implement its tech in numerous applications, including cars, taxis, forklifts, and driverless pods.

Lumens, watts, and lightbulbs: Know the facts before you buy

Watts and lumens -- they both describe light bulbs, but do you know what they actually mean? Did you know that wattage is no longer a reliable way to tell how bright a bulb is? Here's a breakdown of the two measurements, and what they mean…
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Everything you need to know about the Large Hadron Collider

Lately, it seems as though every discovery made using the Large Hadron Collider threatens to overturn our understanding of the universe. But what exactly is the machine, and what does it do? Our handy guide will tell you everything you need…

Back to the grind: How to clean your garbage disposal

Tired of a clunky, dirty garbage disposal in your kitchen? We'll show you how to clean it out in short order, and using stuff you probably already have lying around your kitchen.
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Robomow RS622 Review

Like an outdoor Roomba, Robomow grooms your lawn so you don’t have to
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Atomizing faucet nozzles, robot hands, and more

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
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Space travel in stasis is coming sooner than you think

SpaceWorks and NASA have teamed up to develop a way to induce a state of stasis for astronauts on long space travel missions using a method hospitals use all the time.
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Watching a rocket plug explode into bits in slow motion is strangely gratifying

To protect a rocket booster from heat, dust, and moisture, a foam plug is installed. This video will let you watch it explode out in slow motion, which turns out to be mesmerizing.