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What happens when a drone is hit by lightning? It’s not pretty

Drones are fair-weather friends, according to this lightning machine and a group of researchers. But this is a video you will want to see for yourself. Try not to cringe when you see what happens to the "protected" drone.
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Two unconventional tools help researchers detect buried land mines

A team of researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed an innovative method for detecting buried land mines, and it combines two unconventional tools: lasers and fluorescent bacteria.
Mobile

Got a second? This app from MIT helps you learn a language in your spare time

Through a new series of apps called WaitSuite, a team of researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory hope to turn brief moments into learning opportunities.
Health & Fitness

Machine learning algorithms surpass doctors at predicting heart attacks

Scientists have managed to develop an algorithm that outperforms medical doctors when it comes to predicting heart attacks. And this, experts say, could save thousands of lives every year.
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From corn to cattle, gene editing is about to supercharge agriculture

Dubbed the "CRISPR Revolution," scientific advances in gene editing have huge potential that many experts think could help fortify our food system and feed an increasing global population that's threatened by climate change.
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Can tech help us feed a population of 9 billion-plus? Welcome to the Future of Food

Over the next few decades, global food production will need to scale up tremendously to keep pace with humanity's growing population. Can technological advances help us feed all those hungry mouths, or are we doomed to starvation?
Photography

Check out the launch design of that crazy 16-lens camera

After several delays, the unique L16 camera from Light is set to start shipping to customers in the U.S. this July. New images of the final design show a few subtle changes, though the overall look remains largely unchanged.
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Hyperloop summer contest will see who has the fastest passenger pod

SpaceX's next Hyperloop contest may be the most exciting yet as it will focus on a single element: speed. Teams from around the world will test their passenger pods on a track in California to see who has the fastest design.
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Rogue drones are being targeted by new ‘specialist squad’ in the U.K.

A new "specialist squad" has been set up in the U.K. to target criminals trying to fly contraband into the nation's prisons. The problem is a growing one, prompting a growing number of companies to offer solutions.
Computing

Cryptocurrency explainer: Everything you need to know

Interested in how cryptocurrency works? Thinking of investing in something like Bitcoin? Here's how cryptocurrencies work, why people use them, and how they compare to good old-fashioned paper money.
Photography

For $75,000, you can get the world’s first broadcast-quality 6K VR drone

Look up, friends. This isn't your average drone. Meet the Flying Eye from 360 Designs, heralded as the world's first broadcast quality 6K VR drone. It's capable of streaming live, 6K, 360-degree video over a range of five miles.
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Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Chain-free bikes and a spherical Segway

Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You can't technically buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!