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Look at your TV to turn it on? Amazon could be making it happen

A patent filed by Amazon reveals potential plans for new technology that lets you control things in your home, like lights, with your eyes. The tech could make it so you can simply stare at an object with your eyes and get info or…
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New 6-axis 3D printer can print complex objects with gravity-defying overhangs

Two students from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences have developed a 3D printer that uses a tilting bed to print objects with a critical overhang. Suddenly your complex prints just got less time-consuming!

Bold idea gets off the ground: First flying car now available for pre-order

Five years after demonstrating its first successful test flight, Dutch company PAL-V has begun accepting pre-orders for what may be the first flying car to hit the commercial market.
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Watch live: Experts discuss why Asteroid Day could save us from catastrophy

On Tuesday, astronomers from around the world hold a press conference leading up to the first official United Nations Asteroid Day event, which will be held on June 30, the anniversary of the 1908 Tunguska impact in Siberia.
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Powerhouse bacteria decontaminates wastewater and makes energy

n a new study, researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara have demonstrated that S. oneidensis may not just be strange but important, some day offering a means to decontaminate wastewater.
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Pilot-less flying taxis could take to the skies in Dubai this summer

Dubai's a busy place, with the rush hour often a major challenge for drivers crawling along the packed multi-lane freeways. So could this autonomous flying taxi, which is set to go into service there this summer, be the answer?
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Golden power: this super efficient battery is powered by a urine byproduct

The secret ingredient for developing ultra-low cost, super efficient batteries could turn out to be urine, according to a new paper published by researchers from Stanford University.
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This mesmerizing video isn’t just cool — it offers clues on how atmosphere works

Besides being the first extended video evidence of blue lightning, a 160-second clip has prompted more studies. Researchers say that delving into blue lighting could offer insight into how the atmosphere protects us from…
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Oncologists will be able to walk through 3D tumors with new VR system

A new multi-million-dollar project is building virtual reality and 3D visualization tools to help oncologists and other cancer researchers create and analyze 3D maps of cancerous tumors.
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U.S. Army wants to analyze drivers' brain waves to keep them awake at the wheel

Forget about cranking loud music, drinking coffee and keeping your windows rolled down to avoid in-car drowsiness. The U.S. Army has an alternative solution: Analyzing your brain waves.
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Twerk it with science! Researchers discover the best way to bust a move

Think the academic world is all fun and no play? Psychologists at Northumbria University in the U.K. have been studying which male and female dance moves are the most and least alluring.
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Help find alien worlds: Astronomers release huge dataset of nearby stars

A team of astronomers led by the Carnegie Institution for Science has publicly released an immense catalog of observations on nearby stars. The dataset is intended to be easily accessible for citizen scientists to engage in the search for…