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Newly developed AI system can accurately judge a book by its cover

Researchers at Japan’s Kyushu University have trained a neural network to be able to predict which genre a book falls into simply by studying its cover. It looks like the old adage about judging a book no longer applies.
Computing

Can tech reduce our regrets? AI platform promises to help groups make better decisions

Researchers developed RobotVote to draw on the power of artificial intelligence and machine learning to guide participants towards the best possible answer to preferential and factual polls.
Computing

Robots may be responsible for a lot of the election coverage you’re reading

Each of these publications use algorithms to sift through data and turn it into text, and chatterbots to deliver this news coverage to readers via messaging apps.
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Leaked NASA paper suggests the ‘impossible’ Emdrive engine actually works

The wider scientific community may be skeptical about the viability of Roger Shawyer's EmDrive propulsion system, but a leaked draft of a much-anticipated peer-reviewed paper from NASA describes tests showing the system as "consistently…
Outdoors

Lightmode’s helmet kits make you look like a Tron cast member

Regular helmet lights are boring. LightMode doesn't know the meaning of boring. Their helmet kits let riders make their own light designs on their helmet of choice, creating gear that looks like it was stolen from the Tron set.
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This awesome periodic table shows us how we actually use all those elements

The periodic table may excite some terrifying others. But this unique take on the table from a Seattle-based designer looks like fun for everyone, its fun design and interactive features showing us exactly how we use all of those chemical…
Outdoors

Capsula inflatable backpacks don’t just cushion your stuff, they keep it afloat

Built from waterproof fabrics and zippers, these bags are designed to protect their contents from the elements. Thank to an integrated air valve system, they can also be inflated so that they float on water too.
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SpaceX may have finally zeroed in on cause of September’s rocket explosion

A fueling issue caused a SpaceX rocket to blow up on the launchpad during a test in early September. While the issue has been identified, SpaceX still faces more challenges ahead.
Cool Tech

Rice University just democratized optogenetics with an open-source platform

By modifying the cells to contain certain photoreceptors, optogenetics allowed scientists to regulate, monitor, and measure the activity of cells -- particularly neurons -- even in live organisms.
Outdoors

Carry a Tesla coil in your pocket with Sparkr, a plasma lighter and flashlight

The Sparkr plasma lighter is a flashlight, lantern, and firestarter all rolled into one. It features a rechargeable battery that keeps the device ready for use at all times, and it is even available in a compact version called Sparkr Mini.
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Two decades in the making: NASA completes most powerful space telescope

The largest and most expensive space telescope in history is finally complete, NASA announced last week, as the 20-year project to construct the James Webb Telescope came to an end.
Deals

Amazon is having a 1-day sale on the Echo, $40 off

Powered by Alexa, Amazon's personal digital assistant, the Echo Wireless Speaker is one of Amazon's most ambitious devices. To celebrate its 2-year anniversary, Amazon and select retailers are offering the rarely-discounted Echo speaker for…