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Earth’s ‘technosphere’ is massive, and could mean problems for the planet

An artificial system of is growing on top of Earth’s surface, and it’s entirely our creation. Dubbed the technosphere, the system consists of all man-made structures — from buildings, streets, and landfills to smartphones, clothes…
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DIY 'wrist rockets' allow inventor to cruise underwater like a human submarine

With the aid of two T100 thrusters, a pair of wrist straps, and an Arduino, YouTuber PeterSripol has built the best pair of 'wrist rockets' we've ever seen. It's the only pair we've seen, to be honest!

Google claims 100 percent renewable energy usage by 2017 — but it's paying for it

With its vast array of data centers and offices around the world, Google uses a lot of energy. By 2017, it claims it will be using 100 percent renewable energy -- or at least it will purchase enough of it to balance things out.
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MIT researchers develop system that lets you customize and test your own drones

MIT researchers have designed and developed a system which makes it possible to design drones -- including their size, shape, and structure, based on your own personal requirements.

Tamron is making an image sensor more sensitive than the human eye

Tamron has announced that it is working alongside the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) to develop an image sensor capable of seeing clearly in as little brightness as a star-lit night.
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Disney performs some tooth-based magic for more lifelike digital doubles

CGI of humans can still look a little off, with teeth perhaps proving the biggest challenge when it comes to accuracy. Boffins at Disney Research, however, seem to have found a way to quickly create more realistic digital actors…

Lexus stuck 42,000 LED lights on a car to create this dazzling light show

Someone at Lexus had the idea to stick 41,999 LED lights on one of its cars. So that's exactly what they did. The dazzling stunt was part of ongoing shenanigans to promote its 2017 IS sedan.

Google Maps imagery is about to get even better thanks to a new eye in the sky

DigitalGlobe, a Colorado-based company specializing in high-res imagery taken from up high, has just released the first picture taken from the new satellite it launched last month. Expect to start seeing even more detailed Google Maps…

Small, circular, and sleek; the Cleo drone is basically a pint-sized UFO that takes pictures

Camera drones are a wonderful thing, yet they were not made for the average consumer. They can be big and expensive, and require flight practice with large controllers. Two engineers want to change that with the Cleo drone.

In hot pursuit of Verizon, AT&T begins testing 5G technology in Austin, Texas

AT&T is in hot pursuit of Verizon, and to that end has announced that it has begun testing 5G technology in Texas. Before you get too excited, however, keep in mind that it will likely be a while before we get 5G in the real world.

3D-printed mount turns four Sony cameras into a 360 video rig

When a media company couldn't find a suitable 360 camera, it designed its own using four Sony a7S IIs, a 3D printer, and stitching software. While the price still sits at a pro level, it's considerably less than the $45,000 Ozo.
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Superfast fMRI is first to track human brain activity during thought

Up until now, fMRI hasn't been quite quick enough to detect the kind of subtle brain activity that’s associated with higher order brain functions. That may be changing thanks to a new fMRI technique that's up to 10 times faster.