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Designed by MIT entrepreneurs, Invincible is the ultimate city-proof bike

Fed up with trying to keep a bike in the city from being stripped or stolen by thieves, MIT entrepreneurs designed a city-proof bike. Fortified's Invincible has an aluminum frame, rust-proof chain, puncture-resistant tires, and…
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Versatile SmartSlab tile table cooks and cools food, and seats six

Swedish design firm Kram/Weisshaar has produced SmartSlab, a swipe-controlled table with a thin ceramic top that cooks, cools, and seats six diners. With its automotive-inspired legs the table is simultaneously a circuit board, structure…
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FBI and government scientists allegedly testing tattoo recognition tech on inmates

An investigation from EFF claims that the FBI and government scientists are collaborating on tattoo recognition algorithms to profile inmates, but they have not followed the ethical procedures for working with inmates.
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Chile is giving away its surplus solar energy for free

Chile has become a prime example of why solar energy can be a blessing and a curse; good for consumers but bad for many businesses in the energy industry. This year, the price for electricity in some parts of Chile fell to zero on 113 days…
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All devices and apps that work with Google Nest

If you have a Nest thermostat or device, or you're planning to purchase one, you'll want to make sure it works with your other smart devices. Thankfully, we've curated the full list for you.
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Weekend Workshop: Become a hipster and build this DIY vinyl record player

Vinyl records are in but instead of buying a record player off the shelf like every other bearded hipster, why not build this DIY turntable that'll quickly make you the hippest person on your entire block?
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New ‘metamaterial lens’ is 100,000-times thinner than conventional glass optics

In the future, "metamaterial" could make glass obsolete in the creation of camera lenses and displays. Researchers at Harvard University have created such a lens that's thinner than the light it bends.
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Filmmakers take incredible risk flying drone inside Byzantine church

Drones are best-suited for use outdoors, with plenty of room to maneuver. That didn't stop a filmmaking team from attempting a risky shoot inside a French Byzantine church, however. The results are stunning.
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Turn anything in your home into a connected device with Mesh

If only making ourselves smarter were as easy as making your whole house smarter, we'd all be geniuses. Alas, such technology does not yet exist, but in the meantime, you can turn your home smart with Mesh, the DIY smart home kit.
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Fly with your drone in VR thanks to the Exo360’s five 4K cameras

Queen B Robotics has combined drones with virtual reality, coming up with a drone with five cameras, able to capture 360-degree video. The drone is currently being funded on Indiegogo and was shown off at Augmented World Expo 2016.
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Elon Musk thinks we should insert ‘neural laces’ into our brains so we can become cyborgs

This week, in a conversation at Recode’s annual Code Conference, Musk shared a tentative idea for something called “neural laces,” which he imagines could mitigate the risk of humanity becoming something of a pet to…
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Is there anything Alexa can’t do? Not much, now that the AI boasts more than 1,000 skills

Soon, it may be easier to list the things Amazon's Alexa can't do rather than the things it can. On Friday, the smart home system revealed that there are now more than 1,000 third-party skills available on the platform.