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Here are the craziest, most groundbreaking scientific achievements of 2016

The year 2016 logged some very exciting breakthroughs in science and technology -- we are closer than ever to an effective cancer cure, we soon will have self-driving cars and we possibly found the home planet for our alien brethren.
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Neural network can create high-res images based on a text description

In a new piece of research, neural networks have been used to generate high resolution photos based only on a basic text description. Watch out, book illustrators: The machines are coming for you!
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Weekly Rewind: The year's biggest tech fails, RIP Carrie Fisher, CES 2017 trends

In the tech world, a lot happens in a week. So much news goes on that it's almost impossible for mere mortals with real lives to keep track of everything. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top 10 tech stories from…
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Move over laser surgery! Gene therapy could be the secret to restoring vision

New research may be able to help restore eyesight in people with inherited blindness -- courtesy of gene therapies capable of providing anything from the modulation of activity of specific genes to full-on gene replacement.
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Flop or not? ScriptBook AI predicts which movies will be box-office bombs

A new artificial intelligence-powered startup named ScriptBook hopes that its Script2Screen software will help Hollywood sort the would-be hits from the misses. Here is how it works.
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Singapore plans geofencing, remote pilot stations make drone flight safer

Nanyang Technological University in Singapore will develop an air traffic management system for drones, including built-in detect-and-avoid systems built, designated takeoff and landing zones, and virtual lanes through the city skyline.
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Keymochi, the smart mobile keyboard, can judge your mood based on how you type

You know that old saying about how it’s not what you say, but how you say it? A new mobile keyboard created by Cornell Tech students takes that idea and runs with it -- by gauging your mood based on how you text.
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3D-printed lace enclosures will ensure your shoes never come untied again

Ever have the problem of shoelaces that come undone? If so, and provided that you own a 3D printer, then additive manufacturing gurus Noe and Pedro Ruiz may have just the DIY project for you.
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Finch Shift universal VR controller helps you come to grips with virtual worlds

Russian startup Finch has created a pair of universal VR joysticks that work in association with armband sensors on the upper arm to help track and visualize hand and finger movement in VR -- without cameras or cables.
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Self-healing material that can carry current may advance robotics

Researchers have been developing regenerative synthetic materials for more than 15 years. Now, a team of scientists have created a self-healing, stretchable, see-through material that can carry a current and may help improve…
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Engineers create bio-inspired, silk-based materials with programmable traits

Silk production was a guarded Chinese secret for thousands of years. Now, researchers from Tufts University have re-engineered silk fibers to develop materials that can be programmed to respond to their environment.
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Big tech from little companies: Here's the best Kickstarter campaigns from 2016

When you look back on 2016 in the years to come, what will be the overriding memory you have? Great Kickstarter projects, of course. Check out our rundown of the year's greatest crowdfunding campaigns.