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Digital Trends Live: Alexa-enabled robot, Facebook plays poker, and more

On this episode of DT Live, we discuss the top trending tech stories of the day, including Amazon’s Alexa-enabled robot, Facebook’s A.I. poker player, a bike lane delivery robot, Minecraft Earth, and more.
Emerging Tech

Bacteria could help mass-produce wonder material graphene at scale

Researchers from the U.S. and the Netherlands have figured out how to produce wonder material graphene by mixing oxidized graphite with bacteria. Here's why their work could be a game-changer.
Emerging Tech

MIT whiz kids got a robot to take on the viral #BottleCapChallenge

It turns out the ultra-smart folks at MIT think about the same silly viral meme challenges as the rest of us. Check out their attempt to get a robot to take on the #BottleCapChallenge.
Cars

The Rev-1 delivery robot is fast enough to hit the bike lane

Tootling into view is yet another wheel-based delivery robot, this one from U.S. startup Refraction A.I. The Rev-1 is designed for last-mile deliveries and is said to be faster and cheaper than many of its rivals.
News

What Skylab taught us about space research, 40 years later

Thursday is the 40th anniversary of Skylab falling back to Earth. While most people know it as America's first manned space station, its influence extends much further, inspiring space research and scientific curiosity for decades
Mobile

T-Mobile completes its first 600MHz 5G test using a commercial modem

T-Mobile's 5G network officially launched in the U.S., though it's not with the 600MHz frequency we were all expecting, but with millimeter wave, just like Verizon's existing 5G network.
Emerging Tech

Scientists use bounced lasers to determine whether a glass of water is pure

Scientists have come up with a high-tech method to work out whether water is pure using bounced lasers and sonar technology. Here's how it works — and what could make it so useful.
Emerging Tech

NASA video celebrates the discovery of the 4,000th exoplanet

Exoplanets are celestial bodies outside of our solar system, with some potentially able to sustain life. A new NASA video celebrates the discovery of 4,000 exoplanets by powerful space telescopes since 1992.
Emerging Tech

Hayabusa2 probe collects first-ever subsurface samples from an asteroid

It can be hard waiting for news from 200 million miles away, but on Wednesday, Japan's space agency said it believes its Hayabusa2 probe has collected the first subsurface materials from an asteroid.
Emerging Tech

Move over, Spot. Anymal is a four-legged dog robot with all kinds of new tricks

Boston Dynamics isn’t the only company building robotic dogs. Swiss robotics company Anybotics has one of its own design -- and it's pretty darn impressive. We spoke with Anybotics co-founder Péter Fankhauser to find out just what it's…
Emerging Tech

Virgin Orbit took a major step toward launching satellites from a Boeing 747

Virgin Orbit launched a rocket from a Boeing 747, clearing the way for the company to launch a similar rocket into space later this year. A spinoff of Virgin Galactic, it plans to launch small satellites into low-Earth orbit from a plane.
Emerging Tech

U.K. military is getting serious about lasers and other energy weapons

The U.K.’s Ministry of Defence is investing $162 million in trialling the next generation of laser and radio frequency Directed Energy Weapons. Warfare is about to get a whole lot more sci-fi!
Emerging Tech

This wearable sensor sips sweat to work out whether a person is dehydrated

A new smart sensor can tell whether a person is becoming dehydrated by analyzing the potassium and sodium in their sweat. Here's why it could be a game-changer for soldiers, athletes, and anyone who works outdoors.
Photography

Researchers made a tiny polarization camera that sees what humans can’t

How well can the cameras in self-driving cars see camouflaged or transparent objects? A new polarization camera developed by researchers at Harvard could help improve the accuracy of machine vision.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Google and Amazon call truce, IBM foldable watch, and more

On this episode of DT Live, we discuss the biggest tech stories of the day, including a Google and Amazon video service truce, an IBM foldable watch, Waymo’s robo-taxi perks, Amazon wants to be your home internet provider, and more.
Emerging Tech

Researchers have built a robot whose sole mission in life is to pick lettuce

Researchers at the U.K.’s University of Cambridge have developed an A.I.-powered robot that’s able to identify and pick iceberg lettuce. Check it out in full lettuce-picking action.
Emerging Tech

Amazing smart glass can recognize numbers, no added tech required

What if it was possible to carry out facial recognition using just an ordinary piece of glass, with no added tech? It sounds crazy, but researchers have been working to develop exactly that.
News

Digital rights group Fight for the Future wants to ban facial recognition

Fight for the Future, a digital rights group, announced a campaign on Tuesday, July 9 calling for a complete ban on government use of facial recognition surveillance software. The campaign website, BanFacialRecognition.com, asks visitors to…