Emerging Tech
Emerging Tech

Unleashing hungry bacteria on our landfills could produce tons of natural gas

Engineers from Michigan Technological University have shown how a new approach to breaking down landfill waste could not just help the environment, but give us a new source of natural gas.

Weekly Rewind: A spying Google Home Mini, the Nobel winner, 'Star Wars' spoilers

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 it. That’s why we’ve compiled a quick and dirty list of the top tech stories from this week.
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Google helped create an energy-harvesting walkway that’s on show in Berlin

Google and U.K.-based energy and data harvesting company Pavegen have teamed up to create this smart energy-harvesting walkway and light show for Berlin's 2017 Festival of Lights celebration.
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Virgin’s Sir Richard Branson climbs aboard the Hyperloop

Hyperloop One is to be rebranded as "Virgin Hyperloop One" after Sir Richard Branson's company announced it's investing in the project. The British entrepreneur is also taking a seat on the company's board of directors.
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A San Francisco official wants robots to be taxed just like people

Started by San Francisco supervisor Jane Kim, the grassroots coalition "Jobs of the Future Fund" seeks to protect human employees from the artificial intelligence takeover by taxing workplace robots.
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Robot hand is dexterous enough to screw in a lightbulb, turn a screwdriver

Researchers at U.C. San Diego have developed a soft robot gripper, or robot hand, that's dexterous enough to screw in a light bulb or use a screwdriver -- and can recognize them through touch only.
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Have a sore back? Emma the robot masseuse can help you feel better again

Have a sore back? If you live in Singapore, you can now treat it by getting a massage from a cutting-edge robot masseuse called Emma -- short for Expert Manipulative Massage Automation.

With the Super35 Zenmuse X7, DJI is now a full-on camera company

The Zenmuse X7 is the first dedicated aerial camera from DJI to use a large Super35 sensor, the standard format of professional cinema (or “digital film”) cameras from the likes of Arri, Red, Blackmagic Design, and Canon
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SpaceX sees a payoff from its pioneering work with reusable rockets

SpaceX is getting good at launching and landing used rockets, achieving the feat for the third time this year on October 11. CEO Elon Musk said he wants to cut the turnaround time for reflights from months to just 24 hours.
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Tooth Cracker 5000 is a device for splitting teeth and extracting stem cells

Researchers have discovered a new way of harvesting stem cells -- by extracting them from teeth, which they split in half using something called the Tooth Cracker 5000. Yes, really.
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Gene-edited corn has nutrients usually found in meat — here's why that's huge

Scientists at Rutgers University and China’s Sichuan Academy of Agricultural Sciences have come up with a way to improve the nutritional value of corn using smart gene-editing technology.
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When smart cities arrive, this is the smart crosswalk we want to see

The design of crosswalks on the road has remained unchanged for decades. A futuristic concept called the Starling Crossing uses object tracking tech and LEDs to turn them into smart crosswalks.