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Japan’s cargo ship arrives at ISS: whiskey, mice and more aboard

Japan’s cargo ship arrives at ISS: whiskey, mice and more aboard

After four days, Japan’s cargo ship has safely arrived at the International Space Station. The delivery was made by the H-II Transfer vehicle (HTV-5), and it brings with it, among other things, that whiskey we talked about earlier this month. Says NASA, the delivery was comprised of nearly 9500 lbs of experiments and supplies; it arrived at 6:55AM EDT after having been launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on August 19. The cargo vehicle was launched from the Tanegashima Space Center via the nation’s H-IIB rocket.

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Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

Microsoft MobileFusion turns any smartphone into 3D scanner

In early October, researchers will show off Microsoft’s new MobileFusion technology, a project that enables an ordinary smartphone to serve as a 3D scanner. MobileFusion is notable for a number of reasons: it doesn’t require any special attachments, nor does it require an Internet connection, and it is something any smartphone user could utilize. Most present day smartphones are powerful enough to use the 3D scanning system, with the phone’s camera being the starting point of that system and an algorithm doing the rest of the work.

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9-year-old gets ‘awesome’ gesture-controlled bionic arm

9-year-old gets ‘awesome’ gesture-controlled bionic arm

Josh Cathcart is a nine-year-old boy who was born missing a portion of his right arm, something that resulted in bullying and made life harder for him. Those troubles have been greatly minimized thanks to a new bionic arm from Touch Bionics, making him the first kid in the United Kingdom to get one of the company’s i-limb quantum prosthetics. The arm is functional, allowing him to grip items as small as LEGOs and do things for himself that he previously had trouble doing. This is said to be the first prosthetic hand able to alter its grip using gestures.

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Chrome Canary users can now spellcheck multiple languages at once

Chrome Canary users can now spellcheck multiple languages at once

If you’re bilingual and use Chrome, we've some good news: you can now enable Chrome Canary to spellcheck multiple languages at once, cutting down on the editing time and eliminating the need to use third-party tools to expedite the revision process. You’ll need to manually enable the feature and select which languages you want to be monitored, but after that it’ll happen automatically, no additional tweaking necessary. News of the feature first surfaced earlier this summer, but it is now available for all Chrome Canary users to enjoy.

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Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail update adds event and package reminders

Yahoo Mail has received a much needed update, with Yahoo adding in new event reminders and package reminders to help users remember when they have something going on. Yahoo has added in visual information on events and packages that are being shipped, as well as informative notifications that include pertinent details, such as the time of the event. The information includes things like shipment tracking shortcuts, and links to the original email in which the rest of the data resides.

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Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu grabs Seth Rogen’s ‘Future Man’ comedy

Hulu has ordered a 30 minute pilot episode for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s ‘Future Man’ comedy, it has been announced. The comedy is said to follow the likes of a janitor who cleans up during the day, and who plays as a world-ranked gamer at night. Neither of those are central to the storyline, however. Rather, visitors said to come from the future advise the janitor that he is the only hope for humanity — humans will become extinct if the janitor doesn’t do something to stop the invasion of some unspecified “super race”.

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Japanese scientists are making special plastic beer bottles

Japanese scientists are making special plastic beer bottles

Beer, you may have noticed, never comes in a plastic bottle (excepting certain circumstances). It does come in cans, but you'd have to search far and wide to find beer in a plastic bottle, and for one very good reason: plastic makes quick work of the beer's quality. It'll go flat too soon, the flavor will be affected, and depending on how it is stored, the bottles may leech chemicals into the beer, raising health concerns. All those issues, though, will soon be behind us.

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Apple expands self-driving experts roster, hires Tesla engineer

Apple expands self-driving experts roster, hires Tesla engineer

Apple has hired one of Tesla Motors’ senior engineers for work on its own self-driving technology -- presumably as part of its Project Titan. The information surfaced via LinkedIn, where the network’s profile for Jamie Carlson revealed he has left Tesla and joined Apple. In addition, other LinkedIn profiles show that half a dozen other individuals said to work in the self-driving technology industry have also started working at Apple. Details about “Project Titan” surfaced this past February; the car is said to be a competitor to Tesla.

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This awe-inspiring nebula looks like the Eye of Sauron

This awe-inspiring nebula looks like the Eye of Sauron

NASA has published another astounding image snapped from the universe that surrounds us, and unlike ones that resemble paradise or mythical lands, this one looks like something straight from one of humanity’s most beloved works of literature: the eye of Sauron. It is fiercely red and studded with flashes and specs of light that serve only to further enhance the glaring, direct gaze of a star and the surrounding nebula.

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Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

Amazon will start rejecting Flash ads next month

The Internet’s collective move against Flash — the frequently vulnerable software that increasingly has more downsides than up — just gained a big new ally: Amazon. The Internet retailer announced this week that it will soon stop accepting Flash advertisements, making it the latest company to gravitate away from Adobe's longstanding and much-maligned software. This announcement follows news earlier this month that Yahoo’s advertisements were used to spread malware that, ultimately, used vulnerable versions of Flash for success.

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Moto 360 2 (possibly) spotted on Chicago train

Moto 360 2 (possibly) spotted on Chicago train

The new Moto 360 may have been spotted being worn by a commuter on a train in Chicago, at least according to the person who snapped a couple pictures of it. We've seen leaks suggested to be of the newest Motorola wearable over the past weeks, such as the one that surfaced on August 14 showing an unexpected device. A couple days later some regulatory documents surfaced from Brazil indicating that next Moto 360 will be available in two different sizes, per consumer feedback.

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Fear the Walking Dead: watch first 3 mins before Sunday premiere

Fear the Walking Dead: watch first 3 mins before Sunday premiere

This Sunday ushers in the premiere of AMC's new Fear the Walking Dead TV show, a companion series to the network's long-standing and still popular The Walking Dead series. After numerous trailers and a progressive look at the apocalypse version of Los Angeles, the network has released the first full three minutes of the upcoming world premiere. There's not much in it considered spoiler-worthy, especially if you've already seen the trailers.

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