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April was the 12th consecutive ‘hottest’ recorded month

April was the 12th consecutive ‘hottest’ recorded month

Every month brings the same news -- that month was the new 'hottest' month on record, edging past the previous month to paint a dire picture for the planet's climate. Soon enough, the record-breaking had formed a trend, and now NOAA has confirmed the news: we’ve officially had a year-long streak of record-breaking warm weather. The temps were detailed in NOAA’s latest State of the Climate report.

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IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

IBM’s 3-bit phase-change memory could combine RAM, flash

In an ideal world, computers would only have one type of data storage, but thanks to the laws of physics and businesses, we have two main types (three if you count CPU L caches). There's DRAM or RAM, which is fast, expensive, and doesn't retain its data without power. And then there's regular storage, today represented by NAND flash, which has more capacity, retains its data longer, but is slower in comparison. Combining all those benefits, without the drawbacks, has been one of the holy grails of computing. And IBM might have found its version of the answer in its 3-bit phase-change memory.

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Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Smarter and sleeker: This is Acura’s new self-driving prototype

Acura has revealed its second-generation autonomous car prototype, smarter and more capable of potentially tricky road conditions than its predecessor. The new car has been outfitted with an updated batch of sensors, but arguably more important is the fresh software, with a new set of algorithms that Acura claims will be more resilient to changing real-world challenges.

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Prosthetic bionic arm has integrated charger, light, and drone

Prosthetic bionic arm has integrated charger, light, and drone

About four years ago, a man called James had a freak accident while trying to board a train that resulted in him falling under the train, severing his left leg, and severely damaging his left arm among other grievous injuries. The left arm was eventually amputated. The man recovered and was given an incredible prosthetic arm that has all sort of integrated functions in an experiment that seems right out of a science fiction movie.

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Spiders’ sticky ‘glue’ also acts as microscopic web spools

Spiders’ sticky ‘glue’ also acts as microscopic web spools

Spiders create a special sort of ‘hybrid’ substance for their web that keeps the silky threads taunt even after they’re stretched out, according to researchers, and that discovery has been used to create a so-called liquid wire with the same properties. The spider’s substance is described as a watery glue deposited in tiny drops onto the threads; when a piece of silk is pulled on or stretched out, it spools within the droplets, keeping the threads taunt and thusly maintaining the structure of the web.

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Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Soft and stretchable power pack has tiny lithium-ion batteries

Normally when we talk about power packs or batteries for electronic devices we are looking at large rigid structures that take up lots of space inside the device. That sort of battery works just fine for gadgets like phones or laptop computers, but when you are talking about thin wearable sensors and other electronics meant to be actually on the skin powering the devices is a challenge.

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Israeli divers find ancient Roman treasure in shipwreck remains

Israeli divers find ancient Roman treasure in shipwreck remains

A team of Israeli divers have discovered a cache of ancient Roman treasure within the remains of a shipwreck, the nation has announced. A pair of divers made the discovery back in April, finding the remains of a shipwreck in an ancient Roman port, and further investigation by the Israel Antiquities Authority revealed a cache of ancient treasures…most of which is in surprisingly good shape considering how long it spent underwater.

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Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

Study: many Americans limit Internet use over a roster of fears

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) has published a new study that found a combination of concerns about security and privacy are causing some Americans to limit their online activities, something that could, over time, impact the economy and more. The lack of trust in online safety comes at a time when report after report details mass government spying against citizens and cybersecurity breaches that leave ordinary users exposed and vulnerable.

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70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

70,000 OKCupid users’ data leaked from dating site

In this age of technology, looking for love often means using some sort of online dating service. After all, what could be easier than filling out a profile, adding some pictures, and sending out a few messages? Well, it might be easy for you to fill out all of that information, but it turns out it's just as easy for someone to post all of that information for all the world to see.

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Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

Disney Research shows off haptic telepresence robot

If you have ever been to a Disney park, you can understand why the company would be working on different types of robots. The part is filled with mechanical actors that move around and perform in many of the rides. Disney Research has unveiled a new telepresence robot that will have a much wider range of use than lip-synching "It's a Small World" in a creepy ride for kids. What the researchers at Disney Research have created is a new type of hydrostatic transmission that uses a hybrid air-water configuration.

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Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

Doppio: a smartwatch prototype with a removable 2nd screen

We're still waiting for some manufacturer, probably Samsung, to finally deliver the foldable, dual screen smartphone of our dreams. In the meantime, however, someone else is dreaming up the same thing for smartwatches. That someone is Xing-Dong Yang and his fellow researchers from Dartmouth College who presented the prototype of a smartwatch with two displays, one of them removable. In addition to showing a different or supplementary information, the position of the second display affects what is displayed on the primariy screen as well.

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This quadcopter drone can land on ceilings and walls

This quadcopter drone can land on ceilings and walls

We've seen consumer drones of various sizes, as well as those with varying camera and photography capabilities, but what about when it comes to landing on surfaces other than the ground? Research students at Stanford University have been exploring that exact idea, and have developed a quadcopter that can perch on the ceiling, as well as walls in a vertical position, just like a spider or insect.

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