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Origami robot is able to unfold and treat stomach injuries when swallowed

Origami robot is able to unfold and treat stomach injuries when swallowed

Researchers from the University of Sheffield, Tokyo Institute of Technology, and MIT have teamed up to demonstrate a new foldable origami robot that can be ingested and then controlled inside the stomach to treat internal wounds or remove things like button batteries from the stomach. Button batteries are at times swallowed by children and can cause great injury if left alone. The ingestible robot starts in a digestible capsule that is swallowed.

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Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney Researchers found a way to make faster RFID toys

Disney might have officially called it quits in publishing its own digital games, but it isn't completely throwing in the towel in researching the best ways to make those. Either that or the researchers at Disney got the memo too late. Teaming up with researchers from Carnegie Mellon and MIT, Disney Researchers have come across a solution that would make RFID-based toys and games faster but also more efficient, by doing away with the need to even include batteries just to keep track of objects.

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Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

Google AI pens dark poems after being force-fed 11k books

How do humans make an artificial intelligence system better at conversations? One method-in-testing is a project in which a Google AI was force-fed 2,865 romance books, about 1,500 fantasy books, and more. The work was done by researchers with Google Brain, and involved feeding a total of 11,000 unpublished books to the neural network, then testing whether it could take a couple sentences from the book and create its own corresponding phrases. The results sound like cryptic, dark poems.

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Ax fragment found in Australia is world’s oldest

Ax fragment found in Australia is world’s oldest

The world’s oldest ax fragment has been discovered in Western Australia, researchers have announced. The fragment is very small, being only about the size of a dime or a fingernail, but it shows a distinct shape and polish that hints at its past life — as a tool used during the Stone Age by humans to make life a bit easier. According to researchers, the tool hints that these newly-arrived humans were technically inclined and able to craft items for use in the rather inhospitable Australian wild.

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Hyperloop One’s first big propulsion test was a success

Hyperloop One’s first big propulsion test was a success

The future of transportation is, according to Hyperloop One, firing you body at high speed through a pipe, and it just ran the first trial on the way there. The company - formerly known as Hyperloop Technologies - has successfully demonstrated an open-air test in North Las Vegas, Nevada, that although short is nonetheless impressive.

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Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

Android Auto testing is more sophisticated than you might think

When hearing about things like Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, you might think it simply involves mirroring Android or iOS to a car's infotainment system, give or take a few functionality deemed to be dangerous or unnecessary for driving. But unlike other iterations of Android, like Android Wear or Android TV, Android Auto has far more dire consequences when implemented poorly. That is why when Nat & Lo took their web series to Google's Android Auto Research Lab, they were met by rather sophisticated equipment, including different kinds of sensors and, of course, a driving simulator.

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Amazon Prime Air secretly recruited an all-star computer vision team

Amazon Prime Air secretly recruited an all-star computer vision team

Amazon has quietly recruited a team of computer vision all-stars to work on giving its Prime Air delivery drones the skills to navigate the skies - and land - safely. The team, which includes former Microsoft engineers, is based in Graz, Austria, and will be responsible for ensuring that the retail behemoth's rapid delivery system doesn't crash and burn.

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MARLO bipedal robot walks over snow and rough terrain with ease

MARLO bipedal robot walks over snow and rough terrain with ease

Researchers from the University of Michigan have been working on a freestanding bipedal robot called MARLO. Electrical engineering professor Jessy Grizzle and his students have been working on MARLO in an attempt to get the unsupported robot to be able to walk across varied terrain without issue. The team believes that the feedback control used in the robot could be used in other devices like powered prosthetic legs in the future.

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Drug-sniffing car can find your drugs…even if you’re hundreds of feet away

Drug-sniffing car can find your drugs…even if you’re hundreds of feet away

Drug-sniffing dogs are notoriously unreliable, but what about drug-sniffing cars? University of North Texas chemistry professor Dr. Guido Verbeck has created what is said to be the first-ever ‘drug-sniffing’ car, and it’s able to locate illicit drugs with surprising accuracy…even if they’re located hundreds of feet away, depending on the quantity and substance. In one case, the car sniffed out a fake meth lab down to a 15-foot accuracy from a quarter of a mile away.

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Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

Mercury Transit sets planet against our sun

This morning the planet Mercury passed between our planet and our Sun, allowing us to see its silhouette with clarity. This is one of about 13 times the planet passes between ours and the sun per century - the last time this happened, you probably didn't have a smartphone - back in 2006. The image you see above comes from NASA and was captured by Bill Ingalls. NASA has also provided a time-lapse video showing the passing of the planet across the face of our sun.

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Invisible ‘second skin’ blocks UV rays, may help treat skin diseases

Invisible ‘second skin’ blocks UV rays, may help treat skin diseases

Researchers have developed a polymer they call a ‘second skin,’ and it could one day be used to apply medication directly to a person's skin or to protect against UV exposure, among other things. The polymer comes from Olivo Labs, a company that focuses on creating proprietary biomaterials for use in the dermatological field. Researchers call their new polymer ‘XPL,’ and say it offers the same mechanical properties as “youthful [real] skin."

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Toyota reveals battery that could solve smartphone woes

Toyota reveals battery that could solve smartphone woes

Batteries have become the biggest source of anxiety for today's smartphone users. While processing power, displays, and storage have more or less reached their highest potential, as far as current technologies are capable of, batteries haven't been able to compensate quickly. The search for longer battery lives, as well as safer batteries, continues. The smartphone industry's prayers might have just been answered by, almost amusingly, a car manufacturer. Toyota' scientists may have come up with a potent magnesium-based combination that could drastically improve battery output, life, and safety.

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