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Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan’s new maglev bullet train is now the fastest in the world

Japan Railways' latest mag-lev bullet train just broke its own record as the fastest train in the world. The bullet train travelled at 603 kph (374 mph), blowing through last week's top speed of 590 kph (366 mph). At it's fastest, the train covered a mile in 10 seconds, which is insanely fast. This particular maglev train will be able to carry just over 900 passengers per trip as it levitates above the tracks using electromagnets to create a nearly frictionless ride.

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Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney Labs ‘acoustruments’ create smartphone buttons from sound

Disney is doing a lot more than 3D-printing fabric. Disney Research Labs have created smartphone accessories called "acoustruments" that can control your smartphone by playing the instrument-like accessories. These little ultrasonic instruments attach to the base of a smartphone and the manipulations of sound can be interpreted like toggles and switches for the smartphone, like pressing a camera shutter in the above photo. The idea is based on the principles of wind instruments like slide whistles and The Legend of Zelda's ocarina.

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Haunting time-lapse inside 1WTC elevator shows panoramic evolution

Haunting time-lapse inside 1WTC elevator shows panoramic evolution

The World Trade Centers in New York will forever be a historic and painful part of history, especially in the US. Its destruction and the lives that were lost have become a sore topic in any conversation or endeavor. That might be the hard lesson that company Legends Hospitality might learn once the One World Observatory on top of 1 World Trade Center opens. Why? Because its elevator ride to the 104th floor includes a 3D time-lapse video of the development of Manhattan's landscape in the past 515 years, which inevitably also shows the original tower come into view and fade into history.

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Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

Google’s QUIC protocol talks UDP for a faster Internet

With today's Internet generation, a delay of a few seconds can already mean lost audiences, and money, for businesses. That's why the industry is always on the lookout for faster connections. But the answer isn't always in faster lines or faster networks, Sometimes, the are solutions in the way we communicate over those lines as well. Google's experimental QUIC protocol is one such new communication method that tries to get data across faster by using a language that is already in use on the Internet but not widely known: UDP.

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MIT’s NailO puts a tiny trackpad on your fingernail

MIT’s NailO puts a tiny trackpad on your fingernail

MIT has a new invention that, upon first glance, looks like a poorly positioned fake thumbnail. The reason is that it is tiny trackpad designed to be mounted on your fingernail, lending perhaps the best yet remote control of your tablet or smartphone. It's one of the more innovative and unusual wearables we've seen in recent months, and though it is odd to behold at first, there are some valid uses for it. Those with certain disabilities might find it convenient, for example, as well as those who want covert control of their phone.

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Tiny camera can power itself and other devices

Tiny camera can power itself and other devices

To innovators envisioning the Internet of Things, wherein everyday devices operate on a wireless, interconnected network, component size and battery life are incredibly important. This self-powered camera was created by a team of scientists from Columbia University, and the prototype may pave the way for future cameras to charge themselves as they capture images, negating the need to a battery pack or charger at all. They claim their discovery is the first self-powered camera that can harvest energy as it takes pictures.

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Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Futuristic robot chef uses hands to help in the kitchen

Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.

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Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Hologram protest in Spain is a world’s first

Behold another world's first you get to witness during your lifetime: the first-ever holographic protest, which took place in Spain to protest new so-called "citizen security" bills that aim to, in part, cut down on the options citizens in the nation have for protesting. One such limitation on protest freedom will be a ban on protesting in front of Parliament. In response, a group of protesters used a bunch of holograms to protest in front of the lower house of Parliament, doing so both to catch ample public attention, and to show what the bills could result in -- having to use holograms in your place.

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Rice University creates vibrating vest, allowing deaf to feel sounds

Rice University creates vibrating vest, allowing deaf to feel sounds

Almost every perceives sound through hearing, but what if you could touch sound understand it simple by feeling vibrations? In a partnership with the Baylor College of Medicine, Rice University is developing VEST, Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer, a device that could teach the hearing impaired a new language of sound. Rice's electrical engineering students, headed by neuroscientist David Eagleman, developed the wearable vest to take auditory input from its surroundings and transcribe it into vibrations. The vest is essentially creating a new way for people with hearing difficulties to perceive sounds.

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