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South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

South Korea to fight fire with fire, drones with drones

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Or something like that. When South Korea notice a drone, with a camera, hovering near its borders, it decided that it needed to protect itself from such unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs. And what better way to do that than by using another UAV. Roboticists at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology or KAIST are trying to develop drones whose sole purposes would be to intercept and disable other drones. It's like Robot Wars, except in the sky and for less entertaining purposes.

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Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Delphi automated Audi SUV completes first coast-to-coast trip

Autonomous and automated vehicles are coming no matter how you feel about them. Several major automakers are testing automated cars and the tech will start making its way to vehicles we can purchase before you know it. Delphi has been working with Audi on self-driving vehicles, recently Delphi and Audi's automated car made the first coast-to-coast trip ever taken by an automated vehicle.

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Drexel University library installs new iPad rental vending machine

Drexel University library installs new iPad rental vending machine

In a partnership with the Free Library of Philadelphia, Drexel University is launching an iPad vending machine for students and local residents. The last time most of us went to the library was in our student days in college. Even then, the quiet atmosphere was more attractive than the stacks of books. Librarians are acquainting themselves with the fact that students are still reading, but much of it is coming from digital sources and sitting in an uncomfortable chair at a library desktop computer isn't going to cut it, when it comes to digital literacy.

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Exoskeleton boots take the stress out of walking

Exoskeleton boots take the stress out of walking

It might look like a prosthetic limb or a cybernetic leg, but these "boots", if you can still call them that, are something perfectly normal and capable people can use. What for, you ask? Well nothing more than to actually conserve energy. Humans have evolved to walk on two legs, that much is true. But that doesn't mean we've already reached the most efficient, energy-saving way to walk. That is what this exoskeleton pair are trying to accomplish, trying to reduce that amount of energy you expend while walking.

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Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

Festo’s latest insect-like robots: BionicANTS, eMotionButterflies

The German robotics company, Festo, is up to its impressive tricks again, making robots that are modelled on real-life insects and animals. Festo has quite a penchant for animal-like robots, and its latest creations include BionicAnts which move like ants and can operate as a hive-minded group, eMotion butterflies which can flutter and fly, and the FlexShapeGripper which can pick up objects like a chameleon's tongue. These newest little bots join Festo's previous creations such as the BionicOpter robotic dragonfly and the pneumatically powered BionicKangaroo.

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Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio stress-reducing smartwatch adds zen to your life

Emvio is the a smartwatch that is the antithesis to practically every other smartwatch on the market. "Emvio" means "to live" in Greek, and its designers want you do just that with their new, stress-tracking smartwatch. Emvio isn't the first stress-tracking smartwatch, but it aims to go above and beyond as it measures your stress level on a scale of 1 to 10 and notifies you when your stress level raises. Sure, we all notice when we fly off the handle, but sometimes we operate unaware we're pumping cortisol in a giant negative feedback loop of stress.

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New graphene lightbulb available soon this year in retail

New graphene lightbulb available soon this year in retail

A new graphene lightbulb hopes to unseat traditional LED's from their market dominance. LED bulbs slowly started replacing incandescent bulbs as countries began legislation to phase out the traditional filament bulbs in favor of LEDs. In some countries, the legislation is so strict, that cheaper incandescents are not only nowhere to be found, but illegal to import as well. Such policies were made with good intentions as LED bulbs consume less energy and last longer, which is good for the environment. This new graphene lightbulb still relies LED technology, and adds the strength of graphene molecules to create a bulb that should outlast any traditional LED.

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DARPA “rethinking” how it develops new tech innovations

DARPA “rethinking” how it develops new tech innovations

DARPA has released its "Breakthrough Technologies for National Security" report, and in it the agency discusses its plans for the upcoming years. This time around, DARPA has laid out its plans to boost tech innovation to help it keep pace with the innovations being seen in other nations around the globe. The report claims the US is a technological leader in many areas, but that the wars it has been involved in over the last decade have required a lot of focus and during that time other nations have been moving quickly to close the gap.

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CERN’s LHC is delayed by repairs before its 2nd run

CERN’s LHC is delayed by repairs before its 2nd run

The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is preparing for its second run in Switzerland, but it has it some snags along the way. This second round of collisions will use particle beams operating at 6.5 TeV, which is much higher energy than the collider's first run. Although seven out of eight machine sectors are considered ready to go, one sector has encountered a problem which will need to be repaired before any further preparation for the collider's next run. The necessary corrections could delay the LHC's second run by a few weeks.

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Cloud DX: First working tricorder prototype for XPrize revealed

Cloud DX: First working tricorder prototype for XPrize revealed

If you hate getting poked and prodded for a medical exam, you're not alone. I've always been envious of the crew on Star Trek; they made it look so easy as Dr. Crusher waved a tricorder over her patients for an instantaneous exam. The tricorder is like a medical diagnostic magic wand; it was assumed to be fictional, until now. The Cloud DX is the first prototype to be revealed for the Tricorder XPrize competition. The device is designed to diagnose 15 different medical conditions and can monitor vital signs for 72 hours.

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