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Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

Salto jumping robot mimics the African bushbaby

The Biomimetic millisystems Lab at UC Berkeley is rather known for making small robots that mimic animals and so far Ron Fearing and his team have created some unique little robots. They have bots that can run, bots with wings, bots with tails, and hairy robots. The latest robot is a tiny thing that is hailed as the most agile robot ever made and it is designed to mimic a very cute animal that lives in Africa called the bushbaby or galago.

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NASA contract spacecraft will refuel satellites in space

NASA contract spacecraft will refuel satellites in space

NASA has awarded a contract for a new spacecraft that will refuel satellites already deployed in space. The space agency has dubbed this the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus, which is itself part of the Restore-L Spacecraft Bus and Support Services contract. Space Systems/Loral based out of California were awarded the contract, which has a total value of $127 million according to NASA, and it’ll get a total of five years to fulfill the contract.

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Tim Cook’s Apple Watch sales coyness does Apple no favors

Tim Cook’s Apple Watch sales coyness does Apple no favors

Apple CEO Tim Cook has defended Apple Watch sales, after a damning report on the state of the wearables market criticized the recently-updated smartwatch. According to IDC, Apple was the fourth largest wearable device vendor worldwide in the third quarter of 2016, with just under 5-percent market share. That's despite what IDC says is a whopping 71-percent decline in growth compared to the same period twelve months ago.

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German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German nuclear fusion machine creates 3D magnetic fields as predicted

German scientists turned on a new type of nuclear reactor at the end of 2015 and found that it was able to contain incredibly hot helium plasma inside its 3D magnetic fields. The nuclear fusion reactor is called Wendelstein 7-X stellerator or W 7-X for short and the big question that the scientists have been trying to answer is if the reactor was working the way it was designed.

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Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Obi the parrotlet wears goggles and flies through lasers for science

Scientists at Stanford University have trained a Parrotlet called Obi to wear some pretty rad goggles and fly through laser sheets in an effort to test models that predict the lift generated by flying animals. The purpose of this experiment is to help develop better flying robots in the future. Obi wears those cool goggles to protect his bird eyes from the laser beams he is flying through.

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Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Meet MOIA, VW’s grand plan to make Millennial customers

Millennials don't want to buy cars, at least that's what the research says, and so Volkswagen's new mobility services company is aiming to keep the automaker relevant. Dubbed MOIA, the startup will be a standalone company based in Berlin, Germany, focused on figuring out how VW's products can coexist in a world where ride-sharing, app-controlled transportation, and decreasing car ownership threaten traditional car firms. First up, Uber-style taxi alternatives.

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Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Forget ride-sharing, Uber AI Labs wants machine-smarts everywhere

Uber has just revealed its latest push into artificial intelligence, opening Uber AI Labs and giving it an instant team by acquiring a specialist startup in the field. The company, best known for its ride-sharing platform, has been pushing into AI as part of its self-driving car research for some time. Now, it's setting those efforts up in a standalone division.

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Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists discover link between gut microbes and Parkinson’s disease

Medical researchers in California have made a breakthrough in understanding Parkinson's disease. The discovery was made while performing animal research and a direct link between the brain disorder and a bacteria living in the gut has been found. The scientists hope that the discovery could someday lead to new treatments for the disease by focusing drugs on killing the gut bacteria or via the use of probiotics.

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Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Nestle finally does something right, unveils chocolate breakthrough

Many people have very strong — very negative — opinions about Nestle, and arguably for good reason. That's neither here nor there, though. The company has just announced something that it calls a scientific breakthrough: the ability to produce chocolate with 40-percent less sugar but no discernible change in flavor. The breakthrough features a sugar structure 'inspired by nature.'

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(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

(RED) Apple grows as new products and Apple Pay fund AIDS research

Apple is marking World AIDS Day with a bevy of new products that also mark its ten year anniversary of partnering with (RED). Four new accessories - including an iPhone 7 Smart Battery Case now available in the appeal's distinctive hue - have been added to the Cupertino company's range ahead of the holidays, while Apple will also donate a portion of Apple Pay transactions to the fund. It's not all digital, mind: Apple Stores across five continents will be running (RED) promotions.

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Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford sends self-driving cars to Europe as testing spreads

Ford is set to expand its real-world autonomous vehicle testing, kicking off on-the-road trials in Europe next year. The expansion builds on Ford's existing project in North America, where the automaker has already announced it aims to launch a self-driving rideshare scheme by 2021. Now, just like an American driver taking a local driving test while abroad, Ford's technology has to get to grips with foreign roads.

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Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

Battery breakthrough uses nuclear waste and man-made diamond to generate electricity

A new technology for creating batteries has been developed that might help eliminate some of the problems we have today with what to do with nuclear waste. The new battery could eliminate some of that nuclear waste while creating clean energy that can be used for many devices. The new technology involves the use of man-made diamond placed in a radioactive field.

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