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Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

Smart speakers are mostly used for music and weather says Adobe

If you use a smart speaker or a personal assistant like Alexa on your smartphone, there's a good chance you're using it to stream music and check the weather. Such a conclusion comes from a newly published study by Adobe Analytics, which found that among US users, the majority ask voice assistants to stream music or retrieve the forecast.

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Scientists find cells in hippocampus linked to bravery and anxiety

Scientists find cells in hippocampus linked to bravery and anxiety

Scientists have identified cells in the hippocampus that may be responsible for the degree of bravery exhibited by an individual, according to a new study. The findings may pave the way for future anxiety treatments that target only the part of the brain responsible for the anxious disposition rather than the entire brain. The research comes out of Brazil's Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and Sweden's Department of Neuroscience of Uppsala University.

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Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Antarctica Map: Highest resolution terrain map yet made

Today we're having a peek at the newly revealed and newly-public "most accurate" high resolution terrain map of Antarctica. This is REMA, or the Reference Elevation Model of Antarctica. Straight from the folks at Ohio State University, this map is made by what its creators say is "applying fully automated, stereo auto-correlation techniques to overlapping pairs of high-resolution optical satellite images."

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MIT researchers develop robot arm able to pick up any object after inspection

MIT researchers develop robot arm able to pick up any object after inspection

One of the biggest challenges for robots is something that humans can do so easily we don’t even see it as a challenge. When we walk through our home if we see something like a mug on the table we can pick it up by the handle no matter the orientation. Robotic hands find something that simple to be a major challenge. Human dexterity is credited in part to our eyes because we can see the object clearly making it easy to pick up.

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Pentagon earmarks up to $2 billion for new advanced AI programs

Pentagon earmarks up to $2 billion for new advanced AI programs

The Department of Defense has vowed to spend $2 billion on artificial intelligence projects over the next half-decade. The program will focus on advancing the nation's AI capabilities, primarily involving the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, more commonly called DARPA. The agency's director Steven Walker revealed the new plan today.

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Scientists discover omnivorous shark that eats lots of seagrass

Scientists discover omnivorous shark that eats lots of seagrass

Movies and popular culture would have us believe that all sharks only eat meat. That appears to be untrue for at least one species of shark called the bonnethead shark. It looks a lot like a hammerhead shark with more rounded bits around the eyes and is a very close relative to the hammerhead. A new study published recently looked specifically at this type of shark and what it would eat.

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Scientists may clone ancient foal from remains found in Siberia

Scientists may clone ancient foal from remains found in Siberia

Researchers from South Korea and Russia hope to clone an ancient foal found preserved in Siberia, Russian media reports. The foal was recently discovered in Siberia by residents who spotted the remains in melting permafrost. Work is currently underway to harvest living cells from the remains -- if any can be found -- potentially paving the way for future woolly mammoth cloning.

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Harvard researchers invent printing process that uses sound waves

Harvard researchers invent printing process that uses sound waves

Researchers at Harvard University have announced the development of a new printing method that could have a significant impact on the manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and food. The process uses a printing method powered by sound waves to generate drops of liquid. The team says the method has an unprecedented range of composition and viscosity.

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Volvo 360c concept gives autonomous cars a purpose and a voice

Volvo 360c concept gives autonomous cars a purpose and a voice

Volvo has revealed its new driverless concept car, but the Volvo 360c is more about how autonomy could change your day-to-day life than the usual auto industry obsessions of speed and horsepower. The striking prototype is more about the interior and what you'll do in it, in fact, whether that be sleeping, entertaining, or working. With that, Volvo argues, could come reduced congestion in cities, less of a pressure to live in dense urban environments, and even potentially lucrative alternatives to air travel and more.

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Popular NSAID pain reliever linked to serious heart health risk

Popular NSAID pain reliever linked to serious heart health risk

A new study warns that a popular NSAID pain reliever called diclofenac has been associated with an increased risk of serious heart health issues, including heart attacks. The medication is currently available as an over the counter painkiller, which means it can be purchased without a prescription. Some researchers suggest the risk means the drug should only be available as a prescription.

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Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Planet Nine might be invisible for at least 1,000 years

Scientists have long believed that our solar system might have a ninth planet orbiting well beyond Neptune and Pluto. Scientists hypothesize that the mysterious planet would be between five and 20 Earth masses and would orbit on an elliptical some hundreds or thousands of times more distant from the Sun than the Earth.

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Insects may devour more vital crops as Earth heats up

Insects may devour more vital crops as Earth heats up

A new study warns that insects may devour more crops as the planet heats up, potentially increasing their consumption of popular grains by as much as 25-percent. The increase would result from higher temperatures, which boosts insect energy demand and results in more crops falling victim to pests. The study also reveals that pest numbers may increase in our warmer future.

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