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Researchers invent quadrotor safety system to protect fingers

Researchers invent quadrotor safety system to protect fingers

Anyone who has been around the quadcopters on the market today has probably wondered just how bad it would hurt to get your finger caught in the whirring propellers. The answer is a lot, in fact, if the quadrotor is large enough you could lose that finger. Researchers at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia have come up with a way to make quadrotor drones safer.

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Study finds popular vitamin and mineral supplements are useless

Study finds popular vitamin and mineral supplements are useless

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology reveals that you may be wasting your money on vitamin and mineral supplements. According to the study, most of these supplements provide neither consistent health benefits or harm, at least when it comes to heart attacks, heart disease, strokes, and premature death.

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Metal-elastomer composite self-heals when damaged

Metal-elastomer composite self-heals when damaged

Researchers have made a new breakthrough that could have significant implications for robots of the future. The breakthrough is a new metal-elastomer composite material that can self-heal and create new electrical connections that bypass damaged areas. The new material has uses outside of robotics as well with applications in stretchable circuits, soft machines, bio-inspired robots, and wearable electronics.

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Prehistoric dandruff found on tiny fossilized dinosaur

Prehistoric dandruff found on tiny fossilized dinosaur

Researchers have discovered prehistoric dandruff in the fossil of a microraptor, a type of tiny dinosaur that was about the size of a crow and feasted on meat. This is officially the oldest instance of skin flakes discovered thus far, bits joined by similar preserved dandruff found on the fossilized remains of a primitive bird and two other feathered dinosaurs.

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Gut bacteria changes are key to keto diet’s anti-seizure effect

Gut bacteria changes are key to keto diet’s anti-seizure effect

Gut bacteria are a key component in the ketogenic diet's ability to decrease seizures in children with epilepsy. The research comes from UCLA, where researchers found a link between gut bacteria changes triggered by the diet and a decrease in the number of seizures experienced by mice. The gut bacteria changes were observed after only a few days of dieting.

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MIT developed “bacteria on a chip” could detect gastric bleeding

MIT developed “bacteria on a chip” could detect gastric bleeding

Researchers at MIT have developed a new ingestible sensor that features genetically engineered bacteria. The bacteria are designed to diagnose bleeding in the stomach or other GI tract problems. The "bacteria-on-a-chip" (not that kind of chip) combines a sensor that is made from living cells with ultra-low power electronics.

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Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous cars is falling

Trust in autonomous vehicles has faded among American drivers, new research suggests, with recent crashes and other incidents blamed for souring potential riders on the developing technology. While a number of companies have closed trials underway involving driverless cars, the general expectation among automakers and others is that it won't be until 2020 or later before services begin to take off in earnest.

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What is Bitcoin? Let AI explain

What is Bitcoin? Let AI explain

If you want to know what Bitcoin is and haven't been able to understand anyone trying to explain, boy do we have a video for you. This video comes from the folks at Botnik Studios. They're a team of creatives and/or engineers making artificial intelligence a tool for some of the strangest stuff I've ever seen before. They're using AI like a paintbrush, and the canvas is your mind.

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Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

Fatal autonomous Uber crash report says car wasn’t programmed to brake

The initial report on the Uber self-driving car crash that saw a pedestrian killed in Arizona has been released, with the NTSB putting the spotlight on the vehicle's emergency braking system. While the preliminary report does not go into analysis of the crash, nor reach any conclusion about who - or what - was at fault, it does reveal more of the circumstances of the incident in March.

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Uber ends Arizona driverless car trials after fatal crash

Uber ends Arizona driverless car trials after fatal crash

Uber is shutting down its autonomous vehicle project in Arizona, opting to cease operations in the state altogether in the aftermath of a fatal collision in March. The company had previously frozen all public testing of its self-driving cars in the state, after one of the vehicles struck a pedestrian in Tempe, AZ.

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Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Google and LG just built the key to lifelike VR

Mobile VR is about to get a big kick in the rear end from Google and LG. They've created a 4.3-inch display that packs in 1,443 pixels per inch with OLED technology. This display also rolls with 120 Hz refresh rate, so you know it's going to deliver super-smooth, super-realistic graphics for the foreseeable future. Until our eyes get better at discerning reality, that is.

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Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

Asteroid orbiting Jupiter is the first known asteroid from another star system

A new study has discovered a first for our solar system. The first known permanent immigrant from another solar system has been discovered in the form of an asteroid orbiting Jupiter. This is the first known asteroid to be captured in our solar system that originated from another star system.

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