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Robots “skin” uses warmth to identify objects

Robots “skin” uses warmth to identify objects

It’s unavoidable that, for the foreseeable future, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will remain the butt of jokes when it comes to literally hot electronics. After all, heat and electronics don’t make for a good combination. Heat and organics, however, is important, from sustaining life to making sense of the world around us. Roboticists from Georgia Tech are trying to take advantage of the latter to give robots the ability to better identify objects. And they are doing so by giving these robots a “warm skin”.

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‘Pumpkin stars’ spin so fast they resemble pumpkins

‘Pumpkin stars’ spin so fast they resemble pumpkins

Thanks to NASA’s Swift and Kepler efforts, researchers have discovered a type of star dubbed a ‘pumpkin star’ due to its rapid spinning and the shape it appears to have as a result. Chief among the newly found stars is the KSw 71, a giant orange star that completes a rotation in only 5.5 days. In addition, this massive ‘pumpkin’ star is 10 times the size of the sun with x-ray emissions great than 4,000 times the sun’s solar maximum.

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MIT Nightmare Machine uses deep learning AI to create horror

MIT Nightmare Machine uses deep learning AI to create horror

Google used algorithms to create trippy, dreamy images, and now MIT has done something similar...only with a horror slant to keep in theme with Halloween. Called the Nightmare Machine, this deep learning algorithm takes an image and rewrites it to look as if it were plucked from a horror movie. The resulting images are dark, creepy, and in some cases somewhat gory looking and certainly disturbing.

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Samsung’s C-Lab welcomes four new bright ideas

Samsung’s C-Lab welcomes four new bright ideas

Earlier this year, Samsung revealed its Create Lab, C-Lab for short, that, as the name hints, aims to nurture creativity and imagination, at least among the company’s employees. Eventually, the goal is to bring these ideas to the market, sometimes under a company of their own, like what happened with the poorly named Welt smart belt. Pushing through with that mission, despite recent losses, Samsung’s C-Lab expands its portfolio of ideas, embracing both hardware and software, from smart helmets to the evolution of the Tamagotchi.

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Scientists discover first known fossil of dinosaur brain tissue

Scientists discover first known fossil of dinosaur brain tissue

What you see above might not look like much more than a small rock, but it marks a huge first in the field of paleontology: it's the first known example of a dinosaur brain tissue fossil. Originally discovered in Sussex, UK, it's believed to have come from a species similar to the Iguanodon, a large herbivore, roughly 133 million years ago.

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This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This patch could save the life of a person with a peanut allergy

This tiny patch is something that could mean the difference between life and death for people who suffer from a peanut allergy. The wearable patch has shown great promise and recently completed a clinical trial and has performed very well for young children. The patch is the Viaskin Peanut Patch and it gives small amounts of peanut protein through skin of the wearer.

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Google Neural Network rolled its own encryption to protect data

Google Neural Network rolled its own encryption to protect data

Google has a trio of neural networks called Alice, Bob, and Eve. These neural networks were trained to optimize and perfect their parts of a communication process. Alice was to send a message to Bob and Bob was to decode that message. Eve was only there to throw a wrench in the works and read the message Alice sent without permission. To keep the message secret Alice and Bob did something that is more than a bit disturbing if you have ever seen Terminator.

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NASA finds prolonged space travel can affect the spine

NASA finds prolonged space travel can affect the spine

With a manned mission to Mars in the cards for NASA, the space agency is spending lots of money and time researching the effects of prolonged space travel on the human body. A new study has been published that has found that space travel will affect the spine of astronauts. Specifically the study has proven that atrophy of the muscles supporting the spine occurs after long travel in space.

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Small lies are a slippery slope, study finds

Small lies are a slippery slope, study finds

Tell a small lie too many times and soon enough you'll find yourself telling bigger lies, a new study suggests. Not only that, but you'll find it easier to tell the bigger lies as your brain adapts to being dishonest. Allowed to continue unhampered, these scenarios are likely to eventually lead to the kind of big lies that can ruin careers and destroy marriages.

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Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

Researchers use iPhone to develop mobile cancer detection lab

A group of researchers at Washington State University have developed a mobile lab that allows cancer detection tests to be conducted in the field. What makes it interesting, as well as small and portable, is that the unit uses a smartphone as its central component, and not the most advanced model on the market now, but an aging iPhone 5. Also impressive is that it's said to be up to 99% accurate, while still providing almost instant results from scans.

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Aurora ALIAS program is an automated flight system for aircraft

Aurora ALIAS program is an automated flight system for aircraft

If you are like me you may have through that aircraft that automated flight systems or decades. We always hear about autopilot systems but a company called Aurora Flight Sciences is breaking ground with automated flight with its aircrew Labor In-cockpit Automation System or ALIAS. So far as we can tell, Jennifer Garner isn't involved with the project.

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New dinosaur species Savannasaurus discovered in Australia

New dinosaur species Savannasaurus discovered in Australia

Back in 2005, researchers found dinosaur bones in Queensland, Australia, and now many years later there's more information about them: they belong to a newly discovered dinosaur species dubbed Savannasaurus elliottorum, a type of long-necked dino called a sauropod. The fossilized remains are notable for many reasons, one being that it’s the most complete sauropod skeleton ever found in the land down under. And, of course, there’s that part about it being a whole new species.

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