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Stop those annoying phantom traffic jams by not tailgating say researchers

Stop those annoying phantom traffic jams by not tailgating say researchers

We have all been there, sitting in traffic for an hour only to finally get to where traffic is flowing again and realize there is no reason for the jam. A pair of researchers from the MIT Computer Scientists and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) has recently shown that we could have fewer of these phantom traffic jams if we just stopped tailgating.

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Nanotextured surface kills bacteria without hurting mammalian cells

Nanotextured surface kills bacteria without hurting mammalian cells

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created an electrochemical etching process that can be used on common stainless steel alloy that is able to kill bacteria without hurting mammalian cells. The team believes that the process may one day be used to prevent microbial attack on implantable medical devices and food processing equipment.

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Giant 6-foot prehistoric penguin swan of the coast of New Zealand

Giant 6-foot prehistoric penguin swan of the coast of New Zealand

Researchers working in New Zealand hand have announced they have discovered a previously unknown species of pre-historic penguin that swam the waters off the coast of the country. The prehistoric penguin lived between 55 and 60 million years ago and stood about 5 feet 10 inches tall and could weigh as much as 220 pounds. The giant flightless bird was the size of an average human.

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An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

An AI wrote its own Harry Potter fan fiction: read it here

Artificial intelligence has been used to write poems, generate rap, transform doodles into proper artwork and create realistic photos from nothing. How about writing actual stories, though? That's just what Botnik Studios' own creation did, using what it learned from the official Harry Potter books to create its own chapter based on them. These pages are noncanonical, of course, but assuming you don't mind apocryphal works, it's worth giving a read.

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Ancient tick preserved in amber found on a dinosaur feather

Ancient tick preserved in amber found on a dinosaur feather

A chunk of amber dating back about 99 million years has been found containing perfectly preserved ticks, shedding light on how these tiny pests evolved and what similarities they shared with their modern-day counterparts. One particular tick found within the amber has caught researchers' attention: it is young and shown clearly clinging to a preserved feather, seemingly confirming that these parasites sought out dinosaurs.

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Oumuamua object under scrutiny by scientists around the world

Oumuamua object under scrutiny by scientists around the world

Back in the middle of October astronomers spied a very strange object that zipped past Earth on its way out of our solar system. The object is dubbed Oumuamua, which means "first messenger" in Hawaiian, and it has scientists around the world confused. The needle-like object is believed to be interstellar in origin and is now already halfway to Jupiter and rapidly exceeding the distance where it can be studied before it is gone forever.

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Study finds that humans may have reached limit of lifespan

Study finds that humans may have reached limit of lifespan

A new study has been looking at some of the aspects of humanity that are most important to mankind including height, lifespan, and physical performance. The study has found that humans have biological limits and that humanity may have already reached them. The study did find that environmental factors, like climate change, could have a negative impact on those limits.

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NVIDIA TITAN V: 5 features for scientists, researchers, and gamers

NVIDIA TITAN V: 5 features for scientists, researchers, and gamers

Today the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN V was revealed as what the company calls The Most Powerful PC GPU Ever Created. Inside this machine is the newest in NVIDIA GPU architecture - that's NVIDIA Volta. Today we're going to break down this advanced piece of machinery into 5 simple parts. That begins with the most obvious bits and pieces right up front: Industrial Design.

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UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

UC San Diego engineers create glucose monitoring phone case

There has been a big push to get smartphones to record health data over the last few years. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new smartphone case that is able to check blood glucose levels for diabetics at home or on the go. The device is called GPhone.

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UCLA researchers create device that could revolutionize hydrogen vehicles

UCLA researchers create device that could revolutionize hydrogen vehicles

Researchers from UCLA have designed a new type of device that is able to use solar power to create and store energy. The device efficiently creates and stores energy and could be used to power electronics like smartphones and create hydrogen fuel for cars.

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World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

World’s smallest Mona Lisa is on a DNA canvas

A Caltech scientist called Lulu Qian, an assistant professor of bioengineering has developed an inexpensive method using DNA origami to self-assemble into large arrays with customizable patterns. This allows for the creation of customizable patterns to create a canvas of sorts to display any image. To demonstrate the breakthrough, the scientists created the world's smallest recreation o the Mona Lisa using DNA.

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Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Supermassive black hole is the most distant one ever spotted

Researchers have spotted the most distant supermassive black hole ever spied from Earth, one that has a mass 800 million times greater than the mass of our own Sun. According to the team, this supermassive black hole's light comes from when the universe was only 5% as old as it is now. The black hole is located in a luminous quasar from 690 million years after the Big Bang, shedding some light on the early universe.

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