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MagicScroll rollable tablet gives folding screens a controversial form-factor

MagicScroll rollable tablet gives folding screens a controversial form-factor

Mobile devices with rollable displays are just around the corner, but one team is taking some fairly old-school inspiration for how a tablet could use the screen technology. The MagicScroll is the handiwork of Queen's University's Human Media Lab, combining a cutting-edge 7.5-inch flexible display with the form factor more akin to an ancient scroll.

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Bizarre Fusion body surrogacy system lets you dive into someone else’s body

Bizarre Fusion body surrogacy system lets you dive into someone else’s body

One of the stranger movies that I have seen in recent memory is the flick called "Gamer" where a gamer is able to take over the body of a human prison inmate and use them to play a real-life video game where a loss means the prisoner dies. Researchers have developed a new system that is as close as we have come to the tech in "Gamer" and the system is called Fusion.

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ALMA snaps most detailed view of monster starburst galaxy ever

ALMA snaps most detailed view of monster starburst galaxy ever

Scientists have captured a new image of a monster galaxy that is 12.4 billion light-years away from our own galaxy. The image is the most detailed ever taken of this galaxy and was captured with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Researchers using ALMA have revealed that the molecular clouds in the galaxy are highly unstable allowing runaway star formation.

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Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

Extinct parasitic wasps found preserved within fly pupae fossils

For the first time, researchers have discovered the preserved remains of parasitic wasps -- including four extinct and previous unknown varieties -- in fly pupae fossils. Those four wasp species were endoparasites, a type of parasite that develops within the body of its host. True to its nature, the researchers have named one of the previous unknown parasitic wasp species Xenomorphia resurrecta, the genus of which is named after the parasitic aliens featured in the movie Aliens.

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Researchers trace fifth and most prominent way Higgs boson particles decay

Researchers trace fifth and most prominent way Higgs boson particles decay

Researchers from Princeton University have announced that they have traced the fifth and most prominent way that Higgs boson particles decay into other particles. The team says that the findings cap years of exploration into the particle and give them new pathways to study the physical laws governing the universe. The study looked at the way Higgs particle decays into two other particles called bottom quarks.

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Massive coral reef discovered 160-miles off the coast of South Carolina

Massive coral reef discovered 160-miles off the coast of South Carolina

Scientists have made a discovery of a massive coral reef lying about 160-miles off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. The discovery was recently announced but the reef itself is far from new. Scientists who discovered the reef say that it could have been lying about half a mile under the surface of the ocean for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years. The discovery was made by a team aboard a research vessel called Atlantis last week.

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Extinct cave bear DNA lives on in modern brown bears

Extinct cave bear DNA lives on in modern brown bears

Extinct cave bear DNA is present in living brown bears, a new study reveals, shedding light on a hybridization that happened during the late Pleistocene era. The last cave bears died out about 25,000 years ago likely due to a combination of both human activity and natural climate change. Thanks to new research, though, we know that around 0.9- and 2.4-percent of modern brown bear DNA can be traced back to these extinct creatures.

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Melting Siberian permafrost reveals perfectly preserved ancient baby horse

Melting Siberian permafrost reveals perfectly preserved ancient baby horse

Researchers have revealed the discovery of a perfectly preserved baby horse dated between 30,000 and 40,000-years-old. The ancient foal was found in melting Siberian permafrost; researchers estimate it was only around two-months-old at the time of its death, the cause of which is unclear. This is the youngest prehistoric horse ever discovered.

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MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

MIT’s CGI AI could make movies better looking and easier to edit

Modern films are typically packed with all sorts of CGI effects that sometimes are so good viewers can’t tell they are CGI at all. To get the CGI effects to look realistic is a difficult and time-consuming process. Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a new AI that can assist in image editing making the process faster and look better.

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Science says laziness may help species avoid extinction

Science says laziness may help species avoid extinction

A new study has found that laziness may be beneficial for the survival of a species from an evolutionary standpoint. The research comes out of the University of Kansas, where scientists studied extant bivalves and gastropods, finding that sluggishness -- that is, lower metabolic rates -- were associated with lower probability of extinction.

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Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

Simple eye test may diagnose Alzheimer’s before symptoms appear

New research indicates that a simple non-invasive eye exam may one day offer the solution to detecting Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear. The secret lies in the center of the retina, which may thin considerably in individuals with high levels of proteins associated with the disease. Researchers found signs of reduced blood flow, as well.

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Recently discovered turtle fossil challenges theories on origins

Recently discovered turtle fossil challenges theories on origins

Scientists have discovered the fossilized remains of a turtle in southwestern China. The fossil is said to fill an evolutionary hole in how the reptiles developed features like a beak and the shell. The specimen discovered could help scientists determine when modern turtles developed those characteristics, but it has cast mystery on the origin of the group.

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