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Youbionic develops weird double robotic hand

Youbionic develops weird double robotic hand

Back in 2015 we talked about a company called Youbionic that had created a bizarre set of bionic arms that you could wear to give yourself literal helping hands. In what appears to be an attempt to create Doctor Octopus, Youbionic is back with a bizarre set of double robotic hands. This odd prosthetic device is going up for sale to give you a couple helping hands on each arm.

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Pokemon GO car accident surge blamed on distracted drivers

Pokemon GO car accident surge blamed on distracted drivers

Pokemon GO may have got gamers out of the house and exercising, but drivers playing the hit smartphone game are being blamed for a sharp rise in car crashes and injuries. The researchers, at Purdue University, compared car accident records with PokéStops, concluding that there was a higher than average incident rate at the game's virtual locations.

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Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin mining uses more electricity than a dozen US states

Bitcoin, love it or hate it, is a financial reality that has moved into the mainstream. With attention -- and value -- higher than ever, people around the world are mining in hopes of picking up precious digital fragments of the cryptocurrency. The environmental cost of cryptocurrency mining was a concerned raised years ago and one that has received renewed attention thanks to a new report: Bitcoin mining is using more electricity than 12 US states and 159 countries.

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NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

NASA scientists pit humans against AI in high-speed drone racing

Drone racing is a sport that is demanding of pilots. The person flying the drone must be paying attention and have fast reflexes to avoid crashing into obstacles or other drones. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is racing drones pitting human pilots against an AI to see who's better.

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This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

This Apple self-driving tech could make better cars and AR

Apple research into how self-driving cars could better and more affordably identify pedestrians and other potential hazards has been spotted online, giving a new glimpse into the Cupertino firm's secretive project. The company has long been rumored to be working on autonomous driving technology, with the most recent belief being that it hopes to develop, not an Apple-branded car, but software that it can license out to automakers.

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Research finds that Alkali Flies scuba dive inside a perfectly formed bubble of air

Research finds that Alkali Flies scuba dive inside a perfectly formed bubble of air

Scientists have been studying a very strange fly that can scuba dive within a bubble of air. The fly is called the alkali fly or Ephydra hians. The odd little bug can swim below the surface of the extremely salty and alkaline Mono Lake in California where it eats algae under the water.

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Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Kevlar cartilage uses nanofibers to imitate the real thing

Researchers with the University of Michigan and Jiangnan University have developed a synthetic cartilage they've dubbed "Kevlartilage." The name is a joining of the words cartilage and Kevlar, the latter being the material this synthetic material is made from. As with the real thing, Kevlartilage is made mostly from water and it is incredibly strong.

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More earthquakes expected as Earth’s rotation slows

More earthquakes expected as Earth’s rotation slows

Scientists are warning that the number of serious earthquakes could increase next year as variations in the speed of Earth's rotation lead to more intense seismic activity. These earthquakes are going to be particularly bad in heavily populated tropical regions. Before you get too nervous, the slowing of the Earth's rotation is slight and changes the length of the day by milliseconds according to scientists.

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METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

METI space messages invite aliens to communicate with Earth

Researchers have undertaken a controversial plan to get aliens to contact humans: sending an invitation out into space. The efforts come from METI, which stands for Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and it involved sending messages toward a star system located about 12 light-years from our own. Assuming the messages are received and a reply is sent, we should get it about 25 years from now.

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Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Ominous NASA climate change app shows which cities will flood

Coastal cities around the world are at risk of severe flooding and even eventual eradication as ocean levels rise. A new simulation from NASA highlights how big this potential problem is, showing what could happen to 293 coastal cities around the world over the next 100 years. Among the observed changes are severe flooding to big locations like New York City and London.

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Scientists use gene editing for the first time in attempt to cure metabolic disease

Scientists use gene editing for the first time in attempt to cure metabolic disease

A team of scientists has for the first time tried to cure a disease by editing the genes inside the person's body. The first use of this procedure happened this week in California on a man called Brian Madeux. In the procedure, Madeux was connected to an IV and through that, he was given billions of copies of a corrective gene and a genetic tool to cut his DNA in a very precise spot.

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Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Temperate Earth-mass exoplanet discovered 11 light-years away

Scientists and space agencies all around the world are scouring the heavens in a search for planets that could potentially harbor life. A new discovery has been made that was found using the ESO's planet-hunting HARPS instrument. The exoplanet has been dubbed Ross 128 b and is the second closest temperate planet detected with Proxima b being the closest.

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