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Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Lightweight origami shield unfolds quickly to stop bullets

Engineers with Brigham Young University have developed a new type of foldable bulletproof shield called the origami shield, and it aims to keep police officers safe from handgun bullets without being too burdensome or difficult to deploy. The shield is made using a dozen layers of Kevlar material, as well as an aluminum-based frame that allows the shield to fold down into a small, compact size. When needed, an officer can open the shield with a single tug.

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YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

YouTube gets machine-generated automatic captions

Google first announced captions for its Google Video product way back in 2006, and now it is back with a new related announcement: automatic captions have arrived on YouTube. These captions are machine-generated, something made possible in part by YouTube’s existing caption system and Google’s automatic speech recognition technology. With this feature, a much larger number of videos will gain captions, making them accessible to both the hearing-impaired and those who speak other languages (via machine translation).

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Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook videos now play sound by default: How to turn it off

Facebook's update this week turns Facebook News Feed video sound on by default - so we've got to turn it back off again. While Facebook assures users that they've done testing with sound on by default with the social network's News Feed. They say their testing suggests that feedback for sound on by default was received positively. But JUST in case there's anyone out there who'd rather not hear videos without tapping, we've laid out here how to turn it off.

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Big green fireball caught on video streaking through Midwest sky

Big green fireball caught on video streaking through Midwest sky

A giant fireball streaked across the dark Midwest sky over the United States this past Monday, and was spotted by individuals in multiple states, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio, and even some as far away as West Virginia. The majority of reports seem to center around Chicago and eastern Wisconsin, though thanks to a couple of dash cams and webcams, everyone gets to have their own look at the event.

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How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

How to download YouTube mobile live streaming video for iPhone or Android

Mobile live streaming to YouTube will soon be enabled for users with the right set of prerequisites. For everyone else, it's like a combination of a waiting game and a gameified battle to the top. Once creators on YouTube are OK'ed by Google, they'll have access to mobile live streaming to the masses.

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Stranger Things 2 Super Bowl trailer reveals Halloween arrival

Stranger Things 2 Super Bowl trailer reveals Halloween arrival

It was pretty obvious that Netflix planned to release a second season of its acclaimed Stranger Things show, and confirmation of such plans came only weeks after the first season’s release. Netflix confirmed the second season would be released in 2017, and now thanks to a brief TV spot aired during the Super Bowl, we know the exact day to expect season two: this upcoming Halloween.

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Watch the U.S. Navy catapult giant trucks into the ocean

Watch the U.S. Navy catapult giant trucks into the ocean

The U.S. Navy is testing the capabilities of its new so-called 'supercarrier' ship, the nearly $13 billion U.S.S. Gerald Ford. Construction began a few years ago, and the ship is now what is known as a pre-commissioning unit; if all goes according to plan, the U.S. Navy will commission the ship in April 2017. Ahead of that, however, the Navy is testing the ship's jet catapult system, doing so using really big trucks.

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LEGO Batman ‘Behind the Bricks’ featurette teases upcoming movie

LEGO Batman ‘Behind the Bricks’ featurette teases upcoming movie

The LEGO Movie was excellent all around, but it had a surprise fan favorite: LEGO Batman, who ended up being popular enough to bump a LEGO sequel in favor of a dedicated LEGO Batman movie. We’ll be seeing that movie hit theaters in the near future, but ahead of it comes a new featurette called “Behind the Bricks,” a faux behind-the-scenes video starting LEGO Batman himself with some exciting shots of the upcoming flick.

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Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Dubai firefighters demonstrate jetpack fire extinguishers

Back in November 2015, the city of Dubai revealed plans to develop jetpacks for firefighters, enabling the city to better address fires on the upper levels of skyscrapers and similar structures. The announcement was made alongside a deal between the city and the Martin Aircraft Company, which would provide up to 20 jetpacks. Now, more than a year later, one of those jetpacks have been demonstrated in action.

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5 Sweet Alternatives to the Donald Trump Inauguration Live Stream [OPINION]

5 Sweet Alternatives to the Donald Trump Inauguration Live Stream [OPINION]

I've compiled a list of alternatives to the inauguration of Donald taking place today in Washington DC. It's a good time to get distracted - start the protest tomorrow at the Women's March on Washington or a local sect near you. In fact, take what I've compiled below and watch it all while you're making your own protest poster to carry with when you hit the streets tomorrow morning. It's a perfect combination to take to heart.

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Roku mobile app v4.0 for iOS and Android streamlines navigation

Roku mobile app v4.0 for iOS and Android streamlines navigation

Roku's mobile app is getting an update today on iOS and Android, and streamlining is the name of the game. The update adds a number of shortcuts to the main screen, putting some of the more popular Roku features front and center for easy access. On top of that, a new "What's On" tab aims to make finding content a little easier for you indecisive types.

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NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA video simulates Huygens’ historic descent and landing on Titan

NASA has released a video showing a simulation of the Huygens probe’s descent and landing on Saturn’s moon, Titan. This probe’s landing is notable as the most distant landing to ever take place on another celestial body, says the space agency, and is also the only time something like this has landed on a ‘body’ located in the outer solar system. The probe's landing happened back in 2005, though the video itself is new.

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