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December 2nd, 2016 at 10:05 am

Scientists can remove fears from your brain

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Can’t stand the sight of anything with eight legs? New technology could cure arachnophobes as scientists have worked out how to remove specific fears from the human brain.

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December 2nd, 2016 at 9:00 am

Justin Lin’s “The World of ‘The Jetsons,’ Reimagined”

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Arconic (NYSE: ARNC), a global technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing company, launched a global campaign about the next world-changing innovations in the sky, on the road and in our cities–and how Arconic might help bring those technologies to life.

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December 1st, 2016 at 9:58 pm

AI to compose an original Rembrandt painting

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Earlier this year there was an unprecedented collaboration between ING, Microsoft and TU Delft, with the willing participation of Dutch museums Mauritshuis and Rembrandthuis, to teach an artificial intelligence to paint a Rembrandt.

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December 1st, 2016 at 9:51 pm

DARPA is building a drone to provide surveillance anywhere in the world

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DARPA is on track to unveil a working prototype of its “Tern” drone system in 2018 that could eventually give the Navy and Marines persistent surveillance and strike targeting “virtually anywhere in the world.”

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December 1st, 2016 at 9:45 pm

Light bulbs watch you buy groceries

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In an enormous grocery store in northern France, the lights above the aisles aren’t all they seem to be. They look ordinary—more than a mile and a half of fixtures exuding bright light, folded into a grid overhead—but they’re actually flickering faster than the human eye can see. The unique patterns each individual section of lighting emits are a 21st-century twist on Morse code, meant not for people, but for the cameras on their phones.

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November 30th, 2016 at 6:39 pm

Researchers invent the ‘perfect’ soap molecule

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A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new soap molecule made from renewable sources that could dramatically reduce the number of chemicals in cleaning products and their impact on the environment. The soap molecules also worked better than some conventional soaps in challenging conditions such as cold water and hard water.

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November 30th, 2016 at 6:31 pm

Planetary Resources is mining Luxembourg for $28M in asteroid funds

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The aspiring asteroid miners at Planetary Resources have struck pay dirt in Luxembourg, the tiny (but wealthy) European country positioning itself as an ally to commercial space. The country is directly investing €12 million, with another €13 million coming from public investment bank SNCI.

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November 30th, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Electrodes let you taste and chew in virtual reality

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You’re having dinner in a virtual reality game. The banquet scene in front of you looks so real that your mouth is watering. Normally, you would be disappointed, but not this time. You approach the food, stick out your tongue – and taste the flavours on display. You move your jaw to chew – and feel the food’s texture between your teeth.

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November 29th, 2016 at 11:10 am

Mercedes chief warns that humans ‘will bully robot cars’

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Dietmar Exler, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, believes that driverless cars are likely to be ‘bullied’ by human drivers when the two are sharing road space.

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November 29th, 2016 at 11:03 am

Mixed reality and machine learning drive innovative farming

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Farming is, by far, the most mature industry mankind has created. Dating back to the dawn of civilization, farming has been refined, adjusted and adapted — but never perfected. We, as a society, always worry over the future of farming. Today, we even apply terms usually reserved for the tech sector — digital, IoT, AI and so on. So why are we worrying?

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