Ingenious new search and rescue drone finds people by listening for screams
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Ingenious new search and rescue drone finds people by listening for screams

There’s that iconic moment in many a Superman story in which the Man of Steel is soaring through the sky when, thanks to his super hearing, he picks up the faint, frightened voice of a person calling for help. Without a second thought, Supes zeroes in on the audio source and flies off in that Read more

IBM’s A.I. Mayflower ship is crossing the Atlantic, and you can watch it live
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IBM’s A.I. Mayflower ship is crossing the Atlantic, and you can watch it live

“Seagulls,” said Andy Stanford-Clark, excitedly. “They’re quite a big obstacle from an image-processing point of view. But, actually, they’re not a threat at all. In fact, you can totally ignore them.” Stanford-Clark, the chief technology officer for IBM in the U.K. and Ireland, was exudingnervous energy. It was the afternoon before the morning when, at Read more

Read the eerily beautiful ‘synthetic scripture’ of an A.I. that thinks it’s God
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Read the eerily beautiful ‘synthetic scripture’ of an A.I. that thinks it’s God

Travis DeShazo is, to paraphrase Cake’s 2001 song “Comfort Eagle,” building a religion. He is building it bigger. He is increasing the parameters. And adding more data. The results are fairly convincing, too, at least as far as synthetic scripture (his words) goes. “Not a god of the void or of chaos, but a god Read more

Analyzing the most disastrous and hilarious VR fails, for science
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Analyzing the most disastrous and hilarious VR fails, for science

If TV producers ever made a version of America’s Funniest Home Videos about virtual reality fails, it would be crammed full of folks taking spills while wearing VR headsets, walking into walls while thinking they’re walking in open space, and knocking out bystanders with controllers. YouTube has no shortage of videos in this department, with Read more

Forget digging for fossils. This museum 3D printed a full T-Rex skeleton instead
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Forget digging for fossils. This museum 3D printed a full T-Rex skeleton instead

In Jurassic Park, cloning a Tyrannosaurus rex involved the discovery of dinosaur blood fossilized in amber, a whole lot of genetic engineering, and a willful disregard for the health and wellbeing of Jeff Goldblum. For a team of researchers at the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden, the Netherlands, copying a T. rex took some state-of-the-art laser Read more

The first commercial computer mouse shipped 40 years ago today
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The first commercial computer mouse shipped 40 years ago today

Forty years ago today — as Sheena Easton’s song 9 to 5 (Morning Train) dominated the music charts, California dealt with the immediate aftermath of the Westmorland earthquakes, and the world’s first monster truck (dubbed Bigfoot) crunched over its inaugural row of abandoned cars — the computing world changed forever. Not that too many people Read more

Insane new anti-drone system zaps UAVs out of the sky with targeted microwaves
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Insane new anti-drone system zaps UAVs out of the sky with targeted microwaves

In July 2019, multiple drones were reportedly used to swarm Navy destroyers off the coast of California. The mysterious drones, around six in total, appeared over the course of several nights, flashing lights and performing “brazen maneuvers” close to the warships. They flew at speeds of 16 knots, and stayed aloft for upward of 90 Read more

Awesome ferrofluid-filled speaker visualizes your music with alien-like goop
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Awesome ferrofluid-filled speaker visualizes your music with alien-like goop

There are plenty of stylish, tech-heavy speakers doing the rounds in 2021, but not too many are quite like the speaker designed and built by Dakd Jung. A 40-year-old artist living in Ansan, South Korea, Jung has created an unusual speaker that harnesses the power of ferrofluid, a viscous magnetic oil invented by a NASA Read more

3D printed ivory is here, and it could be a game-changer for wildlife conservation
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3D printed ivory is here, and it could be a game-changer for wildlife conservation

TU Wien You’d be hard-pressed to think of a material that’s more contentious than ivory, the hard, white material most commonly taken from the tusks of elephants. Outlawed around the world since 1989, ivory continues to be an extremely valuable commodity, with poachers able to command $1,500 for a single pound of the stuff. In Read more