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A Brief History Of The Demise Of Battle Bots

Robot battling was poised to become a true sport of the future. It had all the right elements: mad science, gladiatorial combat, plucky garage inventors, and televised action. So what killed it? A brutally effective, utterly si...
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Designers Make City Noise Actually Sound Good

A city doesn’t always sound great: car horns blare, people shout. But a new project from artist Marc De Pape makes music out of the noise. “The Chime” is a wind-chime-shaped mass of sensors that pick up on the...
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All Of America’s Waterways On One Map [Infographic]

Who knew America was so well hydrated? These maps, created by former Google engineer Nelson Minar using data originally from the U.S. Geological Survey, show America’s extensive system of waterways, including streams, tri...
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The 6 Most Important Things We Learned From Edward Snowden’s Guardian Q&A

Two weeks ago, the Guardian published PowerPoint slides detailing a previously unknown, sweeping surveillance program by the National Security Administration. Shortly thereafter, the source of those leaks revealed himself to be...
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Stanford’s Artificial Neural Network Is The Biggest Ever

Last summer, in conjunction with Stanford researchers, Google[x], the RD arm where ideas like Project Glass are born, built the world’s largest artificial neural network designed to simulate a human brain. Now Andrew Ng, ...
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New DNA Fog Covers Crime-Scene Suspects With Evidence

You know DNA makes proteins. It tells living things how to tick. It carries blue eyes and an early receding hairline from father to son (Sorry, son!). But beyond what it does biologically, it’s also just a carrier for inf...
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Meet NASA’s Astronaut Class of 2013

A physicist by training, Cassada is currently the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer for Quantum Opus. He’s also a former naval aviator and Ph.D, originally from Minnesota.
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Wearable Computer-Socks Guaranteed To Be The Smelliest Computers You Own

Fitness trackers are, slowly but surely, getting better. First there was the Fitbit (I mean, the Fitbit is still wildly popular, but it is the most basic type of tracker): a small pedometer with an app. Then there was the Basis...
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Google Launches Balloon-Based Internet In New Zealand

Last July, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council declared that Internet access was a basic human right. Tim Berners-Lee, creator of the World Wide Web, has previously stated that everyone in the world deserves at least...
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