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British Scientists Are Flipping Out About Brexit

Britain is saying goodbye to the European Union, a monumental decision that’s triggering some serious alarm bells among the country’s researchers. Here’s why they have a right to be worried.


Spoiler Alert: MIT's New AI Can Predict What Will Happen Next In A Video

Do you get squeamish when someone dies on Game of Thrones? Or maybe you’re worried that your favourite character is about to get killed, and you can’t bear to watch. Researchers at MIT have developed an algorithm that can predict what’s going to happen next in a video, giving you an opportunity to look away first.


Badminton-Playing Robot Will Destroy You On The Court

Table tennis-playing robots that can keep up with the likes of Forrest Gump are impressive, sure. But students and professors at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China took on a greater challenge when they built a badminton-playing robot that can quickly cover an entire court and return almost any shot.


A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.


Photoshop's Magical New Crop Tool Automatically Fills In Missing Parts Of A Photo

Regular users of Photoshop have probably come across this problem before: After you’ve straightened a photo by slightly rotating it to one side or the other, your ability to then crop the image is severely limited without having to clone in missing corners. The next version of Photoshop, however, will do that all for you.


Google's New Science Journal App Turns Your Android Phone Into A Lab Full Of Sensors

If you’re working on a rocket destined for Mars, Google’s new Science Journal app might be a bit limited. But if you’re an aspiring scientist, the free app will turn an Android smartphone or tablet into laboratory full of experiments by grabbing data from the device’s various sound, light and motion sensors.


New 3D Printer Draws In Midair Like Magic

Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them.


Fake Skinned Robot Bats Will Soon Be Creeping Us Out From The Skies Above

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign think mimicking nature is the best way to help robots take flight. So with the help of a 3D printer they have created a flying robotic bat, complete with a layer of fake silicone skin for the wing’s membranes. It somehow manages to make real bats look almost cute in comparison.


Disney's New Telepresence Robot Is So Precise That It Can Be Used To Thread A Needle

The easiest way to make a robot as dexterous and capable as a human being is to simply let a human control it. That’s how Disney Research’s new telepresence robot works, but with improved hydraulics on board, it’s now capable of duplicating a human’s motions with remarkable precision — to the point where it can even be used to remotely thread a needle.


MIT Wants You To Swallow This Origami Robot Pill To Retrieve Other Crap You've Swallowed

According to MIT, Americans swallow over 3500 button-sized batteries every year. Say what? But instead of educating the public about not swallowing random crap, researchers at the school want people to swallow a new folding origami robot they have developed that’s designed to retrieve foreign objects, among other tasks.


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