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Researchers from Brown University have made a discovery about how the human brain operates when gripping an object. Previously, it's been assumed that the mind had a short, single command to drive the hand, but in reality it's much more complex than that. With this new information, it's hoped that...

July 29th 2015 at 7:13pm 0 Comments
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Netflix's new sci-fi adventure, Sense8, follows eight people who suddenly develop psychic powers with each other. To commemorate the series, which is directed by The Matrix's Wachowski siblings, Netflix teamed up with J. Michael Straczynski, the guy who invented Babylon 5, and technologist Patrick...

July 29th 2015 at 3:20pm 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: A London transportation think tank is using an Oculus Rift DK2 and a round treadmill to test transportation solutions before building expensive prototypes. Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are sharing some of their 4K videos and they are simply gorg...

July 29th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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NASA's InSight Lander won't be reaching the red planet until 2016, but the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter is already preparing for its welcome party. In order to make sure that it's at the right place to be able to receive radio transmissions from InSight during the landing process, the MRO is firing...

July 29th 2015 at 8:28am 0 Comments
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A team of researchers from Osaka University recently fired the most powerful laser on the planet: a 2 petawatt pulse, that's 2 quadrillion watts, albeit for just one trillionth of a second. It's called the LFEX (Laser for Fast Ignition Experiments) and it measures more than 300 feet in length. Int...

July 29th 2015 at 12:34am 0 Comments
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Following the FAA's recent relaxation of commercial drone flight regulations, Amazon is forging ahead with plans to employ the machines for deliveries. But first, the company has proposed some ground rules to keep the fledgling industry flying safely and out of the way of manned aircraft. Currentl...

July 28th 2015 at 5:32pm 0 Comments
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Intel and Micron unveiled a novel new kind of non-volatile data storage device during a press conference on Tuesday. The chips, dubbed "3D XPoint" (pronounced "cross-point"), are being touted as the first new class of "mainstream memory" to hit the market since 1989. These new chips could soon spe...

July 28th 2015 at 2:59pm 0 Comments
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Our sun blasts out over 50 percent of its energy as "near-infrared" light, but solar cells only harvest visible light. As a result, the best commercial panels only convert about 20 percent of solar energy to electricity. Researchers from UC Riverside have now figured out how to "upconvert" infrare...

July 28th 2015 at 10:30am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Our society's most influential nerds wrote a letter urging the United Nations to ban autonomous weaponized robots out of fear of their potential killing capacity. IBM is redesigning its data centers to recycle air by forcing hot air through silica, getting cooler ai...

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NASA's International Space Station team recently got a big camera upgrade in the form of RED's Epic Dragon, and it's more than a little eager to show off what this high-resolution gear can do. The agency has started posting 4K videos (sorry, no 6K yet) that show what life is like in orbit in excep...

July 27th 2015 at 8:21pm 0 Comments
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As data travels around the internet, it's routinely switched from electrical signals to light in order to travel through the network's fiber optic backbone. To do this, the signal travels through devices called electro-optic modulators. However, these devices are really bulky (usually several cent...

July 27th 2015 at 2:42pm 0 Comments