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Amazon is building a fleet of autonomous robots to deliver packages to your door

[embedded content] Having explored every time-saving delivery option from flying warehouses and package-carrying drones to checkout-free retail stores and even the controversial Amazon Key, it was only going to be so long until Amazon hopped aboard the delivery robot bandwagon. That’s what it has announced today with the launch of a brand-new service it’s referring […]

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The CRISPR baby saga continues as China confirms second gene-edited pregnancy

China’s official Xinhua news agency has confirmed that a second woman has become pregnant as part of a controversial experiment to create the world’s first CRISPR genetically edited babies. The scientist responsible for the work has since been fired by the university he was working for, which claims he “illegally conducted the research in the pursuit […]

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Elon Musk offers to help dig CERN’s new particle collider tunnel

[embedded content] The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) plans to put the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) to shame with its proposed, significantly larger Future Circular Collider — and Elon Musk wants to help make it a reality. Because, you know, building electric cars, digging massive underground tunnels in the U.S., selling flamethrowers, and landing […]

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A.I. finds non-infringing ways to copy drugs pharma spends billions developing

Drug companies spend billions developing and protecting their trademark pharmaceuticals. Could artificial intelligence be about to shake things up? In a breakthrough development, researchers have demonstrated an A.I. which can find new methods for producing existing drugs in a way that doesn’t infringe on existing patents. Called Chematica, the software platform does something called “retrosynthesis,” […]

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Coinstar machines will let you swap cash for Bitcoin at your local grocery store

In a world in which people increasingly pay for things using mobile wallets like Apple Pay, the presence of the machines you find at grocery stores, which turn your spare change into a more useful note-based form of cash, seem kind of retro. But they’re about to embrace one of the most exciting currency-based innovations […]

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‘Tech vest’ prevents Amazon workers from colliding with robot co-workers

Amazon hired fewer seasonal workers in 2018 than for the two preceding years, suggesting the company is succeeding in its efforts to automate its operations. But its warehouse-based robots aren’t yet skillful enough to allow the company to completely do away with human workers, meaning that for a while yet, fleshy beings will be working […]

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Saturn didn’t always have rings, according to new analysis of Cassini data

Saturn’s rings are younger than previously believed and could have been formed in the relatively recent past, according to new data gathered from the Cassini mission. The Cassini spacecraft that was orbiting Saturn is no more, but before it expired it took a loop between the planet and its rings, acting as a gravity probe […]

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Too buzzed to drive? Don’t worry — this autonomous car-bar will drive to you

Gary di Silvio (CRA) with Carlo Turati and Marco Conte (Makr Shakr) Whether it’s Netflix’s promise of streaming video or the rise of on-demand robot delivery companies, it’s no secret that the tech world is all about services on tap. Taking that idea literally is the startup Makr Shakr, a self-driving robot bar that promises […]

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Scientists successfully grow human blood vessels in a Petri dish

IMBA – Institute for Molecular Biotechnology As the thing which links every organ in our bodies together, through the circulatory system, blood vessels are pretty darn important. Now a team of researchers has managed to grow picture-perfect human blood vessels in the lab for the first time, and even to successfully implant them into live […]

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Hexbot is a modular robot arm that does everything from drawing to playing chess

[embedded content] Who wouldn’t want their own personal desktop robot arm to do everything from laser engraving to competing against you in a game of chess? That’s what Hexbot, a new Kickstarter project from Chinese robotics firm Hexbot Robotics, promises to deliver. Boasting a modular design, the robot arm features a wide range of different […]

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After conquering the Sahara, the U.K.’s self-driving rover is ready for Mars

U.K. Space Agency The above image may look like a scene from some as-yet-unannounced Hollywood adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. In fact, it’s a picture from recent tests which took place in the Sahara desert, the world’s largest hot desert region, where an autonomous driving software for future Mars rovers was […]

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The best robot kits for kids

Are you a parent or teacher investigating robot kits for children? If do, you likely don’t want a simple solution with a single purpose — you want the child to experience science, technology, engineering, and math? We get it. You want a kit that teaches all four categories, from piecing together the foundation to wiring the […]

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British Army tests autonomous glider drone for transporting supplies, soldiers

Animal Dynamics The idea of a drone delivering our Amazon orders sounds pretty darn rad, but a key innovation that delivery drones offer is being able to transport supplies to places where they might not otherwise be safely or easily delivered. With this goal in mind, the British Army is currently testing out an unorthodox […]

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5 tech trends to watch in 2019 (and a reality check on last year’s picks)

Innovation in the tech industry moves at a breakneck pace, and 2018 was a fantastic example of that. Wireless companies took gigantic steps towards 5G (including merging to get there), while Google wowed us with its Duplex AI. Despite Bitcoin’s precipitous fall in value, blockchain technology continued to evolve, and Amazon showed it’s serious about […]