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Mars human habitat could be 3D printed by robots | Reuters.com

British architectural design and engineering firm Foster and Partners has developed a concept where a swarm of small robots would autonomously 3D print a Mars base in preparation for human arrival. Matthew Stock reports.<p>▲ Hide Transcript<p>▶ View Transcript<p>British architectural design and engineering …

Foster and Partners

Disney invented a robotic stuntman that could put human ones out of a job

This dexterous robot could put stunt doubles out of a job. Disney's Imagineering Research and Development lab built a robotic stuntman that can …

Robotics

Is your kid friends with Alexa? A psychologist on what that means for their development

Why one of the newest toy robots may not be a good birthday gift.<p>Robots long ago took up residence in factories and warehouses, and now they’re moving into bars and coffee shops — and our homes. The newest of these household robots, like Jibo, Kuri and Cozmo, come with features other appliances …

Digital Age

This robot vacuum can be controlled with Alexa for hundreds less than a comparable Roomba

If you want a Roomba that can be controlled using voice commands courtesy of Amazon Alexa, you better be prepared to pay $350 or more. Roombas are …

Smart Homes

Has Google inadvertently leaked the Pixel 3 reveal date?

• A call for YouTubers, purportedly by Google or an affiliated agency, may have revealed a launch date for the Pixel 3.<br>• The listing on Famebit.com apparently points to an October 4 launch date for Google’s phones.<br>• If confirmed, this would be the third straight year we see Pixel phones on October …

Google Pixel

How NASA is going to make sure commercial flights to space don’t crash and burn

NASA is just as thrilled as Boeing and SpaceX to launch a new era of partnership with commercial entities and flying commercial spacecraft, so long …

Space Exploration

Essential Tips and Tricks for Starting Machine Learning with Python

We describe some essential hacks and tricks for practicing machine learning with Python. Covers most important libraries, and the overall approach.

Machine Learning

Astronomers Have Detected an Intense And Mysteriously Low Frequency Radio Signal Coming From Space

Hello?<p>Astronomers have detected yet another mysterious and powerful fast radio burst hitting Earth from an unknown source in space.<p>If that's not …

Universe

More details leak out about Microsoft's new 'pocketable' Surface

Just what is Microsoft planning next for its Surface line of hardware? We've had numerous hints in recent weeks and months that a Surface Phone or …

Xiaomi: A Chinese startup out to challenge Google, Amazon

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Xiaomi, a Chinese cellphone maker that helped pioneer the trend toward ultra-low-priced smartphones, is preparing for what would possibly be the biggest tech initial public offering since e-commerce giant Alibaba's in 2014.<p>The 8-year-old is a star among Chinese unicorns, a …

Car owners find this feature in modern cars the most frustrating

Everybody seems to want more infotainment feature in new cars — but those features don't always live up to expectations. In fact, as they've become more prevalent and complex, they've also become a bigger hassle.<p>When I learned to drive, my car had an AM/FM radio — and I was lucky to have FM. That's …

IBM’s Newest AI Can Probably Argue Better Than You

“Fighting technology means fighting human ingenuity,” an IBM software program admonished Israeli debating champion Dan Zafrir in San Francisco …

Nvidia’s AI creates amazing slow motion video by ‘hallucinating’ missing frames

Nvidia’s researchers developed an AI that converts standard videos into incredibly smooth slow motion.<p><b>The broad strokes:</b> Capturing high quality slow motion footage requires specialty equipment, plenty of storage, and setting your equipment to shoot in the proper mode ahead of time.<p>Hate spammy ICOs …

Videography

True Identity of Mysterious Montana "Direwolf" Revealed by DNA Analysis

It's not the stuff of 'Game of Thrones' legend after all.<p>Sorry, <i>Game of Thrones</i> fans. Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks announced on Monday that the …

Google’s Machine Learning (AI) Crash Course

Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning, as it’s better known as, is something that has garnered my interest over recent years. I even used the …

Life at Alpha Centauri? Maybe, NASA says

Could life exist on planets in the star system closest to ours, Alpha Centauri? Dangerous X-ray radiation makes it unlikely for the single exoplanet …

Teleportation: will it ever be a possibility?

Star Trek has a lot to answer for. Not content to tease us with unreasonable expectations of phasers and warp drive, it also thrust into the popular imagination the idea of teleportation, in which we step into a giant scanner of some sort and instantaneously find ourselves somewhere else, mind, …

Quantum Physics

10 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries About Planet Earth

From the water that covers most of it to the moon that orbits it, here are some bizarre things about our home planet that science still doesn’t …

Earth Science

Microsoft Publishes Massive 948-Page PDF With Every Windows Terminal Command You Could Ever Need

Image: byrev / Pixabay<p>If you wanted an exhaustive reference for all the command line tools and utilities available in Windows, "/h" was as good as it …

It’s a deal: Walmart buys 77% stake in Flipkart for $16 billion

Walmart Inc. agreed to buy a controlling stake in India’s biggest online retailer, striking a blow against rival Amazon.com Inc. as the battle for …

Snakebot named ground rescue robot of the year

Carnegie Mellon's bio-inspired disaster relief robot slithers to victory in an unusual international competition.<p>Engineers in the Robotics Institute …

New-level VR immersion with Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset

The new Samsung HMD Odyssey headset is a premium mixed reality headset with built-in headphones tuned for 3D audio and redesigned Microsoft …

One machine to rule them all: A ‘Master Algorithm’ may emerge sooner than you think

It’s excusable if you didn’t notice it when a scientist named Daniel J. Buehrer, a retired professor from the National Chung Cheng University in Taiwan, published a white paper earlier this month proposing a new class of math that could lead to the birth of machine consciousness. Keeping up with …

Artificial Intelligence

This is what the new Gmail will look like (Update: it's here)

<b>Update (April 25):</b> <i>Google is rolling out the Gmail update to its desktop web interface starting today; to try it, click on the settings button with the gear icon in the top right corner of your inbox, and then click ‘Try the new Gmail.’ To switch back, go to the same menu and select ‘Go back to</i> …

Apps

In Insane Coffee-Drinking Study, Coffee Appears to Be the Anti-Cannabis

"These are entirely new pathways by which coffee might affect health."<p>Coffee has been the world’s favorite stimulant for hundreds of years, yet …

Never-Before-Seen Mineral Found Inside a Diamond

Calcium silicate perovskite (CaSiO3) is thought to be the fourth most abundant mineral on the planet, but until recently, it had never been observed …

The 9 Absolute Weirdest Gadgets We Saw at CES This Year

From smart pet toys to extravagant robots that can fold your laundry, CES 2018 was certainly home to some of the wildest gadgets you can imagine.<p>Here …

After CES 2018, how close are we to the Jetsons?

I found myself referencing a cartoon from the 1960s at the world's biggest tech conference in 2018. I hadn't even watched an episode of "The Jetsons" in years, but the whimsical future imagined by that classic Hanna-Barbera show remains a handy benchmark for our present-day inventions.<p>In …

Something's Seriously Weird About This New Video of SpaceX's Falcon Heavy

Everyone’s very excited to watch Elon Musk ship a perfectly good Tesla Roadster into space, on board SpaceX’s highly anticipated launch vehicle, the …