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MIT’s new way to make metal could significantly lower air pollutants

Serendipity has long been a staple of scientific study, and a new discovery by MIT is no exception. Researchers at the school were trying to build better batteries, but instead found a better way to smelt metal. The study resulted in a brand new, far less polluting way to make antimony, which …

Engineering

Robotic suitcase means you'll never travel alone again

The COWAROBOT R1 is a fully autonomous, smart suitcase that will follow alongside its user as they travel. With additional features like GPS and a portable charging bank, this robotic companion makes traveling effortless.

Robots

Harvard’s Octobot is the first autonomous machine to be made with all soft robotics

For years roboticists have been looking into using softer materials for parts rather than the usual metal and plastic — sometimes even building entirely soft robots. But this Octobot from Harvard is the first that not only contains no hard parts but is also entirely autonomous.<p>Robert Wood and …

Robotics

NASA Wants To Make Space Habitats From Orbiting Rocket Fuel Tanks

The idea of re-purposing an (ideally) empty rocket fuel tank and turning it into a space habitat has been around for a long time, because it’s a …

Why AI consolidation will create the worst monopoly in US history

Forget Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — we need a trust-buster like Teddy Roosevelt, who in 1902 attacked the Northern Securities Company, a railroad holding company led by J.P. Morgan and James J. Hill.<p>Amid the flurry of recent tech M&A deals, you would be forgiven for missing a relatively quiet …

Artificial Intelligence

Peter Thiel just backed a startup that helps you sue companies algorithmically

If Peter Thiel was trying to convince the world he wasn’t a lawsuit-happy nerd, this probably isn’t the best way to do it. Reports today detail Thiel’s latest investment, a $100,000 Thiel Foundation grant to a company, Legalist, that makes trial-by-algorithm a real thing.<p>Legalist, founded by two …

Startups