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AI-Powered Software Makes It Incredibly Easy to Colorize Black and White Photos

AI-powered software that can automatically colorize old black and white photos exists, but it’s often far from perfect. In comparison, manually …

Photography

A Breakthrough in Flexible Electronics Could Turn Your T-Shirts Into Amazing Speakers

2017 might go down in history as the year those boxy speakers your dad still uses finally started to go extinct. Following the development of a …

Engineering

history of the entire world, i guess

HoloLens Demo at Microsoft Build 2017

Microsoft Build 2017 keynote in 8 minutes

How Microsoft’s Story Remix does what Clippy couldn't

Microsoft is making some bold promises with Story Remix, its recently announced app for the Windows 10 Fall Creators update. Together with the company's deep learning technology, it can automatically craft your photos and videos into short films. Story Remix resembles Apple Clips and Google's Photo …

Microsoft

An Amazing Hypothesis for Why the Trappist-1 System Hasn't Destroyed Itself

When astronomers announced the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting the ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1, Earthlings immediately celebrated …

Exoplanets

Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that …

Microsoft

A New Transparent, Conductive Material Is Set to Revolutionize Our Electronics

A New Material<p>Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a new material that could change technology as we know it. This nano-scale, …

Engineering

This biped robot uses mechanics instead of a computer brain to stay upright

But it still needs a little help<p>Bipeds keep getting better. Instead of slow, heavy, and terrain-sensitive humanoids like ASIMO, researchers are building lightweight and agile bird-like robots, such as Cassie. The better the designs are mechanically, the less power and smarts are required to keep …

Robotics

This ingenious illustration reveals how much space we give to cars

Whether you're in a quiet suburb an urban downtown, most public spaces are designed for cars instead of pedestrians.<p>An ingenious illustration by Swedish artist Karl Jilg shows just how car-centric our reality is:<p>In the image, Jilg depicts city streets as gorges, crosswalks as wobbly planks, and …

Illustration

The Life-Saving Weaving of Bolivia’s Indigenous Women

This Insanely Detailed Animation Is Made From Only 4096 Bytes of Code

The demoscene is an internet subculture that has managed to stay cool for decades. And as the winning entry in a recent demo competition in Tokyo …

Why China is beating the U.S. at innovation

For decades, America lost factories and jobs to China but retained a coveted title: the world's leader in inventing and commercializing new products.<p>Now, even that status has been eroded, and it's hurting the economy.<p>While the United States is still at the top in total investment in research and …

Innovation

Google’s AutoDraw uses machine learning to help you draw like a pro

Drawing isn’t for everyone. I, for one, am definitely not very good at it. But with AutoDraw, Google is launching a new experiment today that uses machine learning algorithms to match your doodles with professional drawings to make you look like you know what you’re doing.<p>You can use AutoDraw on …

Machine Learning

Here's How The Internet of Things Is Transforming Industries You Would Never Think Of

There's potential to unleash a new revolution in productivity<p>I was eleven years old when my family got its first computer in 1981. It didn't do much. Mostly, I used it for writing reports for school and playing video games. My dad also ran some spreadsheets to help him run his business, but for the …

Internet of Things

A new CRISPR breakthrough could lead to simpler, cheaper disease diagnosis

The controversial laboratory tool known as CRISPR may have found a whole new world to conquer. Already the favored method of editing genes, CRISPR could soon become a low-cost diagnostic tool that could be used practically anywhere to determine if someone has an infectious disease such as Zika or …

Genetics

Top 5 Booming Industries For B2B In 2017

Could 2017 be the year you launch or dramatically expand your business? B2B opportunities in one of these spaces could pay attractive dividends in the coming year. Whether it’s media services, consulting or tech, businesses require goods and services from other businesses in order to operate and …

FinTech

Tracking Air Pollution With the Pigeon Patrol | That's Amazing

More than five million people die every year from pollution-related illnesses, and nearly 10,000 of those deaths occur in London. But Romain LaCombe …

Lemmings in HoloLens Adds New Dimension to Animal Suicide

One of the most exciting things about HoloLens is that no one is entirely sure what to do with it. It’s a game-changing device that’s bound to bring …

AI is one step closer to mastering StarCraft

Tech titans around the world are racing to claim this prize<p>Last year, Alphabet’s DeepMind division captured the world’s attention by besting humanity’s top player in the game of Go. The achievement, which many experts predicted was still a decade off, showed the rapid progress being made in the …

Artificial Intelligence

Dancers Instantly Swap Freaky Face Masks Using a Face-Tracking Projector

Costume-changes during a live performance are fast and frenetic, limiting how elaborate makeup and outfits can be. But for this performance by …

Photovoltaic ink could lead to easy solar panel manufacture

Easily scalable processing could make for rapid panel production.<p>Currently, silicon is the dominant technology for photovoltaic solar power. There …

For Amputees, Reactivating the Sense of Touch

How to save 51 billion lives for 68 cents with simple Engineering

Volumetric capture is the swift kick in the butt VR so desperately needs

Throw your 360-degree videos in the trash. VR documentaries just got way better.<p>AUSTIN, Texas—As has become standard at my job, I recently strapped …

A New Technique Captures Stunning Timelapse Footage of the Smallest Living Things

Microscopes let us observe some of the smallest objects in our universe, but with limitations when it comes to movements that can take hours, days, …

Brilliant Motion-Tracking Dart Board Guarantees a Bullseye With Every Throw

A night at a local pub isn’t complete without a few rounds of darts, but as your blood-alcohol level rises, your ability to hit the bullseye greatly …

Disney's New Rolling Robot Climbs Walls Like a Gecko

Not even walls can stop Disney’s and ETH Zurich’s new four-wheeled robot called VertiGo that can quickly transition from rolling on the ground to …