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As the UN delays talks, more industry leaders back ban on weaponized AI

A second open letter, this time from 116 founders of AI and robotics companies, is urging ...

Two years ago, the Future of Life Institute presented an open letter at the 2015 International Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) urging the United Nations to ban the development of weaponized artificial intelligence. Now a second open letter has been released, again coinciding with the start of the 2017 IJCAI. This new letter is co-signed by over 100 founders of robotics and AI companies from around the world, and demands the UN stop delaying its talks and take action.

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Category: Robotics

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Why whisky tastes better with a wee drop of water

Slightly diluting whisky can improve its taste

For many people, adding anything to a single malt whisky is close to sacrilege, but it's generally acknowledged that adding a drop or two of water to lesser blends enhances the flavor. The question is, why? At Sweden's Linnaeus University, researchers Björn Karlsson and Ran Friedman have come up with an answer from the chemistry of the dram.

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Category: Science

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NASA completes space communications network

NASA’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) lifting off from Cape Canaveral

NASA's next-generation orbital tracking and communications network has been completed, with the sixth and final Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) blasted into orbit on Friday. The Boeing-built TDRS-M lifted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. It is reported to be in good health and will enter service next year after a four-month checkout.

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Category: Space

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555-hp Nikola electric side-by-side tears through dirt for up to 200 miles a charge

Nikola's Zero UTV has evolved and added power

When Nikola Motors started advertising outrageous specs for its Zero all-electric side-by-side, we figured there was no way those specs would survive the journey to market. A 520-hp figure may sound plenty normal for sports car, but it's pretty out there for a side-by-side. However, not only have the Zero's off-the-charts specs survived as Nikola prepares for production, some have actually grown. The spec sheet now includes well more than triple the horsepower of the current power leader, more battery power than a Tesla Model S 100D and a price tag equivalent to a Model 3.

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Category: Outdoors

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Single-lens, light field 4D camera to give robots and autonomous cars better vision

Two 138-degree light field panoramas (top and center) and a depth estimate of the second panorama ...

A robot is only as good as its sensors, so researchers at Stanford University and UC San Diego have developed a new "4D" camera that greatly enhances robotic vision. Billed as the first-ever single-lens, wide field of view, light field camera, the new system uses a spherical lens and advanced algorithms to capture information across a 138-degree field of view to allow robots to not only navigate, but also better understand their environment.

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Category: Science

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Hacked smartphones could use sound to track your movements

The researchers tested CovertBand using a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone hooked up to a portable speaker

Malware on your smartphone – or other smart device – could someday be used to track your body position or identify your movements within a room. That's the conclusion reached by researchers at the University of Washington, who created a program that turns such devices into active sonar systems.

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Category: Science

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Could eating walnuts help you lose weight?

A scientific study has explored the appetite-suppressing effect of walnuts

For some time now, the eating of walnuts has been associated with feelings of fullness. Recently, a study conducted by scientists at the Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) uncovered what's actually going on in the brain to make this happen. The findings could lead to future treatments for obesity.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Smart soccer ball keeps its brains in your phone

The DribbleUp Smart Soccer Ball is optically tracked by the user's smartphone

We've already seen a couple of "smart" soccer balls with integrated sensors that track parameters such as the ball's spin and trajectory. Well, the DribbleUp takes a different approach to smart training. It doesn't feature any onboard electronics, but instead has markings that allow it to be tracked by a free iOS/Android app.

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Category: Sports

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World's biggest underground bike parking center opens in Utrecht

When it reaches full capacity at the end of 2018, the Stationsplein Bicycle Parking facility will ...

Anyone visiting the Netherlands will immediately notice how crazy the locals are for two-wheeled transport. Bikes are everywhere, which can make finding somewhere to park up a bit of a problem. Cyclists in Utrecht started using a three-storey parking garage under the train station last week, ahead of the official opening on August 21. It already boasts thousands of spaces, but when complete, it will be the world's largest parking facility for bikes.

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Category: Bicycles

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3D-printable robot arm is a sign language interpreter

Project Aslan is a robot hand that can translate text into sign language

A team from the University of Antwerp is developing a robotic sign language interpreter. The first version of the robot hand, named Project Aslan, is mostly 3D-printed and can translate text into fingerspelling gestures, but the team's ultimate goal is to build a two-armed robot with an expressive face, to convey the full complexity of sign language.

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Category: Robotics

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Double-barreled attack shows potential in quest for cancer vaccine

A golden nanostar, seen here under an electron microscope, is a key part of a new ...

In experiments on mice, researchers at Duke University have found that combining two different techniques for fighting cancer is more effective than either treatment is on its own. In one case, the mouse's immune system not only destroyed the tumor, but stayed strong enough to ward off a later injection of cancer cells, raising hopes that the strategy could one day lead to a viable cancer vaccine.

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Category: Medical

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Pristine Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works heads to the auction block

This is one of just seven Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works built

Group B saw drivers wrestling boxy turbocharged tearaways along narrow tracks inches from hordes of fans desperate to get a close-up view of their heroes as they slid past. It was an enthralling spectacle, but a deadly one. This immaculate Mazda RX-7 Evo Group B Works managed to survive the chaos, though, and now it's up for auction in London.

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Category: Automotive

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Probiotic cure for peanut allergies shows long-term success

A long-term study has shown a probiotic-based treatment to cure peanut allergy to be successful after ...

Sometimes the slow, measured pace of medical research is frustrating. On average it takes about 12 years for a new drug to move from discovery to general practice, but each step towards approval is important as it validates whether or not these new medicines actually work and are safe. A new four-year follow-up study on the efficacy of a probiotic-based peanut allergy cure has revealed the majority of the original participants are still displaying tolerance to peanuts, paving the way for the final phase of trials to bring the treatment to the public.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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X-Lite X1004 and NCOM BX-5 review: Next-level flip-face sports helmet

The X-Lite X1004 with NCOM BX-5 is flip-face composite sports touring helmet with integrated Bluetooth comms

I love my Nolan flip-face helmets, I really do, but Nolan has a high-end brand called X-Lite that makes similar gear using lightweight, luxurious materials and a sportier approach. It's time to step up and see what you get for a few hundred extra dollars with the flagship X1004 and BX-5 Bluetooth system.

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Category: Motorcycles

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Lunar XPrize extends mission deadline and adds extra milestone prizes

As well as an extended deadline, two new milestone prizes have been announced for the Lunar ...

The deadline for the Google Lunar XPrize has again been pushed back, this time to March 31, 2018. After over 10 years and multiple deadline extensions, it is hoped that this is the final delay for what has undeniably been an ambitious competition to get the first privately funded spacecraft onto the Moon.

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Category: Space

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3-mile asteroid is the largest Earth-buzzing object NASA's ever seen

Measuring 4.4 km (2.7 miles) across, asteroid Florence will zip past Earth in September, making it ...

Asteroids whizz past Earth on a regular basis, and thankfully they're usually only a few meters wide. But next month we're due for a close encounter with a monster space rock measuring 4.4 km (2.7 mi) across, making it the largest near-Earth object (NEO) to come this close to the planet since NASA began tracking them almost 20 years ago.

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Category: Space

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BMW lets the California air in with Concept Z4 Roadster

BMW reveals the Concept Z4 during Monterey Car Week

A year after BMW ended production of the second-generation Z4, a new Z4 has made its debut at Monterey Car Week 2017. The striking Concept Z4 Roadster wears some of the creased, angular bodywork previewed on the Concept 8 Series on its compact roadster body, creating an open two-seater that begs equally for straight, open strips of traffic-free desert road and furious, bluff-hugging twists high above smashing waves.

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Category: Automotive

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Volvo's magnetic moonroof attachment to enable in-car view of eclipse action

The XC60 is ready for full-family eclipse viewing

Just in case you weren't aware, the United States will be experiencing a solar eclipse next week. There are plenty of ways to check it out, including using special glasses, via a pinhole projection, or even online. Now reclining in a car can be added to the list courtesy of the Volvo XC60 Panoramic Moonroof Eclipse Viewer.

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Category: Automotive

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Machine gun-toting drone threatens to change combat forever

Drones with guns are coming

In 2015, a video showing a semi-automatic handgun being fired from a custom-built drone went viral, raising concerns for authorities, including the FAA. The development of such a DIY device was only a matter of time, as was the commercialization of the technology. Now Florida-based startup Duke Robotics has unveiled the TIKAD, a custom-built multirotor that can carry and fire various military weapons, including semi-automatic rifles and grenade launchers.

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Category: Drones

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Watch a fleet of BAC Monos invade the Isle of Man

The BAC Mono takes on the Isle of Man

The BAC Mono takes a unique approach to speed, dropping the distractions (passengers) for the purest possible driving experience. But having one seat doesn't mean you need to feel alone while driving. BAC has put on a show on the Isle of Man, unleashing an army of 12 cars on the picturesque British outpost.

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Category: Automotive

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Chevy ZR2 takes to the desert with Hall Racing

Outside of some safety and race-required changes, the Colorado ZR2 is otherwise stock off the shelf ...

The Vegas to Reno race is the longest-distance and most gruelling desert offroad race in the United States. This year, Baja 1000 dominators Hall Racing have teamed up with Chevrolet to put a Colorado ZR2 pickup into the mix. For the most part, the truck is stock with just a handful of modifications for this competition.

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Category: Automotive

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Review: Kuickwheel Serpent-C is fun and easy, but don’t get cocky

This is almost exactly the opposite of what the author looks like riding the Serpent-C e-skateboard

The idea of a small, lightweight, portable, and electrified skateboard like the Kuickwheel Serpent-C is intriguing. We can all imagine ourselves going Tony Hawk all over the place on a board that propels itself. We'd be doing that, of course, on our daily commute to work on that "last mile." You know, to give a practical side to the deal. The reality is that most of us can't really board that well. Not like Hawk, anyway. But that doesn't mean we can't have fun. Lots of it.

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Category: Urban Transport

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Alzheimer's may be detected early, via eye exam

Protein deposits on the retina have been found to correlate with plaques in the brain

Presently, for a definitive diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, doctors have to perform a PET scan of patients' brains. Not only is it expensive, but it also requires the patient to be injected with radioactive tracers. Soon, however, a simple eye scan may be all that's required – and it could catch the disease sooner than ever before.

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Category: Health & Wellbeing

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Together at last – milk and sugar, in dissolvable capsules

Some of the capsules, as compared to a disposable coffee cream packet

Those little plastic containers of coffee cream may not look significant on their own, but when you consider how many of them are used and discarded every day … it adds up to a lot of waste. That's why Martha Wellner, when she was a PhD student at Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, created milk-and-sugar capsules that dissolve completely when placed in hot liquid.

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Category: Good Thinking

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Smart ring taps into color spectrum for anywhere, anywhen music creation

The Specdrums ring is paired with a smartphone running a companion app over Bluetooth

Specdrums has been designed for folks who just can't contain their inner rhythm, which breaks out in the form of finger drumming on tabletops, thighs or any surface or object within reach. The smart ring wirelessly connects to a smartphone running a companion app and transforms taps into sounds. The system also recognizes different colors, putting a symphony of digital sound possibilities at a tapper's fingertips.

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Category: Music

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