Scientists are creating a cell-phone battery that charges instantly


Researchers at Drexel University’s College of Engineering are working on a special material that will one day provide the capacity for instant battery charging. This is made possible by super-conductive two-dimensional MXene material. The quest for a better battery has been ongoing since Alessandro Volta created the first one over 200 years ago. Now scientists at Drexel are perfecting the concept. Dr. Yuri Gogotsi, who leads the team, says: We demonstrate charging of thin MXene electrodes in tens of milliseconds. This is enabled by very high electronic conductivity of MXene. This paves the way to development of ultra-fast energy storage…

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This trippy Major Lazer music video lets you choose your own adventure


Major Lazer today released an interactive video for their new single “No Know Better.” The video allows the viewer to take part in the video, albeit in a very limited way. In the original video, a young boy alternates between his dim reality and his sumptuous dream world. In the interactive version, the viewer alternates between the dream world and the real world at will by clicking on the video. They’re so committed to this concept, too, that if you don’t click to switch within a few seconds, the video will remind you. The interactive version is hosted on Eko, a…

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This Trump speech written by AI is as nonsensical as the real deal


After feeding 270,000 words into a computer program that studies language patterns, The New Yorker got a result that’s about as awful as the real thing. The neural network studied each of these 270,000 words, as well as how they fit together contextually and came up with, well, this: The preceding speech was written entirely by this AI language model. Unlike human speech, The New Yorker could dial the program up from one to five, each with its pros and cons. Level one, for example, is fairly accurate speech, albeit with lots of repetition. At level five, we see the…

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New screening method uses a single drop of blood to test for 13 types of cancer


A novel new testing method uses a single drop of blood to test for 13 types of cancer. By testing for differences in the microRNA (miRNA) the test is able to accurately detect cancers of the breast, lung, stomach, colorectal tract, esophagus, liver, and pancreas, among others. “MicroRNAs constitute a recently discovered class of non-coding RNAs that play key roles in the regulation of gene expression. Acting at the post-transcriptional level, these fascinating molecules may fine-tune the expression of as much as 30% of all mammalian protein-encoding genes,” according to life sciences and diagnostics lab Exiqon. In lab tests using…

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The iPod Touch is a gateway drug


Surprising few, Apple today discontinued the iPod Shuffle and iPod Nano. It’s an end of an era, and I think a lot of people — particularly from my generation — will be sad to see it go. What surprised some was Apple sparing the iPod Touch from the axe. In fact, it didn’t just spare it, but it boosted its capabilities, raising the storage from 16GB and 64GB to 32GB and 128GB respectively. It also lowered the price to $199 and $299. Steve Jobs once described the iPod Touch as like an iPhone, just without the phone. He could have…

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Microsoft wants students to have their heads in the cloud


The winners of the 15th anniversary edition of the Imagine Cup were just announced in Redmond this morning. Xglu from the Czech Republic developed an app that gives children with diabetes a cheap, easy and reliable way to measure and monitor their glucose levels. Instead of lugging around bulky batteries and embarrassing looking medical equipment, kids have small, cute attachment (about the size of a business card) which links to smartphones and takes accurate measurements in seconds. Not only that, but the whole process is turned into a game, where children collect strawberries as they complete what – let’s face…

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Russia is developing AI missiles to dominate the new arms race


Russia this week announced plans to develop AI-powered missiles. This follows earlier news that Russian arms manufacturer Kalishnikov is designing an autonomous small-arms weapon system for military use. The Russians seem intent to prepare for a world where robots, or autonomous missiles powered by machine-learning algorithms, kill people. TASS reports Tactical Missiles Corporation CEO Boris Obnosov, speaking at the MAKS 2017 airshow in Moscow, responded to a question about his company’s AI missile development: We saw this example, and when the Americans used it in Syria … when it is possible to re-direct missiles to targets. Work in this area…

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The iPhone 8 will finally kill the smartphone bezel. What happens next?


2017 has been a wonderful year for smartphone design – and more specifically, killing the bezel. After Xiaomi made waves with last year’s Mi Mix, LG and Samsung both had own takes on maximizing screen real estate – no to mention Andy Rubin’s new Essential phone. Then there’s the iPhone 8 (or whatever it ends up being called) coming in a few months. The 10th anniversary iPhone is heavily rumored to do away with the bezels nearly completely, save for a miniscule strip at the top of the device for necessary sensors and speakers. At that point, it’s just a…

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Apple waves goodbye to the iPod Shuffle and Nano


If you go to Apple’s iPod section today, you might notice something’s missing. Apple removed the Nano and Shuffle models from the store, and officially confirmed the littlest iPods are being discontinued. An Apple spokesperson told Business Insider: Today, we are simplifying our iPod lineup with two models of iPod touch now with double the capacity starting at just $199 and we are discontinuing the iPod shuffle and iPod nano. This marks the death of the last two iPods that didn’t have internet connectivity or cell service. Now the only iPod that remains on the site is the iPhone-sized iPod Touch…

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