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While there are already speech-to-text apps that allow deaf users to read what other people are saying, they're often thwarted by background noise or multiple people speaking at once. SpeakSee, however, is a new multi-mic system that reportedly works much better... Continue Reading SpeakSee uses mics and app to get deaf people in on the conversation Category: Good Thinking Tags:
Earlier this year, Toyota revealed the Gazoo Racing Super Sport Concept, a virile race car-for-the road with a combination of V6 and electric motor propulsion. It showed the car again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this month, signaling its intentions of building a production version. With technology ripped straight out of the TS050 Hybrid LMP1 car, this "next-generation racehorse" will debut
It was just back in March that German electrical automation company Festo unveiled two of its latest robots inspired by animals – a crawling/rolling spider and a flying fox bat. Now, it's taken the wraps off BionicFinWave, which moves like a cuttlefish... Continue Reading Robotic cuttlefish autonomously scuttles through pipes Category: Robotics Tags: Autonomous Biomim
There are various places – such as airports, prisons and military bases – where people aren't allowed to fly consumer drones. If someone does so anyway, it's always possible to shoot the thing down or remotely disable it. Another option, however, is to net it in mid-air, using the new-and-improved DroneCatcher... Continue Reading DroneCatcher drone-netting drone gets an upgrade Category:
E3 delivered relatively little in the way of genuine surprises – the bulk of what was shown was much as we expected. But with plenty of new footage on display there's still plenty to look forward to in the next year or two. Putting aside sequels and familiar intellectual property, here are five that particularly stood out... Continue Reading Punks, pirates, samurai and sharks: The most int
Cars that park themselves can not only make parking mishaps a thing of the past, but they could also make maximum use of lot space. But the auto space isn't the only area where autonomous technology has potential, as recently seen in Nissan's self-parking slippers. Now Volvo has demonstrated a yacht that can dock itself... Continue Reading Volvo floats self-docking yacht technology Catego
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is set to overturn a controversial recent court decision that proposed all coffee shops and makers in the state brand their product with a cancer warning label. The new government regulation is another chapter in the long-running battle over whether a cup of coffee is a legitimate cancer risk... Continue Reading The wa
A compelling new study from researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center has shed more light on the mysterious connection between our diet, gut bacteria and mood. The study found that mice given a high-fat diet displayed greater depressive behaviors until microbiome-altering antibiotics returned their behavior back to normal... Continue Reading Exciting insight into role gut bacteria play in obes
In our relatively short time at the top of the food chain, humans have left an impression that will literally last until the Sun swallows the Earth a few billion years from now. But how does our relentless activity impact the creatures we currently share the planet with? A new study has found that mammals across the globe are increasingly turning nocturnal, in a bid to avoid contact with u
In a similar way to the binary code of ones and zeroes that tell a computer program what to do, living cells follow instructions encoded in DNA to construct organisms. It's long been thought that any given DNA sequence would always create the same protein every time a sequence is read out by the cell, but now researchers have found the first exception to this "universal rule," in a species

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