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Germany plans to put Airbus and Audi’s cool flying taxi concept into the sky

[embedded content] Remember that awesome mobility concept called Pop.up that showed up at the Geneva Auto Show in 2017 and returned again this year, redesigned as Pop.up Next? Part car and part quadcopter, the electric-powered Pop.up Next is a collaboration between Airbus, Audi, and design house Italdesign. The exciting news is that the Pop.up Next […]

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Here’s a real version of that endlessly spinning top from ‘Inception’

[embedded content] Remember how, in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Dom Cobb uses a spinning top to work out whether he’s awake or dreaming? If the top spins a few times and then topples over, Cobb knows he’s awake. If it keeps spinning in perpetuity, he understands that he’s asleep. Well, the team behind […]

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Quickstarter inspires creators to dream up small but fun Kickstarter projects

Kickstarter wants you to know that your project needn’t be an overly ambitious undertaking that leaves you sweating it out as you gradually begin to wonder how on earth you’re going to meet all those crazy goals you set. That’s right — projects can be simple and manageable, too. To inspire people to turn their […]

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After 70 years, a working Dick Tracy two-way watch radio is finally available

[embedded content] Tech has certainly come a long way since 1946, but gosh darn it if some of us aren’t still hankering after comic detective Dick Tracy’s two-way wristwatch radio, the spy gadget introduced in the cartoon strip that year. Fortunately, almost three-quarters of a century later, an officially licensed working version of the iconic […]

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Chinese search giant Baidu creates an open-source A.I. for detecting cancer

Baidu, the Chinese search giant, is sometimes hailed as China’s Google. And just like Google, it has a bunch of innovative side projects which go way beyond straightforward search. We recently covered Baidu’s amazing handheld universal translator. Now the company has announced its latest feat: Using artificial intelligence algorithms to help pathologists better diagnose cancer. […]

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Here’s what art looks like in 2018: Spheres that react to your presence

In the 1960s sci-fi spy thriller series The Prisoner, the residents of a small coastal resort are kept from escaping their location by a weird floating white balloon called Rover, which recaptures or eliminates anyone who tries to leave. Here in 2018, a group Random International has created a fleet of similar-looking autonomous flying spheres, […]

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NASA’s Opportunity Rover is stuck in a giant dust storm — can she make it?

It’s been a decade and a half since NASA’s Opportunity rover has been home on Earth. Over the course of the last 15 years, this trusty robot has been roaming the surface of the Red Planet, but now we may have lost her — at least, temporarily. A massive dust storm about the size of […]

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Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes could face 20 years in prison

Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of blood-testing startup Theranos, was indicted by a federal grand jury with committing massive fraud on Friday, June 15. Former president Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani was also charged. Per the indictment, the two execs “used advertisements and solicitations to encourage and induce doctors and patients to use Theranos’s blood testing laboratory […]

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What is 3D printing? Here’s everything you need to know

Have you ever wondered how 3D printing works, what types of 3D printing exist, or just what 3D printing is used for these days? You’ve come to the right place: We’re going to cover the basic definition of 3D printing, how different versions are used, and some of the incredible things that additive manufacturing techniques […]

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At Stephen Hawking’s memorial, his message of peace was beamed into the cosmos

At a memorial service on Friday attended by more than a thousand people, the remains of renowned physicist Stephen Hawking were laid to rest at England’s Westminster Abbey. As his ashes were interred in the Scientists’ Corner between the graves of Sir Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, a recorded composition featuring a message from the […]

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Spider silk microcapsules could deliver vaccines to help battle cancer

Spider silk is a pretty darn versatile material. We previously covered research projects in which spider silk is used to help retrain nerves after major injuries, to improve the quality of microphones for use in hearing aids, and to form lightweight shields capable of absorbing enormous impacts. Now, researchers from Switzerland’s University of Geneva and […]

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FDM vs. SLA: Which type of 3D printer is right for you?

There’s currently a struggle between two very different 3D printing technologies, known as FDM (Fused Deposition Modeling) and advanced SLA (Stereolithography). The two methods are very, very different, but they are both likely to stick around the 3D printing world. Each has its own important strengths and applications. However, if you’re buying or learning how […]

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VR experience re-creates the Anne Frank House as it looked during WWII

Anne Frank House VR can be used to transport us to amazing new worlds, which could never exist outside of virtual reality. Now it’s also being used to help take us closer to a world which tragically did exist, so that we can better understand what it was like. The world in question is the […]

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New ‘smart’ Rubik’s Cube tracks your stats, lets you race against other people

[embedded content] From Rubik’s Cubes so large and complex that they’re practically torture implements to robots that are able to solve a standard cube in just 0.38 seconds, we’ve covered some pretty neat Rubik’s Cube-related projects here at Digital Trends. A new Kickstarter campaign also takes everyone’s favorite 3D combination puzzle as its jumping-off point — […]

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The survival kit packing guide

Most people keep emergency and survival kits stowed at home or in their automobiles to err on the side of caution. However, fewer individuals maintain these kits specifically catered to incidents that may arise while enjoying the great outdoors. While items such as a backup flashlight or a pack of bandages are obvious choices, there are […]