Newly developed polymer can shapeshift and “remember” its shape

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3D printing has developed fantastically this year, but there are still some areas where it struggles. For example, if you’d want to create complex shapes like in origami, paper is much better than the plastic polymers 3D printers use; but while origami doesn’t seem like much of a stake, industrial origami is much more important. Research by Qian Zhao and

Move over, toys: scientists create LEGO replica of a nuclear spectrometer

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A new model of a spectrometer was unveiled by Australian national nuclear research and development organisation. But this one is made of LEGOs.

Here’s what jobs robots will be taking over in the near future

Hollie, a robot developed by the FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe.

A new report created by Dr Carl Benedikt Frey and Associate Professor Michael Osborne from the University of Oxford assesses the probability of jobs being taken over by robots in the next 20 years.

Sustainable yoga mat from algae is clean and healthy

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When you’re doing your yoga or workout routine, the last thing on your mind is if your mat is sustainable – but two companies have exactly that in mind. They’re designing a comfortable and sustainable mat from the unlikeliest of materials: algae.

Intel invests $50 million in quantum computing

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Today, Intel announced a 10 year collaboration with Delft University of Technology and TNO, the Dutch Organisation for Applied Research, to accelerate and enhance the advancements in quantum computing: the new type of computing which promises to revolutionize the world as we know it

Tesla’s new model is so good it just broke the Consumer Reports rating system

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Apparently, the best car in the world is now electric. Tesla’s new Model S P85D, a fully electric Sedan, is so good that the world’s largest independent product-tester, Consumer Reports, had to change its score system because they gave the car 103/100.

Scientists have discovered the first new human prion in 50 years

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In a new study published August 31 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers claim to have discovered a new type of prion – the first one after 50 years. Their work strengthens the idea that degenerative diseases are caused by prions. Prions are misfolded proteins that multiply themselves by causing other proteins to misfold. It is this form of

This Monday, 1 billion people logged on to Facebook

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Facebook has reached an impressive milestone: this Monday, on the 24th of August, 1 billion people signed into the social network – one billion! That’s basically 1 out of every 7 people using Facebook on a given day.

NASA successfully tests engines for Mars mission

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If we want to send people to Mars, we’re going to need some bigger engines – and that’s exactly what NASA’s building right now. In fact, we’re going to need the most complex engine ever built by mankind.

This book can clean murky waters and save lives

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Books and education save lives – but the Drinkable Book took things to the next level. Using the bacteria-killing properties of silver and copper, a US researcher has developed a low cost, light and cool way of purifying drinking water: through a book.