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Be Facebook Friends with a Selfie-Obsessed Plant
Be Facebook Friends with a Selfie-Obsessed Plant

The Selfie Plant is a potted plant takes selfies dependent on its mood or surrounding weather and shares them to Facebook

Meet Plantie Plant. It’s a flowering plant. It has 74 friends. It lives in Copenhagen. Oh, and it likes to take selfies and share them on Facebook.

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ATM Technology Gets Applied to Kenyan Water Access
ATM Technology Gets Applied to Kenyan Water Access

Grundfos' pilot project in Kenya grants easier access to H2O

It comes to no surprise that water is a scarce, precious and too-often polluted resource for people living in many developing nations, and that it is becoming scarcer as environmental and political forces reduce the supply of fresh water worldwide. In Kenya’s Mathare slum, for example, residents must purchase frequently dirty water from vendors who charge exorbitant prices for access. Grundfos, a Danish company, has rolled out a pilot project in Mathare and other Kenyan villages that stands to change the situation for the better.

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Motivate Workouts with 3D-Printed Chocolate
Motivate Workouts with 3D-Printed Chocolate

EdiPulse is gamified fitness that puts a tasty twist on workout rewards

EdiPulse could become a way to reward your next workout. It’s a project that measures and tracks your heart rate and sends the data to a 3D chocolate printer, resulting in exercise-powered treats. The longer you keep the heart rate up, the larger your chocolate reward. Exertion Games Lab wanted to give a one-to-one physical object reward for the invisible data that wearable devices track.

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It is Time to Temper Our Artificial Intelligence Hysteria
It is Time to Temper Our Artificial Intelligence Hysteria

The antipathy we hold for AI isn't as rational as we think

A fascinating thought experiment which consumes the attention of some of our greatest minds and authors alike is the incipient singularity event for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This singularity is defined as the moment humans invent an AI capable of improving on itself, or of building other AI better than it. Theoretically, once that point is reached, the computer will be able to self-improve or replicate at such a rapid pace we’ll but have to blink before it has transcended our own capacity for thought. Thus commences the end of the world.

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Bill Nye and a Swarm of Emojis Take On Climate Change
Bill Nye and a Swarm of Emojis Take On Climate Change

Bill Nye the Science Guy and GE's webisodes series #EmojiScience communicates the wonder of science through emoticons

GE is on a mission to make science more fun. Last December, it launched the Periodic Table of Emojis, and a pop-up lab that featured the likes of Bill Nye and chef Richard Blais running science experiments. Now, GE has extended its partnership with The Science Guy in a series of webisodes called #EmojiScience and an interactive site hosted on tumblr.

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Google Wristband Will Lead to Better Clinical Testing and Drugs
Google Wristband Will Lead to Better Clinical Testing and Drugs

With Google's wearable, doctors will be able to monitor pulse, heart rate, and skin temperature minute-by-minute for improved results

Patients aren’t always the most reliable reporters when it comes to their health, a problem that has long caused problems with clinical studies and drug testing. Google Inc.’s Life Sciences group hopes to offer a solution with a wristband which can offer accurate, real-time data about a patient’s activity and vital signs.

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Google’s AI Artiste Takes On Georges Seurat
Google’s AI Artiste Takes On Georges Seurat

As these twisted art iterations show, might neural networks help us better understand the creative process as we know it?

Back in the 1990s when IBM’s Deep Blue beat world champion Kasparov at chess, some pundits of the time were unimpressed. They noted how computers were naturally better at analyzing multiple possibilities at high speed and analyzing their potential outcomes than humans. “Show us a computer that can create art, and then we’ll worry,” was the general theme of the argument.

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Lilly Pulitzer Has Created Custom-Printed Filters for Snapchat
Lilly Pulitzer Has Created Custom-Printed Filters for Snapchat

The U.S. fashion brand is one of the first to use social filter overlays in a bid to capture the attention of the ever-influential millennial

Snapchat’s introduction to the Geofilter feature got everyone in a frenzy last year and now brands are catching on to the idea, using the fun detail to further reach out to young people. Following on the heels of McDonald’s is Lilly Pulitzer, the fashion brand that’s renowned for its colorful patterns that cover women’s clothing, beachwear and resort wear.

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The U.S. Army’s New Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicles? Hoverbikes
The U.S. Army’s New Tactical Reconnaissance Vehicles? Hoverbikes

Malloy Aeronautics has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Defense to work on the hoverbikes, which are also planned for commercial use

Defense firm SURVICE and aeronautical engineering firm Malloy Aeronautics have teamed up to develop Hoverbike technology for the U.S. Department of Defense. The two companies are working on the Hoverbike as part of an ongoing research and development contract with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

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Audi’s Lunar Quattro Will Go 4-Wheeling on the Moon
Audi’s Lunar Quattro Will Go 4-Wheeling on the Moon

The rover—set to launch in 2017—won't set any speed records, but it could be the automaker's toughest engineering challenge yet

Audi has entered a space race and all it has to do to win is drive a third of a mile on the moon. If that sounds easy, it’s not. The automaker has partnered with German engineering group Part-Time Scientists to try to win the Google Lunar XPRIZE competition. They unveiled the design of their unmanned rover, the Audi lunar quattro at the 2015 Cannes Innovation Days.

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Brigade is Social Media Bridge for Politics
Brigade is Social Media Bridge for Politics

Brigade Media has a platform in store that will foster public debate on iOS and Android

Brigade, now in an invite-only beta, will allow people to discuss politics in a dedicated platform. Instead of just voicing out your thoughts about current events, legislation or other social issues on Facebook or Twitter, why not put it in something where you can find like-minded people to discuss with?

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