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This happy robot helps kids with autism

A little bot named QTrobot from LuxAI could be the link between therapists, parents, and autistic children. The robot, which features an LCD face and robotic arms, allows kids who are overwhelmed by human contact to become more comfortable in a therapeutic setting. The project comes from LuxAI, a spin-off ...

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DeepMind AI matches health experts at spotting eye diseases

At the moment, hospitals and clinics use flesh-and-bone specialists to dissect OCT scans. The sheer volume they have to process, however — Moorfields Eye Hospital analyzes over 1,000 every day — means there can be substantial delays between the initial scan, diagnosis and treatment. Occasionally, problems are caught too late ...

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New material design stores energy like an eagle

Auxetics are materials that store energy internally rather than bulging out. In this way they can store more energy when squeezed or struck and disperse it more regularly. Historically, however, these materials have had sharp corners that could break easily with enough pressure. Now researchers at Queen Mary University of ...

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The Morning After: Weekend Edition

The Parker Solar Probe will help us better understand solar winds and space weather.NASA will try to launch its solar probe again on Sunday The Parker Solar Probe will go closer to the massive ball of gas and plasma keeping our solar system together than any other spacecraft has gone ...

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Anonymous deals with its QAnon branding problem

Take me down to the Virus City The branding problem is real. QAnon insists they are the “real” Anonymous, all but encouraging public confusion as they’ve co-opted the hacktivist group’s name, tags, phrases, and terms, like calling their members “anons” and saying “[we] are legion.” Calling QAnon “a deformed Alex ...

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