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Mountain goats have an uncanny ability to traverse the steepest of terrains without so much as the slightest misstep. So it only makes sense that if one were designing a prosthetic leg for human mountain climbers they would look towards nature's masters most sure-footed creations for inspiration. And that's exactly what designer Kai Lin did with his Klippa prosthetic.Read more...

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Yesterday, The New York Times published a provocative opinion piece by a Cornell medical school professor that argued for adding lithium to our drinking water. It's an interesting idea! It is not, however, a new one. In fact, one of America's favorite soft drinks used to contain the mood stabilizing element.Read more...

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Headphones are gaudy fashion statements these days, which is why it's nice to see Sony go with a minimalist design that recalls some of its early Walkman cans.Read more...

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When drug manufacturer Seattle Genetics needed an effective way to promote its cancer-fighting antibody-drug conjugate medicines at a trade show, it enlisted a company called Creative Machines to design and build this amazing ball contraption that actually illustrates how the drug enters a cell and attacks cancer inside a patient's body.Read more...

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Julian Assange is the founder of Wikileaks. A wanted man, he recently began his third year living in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London. He joins us now to answer your questions about his new book, When Google Met Wikileaks.Read more...

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Collecting biological samples from a whale is about as difficult as it sounds. The animals are easily stressed by the rumblings of large research vessels or manned helicopters and quick to run. Instead, a team of researchers has developed a novel quadcopter solution that collects a different sort of secretion than blood: expelled mucus.Read more...

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After 6 years and over one billion dollars in development, the FBI has just announced that its sinister new biometric facial recognition software system is finally complete. Meaning that, starting soon, photos of your face along with tens of millions of others' will be uploaded to the national system on a daily basis.Read more...

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No one really likes them , but printers are actually more sophisticated than you might give them credit for. Given the right circumstances, hackers can take advantage of those guts. One recently did just that with a classic hack that never gets old: Make it run Doom.Read more...

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Cortana is coming to Windows 9 , according to these screenshots coming to us by way of German blog WinFuture, which show her off in a very experimental form. Not much of a surprise, but they seem to confirm what we're already expecting—that the digital assistant will find a home on the PC, too. Read more...

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Samsung is continually improving upon the quality of its smartphone displays, and the screens on the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Edge are no exception. In fact, according to extensive testing from DisplayMate, one of them has the best smartphone display yet.Read more...

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Sony's trio of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the a7, a7r, and a7s, are wonderfully capable machines . Unfortunately there just aren't that many native lenses to choose from. Today, a new super-wide zoom enters the fold that will hopefully make these slick bodies more appealing, with some primes on the way. Read more...

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The hard drive isn't the most spectacular bit of hardware, but it's essential to keep your PC running smoothly. If it goes kaput, it takes all of your precious data and your applications with it. So to keep your hard drive happy, healthy and running smoothly by following these straightforward tips.Read more...

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A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they've got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they're forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.Read more...

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Microsoft's $2.5 billion deal to buy Mojang, the company that makes Minecraft, is still just a few minutes old. Lots of debris to sort through! But there's one glimmer of hope for anxious Minecraft fans. The deal could finally pave the way to putting Minecraft where it truly belongs: On the Oculus Rift.Read more...

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To no one's surprise, Apple sold a lot of iPhones last week. In fact, the company sold more phones in the first 24 hours of pre-orders than ever before. The iPhone 6 launch was twice as big at the iPhone 5's. Eager customers bought some 4 million of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models. That's over 150,000 phones per hour.Read more...

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Amongst Panasonic's big announcements the Photokina show in Germany came a whopper of a surprise. The Panasonic CM1 is a 4.7-inch Android smartphone with a 20-megapixel 1-inch image sensor. This could be the best smartphone camera of all time.Read more...

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The rumors are true, Microsoft is snapping up the block-based blockbuster Minecraft and the studio behind it. But don't freak out; Microsoft promises that Minecraft will continue to be available on all the platforms it's already on, including PC, Android, iOS, and yes, Playstation.Read more...

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The tides are rising . The only question that remains is how—and whether—we prepare our cities for it. As you might expect, the cities taking the most decisive action are the ones that have been hit the hardest most recently, like Sandy-battered New York, or partially-submerged Venice. Read more...

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It might be a common fear, but being afraid of needles is completely understandable. Who in their right mind likes being jabbed with a long, thin metal tube? No one. And while Joerg Sprave's heart might be in the right place with his latest creation, it's hard not to be even more terrified of just the concept of a syringe slingshot, let alone seeing it in action.Read more...

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Oh my god, it's finally here. The Canon 7D Mark II, probably the most anticipated, rumored, speculated-about camera in years is ready to make its debut. It's been five years since the original 7D hit shelves in 2009 and captured imaginations, so you better believe the expectations are high for the Mark II to be the messiah of mid-range DSLRs.Read more...

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The race to make the most capable camera in the smallest possible package is a death-match of features versus size. Panasonic has a notable new gladiator in the LX100, which combines a large(ish) micro-four-thirds sensor with 4K video and a lens to be reckoned with. Read more...

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Last year's Panasonic GM1 was an absolutely tiny camera with interchangeable lenses. It seemed like a curious design, because once you changed lens from the kit pancake to a normal-sized lens, it turned out to be not-so-tiny anymore. That hasn't stopped Panasonic from pushing out a similarly small follow-up, the souped-up GM5.Read more...

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From about 2009-2012, Canon's S-series point-and-shoots were the best tiny little cameras you could buy. Then, Sony's RX100 line conquered it with similar functionality, but a much larger 1-inch image sensor that blew Canon's dinky 1/1.7-inch chips away. With the PowerShot G7 X, Canon strikes back. Read more...

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As it releases closer and closer photos of the comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency has announced the landing site for Philae, the little spaceship that will be launched from the Rosetta mothership to touch down on the surface of this object—the first comet landing in history.Read more...

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The new NX1 is the first Samsung interchangeable-lens camera that's truly compelling enough to consider alongside the competition. Its billboard feature: 4K video in a tiny package. But more than just trotting out of a glitzy, buzzy feature, the NX1 is loaded with advanced tech, including an industry-leading image sensor.Read more...

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