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Facebook Messenger starts testing end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations

The Guardian reported more than a month ago that Facebook would be rolling out end-to-end encryption for chats in Messenger. Friday, the social networking firm announced that it’s begun testing the new feature, dubbed Secret Conversations. An opt-in feature, the new option within the mobile Messenger app for iOS and Android was designed to better support […]

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Huge music box puts tune creation in the hands of the public

The musical cacophony is activated by a huge hand crank to the right of the transparent ...

If your idea of a music box is a tabletop tinkler where pins on a revolving cylinder pluck the teeth of a comb to produce chirpy tunes, think again. Niklas Roy's Music Construction Machine is a monster. This band in a box makes use of real instruments to play constantly changing tunes when the huge hand crank is turned. Though "tunes" is perhaps being a little generous.

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Charging for charging: UK EV drivers to lose free power privileges

Ecotricity's Electric Highway is moving from a free-to-use network to pay-per-charge

UK electric vehicle drivers are set to lose their free access to charging points provided by Ecotricity. The green energy supplier, which says its Electric Highway car charging network is the most comprehensive in both the UK and Europe, has announced that 20-minute rapid charging will now cost £5 (US$6.50). The network will remain free to access for Ecotricity's domestic energy customers.

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Fungarium and Astro Mini Farm triumph in Star Trek replicator challenge

The winning entry, a Melanized Fungarium, consists of a protective outer shell (on the left in ...

The next generation of trekkies is off to an inspiring start with winners recently named in the Future Engineers 3D Printing Star Trek Replicator Challenge. The budding student scientists were invited to engineer the future of food production, particularly those that would address issues faced by long interplanetary space flight and manned missions on Mars.

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Hybrid balloon/glider designed to wing its way through Titan’s atmosphere

The Titan Winged Aerobot is a hybrid balloon/glider that could one day be exploring the skies ...

With a suspected subterranean sea of liquid water, oceans of methane on the surface and an atmosphere that could give rise to non-water-based life, it's no surprise that scientists are keen to learn more about Saturn's moon Titan. To that end, a new joint project between the Global Aerospace Corporation (GAC) and Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems (NGAS) is developing a new exploration vehicle designed to soar through the skies of that mysterious moon.

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AI deep learning system helps keep lawns cat poop-free

Nvidia engineer Robert Bond has developed a system that detects when the neighbor's cats are in ...

Everything from sequencing genomes to writing sick rap beats can be tackled by deep learning software nowadays. By feeding in databases of information, we're helping AIs learn better over time, whether that means helping autonomous cars process their environment, tracking hands in virtual spaces, or letting barista-bots figure out how to use a new coffee machine on their own. Apparently, it can also help keep cats from pooping on your lawn.

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AI deep learning system helps keep lawn cat poop-free

Nvidia engineer Robert Bond has developed a system that detects when the neighbor's cats are in ...

Everything from sequencing genomes to writing sick rap beats can be tackled by deep learning software nowadays. By feeding in databases of information, we're helping AIs learn better over time, whether that means helping autonomous cars process their environment, tracking hands in virtual spaces, or letting barista-bots figure out how to use a new coffee machine on their own. Apparently, it can also help keep cats from pooping on your lawn.

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Embraer 170 becomes first non-Boeing ecoDemonstrator flying testbed

Boeing and Embraer SA unveiled the next phase of the Boeing ecoDemonstrator program today

Boeing showed off the latest aircraft in its ecoDemonstrator program today, rolling out a specially modified version of an Embraer E170 designed to study ways to make aircraft aircraft greener and more efficient. The flying testbed will be used to study new technologies in Brazil over the next two months with the aim of bringing them to market more quickly.

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Yamaha’s autonomous boat makes surveying a breeze

Yamaha's Breeze10 boat can autonomously survey dam and lake beds

When it comes to maintaining a dam, there's more to worry about than stopping the walls from falling down. Silt buildup can damage a dam's ability to effectively collect water, which means they need to be scanned and dredged periodically. Yamaha has developed an autonomous boat designed to make the mundane task of dam and lake bed sediment surveying a little bit easier.

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NASA works to wake up Curiosity as mission gets two-year extension

May 11, 2016 self-portrait of NASA's Curiosity Mars rover

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has been cleared for another two-year extended mission to study the Red Planet – if it can wake up. Since July 2, the unmanned explorer has been in safe mode, and although Curiosity is said to be stable and reporting back to mission control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, engineers are trying to find out why it ceased most of its activities.

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Ilumi heads outdoors with weatherproof smart LED strip

The ilumi Smartstrip features IP65-rated water-resistance so it can remain outdoors, rain or shine

There are plenty of indoor wireless-connected LED lighting options to choose from, but the pickings are slimmer for those looking to brighten up patios or backyards. Ilumi is looking to change that with its LED Smartstrip, which it claims is the first outdoor-rated strip with digitally addressable LEDs.

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