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Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

Do you instinctively reach for your smartphone whenever you're in an awkward chat with unfamiliar people, or just feel like you're the odd one out? There's likely a good reason for it. Researchers have published a study indicating that people treat… Source: Engadget | Your smartphone is a 'security blanket' for your social life

Harvard's tiny robot can swim and walk underwater

Harvard is developing a knack for tiny amphibious robots. Its researchers have upgraded the Harvard Ambulatory Microbot (HAMR) with the ability to swim and walk underwater, in addition to walking on land. Its foot pads use surface tension and relat… Source: Engadget | Harvard's tiny robot can swim and walk underwater

Radio telescopes show theory of gravity holds in extreme situations

Radio telescopes have been crucial to some crucial discoveries regarding the nature of the universe. Now, though, they're verifying the basic rules of the cosmos. An international group of astronomers has shown that Einstein's theory of gravity hol… Source: Engadget | Radio telescopes show theory of gravity holds in extreme situations

Research shows Facebook (probably) isn’t listening through your phone

Some people still believe that their phones are listening in to gather data that will inform targeted advertising or compromise their privacy. Facebook has directly denied that its apps are listening in Congressional hearings, but there hasn't been a… Source: Engadget | Research shows Facebook (probably) isn’t listening through your phone

Experimental drone uses AI to spot violence in crowds

Drone-based surveillance still makes many people uncomfortable, but that isn't stopping research into more effective airborne watchdogs. Scientists have developed an experimental drone system that uses AI to detect violent actions in crowds. The te… Source: Engadget | Experimental drone uses AI to spot violence in crowds

Ocean waves show Earth's CO2 imbalance is greater than expected

Scientists might need to tweak their understanding of climate change in the near future. British researchers have determined that ocean waves play a considerably more important role in trapping carbon dioxide than previously thought. Their studies… Source: Engadget | Ocean waves show Earth's CO2 imbalance is greater than expected

Samsung opens second North American AI lab in Toronto

If it wasn't already apparent that Canada is becoming a major hub for AI research, it is now. Samsung has opened an AI Center (or Centre, for the Canadian crowd) in Toronto, and it's only the company's second big lab in North America — the other is… Source: Engadget | Samsung opens second North American …

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NASA will create coldest place in the universe to study quantum physics

It's hard to study quantum behavior on Earth. You can amplify the effects of quantum mechanics by zapping groups of specific atoms (Bose-Einstein condensates) with lasers that drop their temperature to near absolute zero, but that only works for frac… Source: Engadget

'Flip-flop' design makes quantum computers more affordable

One of the greatest challenges in quantum computing is… well, making the computers. You may need exotic manufacturing techniques just to handle the very exacting requirements, such as positioning the atoms in quantum bits in exact positions at clos… Source: Engadget

High-powered microscope can scan cells without destroying them

Confocal microscopes are pretty wild. The instruments can capture cell division in realtime, but the downside is the lasers in existing ones tend to fry the cells they're studying. Researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology m… Source: Engadget