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Devin Coldewey

Robots learn to grab and scramble with new levels of agility

By | Artificial Intelligence, Berkeley, ETHZ, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, robots, Science, TC

Robots are amazing things, but outside of their specific domains they are incredibly limited. So flexibility — not physical, but mental — is a constant area of research. A trio of new robotic setups demonstrate ways they can evolve to accommodate novel situations: using both “hands,” getting up after a fall, and understanding visual instructions they’ve never seen before.

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CERN’s plan for 100-km collider makes the LHC look like a hula hoop

By | CERN, colliders, Europe, Gadgets, Government, large hadron collider, LHC, particle colliders, particle physics, Physics, Science

The Large Hadron Collider has produced a great deal of incredible science, most famously the Higgs Boson — but physicists at CERN, the international organization behind the LHC, are already looking forward to the next model. And the proposed Future Circular Collider, at 100 kilometers or 62 miles around, would be quite an upgrade.

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This extra-large handheld Nintendo works (and feels) like the real thing

By | CES 2019, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, NES, Nintendo, retro

Handheld retro gaming machines come and go, but few go so simply and effectively to the point as My Arcade’s Retro Champ. You stick in your NES cartridge, hit the power button, and assuming you blew on it beforehand, it powers up. This one sets itself apart with a big ol’ screen, Famicom compatibility, and a whopping 35-hour battery life.

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Samsung’s Space Monitor is practical and minimal

By | CES 2019, displays, Gadgets, Hardware, Monitors, Samsung, TC

Samsung always has a huge presence at CES, but it isn’t the giant TVs and flashy next-generation gadgets that have my attention this year; it’s this simple, flexible monitor that looks like it would be right at home in any workspace. It’s called the Space Monitor, presumably because it gives you space, not because it’s meant for use in space. I don’t see why you couldn’t, though.

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The New Horizons probe buzzes the most distant object ever encountered first thing tomorrow

By | alan stern, Gadgets, Government, Hardware, NASA, new horizons, Science, Space, TC, ultima thule

Four billion miles from Earth, the New Horizons probe that recently sent such lovely pictures of Pluto is drawing near to the most distant object mankind has ever come close to: Ultima Thule, a mysterious rock deep in the Kuiper belt. The historic rendezvous takes place early tomorrow morning. This is an encounter nearly 30 […]

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