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Meet the defibrillator drone that could save your life

June 14th, 2017

At the moment, drones are in a weird place. They’re popular among hobbyists and photographers for the eye candy they can capture, but they’re also extremely useful for more important duties, like search-and-rescue efforts, package deliveries, and even transporting medical samples. Now, a Swedish startup called FlyPulse is poised to launch emergency response drones that …

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Fishermen accidentally catch world’s first two-headed porpoise

June 14th, 2017

Mother Nature has provided humanity with some pretty awesome things in the past — existence, for example, is a pretty solid gift — but sometimes things don’t go exactly as planned. That appears to be the case with a porpoise recently caught by Dutch fishermen. The animal, which was snagged entirely by accident, is the …

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99-million-year-old bird found preserved in amber stuns scientists

June 9th, 2017

Archeologists have just discovered a nearly complete bird, encased in fossilized tree sap, that has remained intact for almost 100 million years. The bird, which was just a few days old at the time of its death, is one of the most stunningly preserved examples of pre-history avian life ever recovered — but this is …

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Messing with robots’ self-confidence could prevent the AI apocalypse

June 7th, 2017

In every sci-fi depiction of an eventual robot apocalypse, the mechanical monstrosities move with cold, calculated precision, dispatching or enslaving humanity with a complete lack of sympathy and no second guessing. But what if robots could actually worry? What if mechanical minds didn’t know anything with certainty, and lacked the confidence to push forward with …