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  • Researchers in Japan grew living tissue from rat muscle cells to create a new kind of robotic hand that mimics human movements. Scientists at the University of Tokyo attached the lab-grown muscle tissue to a 3D-printed bone-like structure to create functional “biohybrid” robotic fingers. The robots can mimic the movements of human fingers when stimulated by electric current. Researchers hope to us...

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  • Lauren Duca is a political journalist and writer for Teen Vogue, where she publishes a weekly column, Thigh-High Politics. Duca’s op-ed “Donald Trump is Gaslighting America” went viral during the 2016 election, which led to an interview with Tucker Carlson on Fox News that quickly devolved into shouting and name-calling. Duca not only held her own, but completely shut down Carlson’s sexist and pat...

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  • In the future, you could fly a plane piloted by robots. The US military invented a robot arm that can fly commercial airplanes using AI. The robot pilot was developed by engineers at DARPA, the Pentagon's research unit. Last year, the robot flew and landed a simulated 737 and has successfully flown an array of small planes. The combination of machine learning with the robotic arm means the robot...

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  • From chicken wings to chocolate, gold food is becoming a new food trend. Edible gold foods are covered in 24k gold leaf, which is safe to eat but can't be broken down by your body. In Japan, Gold Kit Kat bars have gotten the Midas touch, and sushi chefs are adding gold topping to make their nigiri sushi sushi pop. A restaurant in New York serves gold chicken wings and gold donuts are becoming a ne...

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  • After the Trump-Kim summit in Singapore, local businesses are capitalizing on the historic diplomatic talks between North Korea and the United States. Donald Trump was the first American president to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and local restaurants and businesses have been inspired to create special Trump-Kim themed items to mark the occasion. One cafe in Jeonju offers lattes with ...

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  • Rachel Bloom is the star, writer, and co-creator of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend on The CW, a TV show that plays on the idea of love and romantic obsession through musical comedy. Prior to creating Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Bloom made hilarious music videos on Youtube like “F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury” and “I Steal Pets.” Bloom uses comedy and musical theater to explore love, gender, and dating, while tapping into ve...

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  • French performance artist Abraham Poincheval spent a week inside a giant wooden lion man statue. Poincheval says his solo art performances explore how the concept of time and space differs for humans, animals, and objects. It's one of his many performances where he likes to stay in enclosed spaces. Poincheval's previous art projects have included living in a rock, a glass case, and even a bear scu...

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  • A new flying robot AI system developed by Exyn Technologies can map dark, dangerous places like caves and old mines. The drones map caves autonomously using LIDAR technology (radar that uses light from a laser) and recreate the world around them in a 3D image. The flying robots will help improve safety for workers in dangerous, unmapped places like caves, mines, or construction sites. SUBSCRIBE:...

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  • Sagami Rubber Industries, a Japanese condom company, is ramping up production of the world’s thinnest condom just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Condoms are typically distributed in at the Olympics to promote safe sex. Japan’s pleasure industry is expecting an influx of travelers for the Games, where hundreds of thousands of rubbers will be distributed to visiting fans and athletes. SUBSCRI...

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  • One of the first executives at Facebook, Randi Zuckerberg knows first-hand the difficulty working as a woman in tech in Silicon Valley. Randi’s the sister of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, but a successful entrepreneur in her own right: she created Facebook Live, founded a media company, authored four books, hosts a radio show, became an angel investor for female-founded companies, created a TV sho...

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  • Dogs reach peak cuteness at about eight weeks old, according to a new study. The age when humans find puppies most adorable could hint at how dogs evolved as pets alongside us. Scientists researching the relationship between humans and dogs had college students rate puppies based on how attractive they were. The researchers discovered that all the dogs rated the cutest were around the same age, an...

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  • The first person to live with a mind-controlled robotic arm is teaching himself piano. Johnny Matheny has spent the last five months with an advanced prosthetic, designed to replace the human hand and arm. The robot arm is part of a research project run through the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab, and funded, in part, by the US Department of Defense. Data that researchers collect co...

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  • 160 French nudists recently descended on the Palais de Tokyo, a contemporary art museum in Paris. The visit was coordinated by the Paris Naturists Association, which periodically meets to do water aerobics, yoga, and dinner. Naked. The group is actually one of many in France, the world’s top nudist destination at over 1.5 million visitors a year. "Naturists" say the practice promotes respect, t...

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  • Linda Sarsour is a Muslim American, community organizer, and mother of three. The Palestinian activist (and co-chair of the Women’s March) shatters stereotypes about what it means to be a Muslim woman in America. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she was inspired to become a civil rights activist after 9/11. In an interview with Quartz, Sarsour talked speaking truth to power, no matter the consequence;...

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  • In a graduation speech, US representative John Lewis told students to remember Martin Luther King Jr., Gandhi, and Jesus taught the way of love. John Lewis spoke at Boston University’s commencement on Sunday, encouraging graduates to speak up when they see something that's not right or just, and to never give up on their fellow human beings. “No matter what part of the United States or what part o...

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  • Chelsea Clinton understands better than most how women around the world can face extra scrutiny. The challenge, she says, is responding with resilience and bravery. Clinton sat down with Quartz to talk about empowering future generations, the “imagination gap” young girls face, and how sexism is not an opinion. Read more from How We'll Win, Quartz's year-long series exploring the fight for gender...

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  • Researchers created an amazing 3D map of a retina with imaging from the back of a mouse’s eye. Scientists crowdsourced the eye map with the help of online gamers. The resulting "museum" shows the features that process visuals are more complex than we’ve ever realized, even in animals with relatively simple eyes. By turning the data into a game, researchers were able to discover six new type of cel...

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  • Some of the best college graduation speeches are made people who dropped out of school. Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, and Ellen DeGeneres, all college dropouts, have delivered some really good graduation speeches. No one says you need a college degree to give students advice for the future. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Facebook: https://goo.gl/DsmLvx Twitter: https://goo.gl/rY7pS...

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  • In a speech to college graduates yesterday, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau gave students a new definition of bravery. Trudeau’s speech was an ode to openness and tolerance in an age of “polarization and identity politics.” He told NYU students that real courage in leadership isn’t defending your beliefs, but being willing to listen to the beliefs of others, and admit they might be right. “...

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  • This ride gets faster or slower depending on how scared you are, adjusting speed based on a rider's heart rate. Last year, Dutch designer Daniel de Bruin created a one-person ride called the Neurotransmitter 3000 that speeds up or slows down based on biometric data it gathers from the rider’s body. The rider wears sensors that measure heart rate and muscle tension, and those vital signs determine ...

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  • Aparna Nancherla’s stand-up comedy crushes mental health stigmas by facing them head on. Nancherla is depressed, anxious, shy, and one of the funniest women working in comedy. She recently released a stand-up special on Netflix and is a regular on Comedy Central’s Corporate. In an interview with Quartz, Nancherla spoke about how depression helped her comedy career, where she finds inspiration, and...

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  • A jumping spider might help scientists build flying robots in the future. Researchers at the University of Manchester trained Kim, a regal jumping spider, to jump different distances and heights and found she adjusted her strategy accordingly. Scientists took a 3D scan of Kim and hope to replicate her anatomy and body movements in flying and jumping robots. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLO...

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  • A drone that collects whale snot may help scientists better understand ocean life. The Parley SnotBot flies over whales in ocean water to catch their snot, allowing scientists to analyze DNA, viruses, and environmental toxins in their bodies. Ocean Alliance developed the drone with Olin College of Engineering to make it easier to study whales without disturbing them in their natural habitat. SUBS...

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  • Not quite a car, but not quite a bus, jeepneys are the most popular means of public transportation in the Philippines. Called “Kings of the Road,” the colorful buses are a major contributor to pollution, so the Filipino government launched a plan in January to replace the jeepneys with newer models. But drivers say the government’s plan will put them out of business. SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdD...

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  • At night, artificial light can block our view of the stars. Night light pollution levels determine how well stars can be seen, and are based on a scientific scale that measures the brightness of the night sky. Photographer Sriram Murali filmed timelapse videos of the Orion constellation from eight different locations to show that more stars are visible when farther away from cities. SUBSCRIBE: ht...

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  • In the future, you may type smartwatch text messages with only a flick of the wrist. Smartwatches aren't designed for one-handed typing, but researchers at Dartmouth College have developed a new technique that makes it possible. The technology is based on predictive text, similar to the T9 texting system on early mobile phones. Note: Typing more than one letter will require more than a single wris...

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  • Meet the sand king. Brazil native Marcio Mizael Matolias lives full-time in a sandcastle that he built on the beach in Rio de Janeiro – and has for 22 years. The ten-square-foot castle, inspired by architects Antoni Gaudi and Oscar Niemeyer, also houses a used bookshop that funds his living expenses. Friends and neighbors call him “The King.” SUBSCRIBE: https://goo.gl/kdDpXu FOLLOW QUARTZ: Faceb...

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  • A new robot eel could revolutionize how scientists study ocean life. The robot is flexible, glows, and swims nearly silently in ocean water using artificial muscles. The transparent machine is inspired by eels, and it's one of the world's softest underwater robots. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego created it by introducing a new concept for fluid electrodes. SUBSCRIBE: https:...

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