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A Glue That Only Hardens When Electrified Will Even Work Under Water

Have you ever gotten a piece of tape wet and noticed it loses its stickiness? Water and adhesives usually don’t mix, but researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have created a new type of glue that works in wet environments because it only hardens when a voltage is applied. » 8/26/15 12:20pm 8/26/15 12:20pm

An Algorithm Can Quickly Find the Killer in an Agatha Christie Mystery

She’s still widely regarded as one of the greatest mystery writers ever, but coming up on what would be her 125th birthday, a group of academics has managed to create an algorithm that can accurately predict which character will turn out to be the killer in an Agatha Christie novel. » 8/25/15 10:25am 8/25/15 10:25am

MIT’s MultiFab 3D Printer Is One Giant Leap Towards a Real-Life Replicator

One day 3D printers will be able to churn out working electronics and fully-functional machines, instead of just plastic parts. And that day is now slightly closer with MIT CSAIL’s MultiFab 3D printer that can use ten different materials to build working devices in a single print run. » 8/21/15 12:41pm 8/21/15 12:41pm

A New Paint Made From Glass Reflects the Sun To Cool Down Cars and Homes

The sun’s harsh rays don’t just turn metal surfaces into flying pans, they can also accelerate deterioration and corrosion, and make it harder to keep structures cool. So researchers at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory created a new type of paint made of glass that reflects those rays away. » 8/18/15 10:30am 8/18/15 10:30am

Software That Learns To Drift Could Teach Autonomous Cars To Drive Like Ken Block

Most researchers developing artificial intelligences are working towards a goal of making robots that can one day adapt to any situation. But researchers at MIT have instead created an AI that can learn to drift an RC car, which means that one day the terminators will drive even better than Ken Block can. » 8/17/15 11:26am 8/17/15 11:26am

A Human Master Gives This Robot Perfect Balance and Lightning Reflexes

Creating a humanoid robot that’s as agile and fast as an adult human—not a toddler—is a huge challenge as the recent DARPA challenge illustrated. So researchers at MIT have designed a robot that acts more like a puppet, relying on a human operator for dexterity, speed, and balance. » 8/07/15 3:00pm 8/07/15 3:00pm

You Can Adjust This Car Seat Using Gestures Instead of Awkward Levers

If it were just slightly more convenient to perfectly adjust a chair, we’d all embrace ergonomics with open arms. So that’s what researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute are hoping to achieve with a newly developed car seat that trades random knobs and levers for the simple swipe gestures you already use on your phone. » 8/06/15 9:19am 8/06/15 9:19am

Google Play Books Can Now Sync Notes to Google Drive

Google Play Books has been our top pick for ereader on Android for a while. Now, it’s getting a little better. The newest version of Play Books allows you to sync your notes, highlights, and bookmarks to a separate folder in Google Drive.http://lifehacker.com/5875516/the-be... » 7/19/15 10:40am 7/19/15 10:40am

3D Fingerprint Scans May Be the Ultimate Security Tool

Compared to a password that’s either too simple to be effective, or too hard to remember, a fingerprint is a great security tool. But they’re not infallible, in fact, they can be easily replicated with just a photo. So researchers are taking fingerprint security one step further and scanning them in three dimensions. » 7/01/15 10:15am 7/01/15 10:15am