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This Unassuming Little Device Can Hack Your Smart Home
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This Unassuming Little Device Can Hack Your Smart Home

Screenshot: FlipperZero This strange little device may look unassuming—after all, it’s a nod to William Gibson’s famous cybernetic dolphin, Jones. But Flipper Zero, a pocket-sized, dolphin-themed hacking tool, can actually open NFD-based locks, hack access points, and even send keyboard commands to unsuspecting laptops and PCs. Advertisement The Flipper Zero is an Arduino-compatible board that...

A Huge “Magnetic Anomaly” Struck One Geographic Spot, Hundreds of Years Ago
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A Huge “Magnetic Anomaly” Struck One Geographic Spot, Hundreds of Years Ago

The research could help scientists predict future geomagnetic shifts. Magnetic Anomaly An international team of researchers dug through hundreds of years worth of data about the Earth’s magnetic field — and found something strange. The team found a “magnetic field anomaly” in Southeast Asia roughly 800 years ago, a discovery that could help scientists better...

Scientists Say a Gene Hack Could Make You Feel Less Pain
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Scientists Say a Gene Hack Could Make You Feel Less Pain

Image by FBI/Futurism A team of researchers at the University of California, San Diego have come up with a possible way to reduce chronic pain by temporarily altering a gene using CRISPR therapy, Gizmodo reports. The researchers came across a paper that suggests that mutations in the gene called SCN9A could leave people with the...

Is the Asteroid Belt What’s Left of an Obliterated Planet?
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Is the Asteroid Belt What’s Left of an Obliterated Planet?

“In that context, we sometimes call the asteroid belt the blood spatter of the solar system.” Coming or Going? The unknown origin story of the asteroid belt, a gigantic minefield of space rocks orbiting the Sun beyond Mars, has long fascinated and puzzled scientists. Two leading theories — that the asteroids are either the remains...

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Why people should get paid to let AI do their jobs for them

The idea of a universal minimum/basic income (UBI) isn’t new or nearly as radical as those both in favor and opposed to it would have you believe. Dozens of cities across the globe are either currently running or have run UBI test programs. And the results are usually positive. Simply put: the outcomes for people...

Cassette Tape Inventor Lou Ottens Has Passed Away
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Cassette Tape Inventor Lou Ottens Has Passed Away

Illustration: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) The inventor of the cassette tape, Lou Ottens, has passed away, according to De Telegraaf. He was 94 years old. Advertisement Ottens started working at Philips in 1952, where he eventually came up with the idea of the cassette tape after becoming head of the company’s new product development department...

Paralyzed Soccer Player Walks Again Using Exoskeleton Suit
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Paralyzed Soccer Player Walks Again Using Exoskeleton Suit

Image by 9News/Futurism An Australian soccer player who now has quadriplegia after an injury on the field is walking again thanks to a robotic exoskeleton that’s helping with his rehabilitation. Australian Football League player Shaun Greentree collided with another player and fractured three of his vertebrae in October, Australia’s 9News reports, leaving him paralyzed and...

NASA’s New Rover Just Shot a Rock With Its Laser
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NASA’s New Rover Just Shot a Rock With Its Laser

NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover just shot its laser at a rock on Mars. In a clip uploaded to SoundCloud, we get to listen in on the scientific instrument doing its work. “You’re listening to the first audio recordings of laser strikes on Mars,” a tweet by the rover’s official account reads. “These rhythmic tapping sounds...