AI-based quality control system listens for clicks on assembly lines

When two interlocking parts of a product are joined together in a factory, they typically make a satisfying "click" sound. By listening for such noises, a newly-developed system can detect when faults have occurred on robotic assembly lines.

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Solar-powered center puts sustainability at heart of the community

K20 Architecture was commissioned to design a new community center in Bayswater, a suburb of Melbourne. In response, it delivered a building that makes use of local and recycled materials and features solar power and rainwater collection systems.

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Positive data from 1st clinical trial into cannabis for chronic insomnia

Results from the world's first placebo-controlled clinical trial testing the efficacy of medicinal cannabis for chronic insomnia reveal statistically significant, and dose responsive, improvements to sleep quality using a novel CBD/THC formulation.

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AirBag inflatable sleeping bag has a built-in air mattress

It can be uncomfortable, using a sleeping bag that's laid directly onto the floor of a tent. Utilizing a cushy sleeping pad helps, but that's one more thing you have to pack along … and that's where the inflatable AirBag is designed to come in.

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The imagery of youth becoming investment-quality art

It isn’t hard to see why artefacts of landmark cultural events are continually gaining value at auction, but it is becoming clear that the imagery of baby boomers' youth is increasingly morphing into investment quality art.

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COVID-19 school closures: How long can they last, and what comes next?

A new study offers one of the first investigations into how effective school closures are in slowing the spread of infectious disease outbreaks. The study also asks when, and how, schools can reopen considering this pandemic may last a year or two.

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Study concludes that electric cars don’t affect pacemakers

Although it doesn't happen often, it is possible for electromagnetic fields (EMFs) to affect the performance of cardiac implants such as pacemakers. Fortunately, though, a new study indicates that EMFs produced by electric cars pose no such danger.

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Quirky Stairway House is a few steps beyond the average home

No prizes for guessing where the Stairway House gets its name. This unusual project is located in Japan and serves as home to three generations of the same family, with the oversized staircase meant to help connect them.

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Original Flash Gordon comic strip sells for $512,000

As we forecast in our recent extensive feature covering the 2019 science and technology auction year, science fiction memorabilia is getting hotter. This was validated with the $512,000 sale of the original comic strip artwork for Flash Gordon #1.

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Cold weather-ready tiny house is fit for a family of four

Minimaliste has previously impressed us with its line of models that can withstand its country's harshest weather, and now the firm has completed its first home designed for family life. The Charme serves as full-time home to a family of four.

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