Check out the new LG G5: Fast performance, high-res screen and 2 back cameras



In this week’s Plugged In, Mashable Tech Correspondent Ray Wong checks out LG’s new flagship G5 Android and tells you how it tries to outperform its competitors. The G5 has a premium aluminum design, Qualcomm’s latest and fastest processor, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, a big high-res screen, a great camera and even a fancy schmancy “modular design” with a removable battery, LG will say. But the real game-changer is its second camera on the back which ensures you take the best pictures ever.

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A man built this $50,000 robot that resembles Scarlett Johansson



A 42-year-old designer based in Hong Kong, has fulfilled his childhood dream of building a humanoid robot.

And not just any robot, but a female humanoid robot that looks a lot like Hollywood actress, Scarlett Johansson.

According to Reuters, Ricky Ma has been obsessed with animation and robots since he was a kid. Ma reportedly spent $50,000 and a year and a half, creating the Johansson-lookalike robot he refers to as “Mark 1.”

The robot is made from 3D-printed parts and silicone skin, and can display animated facial expressions such as smiling and winking. “Mark 1” can also move her arms and legs and responds to Ma when he compliments her. Read more…

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Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars



While gamers are definitely excited about the March release of the Oculus Rift headset, virtual reality could do a lot more. For example: Helping scientists build the case for “jaguar corridors” in remote corners of the Amazon.

Kerrie Mengersen, a professor at the Queensland University of Technology’s School of Mathematical Sciences, led a recent expedition to jungle areas in Peru, South America looking for endangered jaguars. The animals are considered near-threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, and their numbers are declining due to loss of habitat and other threats. Read more…

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Elon Musk promises spaceship interior, more cowbells for Tesla Model 3



Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk went on a little tweet spree late Sunday, sharing some additional info about the company’s upcoming Model 3 car. 

First, Musk tweeted that Tesla had received 276,000 pre-orders for Model 3 by the end of Saturday. At $1,000 per reservation, that’s a $276 million cash infusion for the company and a potential $10 billion in sales (the number, of course, will vary depending on the number of dropped orders and the variants customers end up buying, with the cheapest Model 3 starting at $35,000). 

As if that weren’t insane enough, Musk said that, if the current trend holds, the company might break 500,000 orders even before the second unveiling of the Model 3, which is promised for a later date.  Read more…

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Blue Origin rocket video shows smoothest return to Earth yet



As we reported on Saturday, the most recent flight test by Blue Origin came off without a hitch. And now there’s video to prove it.

The space flight company, created by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, posted the video to YouTube on Sunday. The video shows the take off and re-entry of the suborbital rocket, which rapidly fell from the sky and then slowed to just over four miles per hour once it reached 3,600 feet above the ground, making a soft landing in the desert under controlled thruster power.

According the company, the rocket reached 339,178 feet at its highest point. This is the third such test trip for this rocket, bringing the company one step closer to delivering truly reusable rockets for space flight Read more…

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Google search can now teach you animal sounds



Using the Internet to teach your kids about the world can be hit or miss in terms of appropriate content, but a new feature in Google search is a robust tool straight out of Sesame Street

Now when you search for “animal noises,” a field appears at the top of your search results that shows illustrations of animals, their names and a sample of what they sound like

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Alternatively, you can also search for something like, “What does the dog say,” to bring up a specific animal sound result

Included in the list of 19 animal sounds are a zebra, ape, cat, lion, moose, owl, pig, cow, duck, elephant, horse, raccoon, bowhead whale, humpback whale, wolf, rooster, sheep, tiger and a turkey Read more…

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