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Supersleuth: Virtual Assistant 'Sherlock' Uses Crowdsourced Knowledge
SHERLOCK in action on an Apple Watch.
October 7th, 2015
Who would you rather have in your pocket, Siri or Sherlock?
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Paralyzed Man Can 'Feel' Again with Brain-Connected Prosthetic Hand
DARPA Revolutionizing Prosthetics Program
September 17th, 2015
A prosthetic hand that is connected directly to the brain successfully enabled a paralyzed man to "feel" again, according to researchers at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).
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Robots on the Run! 5 Bots That Can Really Move
DARPA's Atlas Robot
August 31st, 2015
Boston Dynamics' sure-footed humanoid bot is one of many supermobile machines that are cool and capable.
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Japanese Paper Art Inspires Sun-Tracking Solar Cell
Kirigami-Inspired Solar Cell
September 28th, 2015
Japanese paper art has inspired scientists to design a new thin solar cell that tracks the sun using cuts and bending instead of large, clunky motors and gears.
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Design the Jet Engine of the Future, Win $2 Million
An artist's depiction of the new engine in use.
September 15th, 2015
The U.S. Air Force is offering $2 million to whoever can design a new and improved engine to power its airplanes.
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Pointing the Way: 3D Computer Cursors Could Navigate Virtual Worlds
3D Computer Cursor
August 27th, 2015
Forget everything you thought you knew about computer cursors. Researchers have come up with a way to turn cursors into a tool that can navigate around 3D space.
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New Temperature Record Is Huge Achievement for Superconducting
Power Grid
August 17th, 2015
A new record-high temperature has been achieved for superconductors — extraordinary materials that conduct electricity without dissipating energy.
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Ultrathin 'Invisibility Cloak' Can Match Any Background
Ultrathin Invisibility Cloak
September 17th, 2015
Researchers have built an ultrathin "invisibility cloak" that gets around this problem, by turning objects into perfect, flat mirrors.
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Weird Microscopic Animal Inspires New Kind of Glass
microscope image of a tardigrade, or water bear.
September 10th, 2015
A really weird, really tiny animal — the microscopic tardigrade — is the inspiration behind a new material that could improve the efficiency of things like LED lights to solar cells.
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Bend & Snap: Origami Inspires New Ways to Fold Curved Objects
Huffman Cone
August 21st, 2015
A new mathematical rule explains how simple, 3D curved surfaces — such as domes or saddles — can be folded and snapped into new positions or to form different structures.
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