Category: Research

A major hurdle to an artificial retina has been solved

Researchers have been working for more than ten years to create an artificial retina that might help the blind see again. Researchers from Stanford University may have found a solution to one of the most limiting issues with designing an artificial retina that can be implanted into the eye – heat. An artificial retina has a very small computer chip inside that has metal electrodes sticking out of…

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AI helped design bike that broke speed records

An aerodynamic bicycle has been used to set world records for top speed for cyclists. The bike was designed using software from a company called Neural Concepts, a spin-off of the Computer Vision Laboratory in the EPFL School of Computer and Communication Sciences. On September 13, a new world record for women’s cycling speed was set.

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A new study of Venus lava flow suggests it wasn’t once wet

Scientists have been studying a structure on the surface of Venus called the Ovda Fluctus lava flow. The study shows that the lava flow is made of basaltic lava and weakens any notion that Venus might have once had an Earth-like climate with oceans of liquid water. Past studies have suggested that Venus might have once been warm and wet based on the chemistry of its atmosphere and the presence of…

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Scientists don’t know why more gas comes in than out of the Milky Way

Scientists have been trying to understand what they describe as a recycling process inside the Milky Way. Supernovas and stellar winds blow gas out of the galactic disc, but that gas falls back onto the galaxy to form new generations of stars. Scientists were surprised to find that there is a surplus of incoming gas.

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CDC’s latest vaping update: More than two dozen deaths, 1,200 cases

The Centers for Disease Control has published its most recent update on the vaping lung injury outbreak, reporting that the number of probable and confirmed cases have increased to 1,200. In addition, the agency says it has confirmed 26 deaths in 21 states that directly resulted from this outbreak. The common factor between all these cases is the use of vaping products.

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Eating a healthy diet may obliterate depression within weeks

A number of studies over the years have linked healthy diets with lowered odds of developing depression, but the relationship between what we eat and how we feel hasn’t been fully explored. Here to expand upon that work is a study recently published in PLOS, where researchers detailed their work on assessing whether improving a depressed person’s diet may decrease the severity of their depression.

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Super thin smartphone camera lens could kill the bump

The capability that smartphone cameras have today is a great thing. What isn’t so great is the thick lenses that some smartphones use that require some smartphone makers to leave thicker bumps on the rear of the smartphones to house the lens. Scientists at the University of Utah have invented a new kind of optical lens that is much thinner and lighter than conventional lenses.

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ETH researchers create tiny infrared spectrometer

Researchers at ETH have developed a very compact infrared spectrometer that is small enough to fit on a computer chip and still provides “interesting possibilities.” The researchers say that the chip would be usable in space and everyday life. One example is integration into mobile phones.

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Researchers create a small robot that crawls like an inchworm

Researchers from the University of Toronto have created a miniature robot that can crawl using motion as an inchworm would use. The scientists say that the underlying tech has the potential to transform industries from aviation to smart wearables.

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This is NASA’s new space suit for Artemis

So you’d like to know about the xEMU, also known as the NASA Exploration Extravehicular Activity Mobility Unit. Let’s take a look! You can see it right here – right in this article – from a few different perspectives. We’re looking mostly at the NASA request for information documentation provided to the people who’ll manufacture the suit and provide parts. As such, this look may contain different…

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