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Ukrainian Volunteers Use 3D Printers to Save Lives
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Ukrainian Volunteers Use 3D Printers to Save Lives

During the war in Ukraine's first 16 days, volunteers used three-dimensional printers to produce 3,019 parts for 930 products for the country's armed forces.

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...

Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel
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Med-Tech Eureka: The Body Is the Best Secure Data Channel

Harnessing the body's natural ions can enable secure, wireless low-power transmission of data from bio-implants.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

To Catch a Falling Satellite
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To Catch a Falling Satellite

Researchers lean on NASA Astrobee robots to try to contain and stabilize out-of-control satellites.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Creating Text Out of Thin Air
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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured...

Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms
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Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms

Microsoft’s DeepMC framework uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict local weather.

Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients
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Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients

Uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke

Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut
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Robot Could Operate Docking Station Inside the Gut

A new robotic insulin delivery system can be implanted surgically in the abdomen, and resupplied with insulin via swallowed magnetic capsules.

Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood
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Inexpensive 3D-Printed Microscope Can Spot Coronavirus in Blood

A three-dimensionally-printed microscope could detect COVID-19 in a drop of blood through the use of digital holographic microscopy and deep learning.

Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be
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Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be

A robotic eel designed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne can swim through water and receive sensory data while in motion.

Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash
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Smart Bike Predicts Cars' Trajectories, Honks to Warn of Impending Crash

Engineers at the University of Minnesota have designed a prototype smart bicycle which they say can protect itself from collisions.

Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'
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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'

Adidas is merging three-dimensional printing and robotic automation to produce mass-market footwear through its Futurecraft.Strung project.

AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19
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AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify which people in a crowd most likely are asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.

App Aims to Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose
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App Aims to Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose

A Philadelphia-based pilot study tested an application for volunteers, which alerts them to opioid overdoses requiring naloxone.

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts
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Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts

Researchers at India's Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University have designed a robot to climb trees and safely harvest coconuts.

Predicting the Lifespan of an App
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Predicting the Lifespan of an App

Northwestern Polytechnical University researchers have developed a model for predicting the lifespan of an app.

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.
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