Tech

  1. robot
    Tech

    These robots can follow how-to diagrams

    Robots capable of reading diagrams could work in more varied environments and be easier to communicate with.

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  2. tumor illustration
    Health & Medicine

    A new 3-D printed ‘sponge’ sops up excess chemo drugs

    Researchers have created “sponges” that would absorb excess cancer drugs before they spread through the body and cause negative side effects.

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  3. desalination plant in Saudi Arabia
    Tech

    Desalination pours more toxic brine into the ocean than previously thought

    Desalination plants help offset the world’s growing water needs, but they also produce much more supersalty water than scientists realized.

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  4. British Antarctic Survey’s Skytrain Ice Rise site
    Climate

    A drill built for Mars is being used to bore into Antarctic bedrock

    An autonomous drill originally designed for work on Mars has its first mission in Antarctica.

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  5. person looking at a phone with drug paraphernalia
    Health & Medicine

    A new app tracks breathing to detect an opioid overdose

    A smartphone app called Second Chance could help save opioid users who shoot up alone.

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  6. Particle Physics

    Readers ask about electrons’ roundness, a science board game and more

    Readers had questions about electrons’ roundness, a camera that measures light intensity in decibels and more.

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  7. optogenetic bladder implant
    Health & Medicine

    A new implant uses light to control overactive bladders

    Experiments in rats show that a new soft device could help alleviate frequent, sudden urges to urinate.

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  8. moon craters
    Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence is mastering a wider variety of jobs than ever before

    In 2018, AI bested humans at following fauna, diagnosing disease, mapping the moon and more.

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  9. Earth
    Astronomy

    50 years ago, astronauts orbited the moon for the first time

    Apollo 8 launched on December 21, 1968, with three astronauts on board, making 10 revolutions around the moon — the first manned lunar orbits.

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  10. ultrasonic speaker
    Physics

    These sound waves can levitate and move particles in new ways

    A new machine that levitates objects using sound waves can manipulate several particles at once.

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  11. desalination device
    Tech

    A new way to turn saltwater fresh can kill germs and avoid gunk buildup

    A new device that harnesses sunlight to produce pure vapor from seawater could last longer and produce cleaner water than other technology.

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  12. nanotweezers
    Life

    These new tweezers let scientists do biopsies on living cells

    Nanotweezers that can pluck molecules from cells without killing them could enable real-time analysis of the insides of healthy and diseased cells.

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