Tech

  1. thermometer detecting sound waves
    Tech

    A new thermometer measures temperature with sound

    An acoustic thermometer takes temperature by listening to the faint hum that objects give off when they get hot.

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  2. nerve cells and a tiny robot
    Neuroscience

    Tiny, magnetically controlled robots coax nerve cells to grow connections

    Research using microrobots and nerve cells from rats could point to new treatments for people with nerve injuries.

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  3. solar Game Boy
    Tech

    A Game Boy look-alike runs on solar panels and button smashes

    A new prototype console that looks and feels like the original Game Boy harnesses user-generated energy to run without batteries.

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  4. gerrymandering protesters
    Computing

    How next-gen computer generated maps detect partisan gerrymandering

    The U.S. census will trigger a new round of redistricting beginning in 2021. Researchers have developed numerous tests to identify gerrymandering.

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  5. robotic beetle on a leaf
    Tech

    Methanol fuel gives this tiny beetle bot the freedom to roam

    A new robot insect uses energy-dense methanol as fuel, not batteries. It could be a blueprint for future search-and-rescue bots with long run times.

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  6. atomic bomb explosion at Hiroshima
    Physics

    How understanding nature made the atomic bomb inevitable

    On the anniversary of Hiroshima, here’s a look back at the chain reaction of basic discoveries that led to nuclear weapons.

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  7. a photo of Skylab
    Space

    50 years ago, NASA prepared to launch America’s first space station

    In 1970, NASA was building Skylab. The orbiting laboratory led to many scientific firsts but was plagued by technical difficulties.

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  8. Rotational Motions in Seismology
    Physics

    A giant underground motion sensor in Germany tracks Earth’s wobbles

    A giant underground gyroscope array has taken its first measurements of how the world goes ’round.

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  9. Kate Rubins on the ISS
    Space

    What will astronauts need to survive the dangerous journey to Mars?

    Going to Mars, astronauts will need protections from microgravity and radiation, plus miniature medical devices to diagnose problems and help handle emergencies.

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  10. drone pollinating flower with bubbles
    Tech

    Bubble-blowing drones may one day aid artificial pollination

    Drones are too clumsy to rub pollen on flowers and not damage them. But blowing pollen-laden bubbles may help the machines be better pollinators.

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  11. artificial eyeball illustration
    Tech

    A new artificial eye mimics and may outperform human eyes

    A new artificial eyeball boasts a field of view and reaction time similar to that of real eyes.

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  12. mini Mars rover
    Tech

    Wiggling wheels could keep future rovers trucking in loose lunar soil

    A rover that wriggles through soil could climb hills on the moon or Mars that are too steep for a simple wheeled bot.

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