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Bionic hand restores amputee’s sense of touch

Bionic hand restores amputee’s sense of touch

A bionic hand that allows its wearer to actually feel what the prosthetic is touching has been tested for the first time, with a Danish amputee able to tell the strength of his grasp, along with the shape and consistency of objects he picked up. The hand, developed by teams at EPFL in Switzerland and SSSA in Italy, is wired into nerves in the wearer's upper arm, with stress in the artificial tendons running through the fingers translated into electrical impulses delicate enough to be fed into the body.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/5/2014: Galaxy S5, Titanfall, Pyramids

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up 2/5/2014: Galaxy S5, Titanfall, Pyramids

This morning we've got some new news and some news that's been in the making for 120 million years. While we've got reasearch popping up that describes how it's possible for northern China to have such a massive amount of fossils appearing in one place, we're also talking about the iWatch. In this you'll really come to appreciate the breadth of tech news coverage in general - it's wide open this week!

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Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

Researchers find evidence explaining northern China fossil troves

A new report published in the journal Nature Communications by researchers at China's Nanjing University reveals the myriad of fossils found in northern China are, in all likelihood, the result of multiple volcanic eruptions that took place in excess of 120 million years ago. As a result of these, says the researchers, a Pompeii-like blanket of ash resulted in both encased and preserved carcasses.

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Two TV stations will try sharing one channel so your LTE can get faster

Two TV stations will try sharing one channel so your LTE can get faster

Two LA TV stations will simultaneously share a single channel for broadcasts, as a pilot program to demonstrate not only that the technology works with no downside for viewers, but that it can be a valuable source of cash too. The scheme will see KLCS "hosting" KJLA's content on its channel, the CTIA said today, with a mixture of SD and HD shows, and both primary and multicast broadcasting. That will free up KJLA's own spectrum holding, so the idea goes, which could be sold off to cellular carriers to boost mobile broadband service.

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Breath-test for lung cancer research tips a bypass for biopsy

Breath-test for lung cancer research tips a bypass for biopsy

A simple breath test could one day diagnose early-stage lung cancer, researchers have suggested, avoiding painful, expensive, and complex biopsies in the process. The system, developed by Dr Michael Bousamra and a team at the University of Louisville, uses a custom-designed silicon microprocessor and a mass spectrometer to identify cancer-specific carbonyl compounds, the presence or absence of which in the tested patient's breath were found to be strongly linked to cancerous or benign lung masses.

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DNA shows 7000-year-old man had dark skin and light eyes

DNA shows 7000-year-old man had dark skin and light eyes

Scientists working on the remains of a man who died 7000 years ago have made an interesting discovery shedding light on what the man looked like when he was living. The researchers recovered DNA from the skeletal remains of two specimens called La Brana 1 and La Brana 2. The DNA was tested in a lab from one of the specimens.

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