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Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

Medieval prosthetic foot found in Austrian grave

In a grave in Hemmaberg, Austria, researchers discovered a full skeleton alongside a sword. That alone would have been interesting but not terribly exciting. However, upon a closer look, the researchers realized the skeleton had the scant remains of a wooden prosthetic foot and a ring made of iron that was used to keep it stable. The prosthetic is about 1500 years old, and is a rarity for managing to survive so long.

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Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Audi Lunar Quattro moon rover first look: XPRIZE-bound

Easily the tiniest of the vehicles we've seen so far at the Detroit Auto show is here in the Audi Lunar Quattro. This vehicle is meant to head to the moon as part of Google's Lunar XPRIZE competition, aiming to launch a vehicle that'll be placed on the moon and explore a space of at least 500 meters. Equipped with an HD camera array, this tiny vehicle will send high-definition video and high-definition photos aplenty from our moon back to the planet Earth.

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Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Ford turns to wearables for sleepy, stressed driver data

Your next Ford could track your heart rate and leave a bigger cruise control comfort zone when you're stressed, just one of the projects the company is working on in its new Automotive Wearables Experience lab. The group, part of Ford's Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Michigan, is looking at how wearable tech like smartwatches and fitness trackers can be hooked into increasingly complex vehicle systems.

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Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Microsoft’s Band 2 could be your guardian angel crossing the road

Texting while crossing the road might be a shortcut to getting run down, but if Microsoft has its way your mobile device will act as a guardian angel. The company has teamed up with automated driving specialist IAV on a system whereby connected devices - like a smartphone, wearable, or something else commonly carried - can communicate the user's location to nearby vehicles, helping avoid collisions even when traditional cameras might not be able to see a potential accident.

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First powder of Plutonium-238 made in the US in 30-years is complete

First powder of Plutonium-238 made in the US in 30-years is complete

Scientists in the US have created the first powder of plutonium-238 made in the States in nearly 30 years. The scientists say that this is a milestone that sets the US on a path towards being able to power NASA deep-space exploration missions. Plutonium-238 also known as Pu-238 is a radioactive element that decays breaking down into Uranium-234 and releases heat as it breaks down.

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This drone is controlled by an Apple Watch’s motion sensors

This drone is controlled by an Apple Watch’s motion sensors

Researchers from PVD+ in Taiwan have engineered a common looking drone to be controlled by hand movements with an Apple Watch. See it in action, one might think it's all thanks to magic or The Force. Since 2013, the researchers have been working with National Chung Hsing University on developing a programming language they've dubbed "Dong." Once the software is installed on an Apple Watch, it can recognize hand gestures and other motions and turn them into instructions to control a drone.

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Astronomers invent new way to measure gravity pull on distant stars

Astronomers invent new way to measure gravity pull on distant stars

Astronomers have developed a new method to measure the pull of gravity on the surface of distant stars. The new method gives the scientists a new way to determine how much a human would weigh on another star. Determining how much a human would weigh on a distant star is important because it is used in part to help determine if life could survive on planets orbiting the star.

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Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Giant tortoise fossils hint at Andes Mountains’ history

Case Western Reserve University researcher Darin Croft discovered fossilized tortoise remains in the Andes Mountains, more specifically in what is described as an “arid plateau,” hinting at the state of the landscape as it existed millions of years ago. The discovery was made in southern Bolivia, and is joined by similar discoveries of turtle shell fossil fragments from a nearby location.

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This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

This hairy “mirror” is both fascinating and unnerving

If you have issues with clumps of fur or hair that seemingly move on their own, now would be a good time to look away. Otherwise, proceed at your own risk and be mesmerized, or revolted, by this one of a kind mirror. Not only does it not accurately reflect objects placed in front of it, it actually doesn't have any reflective material at all. Instead, it creates a silhouette "reflection" made up of only two colors and created by an array of 928 faux fur pom poms.

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Sonar-based haptic feedback glove lets users feel distant objects underwater

Sonar-based haptic feedback glove lets users feel distant objects underwater

A pair of Ph.D. candidates in Japan have developed a glove that lets wearers "feel" distant objects underwater, even without making physical contact. Dubbed "IrukaTact," the glove uses a combination of haptic feedback and sonar to detect items from a distance, and apply increasing pressure to the fingertips as the wearer moves closer. It seems inspiration for the device was drawn from dolphins and their use of echolocation, as the name IrukaTact is a combination of the words "tactile" and "iruka," the Japanese word for dolphin.

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