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DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices for specific uses on the battlefield. Having more intelligence in the palm of their hand is a great thing for soldiers, but it also opens the door for those electronic devices to be captured by the enemy potentially revealing data that could be catastrophic in a battle.

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Renault NEXT TWO self-driving car could be on roads by 2020

Renault NEXT TWO self-driving car could be on roads by 2020

Renault has revealed its own autonomous car prototype, the NEXT TWO, a self-driving vehicle that the French company says could launch by 2020. Unlike most such concepts we've seen, such as Nissan's autonomous Leaf EV or Google's long-running project, Renault has taken a more tempered approach, aiming to take over tedious city driving and parking duties while leaving higher-speed travel to the human behind the wheel.

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Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Researchers around the world are working to create more lifelike prosthetic hands and other limbs for amputees. Prosthetic hands have been around for years in multiple forms, typically nothing more than a plastic hand or hook that gives the user rudimentary functionality if any at all.

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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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