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ReWalk is the first FDA-approved personal exoskeleton

ReWalk is the first FDA-approved personal exoskeleton

If you're still not used to seeing electric wheelchairs, robotic prosthetics, and other forms of hi-tech assistive technology in public places, it would be best to catch up with the times as a new one just joined the list. The US Food and Drug Administration has just given the thumb up to the ReWalk Personal exoskeleton, paving the way for similar machines that will help those who have lost mobility to get back on their feet.

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HP Labs’ memristor can turn RAM into SSDs

HP Labs’ memristor can turn RAM into SSDs

HP has what it calls "The Machine", practically a researcher's plaything for experimenting on emerging computer technologies. One such technology that is already quite close to becoming a reality is HP's "memristor", a portmanteau of "memory" and "resistor" that could forever blur the boundaries between non-volatile disk storage and and volatile RAM.

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Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

Lichess embraces blind players with new chess site features

With the fast-paced advancement of technology, it is sometimes easy to forget that not everyone is as physically capable. The owners of the Lichess website, which hosts free online chess games, was awakened to that realization when they were approached by a blind chess player looking to join their community. Fortunately, technology and computer games have advanced to that point that has made this wish a reality.

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This is what the dashboard of a 1,000 mph car looks like

This is what the dashboard of a 1,000 mph car looks like

When the car you're driving is covering a mile in just 3.6 seconds, there's no time for SiriusXM. World Land Speed Record contender Andy Green has been showing off his own jet-propelled supercar, Bloodhound SSC, with a glimpse into the custom-crafted cockpit of the 1,000 mph monster. As the video after the cut demonstrates, it's more like something you'd expect to find in a SpaceX capsule than a race car.

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Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Sharp solar cells can reach 60 percent efficiency

Solar power is perhaps the most well-known alternative source for power, but because of cost and the puzzles of physics itself, it is still quite far from becoming a completely sustainable and practical replacement. Sharp, however, may be on the breakthrough of creating solar cells that are twice as efficient as currently existing cells, at least in theory.

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