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New microbattery can independently power microchips

New microbattery can independently power microchips

As electronic devices keep scaling down, batteries need to find a way to maintain performance under smaller size constraints. Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created an incredibly thin, high-performance, 3D microbattery, which could be the answer to powering individual microchips apart from any separate power source. The research team printed the tiny power source using a technique combining 3D holographic lithography and 2D photo-lithography. The new technique allows for greater control of the electrode's structure; so, the batteries can easily be tailor-made for various applications. The scientists detail the new fabrication technique in their research paper.

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MIT reseachers remove unwanted reflections from photos

MIT reseachers remove unwanted reflections from photos

Taking photographs through a window can be a mess. Anything behind the camera could be reflected, infiltrating the photograph. It can be difficult to see the intended image due to the photographer's own reflection obscuring the image. In the fictional, TV world of CSI, you could just say, "enhance!" But, until now, it hasn't been so easy to erase photographed reflections in the real world. Thankfully, a group of MIT researchers have figured out a complicated algorithm which can remove undesired reflections from photographs.

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Motion Pro II driving sim: so realistic, crashing it could be fatal

Motion Pro II driving sim: so realistic, crashing it could be fatal

Driving simulators are nothing new. They're specifically designed to let users experience driving and all that it entails from a safe platform. Heck, it can even be used to have some fun. But what if the simulation is so close to reality that a very dangerous crash in the simulator could actually lead to real physical injury? Sounds like a plot for a science fiction piece? Guess again. Virtual and actual reality meet in the Motion Pro II, which is able to accurately simulate even the fatal forces of a car crash.

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Jetman and partner soar through Dubai’s skies with jetpacks

Jetman and partner soar through Dubai’s skies with jetpacks

Flying through the open skies using jetpacks is something almost all of us can only dream of or have only in movies. But these two daredevils have taken that dream and made it into reality. Swiss inventor and daredevil Jetman, known in real life as Yves Rossy, went to new heights, literally, as he took his new partner Vince Reffet through Dubai's skyline, flying over breathtaking scenery covering sand, water, and skyscrapers reaching to the high heavens. And, of course, they survived to tell the tale.

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Survey: 29% of people would sacrifice a finger to keep Internet

Survey: 29% of people would sacrifice a finger to keep Internet

Many debate which is worse: a slow Internet connection or no Internet connection. For some, a complete lack of an Internet connection is something horrifying enough they'd rather sacrifice one of their fingers in exchange for keeping it. At least, that's according to a recent survey in the UK conducted by Cable.co.uk, which asked participants if they'd rather have a finger removed or lose their Internet access. Of those surveyed, 29-percent said they'd rather lose a finger. Hopefully not the use they use to swipe.

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Feeling lonely? Let IBM’s Watson match you with a therapist

Feeling lonely? Let IBM’s Watson match you with a therapist

Therapy can be a useful tool for those with deep-seated issues or anyone who needs a sounding board for life's big decisions. Seeking a therapist is now seen as a way to reach out for help instead of a strange act of narcissism. When it comes to finding a therapist, a good match can make a world of difference. Picking a practitioner from the Yellow Pages is a complete crapshoot; now, IBM's Watson is lending its supercomputing power to creating ideal matches between patients and therapists on Talkspace, an online, licensed therapy provider that you can access from your smartphone.

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NASA’s new radar detects heartbeats, saving 4 lives in Nepal

NASA’s new radar detects heartbeats, saving 4 lives in Nepal

The latest tech from NASA just saved the lives of four people trapped in the rubble left from the recent earthquake in Nepal. NASA's FINDER (Finding Individuals for Disaster and Emergency Response) located people by using a microwave radar that could sense and then locate their heartbeats. The prototype devices are a joint effort from NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. Weighing in at the size of a suitcase, two of the devices were brought to aid the humanitarian effort in Nepal.

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HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ inspires real compression algorithm Piper Pied

In the HBO comedy Silicon Valley, Richard and his team, Pied Piper, accidentally create a lossless compression algorithm, whipping all of the big tech companies of the fictional world into a frenzy over the potential in the inadvertent discovery. Today, at the Disrupt New York Hackathon, a team of siblings, Nancy Ghaly and Peter Ma debuted their own lossless compression algorithm. Taking inspiration from the HBO series, the duo named it Piper Pied. The real-life Piper Pied is a compression algorithm that identifies people's faces and compresses the data around them.

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3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

3D printed iconic Shelby Cobra is all electric under the hood

We've seen some 3D-printed cars evolve from rough, inexpensive designs to dreamy, printed concept cars. In honor of the iconic Shelby Cobra's 50th anniversary, the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory 3D-printed an electric Shelby Cobra. The vehicle's whole body and chassis, even interior details like the headrests, were 3D-printed from lightweight, reinforced ABS. To give the cobra a modern twist, they gave the car a non-printed, electric engine. The DoE created the car, from design inception to final production, in six weeks.

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Super-strong robot pulls 100x its own weight, even climbs up walls

Super-strong robot pulls 100x its own weight, even climbs up walls

If I could carry 100 times my own weight, I'd never need to twist the arms of all my friends to help me move. Until I gain super-strength, I'll have to settle for dreaming of borrowing these tenacious robots. A team of mechanical engineers from California's Standford University developed a collection of tiny robots which can give Marvel's Ant-Man a run for his money. Don't let the size of these tiny robots deceive you. These 'bots are incredibly strong; they can pull 100 times their own weight.

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