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Columbia Engineering researchers make soft robotics breakthrough with new artificial muscle

Columbia Engineering researchers make soft robotics breakthrough with new artificial muscle

Researchers at Columbia Engineering have made a breakthrough in soft robotics that is said to have solved a long standing issue in creating untethered soft robots. The goal of these soft robots is to mimic the action and movements of natural biological systems. The research team was led by Hod Lipson, a professor of mechanical engineering. The team developed a 3D printable synthetic soft muscle.

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Tesla Model S 75 rear wheel drive EV gets the axe this Sunday

Tesla Model S 75 rear wheel drive EV gets the axe this Sunday

If you have been on the fence about buying a Tesla Model S and have been considering the cheapest Model S option, it is about to go away. Tesla has confirmed that as of September 24 the cheapest Model S of them all will be no more. The budget Model S is the Model S 75 in rear-wheel drive.

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Land Rover Discovery hauls 110-ton Aussie road train across the Outback

Land Rover Discovery hauls 110-ton Aussie road train across the Outback

Land Rover wants people interested in the new Discovery to know it can tow a lot of weight. While most Discovery buyers will never tow anything, much less take the capable SUV off-road, Land Rover hooked the Discovery to a 100-meter long road train that weighs in at 110 tons. A road train is a big rig that hauls multiple trailers in its wake, in this case seven of them.

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Scientists edit DNA in human embryos to aid the infertile

Scientists edit DNA in human embryos to aid the infertile

A team of scientists have announced that they have successfully edited DNA in human embryos and that editing has allowed them to make what they call a fundamental discovery about the earliest days of human development. The researchers modified a key gene in very early-stage embryos that is said to be crucial to allowing the embryo to develop normally.

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McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a 1134hp hybrid virtual beast

McLaren Ultimate Vision GT is a 1134hp hybrid virtual beast

Car fans and gamers have been thrilled at the fact that real world automotive manufacturers have flocked to Gran Turismo with their cars letting us drive them in the game. They also make exclusive virtual racers that we can flog around virtual race tracks with the Vision GT cars. The latest of these virtual racers comes from McLaren and it's a doozie.

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Ford Tests Microsoft HoloLens for automotive design

Ford Tests Microsoft HoloLens for automotive design

Way back when the new Ford Explorer landed for the first time, I was invited out to Dearborn to see some of the tech that was going into that SUV. Two things stick out in my mind- they confiscated my smartphone at the door and there were bags of clay stacked everywhere in the halls for use in designing cars. It looks like Ford is now gearing up to move away from that clay as a design medium and is testing the Microsoft Hololens.

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Matternet Station supports fully automated battery and package exchange for drone networks

Matternet Station supports fully automated battery and package exchange for drone networks

Matternet is a developer of one an autonomous drone logistics platform. This is a platform where people can use drones to deliver items over shorter distances. Matternet has unveiled a new Matternet Station platform that enables fully automated ground operations for Matternet customers.

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2019 Audi Q8 spy shots show a classy ride

2019 Audi Q8 spy shots show a classy ride

Automotive fans like to see images of unannounced vehicles clad in camo because it gives us a glimpse at what future vehicles will look like. The vehicle in these spy shots is said to be the Audi Q8, the flagship of the Q line for Audi. The Q8 is said to be in near production form in this image.

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Proterra electric bus sets electric vehicle range record

Proterra electric bus sets electric vehicle range record

When we think of EVs setting driving range records, odds are you think about a small electric vehicle with a comparatively large battery crammed inside. Recently a new EV range record was set with a vehicle driving 1,101.2 miles on a single charge at low speed. The catch is that there is nothing small about the record setting EV.

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AI and non-invasive MRI can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease long before doctors can

AI and non-invasive MRI can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease long before doctors can

A pair of researchers from the University of Bari in Italy called Nicola Amoroso and Marianna La Rocca and a team of colleagues have developed a new machine-learning algorithm that is able to help diagnose Alzheimer's disease up to nine years before doctors can diagnose the condition. The system the researchers have developed is also able to discern structural changes in the brain that are caused by Alzheimer's.

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Tesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swapping

Tesla patent shows yet another way to reduce range anxiety with battery swapping

If any company is pushing the limits of what transportation of the future might look like, it's Tesla. The company makes some of the longest driving and most popular EVs on the market today. Tesla is looking at how it can extend the driving range of its EVs even further than the vehicles can go today. It's not doing this by installing more Superchargers alone, it's looking at a system that would allow the swapping of battery packs.

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McLaren resurrects XP Green paint color for six special MSO 570GTs

McLaren resurrects XP Green paint color for six special MSO 570GTs

McLaren is making some very special sports cars today and one of those special rides is the 570GT. McLaren has announced that it has revived a very special paint color that originally showed up on the incredibly rare McLaren F1 XP GT Longtail. The paint color is called XP Green and it will be used to coat the sexy body of only six McLaren 570GTs.

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