Some higher-end prosthetic legs are equipped with things like gyroscopes
and accelerometers, in order to guide their knee joint through a more
natural bending motion. In developing nations, however, such expensive
prostheses usually aren't an option. That's why a scientist from MIT is
developing a knee that could allow inexpensive legs to perform like the
The US Marine Corps has declared the F-35B Lightning II operational. Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 (VMFA-121), based in Yuma, Arizona, which has ten of the vertical and/or short take-off and landing (VSTOL) multi-role fighters, was today officially cleared for worldwide deployment after a five-day Operational Readiness Inspection.
NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of the closest rocky planet to the Solar System. Orbiting a visible main-sequence star 21 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, HD 219134b is larger than Earth and is uninhabitable.
The discovery of a
powerful aurora surrounding a distant failed star may in future aid
astronomers in their hunt for habitable planets. The aurora is the
first to be discovered around a brown dwarf, known as LSRJ 1835+3259
(LSRJ). It's a type of star that shares many characteristics with known
exoplanets, and the technique used to observe the phenomenon could
one day be a factor in determining whether a planet could sustain
As of this week, drivers of BMWs may be a little less frustrated by
traffic lights. No, they don't now have the power to change red lights
to green, but they can at least find out how long it'll be before lights
change color. This feature comes courtesy of a partnership with
Orgeon-based startup Connected Signals, which makes an existing app
known as EnLighten.
Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 2 offers compelling specs and features at a very reasonable price point ... that is, if you can get your hands on one. Read on as Gizmag compares these two wallet-friendly devices.
Despite what our science fiction-fueled imaginations love to be
entertained with, there is more to the field of modern robotics than colossal combat machines or bionic baristas.
Some projects may seem mundane by comparison, yet the results are no
less impressive, especially the ones that enlighten through the process.
Although it took a few trial and error attempts, scientists have
finally created an insect-inspired robot that can jump off of water's
Physicists at Cornell University have managed to shrink the art of kirigami down to the nanoscale, working with graphene, a material that's just one atom thick. The research could lead to the creation of some of the tiniest machines mankind has ever seen.
A new study conducted by Brown University researchers has furthered our understanding of how the brain formulates a plan for picking up an object. In the long run, the findings could pave the way for more accomplished mind-controlled robotic prostheses.
Smog affects many major cities around the world and can cause health problems for those breathing it in. To highlight this issue, Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde is building what he calls the world's largest air purifier. The Smog Free Tower is designed to allow people to breathe clean air in a city ... plus it also turns the smog into jewelry.