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Space

Planetary Resources turns asteroid prospecting satellites toward Earth

If it could work with asteroids, why not the Earth? That's the thinking behind space mining company Planetary Resources' plan to adapt its asteroid prospecting satellite design to Earth observation. The Washington-based firm says that this Earth observation system, dubbed Ceres, will see a new version of its Arkyd spacecraft equipped with infrared and hyperspectral sensors developed for monitoring Earth resources and industries.Read More

Medical

One pill to rule them all: 3D printing tech combines multiple drugs in a single pill

Remembering to take a pill once daily can be hard enough, but it gets particularly challenging when you have to take several doses throughout the day – especially if you're taking multiple types of medication. To make things easier, scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new technique that uses a 3D printer to combine multiple doses of different medications in a single time-release tablet.Read More

Treated paper warns users of impending sunburn

As any dermatologist will tell you, it's important to know when to get out of the sunlight – or at least, when to apply more sunscreen. As a result, there are now various UV exposure-monitoring devices that tell us when to seek the shade. Not everyone wants to buy one, however, plus some of the single-use models contain environmentally-harmful materials. With that in mind, scientists have developed cheap, disposable eco-friendly sensors that are made of paper.Read More

Mobile Technology

Batman-inspired software can give any phone pressure-sensing abilities

One of the features announced when the the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were released that got the tech world buzzing was 3D Touch, the ability for the phone's screen to recognize how much force you're applying to it and respond accordingly with different navigation options. Now, inspired by a scene from a 2008 Batman movie, engineers from the University of Michigan (UM) have developed software that could bring touch sensitivity to all phones – and not just through their screens.Read More

Rapid robots staff new Adidas factory

Adidas has announced that it is ready to begin commercial production of footwear at a robot-staffed factory in Germany. The so-called "Speedfactory" in Ansbach will apparently allow the firm to produce more shoes, with greater precision and with new designs.Read More

Space

First attempt to deploy inflatable habitat on space station is a no-go

The first attempt to inflate the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) attached to the International Space Station (ISS) ended in failure today as astronauts and engineers assess the situation. At 6:10 am EDT, NASA astronaut Jeff Williams partially inflated the experimental habitat module docked to the station's' Tranquility module in what should have been 45-minute operation, but despite several hours of work, the balloon-like fabric only expanded a few inches instead of the planned several feet.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Cognitive assessment in the palm of your hand

Gaining access to tools that could provide insights into an individual's cognitive functions like memory and decision-making have typically been expensive, and limited to those given by a medical professional or clinician. Savonix is bent on changing that, with what it says is the first mobile and clinically-valid cognitive and brain health assessment tool in the world.Read More

Turning the wind from a special day into a piece of jewelry

"I want to give you the wind." It sounds like a bit of overly romantic hyperbole – the kind one character might declare to another during an episode of Game of Thrones (in between all the stabbing and beheading). But one company is making it possible to convert that sentiment into an actual piece of jewelry thanks to a bit of virtual modelling and 3D printing.Read More

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