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A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes And Forceful Touches

Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they have also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too.


Photoshop's Magical New Crop Tool Automatically Fills In Missing Parts Of A Photo

Regular users of Photoshop have probably come across this problem before: After you’ve straightened a photo by slightly rotating it to one side or the other, your ability to then crop the image is severely limited without having to clone in missing corners. The next version of Photoshop, however, will do that all for you.


Google's New Science Journal App Turns Your Android Phone Into A Lab Full Of Sensors

If you’re working on a rocket destined for Mars, Google’s new Science Journal app might be a bit limited. But if you’re an aspiring scientist, the free app will turn an Android smartphone or tablet into laboratory full of experiments by grabbing data from the device’s various sound, light and motion sensors.


New 3D Printer Draws In Midair Like Magic

Lasers and metal were part of 3D printing for decades before the machines became affordable for personal use. But researchers at Harvard are demonstrating a new technique by which 3D metal structures can be printed in midair, without the need for anything supporting them.


Fake Skinned Robot Bats Will Soon Be Creeping Us Out From The Skies Above

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign think mimicking nature is the best way to help robots take flight. So with the help of a 3D printer they have created a flying robotic bat, complete with a layer of fake silicone skin for the wing’s membranes. It somehow manages to make real bats look almost cute in comparison.


Disney's New Telepresence Robot Is So Precise That It Can Be Used To Thread A Needle

The easiest way to make a robot as dexterous and capable as a human being is to simply let a human control it. That’s how Disney Research’s new telepresence robot works, but with improved hydraulics on board, it’s now capable of duplicating a human’s motions with remarkable precision — to the point where it can even be used to remotely thread a needle.


MIT Wants You To Swallow This Origami Robot Pill To Retrieve Other Crap You've Swallowed

According to MIT, Americans swallow over 3500 button-sized batteries every year. Say what? But instead of educating the public about not swallowing random crap, researchers at the school want people to swallow a new folding origami robot they have developed that’s designed to retrieve foreign objects, among other tasks.


'Playful' Video Games Found To Increase Positivity In Elderly Depression Patients

Regular exercise is a well-known recommendation for those dealing with depression, but what impact does the playfulness of that exercise have?

One of the ways to measure this is through video games. Researchers recently took a look at “exergames” used in the healthcare of older adults, to examine whether the “playfulness” of the games may influence the antidepressant effect — and the results are promising.


How Bee Flight Patterns Are Helping With Drone Design

There’s a lot riding on bees. What, with the whole “please don’t go extinct or it will destroy our food supply” thing, and now potentially the future of drone technology.

Recent research shows that bees could be vital in developing drones that are better at avoiding obstacles.


MIT's Invisible Second Skin Cream Makes Wrinkles Disappear

Every cosmetics company on the planet has a product it claims will reduce wrinkles and erase the signs of ageing, but researchers at MIT have developed a genuine facelift-in-a-tube with a new cream that creates an extra layer of invisible artificial skin to smooth out the wearer’s natural skin.


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