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Next-gen hearing implants could overcome inner ear damage

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links EPFL Many hearing implants won’t help people with inner ear damage or auditory nerve problems, but the brainstem implants that do frequently do an incomplete job. Soon, however, there might be a far better solution. Researchers have designed a conformable electrode implant that should more effectively counter inner ear damage. […]

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Qantas completes record 19-hour flight to test limits of air travel

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links James D Morgan/Qantas Qantas just broke a record for air travel, and it may have helped science in the process. The Australian airline has completed the first non-stop commercial flight from New York City to Sydney as part of a project researching the effects of very long flights — in […]

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NASA’s InSight lander can finally dig a hole for its Mars heat probe

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP NASA’s InSight lander was supposed be digging a hole so a probe (above) could measure the heat escaping from Mars’ interior, but it hasn’t made much progress since work got started in February — it hadn’t even finished burying itself. At last, it’s making some headway. The […]

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BILL-E is a cute robot that builds structures block by block

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Benjamin Jenett A new robotics breakthrough could revolutionalize how we build everything from airplanes to bridges and even massive superstructures. A team of researchers at the Massachusettes Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms have created a new type of robot. The team calls their creation BILL-E, short for […]

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Floating LED art illustrates the quality of NYC’s water

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Playlab/Family New York/Floating Point You don’t have to check a website to find out whether or not New York City’s water is healthy — for the next few months, you just have to take a look at some art in the water itself. Playlab, Family New York and Floating Point […]

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Intel wants to use AI to reconnect damaged spinal nerves

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Intel AI’s use in medicine could soon extend to one of the medical world’s toughest challenges: helping the paralyzed regain movement. Intel and Brown University have started work on a DARPA-backed Intelligent Spine Interface project that would use AI to restore movement and bladder control for those with serious spinal […]

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NASA shares the odd sounds from its Mars seismometer

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links NASA/JPL-Caltech via AP NASA’s InSight lander is providing a veritable soundtrack for Mars. The agency has posted a handful of recordings from the SEIS (Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure) that give a feel for Mars’ activity. Two of them are “representative” marsquakes, and might be good for testing the bass […]

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Phone app detects eye disease in kids through photos

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Emma Kim via Getty Images It might soon be possible to catch eye diseases using just the phone in your pocket. Researchers have developed a CRADLE app (Computer Assisted Detector of Leukoria) for Android and iOS that uses machine learning to look for early signs of “white eye” reflections in […]

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Algorithms help robot dogs trot more like real animals

Engadget RSS Feed Sponsored Links Peter Means/Virginia Tech Robot dogs can move efficiently, but not all that naturally — and no, twerking doesn’t count. Virginia Tech researchers think they can do better. They’re developing a combination of algorithms and sensors that help robots move with gaits more like those of real animals. The system mimics […]

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Hitting the Books: Searching for ancient cities from space

Engadget RSS Feed Welcome to Hitting the Books. With less than one in five Americans reading just for fun these days, we’ve done the hard work for you by scouring the internet for the most interesting, thought provoking books on science and technology we can find and delivering an easily digestible nugget of their stories. […]

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