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Smart glass recognizes images without sensors, circuits or power source

Light passing through the "smart" glass is bent in a particular pattern depending on the image. ...

Image recognition is ubiquitous these days, but to perform this near-magic feat, it needs a lot of clever, coordinated bits - lenses, sensors, software, microchips and a power-source to run it all. Seems logical enough, but a team of engineers has done away with all that and come up with an unassuming panel of glass which recognizes images passively, without sensors, chips or even a power-source.

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MIT study identifies dynamic drug duo that's surprisingly effective against cancer

The top image shows a cell undergoing normal cell division, while the bottom three images show ...

A huge range of drugs are in development to help fight cancer, but sometimes they work better in pairs than alone. Now researchers at MIT have identified a surprising new dynamic drug duo, combining two classes that are already beginning to be widely used. Interestingly, the combo appears to work in a completely different way to what scientists previously expected.

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Garmin's Xero S1 trapshooting trainer provides feedback on every shot

The Garmin Xero S1 is available now for a recommended retail price of US$1,000

Garmin has added to its extensive range of sports training aids with a new gadget to help get trapshooters aiming truly. The Xero S1 makes use of radar and computer vision to provide instant feedback every time a shot is fired, offering opportunities for slight and swift adjustments to take one's game to the next level.

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Bacteria recruited to produce graphene on the cheap

Bacteria have been enlisted to produce graphene faster and more cheaply than traditional chemical methods

Incredibly thin, flexible, strong and electrically conductive, graphene has the potential to revolutionize electronics and materials. One of the main hurdles though is that it's tricky to manufacture on large scales. Now researchers at the University of Rochester have recruited bacteria to make the stuff, which is cheaper and faster than current methods and doesn't require harsh chemicals.

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Newly discovered molecule could cut cancer cells off at the source

A new molecule has raised hopes of developing drugs that kill cancer stem cells

Too often the surgical removal of cancer or its elimination through chemo or radiotherapy isn't the end of the story, but where do the relapses come from? Part of the explanation may lay in what are known as cancer stem cells, which could be thought of as little seedlings that hide away in the body's tissues until they feel the time is right to return to action. A newly discovered molecule has raised hopes of cutting these crafty critters off at the source, with early experiments demonstrating how it can latch onto cancer stem cells and starve them of what they need to survive.

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Questions raised over efficacy of cutting-edge new migraine drugs

As a wave of new migraine drugs begin to hit the market, some scientists are questioning ...

Last year erenumbab was approved by the FDA, the first in an entirely new class of drugs designed to help migraine sufferers to reach the general public. A study is now reporting successful Phase 3 clinical trial results for a new orally administered iteration in this class of drugs, ahead of a potential FDA approval later this year. But some scientists are beginning to question how clinically useful these new migraine drugs actually are.

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Tiny ant-inspired Tribots embrace collective intelligence to tackle big tasks

The Tribots can be assigned specific roles similar to ants

In a demonstration that less can be more, EPFL scientists are working on simple robots that behave and cooperate like ants. The 10-g (0.35-oz) Tribots are simple, tetherless, reconfigurable three-legged robots that are folded like origami, but have the ability to be assigned roles and work together on complex tasks as they jump and crawl over uneven terrain.

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Aston Martin's DBS GT Zagato adds Italian flair and glittering farkles to the British muscle car

The limited-edition Aston Martin DBS GT Zagato will only be sold in a pair with the ...

Aston Martin has released photos and a few details on its upcoming limited-edition collaboration with Zagato. The DBS GT Zagato looks absolutely stunning, with a windowless carbon roof and a motorized grille that "flutters into life" when you start the motor.

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Out Now: ‘Dr. Mario World’, ‘Bumpin’ Dungeon’, ‘Flappy Royale’, ‘Boom Pilot’, ‘Mighty Quest for Epic Loot’, ‘TEPPEN’, ‘Muon | Blast’, ‘Walk Master’, ‘NimbleNaut’ and More

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Scientists offer solution for chemical chicken-and-egg problem of the origins of life

Researchers have shown how life may have arisen from non-living matter in the "primordial soup" of ...

How life arose from non-living material is one of the most profound mysteries facing science, and now a new study from the University College London (UCL) may have brought us a step closer to understanding it. The team may have solved a long-standing chicken-and-egg riddle related to how different types of peptides and proteins interact to give rise to life.

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Scientists solve chemical chicken-and-egg problem of the origins of life

Researchers have shown how life may have arisen from non-living matter in the "primordial soup" of ...

How life arose from non-living material is one of the most profound mysteries facing science, and now a new study from the University College London (UCL) may have brought us a step closer to understanding it. The team may have solved a long-standing chicken-and-egg riddle related to how different types of peptides and proteins interact to give rise to life.

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