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Microsoft Research anticipates the future with pre-sensing touchscreen prototype

Microsoft Research is developing touchscreens that detect motion before you touch the screen

The next generation of Windows phones and tablets could feature pre-sensing touch capabilities if work out of Microsoft Research makes the leap from prototype to production. The technology allows a touchscreen to anticipate touch input before you lay a finger on the display and register how you're holding the device to tailor context-sensitive menus accordingly.

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Third AW609 tiltrotor prototype resumes testing following fatal crash

Aircraft AW609 A/C3 recently underwent restrained ground testing in Italy

After a six month hiatus, ground tests have resumed on the third prototype (A/C3) of the AgustaWestland AW609 tiltrotor. The aircraft recently underwent restrained ground testing with all engines and systems online after testing was suspended following a fatal air crash on October 30, 2015, which cost the lives of two test pilots.

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Drugs that mistake placenta for tumors to help avoid premature births

Researchers have found a way to target the placenta for drug delivery during pregnancy

The placenta is vital for a growing fetus, providing it with the nourishment needed to develop as it prepares to enter the world. But a poorly functioning placenta is problematic as doctors are unable to treat it with drugs and are instead forced to induce labor early, inviting a range of health risks for the prematurely born baby. But scientists have now found a way in by using existing cancer drugs that mistake the placenta for a tumor, selectively targeting the organ and boosting its health.

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Single-rotored Monospinner keeps drone flight simple

Having previously demonstrated that quadcopters can remain in flight even when losing one, two or three ...

Whether they look like a thermos or a bracelet, today's drones come in all shapes and sizes, but they all involve a bunch of moving parts to keep them balanced in the air. Swiss researchers have now fashioned a drone that remains airborne through a single propellor, resulting in what they describe as the mechanically simplest controllable flying machine in existence.

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Bipedal robot conquers uneven ground

Robotics PhD student Ross Hartley watches as MARLO demonstrate's her ability to conquer tough terrain.

Getting a robot to walk is one thing, getting it to walk without tripping on the first obstacle it encounters is quite another. Engineers at the University of Michigan are developing a set of algorithms that allow an unsupported bipedal robot named MARLO to negotiate steep slopes, thin layers of snow, and uneven, unstable ground without toppling over. Designed as a general purpose robotic system, the algorithms may also have applications in advanced prosthetics.

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Nvidia’s blistering new graphics card has VR gaming in its sights

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang at the GeForce GTX 1080 event.

Nvidia has unveiled what it describes as the world's most advanced gaming GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080. Designed to power the extremes of modern gaming, such as virtual reality and higher resolution monitors, the chip runs on Nvidia's Pascal architecture, which currently powers its DGX-1 supercomputer and Drive PX 2 in-car computer.

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Faraday Future breaks ground on innovative manufacturing plant

The US$1 billion Faraday Future facility will cover an area of 900 ac (364 ha)

A few weeks ago, startup carmaker Faraday Future (FF) broke ground on a US$1 billion manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas, Nevada. It will be the first plant for the California-based, Chinese backed company that started in 2014 with a view on developing a range of connected electric vehicles. With robot greeters and a long-term goal of being powered completely by renewable energy, the plant is set to be as innovative as the cars that will come out of it.

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Lilium electric jet: VTOL air travel for the masses?

Taking off and landing like a helicopter, the Lilium aircraft goes from VTOL to forward flight ...

Can't face the drive to the airport? Why not bypass the whole circus and jump in your two-seat, vertical take-off and landing all-electric engine jet aircraft? That's the vision for the Lilium Jet, an aircraft currently being developed in Germany under the auspices of the European Space Agency's business incubation center that boasts fly-by-wire joystick controls, retractable landing gear, gull-wing doors, and a claimed top speed of 400 km/h (250 mph). The creators claim that this personal e-jet could be made available to the public as early as 2018.

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Luxembourg joins asteroid mining space race

Prospector-X, a technology demonstrator satellite, is the first project of the DSI/Luxembourg partnership

With a population of under 600,000, it's not surprising Luxembourg isn't currently on the list of spacefaring nations. But that hasn't stopped its government, along with the Luxembourg Société Nationale de Crédit et d'Investissement (SNCI), entering into a partnership with the US asteroid mining company Deep Space Industries (DSI) as part of the country's spaceresources.lu initiative to develop new commercial space technologies with an emphasis on asteroid mining.

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Toyota battery breakthrough means magnesium could eventually replace lithium

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Top 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures available for the App Store and iTunes Store

The App Store and iTunes Store storefronts are 3D Touch-enabled on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with each supporting some pretty smartly chosen Home screen shortcuts that’ll save you a few taps once you get the hang of them. On the other hand, previewing your apps and media via force-pressing isn’t as developed as in other stock apps, such […]

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Top 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures available for the App Store and iTunes Store apps

The App Store and iTunes Store storefronts are 3D Touch-enabled on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, with each supporting some pretty smartly chosen Home screen shortcuts that’ll save you a few taps once you get the hang of them. On the other hand, previewing your apps and media via force-pressing isn’t as developed as in other stock apps, such […]

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