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How Flexible Fibers Could Lead to Better, Cheaper Brain Implants

MIT researchers develop a cheaper way to make brain implants that could also allow the devices to work in the body longer.<p>The brain just doesn't react well to implants, such the so-called brain pacemakers that alleviate some of the symptoms of Parkinson's and other movement disorders. Neural tissue …

MARVs Are the Cutest Little Robots Ever Built at a Nuclear Laboratory

Scientists at Sandia National Labs in New Mexico built the Miniature Autonomous Robotic Vehicles in the 90s to find out how small roving bots could get.<p>Are these tiny cars the precursor to today's unmanned aerial vehicles? Probably not, but the Miniature Autonomous Robotic Vehicle is certainly cute.<p>…

This $55,000 Watch Contains a Hologram of a Roman Emperor

Christophe Claret just made a watch featuring a tiny floating hologram of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.<p><b>If you're an oil</b> heir or simply an international playboy looking for your next expensive toy, watchmaker Christophe Claret has just the thing for you: A $55,000 timepiece that boasts a tiny gold …

The Boeing 747-8 Will Be the Next Air Force One

It will replace the aging VC-25s starting in 2018.<p>Boeing will remain the company that builds the president's personal plane. The Air Force just announced that the next Air Force One will be built on the Boeing 747-8 platform.<p>The current presidential planes are VC-25s, a military variant of the …

How to Fight Submarines in the 21st Century

As a new Cold War heats up, submarine warfare is coming backbut it wont be like it was in the 1980s.<p>As a new Cold War heats up, submarine warfare is coming back—but it won't be like it was in the 1980s.

How To Make Speakers From Post-Its

Harnessing the power of sound using office supplies<p>On the ground floor of Pioneer Works Center for Arts and Innovation in Brooklyn, New York, a bearded and flanneled trio played gloomy arrhythmic music one Wednesday night. Upstairs, director of education David Sheinkopf taught a class on the …

2015 Detroit Auto Show: Honda FCV Concept Offers More Power, More Space

Honda’s latest fuel cell vehicle has an improved power train and more room for passengers<p>Fuel cell technology is a slow sell, but companies are still climbing on the bandwagon. Honda has been in the game for a while, with its newly retired FCX Clarity fuel cell vehicle. But fear not, fuel cell …

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2015 Detroit Auto Show: This Is Hyundai's First Plug-In Hybrid Car

And it's got an edge on the competion<p>Hyundai chose Detroit to debut its first-ever plug-in hybrid, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata PHEV. It's expected to travel 22 miles per charge using electricity alone, or a bit farther than other PHEVs on the market right now, including the Toyota Prius PHEV and the …

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The 10 Best Cars At The Detroit Auto Show

From Acura's curvy NSX superhybrid to Infiniti's sophisticated Q60, these are our favorite vehicles from the 2015 North American International Auto Show<p>Detroit, as we call the North American International Auto Show, has always been a spectacle of automotive muscle and mischief. This year's biggest …

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Making Moonshine In A Homebuilt Reflux Still [Video]

Hackett distills some drinkable biofuel<p>In times of chaos, alcohol is a rare commodity that has universally recognized value. It can fuel engines, clean wounds, and ease social interaction. It’s also shockingly easy to make.<p>The first step is fermentation. Yeast cells are not good planners. If you …

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Smart Keyboard Could Be Self-Powered, Self-Secured, Self-Cleaning

About the only thing it can't do is write your papers for you<p>Sure, your keyboard is good for turning thoughts into words—but couldn't it do more? Some clever scientists from universities in the U.S. and China have concocted an even smarter, more powerful keyboard that could not only enhance your …

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Laser-Blasted Metal Forms A Self-Cleaning Non-Stick Surface

The technique could make faster vehicles and improve sanitation in the developing world<p>Water, the key to life on our planet, can sometimes be one of our greatest enemies – especially when it comes to its interactions with metals. Air moisture triggers the formation of rust and corrosion on metal …

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