Hi-Tech

    • EU scientists develop self-healing machines

      EU scientists develop self-healing machines

      From picking fruit to carrying out minor surgery, soft robotic hands made from jelly-like plastic are thought by scientists to be the future solution to many human needs. But being gentle and soft enough to avoid damaging fruit or flesh has made the robots prone to damage and left them largely impractical for use in the real world. Until now.

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    • Bulgarian inventor makes a scientific breakthrough

      Bulgarian inventor makes a scientific breakthrough

      A Bulgarian invention is about to usher in a revolution in various industry sectors - metallurgy, energy industry, ecology. The “technology for extraction of Brown's gas (oxyhydrogen) and polymetal-rich minerals from seawater”, patented by engineer Chavdar Kamenarov, is a mining installation of sorts designed to extract extremely polymetal-rich minerals and potable water from the sea.

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    • Raspberry Pi 4 micro-computer launched

      Raspberry Pi 4 micro-computer launched

      Today, Raspberry Pi Foundation is introducing a new version of its popular line of low-cost single-board computer. The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is advertised as the fastest Raspberry Pi so far, with the company promising "desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems" as well, in a move apparently aimed at challenging traditional PCs.

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    • Japan unveils world's fastest bullet train

      Japan unveils world's fastest bullet train

      This week, Japanese railway company JR East started testing its new Alfa-X, a high-speed bullet train that is designed to achieve a top speed of 400kph, or 249mph, which would make it the fastest commercial train in the worldр outpacing China's Fuxing train, which runs at 10 kph slower despite being designed with the same top speed capabilities as the Alfa-X.

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    • Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      Qualcomm unveils next-gen 5G modem

      The first batch of 5G phones haven't even hit the market yet, but Qualcomm's already got a processor prepared for the next-generation devices. Announced last Tuesday the new Snapdragon X55 modem is reportedly designed to accelerate global 5G rollout and unlike the X50 will bring 5G to a broad range of device categories and applications beyond smartphones, including hotspots, Wi-Fi routers, Always Connected PCs*, laptops, tablets, XR devices and connected cars.

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    • L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      L'Oreal's clip-on sensor to track UV exposure

      Lets just admit it - L'Oreal isn't a brand you would probably associate with medical technology, but over the past few years it's been making major inroads in skin protection innovation. Yet, there was My UV Patch, designed to inform wearers how their skin was being affected by the sun, and then UV Sense, a thumbnail-sized smart device that helped monitor sun exposure. Now, the company is also launching a battery-free wearable electronic that was designed to make wearers aware of their levels of UV exposure, as well as other skin-damaging pollutants, such as pollen and humidity, thus giving them individualised, actionable steps to keep their exposure at a healthy level.

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    • Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      Quantum 'compass' could replace GPS

      GPS is such an essential part of modern technology, from portable GPS locators to in-car navigation to drones, that it’s hard to imagine life without it. However, there are a number of situations where GPS is not available, due to factors like tall buildings which block the satellite signals GPS relies on. In other cases, GPS signals can be deliberately blocked or jammed, preventing it from working correctly and making it useless. Thus, a group of scientists at Imperial College London have come up with an alternative form of navigation, technically called a “standalone quantum accelerometer,” that can navigate almost everything from large vehicles to searching for dark matter in the far flung corners of space, without reliance on satellites.

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    •  China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China to identify citizens based on their walk

      China is home to the world’s largest network of CCTV cameras, but now its surveillance efforts have reached a whole new level with technology that can detect individuals based on their walking style and silhouette. Developed by a Chinese surveillance company, Watrix, the new system for "gait recognition" can identify people up to 165m away based on their walk. This means that if a person is wearing a mask or is at an awkward angle, the software can use existing footage to detect them, by analysing person's step length, stride length, cadence, speed, dynamic base, progression line, foot angle, hip angle, and squat performance.

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    • Vimeo to stream holographic content

      Vimeo to stream holographic content

      Vimeo has always had a reputation for pushing the boundaries of video technology in a bid to stand out and now it's taking things a step further by launching a channel dedicated solely to showcasing holographic video. The project is part of Vimeo's recently announced partnership with Brooklyn-based Looking Glass Factory and is aimed at combining volumetric video with a medium that can display the content without a headset.

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