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    • Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day

      Futuristic technology prints 1,000 face shield components per day

      A critical piece of personal protective equipment (PPE), face shields protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as they treat patients, but resources are becoming more and more limited. So when Northwestern researchers Chad A. Mirkin and David Walker heard about the PPE shortage in hospitals, their team sprang into action and demonstrated the ability to generate 1,000 components for face shields per day - with a single 3D printer. 

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    • Pixar pioneers win Turing Prize

      Pixar pioneers win Turing Prize

      The technology that animated movies like “Toy Story” and enabled a variety of special effects is the focus of this year’s Turing Award, the technology industry’s version of the Nobel Prize. Patrick Hanrahan and Edwin Catmull won the prize for their contributions to 3D computer graphics used in movies and video games.

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    • Anish Kapoor to debut first vantablack sculptures

      Anish Kapoor to debut first vantablack sculptures

      Renowned artist Anish Kapoor announced he will present a new series of works using the “blackest material in the universe” at the Gallerie dell'Accademia during next year's Venice Biennale. The event will mark the first time the public has the chance of seeing the so-called Vantablack S-VIS material used in Kapoor's work of art, even though he already unveiled a limited-edition $95,000 Vantablack timepiece with Swiss watchmaker Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps in fall 2016.

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    • Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      Meet the xenobots: the very first 'living' robots

      In another lifetime, if they had been allowed to follow their natural development, the stem cells taken from embryonic frogs would have turned into skin and heart tissue within living, breathing animals. Instead, in configurations designed by algorithms and constructed by humans, those cells have been assembled into something new and immensely revolutionary: the first-ever robots constructed entirely out of living cells.

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    • CES 2020: Bigger, better... weirder

      CES 2020: Bigger, better... weirder

      CES 2020 kicked off a new year, and a new decade, in some style with one of the strongest line-ups of major tech launches and weird and wonderful startups the world has seen in a long time. Some of the products that debuted at this year's Consumer Electronics Show are set to be released in the months that follow, while other technologies shown off at the event are merely a taste of things to come down the road. There is one thing you can always count on though, and it’s that they are some of the most exciting technological breakthroughs of the year.

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    • 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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