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Jun 23, 2022

Robotic Armband Shows Promise for Advanced Dexterity

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, cyborgs, robotics/AI, wearables

AZoRobotics speaks with Dr. Erik Enegberg from Florida Atlantic University about his research into a wearable soft robotic armband. This could be a life-changing device for prosthetic hands users who have long-desired advances in dexterity.

Typing on a keyboard, pressing buttons on a remote control, or braiding a child’s hair has remained elusive for prosthetic hand users. How does the loss of tactile sensations impact limb-absent people’s lives?

Losing the sensation of touch has a profound impact on people’s lives. Some of the things that may seem simple and a part of everyday life, such as stroking the fur of a pet or the skin of a loved one, are a meaningful and fundamental way to connect with those around us for others. For example, a patient with a bilateral amputation has previously expressed concerns that he might hurt his granddaughter by accidentally squeezing her hand too tightly as he has lost tactile sensation.

Jun 23, 2022

Biobatteries that run for weeks? Behold the power of 3 bacteria

Posted by in category: futurism

Biobatteries have the potential to power remote devices. However, their lifespan is just a few hours. New research can change this.

Jun 23, 2022

Amazon uses kid’s dead grandma in morbid demo of Alexa audio deepfake

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Framing Alexa’s audio deepfake capabilities as a way to revive a connection to late family members is creepy and weird, even by Amazon’s standards.


Amazon taps emotional woes of pandemic, grief to push developing Alexa feature.

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Jun 23, 2022

Google Warns of New Spyware Targeting iOS and Android Users

Posted by in category: mobile phones

The spyware has been used to target people in Italy, Kazakhstan, and Syria, researchers at Google and Lookout have found.

Jun 23, 2022

Yet Another Crypto Exchange Has Frozen Withdrawals Amid the Coin Crash

Posted by in category: futurism

Like Celsius before it, Coinflex cited “extreme market conditions” and continued uncertainty as reasons for halting all withdrawals.

Jun 23, 2022

A new supercomputer can run ‘brain-scale’ AI, rivaling human brains

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, supercomputing

A new exascale supercomputer in China, developed by Sunway, has trained an AI model dubbed bagualu with 174 trillion parameters.

Jun 23, 2022

Beating NASA, China Set To Become 1st Country To Get Martian Sample Back On Earth — Chinese Expert

Posted by in category: space

The space race has been silently intensifying with the geopolitical battle raging on the ground. With the United States having delayed its Mars mission to bring back samples to Earth, China could beat its rival in achieving that milestone. 4th Failure? NASA’s Artemis Rocket ‘Leaks’ During Pre-Launch Test As US Aims To Land Humans On […].

Jun 23, 2022

Lyme Disease Is Even More Common Than Experts Realized, New Research Finds

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

It’s extremely important to check yourself for ticks this summer.


Up to 14.5% of the global population may have already had Lyme disease, according to a new meta-analysis published in BMJ Global Health. The researchers behind the report analyzed 89 previously published studies to calculate the figure, which sheds a harrowing light on the worldwide toll of the tick-borne illness.

From 1991 to 2018, the incidence of Lyme disease in the United States nearly doubled, according to data from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In 1991, there were nearly four reported cases per 100,000 people; that number jumped to about seven cases per 100,000 people by 2018. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 470,000 Americans are diagnosed and treated for Lyme disease each year.

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Jun 23, 2022

New omicron variants target lungs and escape antibodies

Posted by in category: futurism

Preliminary research from the University of Tokyo has sparked a debate about whether the newest omicron variants are of great concern or not. Do antibodies work against the new omicron variants? Do infections work against the new omicron variants? What are the symptoms of the new omicron variants?

Jun 23, 2022

Traces of highly contagious poliovirus found in British sewage

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Traces of type 2 vaccine-derived poliovirus were detected during routine surveillance of sewage in London.

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