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New 3D printing technique could make lab-grown organs more practical

New 3D printing technique could make lab-grown organs more practical

As much as 3D-printed organs have advanced, creating them is still a slow process that can damage the tissue. There may soon be a quicker and more effective method, however. Researchers from the University at Buffalo and elsewhere have developed a 3D printing technique that’s 10 to 50 times faster than standard methods. A tiny …

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Canada will invest billions to electrify mass transit

Canada will invest billions to electrify mass transit

Mass transit isn’t getting much use during the pandemic, but Canada wants to be sure it’s eco-friendly when the crisis is over. The Canadian government plans to invest $2.75 billion CAD (about $2.17 billion US) into electrifying mass transit across the country over five years.This will include buying more zero-emissions buses in addition to other …

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Researchers create a swimming robot that can 'heal' itself

Researchers create a swimming robot that can ‘heal’ itself

As the world contemplates ways to deploy robots to help with hazardous tasks such as large-scale cleanups or search and rescue missions, scientists are also second-guessing how to fix machines if they come into harm’s way. We’ve previously seen jelly-like polymers used to create robotic hands that can repair themselves after a violent infliction. And, …

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Researchers build the fastest laser-based random number generator

Researchers build the fastest laser-based random number generator

A team of international scientists has developed a laser that can generate 254 trillion random digits per second, more than a hundred times faster than computer-based random number generators (RNG). Though random number generation has been around for thousands of years, it is increasingly important in computing as it forms the basis of cryptography. With …

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NASA’s Perseverance rover carried a family portrait of its robotic siblings to Mars

NASA’s Perseverance rover carried a family portrait of its robotic siblings to Mars

Like any good piece of high-tech hardware, NASA’s Perseverance rover features an Easter egg hidden in plain sight. Since landing on Mars on February 18th, NASA has been sharing thousands of photos captured by the rover. And if you look close enough, as Space did, you’ll catch a decal bolted to the top of its …

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NASA wants to play a big part in the development of electric aircraft

NASA wants to play a big part in the development of electric aircraft

While everyone’s eyes are trained on its mission to Mars, NASA is also working to make flights back here on Earth more eco-friendly. By way of a new partnership with the aviation industry, the space agency wants to advance design and modelling tools for future aircraft that use an Electrified Aircraft Propulsion (EAP) system. It’s …

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One of the first known black holes is more massive than once thought

One of the first known black holes is more massive than once thought

Astronomers might need to adjust their expectations for black holes. According to the New York Times, an international research team has determined that Cygnus X-1, one of the first discovered black holes, is considerably more massive than once thought. The binary-system based hole was originally pegged at ‘just’ 15 solar masses, but is now believed …

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A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned

A ferret is the first North American endangered animal to be cloned

Animal cloning might just become a valuable tool in preserving species that might otherwise go extinct. BBC News says US Fish and Wildlife Service has successfully cloned a black-footed ferret — the first genetic copy of a North American endangered species. Elizabeth Ann, born on December 10th, was produced from the frozen cells of Willa, …

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UC San Diego's electronics-free soft robot only needs pressurized air to move

UC San Diego’s electronics-free soft robot only needs pressurized air to move

Soft robots are more flexible than traditional machines and have the potential to squeeze into and explore more places. However, most of them need electronic components like circuit boards, valves and pumps to work. Those components are typically heavy, expensive and have to be tethered to the machines outside their body. Now, engineers from the …

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Hubble researchers find a gaggle of small black holes

Hubble researchers find a gaggle of small black holes

Larger black holes may be the usual attention-getters, but the smaller ones may be at least as important. A team using the Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a concentration of small black holes in the NGC 6397 globular star cluster (pictured above) 7,800 light-years away — the first to have its mass and extent recorded. …

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