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Artificial skin recognizes when it’s touched

Published on 01/24/2020 @ 9 AM EST

Made of a jelly-like substance, new electrified artificial skin has responded to touch. There's potential that this orange epidermis could work on robots and prosthetics. Doing so would make them both much more capable of sensing their surroundings.

Scientists Find That Humans Can Hibernate

Published on 01/22/2020 @ 4 PM EST

Engineer John Bradford, a researcher for NASA, stated that it's possible for humans to hibernate. While this is currently limited to other animals, astronauts may be able to use hibernation as a tool for deep-space travel. This would mean they require less food and space, thus reducing overall travel costs.

NASA’s Mars 2020 Rover Gets a Driver’s License

Published on 12/28/2019 @ 3 AM EST

NASA's Mars 2020 Rover recently navigated over small ramps and rolling forward and backward inside a clean room at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) in California. Lead mobility systems engineer for Mars 2020 Rich Rieber said in a statement, “Mars 2020 has earned its driver’s license. The test unambiguously proved that the rover can operate under its own weight and demonstrated many of the autonomous-navigation functions for the first time. This is a major milestone for Mars 2020.”

Yale creates cellular lung “blueprint”

Published on 12/05/2019 @ 9 AM EST

Researchers at Yale say they have “created a cellular blueprint of the human lung” which could be used to bioengineer new lungs for patients. The blueprint also allows researchers to better understand lung function and disease.

Researchers create artificial skin for devices

Published on 10/22/2019 @ 9 AM EST

Marc Teyssier and his team have developed a fake skin material that looks, feels, and responds just like human skin. It can be used to interact with devices on a variety of levels and adds another dimension of depth to touch controls.

Scientists create an even darker darkest material ever

Published on 09/14/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Absorbing 99.995% of light, the accidentally-discovered material comes in at 10 times darker than any other material that came before it. It’s made up of vertically aligned carbon nanotubes that have been grown on chlorine-etched aluminum foil.