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Writer Fuel: Check Out This SHMT: New Technique Could Speed Existing Devices, Cut Power Use

computer chip

A new approach to computing could double the processing speed of devices like phones or laptops without needing to replace any of the existing components. Modern devices are fitted with different chips that handle various types of processing. Alongside the central processing unit (CPU), devices have graphics processing units (GPUs), hardware accelerators for artificial intelligence … Read more

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Writer Fuel: Chinese Scientests Create Fastest Walking Humanoid Robot Yet

Unitree's H1 robot, called "Evolution V3.0"

A Chinese bipedal robot has set a new world speed record for a humanoid robot — and can maintain its balance when knocked off course. The newest version of Unitree’s H1 robot, called “Evolution V3.0”, is a bipedal robot that stands a little over 5 foot 11 inches (1.8 meters) tall and weighs less than … Read more

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Writer Fuel: New Throat Patch Could Help the Speechless Speak

A new device can detect movements of the neck muscles and transform them into speech. (Image credit: Prof. Jun Chen Lab at UCLA)

A new, flexible device that clings to the neck can translate muscular movements into speech, enabling people to talk without using their vocal cords. The small patch not only detects the movements of the throat associated with speech, but also harnesses that movement to generate electricity, meaning the device can be operated without a battery … Read more

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Writer Fuel: New Optical Disc Can Hold 15,000 DVDs Worth of Information

Petabit Scale Optical Disc - Deposit Photos

Scientists have developed a new type of optical disc that can increase information storage capacity to the “petabit” level — 125 terabytes of data, or the combined storage capacity of about 15,000 DVDs. Optical discs, such as DVDs and Blu-ray discs, are durable and inexpensive. A standard single-layer Blu-ray disc can store 25 gigabytes. By … Read more

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Writer Fuel: New DNA-Infused Computer Chip Blurs Line Between Biological and mechanical

scientist removes a snippet of DNA from a double helix - deposit photos - CRISPR

Scientists have created a new biocomputing chip that makes calculations using a DNA substrate, including mathematical operations essential to artificial intelligence (AI) training and big data processing. Researchers described the new biocomputing platform Oct. 19, 2023, in the journal PLOS One. DNA is known as the blueprint for life and encodes genetic information, like data … Read more

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WRITER FUEL: Are We Finally Getting the Flying Cars We Were Promised?

LuftCar flying car

A vehicle that’s a strange blend between a futuristic electric minivan and the rear half of an airplane could soon revolutionize island-hopping. The unusual vehicle, which is currently still only a concept, will be able to travel both on land and in the air and be powered by electricity or hydrogen, its designers claim. The … Read more

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Writer Fuel: Chinese T-Flight Maglev Hyperloop Train Reaches Almost 400 MPH

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China says its maglev hyperloop train has broken the world speed record in a test run, reaching a blistering 387 mph (623 km/h). Ultimately, its makers want to build a train more than three times as fast that will break the sound barrier and outpace airplanes. The maglev train, dubbed the T-Flight, was built by … Read more

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Writer Fuel: See the Robotic Future

1X's EVE robots work together in silence

Smiling humanoid robots have been shown to sort objects, drop off packages and even tidy up a child’s toys in eerie new footage. The near-silent video, released by robotics company 1X, shows dozens of the company’s EVE robots performing these various tasks in a large test environment that simulated office spaces and a living room. … Read more

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Writer Fuel: Could Your New Brain Chip be Hacked?

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Putting a computer inside someone’s brain used to feel like the edge of science fiction. Today, it’s a reality. Academic and commercial groups are testing “brain-computer interface” devices to enable people with disabilities to function more independently. Yet Elon Musk’s company, Neuralink, has put this technology front and center in debates about safety, ethics and … Read more

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Writer Fuel: Scientists Use “Ice Printing” to Create Scaffold for Constructing Blood Vessels

A 3D-printed ice template (left) was used a scaffolding to later grow cells (right) in a blood vessel-like structure. (Image credit: Image courtesy of Feimo Yang.)

Scientists are working to build blood vessels from human cells using tiny ice sculptures — these frigid 3D forms twist and branch like real arteries and can be used as temporary scaffolds that later get melted away, to be replaced by living cells. The researchers demonstrated the first step of this blood-vessel-building process in a … Read more