Robots, drones and cows that milk themselves


These cows are in no hurry and meander to the dairy. They stop as they please along the way. Chew cud. Moo. Drop pats. Moo again. They nudge the soft earth or a companion before snorting and continuing on up through the paddocks to the shed.

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Stroke symptoms reversed in medical study


Doctors may have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way we treat stroke patients. Patients in the trial study regained the ability to talk, walk and live normal lives, all thanks to a stem cell treatment.

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The longest, deepest rail tunnel on Earth just opened


After 17 years of construction, the Gotthard Base Tunnel has opened. It’s a 35-mile high-speed rail connection beneath the Swiss Alps and is now the longest transit tunnel in the world. You better believe that Hyperloop engineers are paying attention.

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A robotic suitcase that follows its owner around


One of the biggest stresses of going on vacation is packing. Dragging almost-bursting cases on and off conveyor belts and around airports is not what most people enjoy doing, but the days of lugging heavy luggage through various ports and stations may well be over, thanks to a new invention – a suitcase that follows you around.

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Smart contact lens monitors diabetes and delivers drugs


Researchers have made a smart contact lens that could be used to monitor diabetes and dispense drugs on-demand. The system includes cool-looking eyeglasses that wirelessly power and communicate with the circuit-lined, drug-releasing lens that a patient could wear for up to a month.

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World’s first 3D-printed office building completed


3D printing technology will revolutionize architecture in the near-future and allow designers to literally click-and-print complex buildings at a lower cost and faster speed than traditional construction methods allow. Another step forward in the field comes via Dubai, where what’s hailed as the world’s first 3D-printed office was recently completed.

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Lithium-air catalyst could make car and phone batteries last five times longer


US and South Korean scientists discovered catalyst materials that could make it possible to create lithium-air (Li-Air) batteries that can potentially store five times more power than lithium-ion (Li-On) batteries do today. Lithium-air batteries work by taking oxygen from the air and then using it in chemical reactions that will produce electricity, rather than storing an oxidiser internally like lithium-ion batteries.

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In-Ear device translates foreign languages in real time


Most of us have found ourselves in the awkward situation of trying to communicate in a foreign language. Sometimes it’s funny, embarrassing or downright disastrous. Thanks to a new translation device that easily fits into your ear, the days of struggling to speak the local lingo might soon be a thing of the past.

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New Guinness world record for longest hoverboard flight


Last year Canadian inventor Catalin Alexandru Duru set the record with 275.9 meters for longest hoverboard flight. This year he it was obliterated by Franky Zapata, who flew 2252 meters off the coast of Sausset-les-Pins in the south of France. Franky Zapata is a French jet ski champion who also invented Flyboard Air.

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Bill Gates to back waterless toilet that will revolutionize global sanitation

nano toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation first challenged the world to design a sustainable and inexpensive toilet, researchers from Cranfield University may have a viable contender – the Nano Membrane Toilet. It was funded by the Gates Foundation in September 2012 for $710,000.

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MoD gravity sensor will ‘see underground or through walls’


A recent scientific breakthrough in a Ministry of Defence research project is paving the way for scanners that could see underground or through walls. A team of British scientists, including experts at the MoD’s Porton Down labs, have developed a new device that can detect tiny fluctuations in gravity.

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