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“Intuitive” control may power next-gen motorised prosthetic legs

Using EMG signals helped the prosthetic leg function better...

Mini origami robot self-folds, walks, swims and degrades

A team of researchers at MIT has created a untethered mini origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims and degrades. Starting off as a flat sheet...

Overactive thyroid linked to bone fracture risk

Researchers conducted 13 individual studies involving more than 70 000 patients from all over the world....

Audi produces synthetic petrol from plant matter

The next step in the synthetic petrol project is to figure out how to eliminate the biomass requirement entirely...

How to get rid of an earworm? Chew gum

A recent poll suggested more than 90 % of the population experience earworms at least once a wee...

The Sun Plane

The Sun Plane

They’re the Amelia Earharts of clean energy: this month Swiss pilots Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg will attempt to become the first people to circumnavigate...

Distance measured to oldest galaxy ever seen

Effectively, we have been able to look back to when the Universe was only five percent of its present age...

Moore’s Law turns 50

Moore’s Law turns 50

Viewed initially as a way of measuring progress, it came to be the standard for innovation...

Climate change threat to coffee identified

Potential massive implications for the world’s most valuable tropical export crop, which underpins an industry that supports an estimated 100 million people worldwide....

EU to impose plastic bag ban

More than 8 billion plastic carrier bags add to litter in the region every year...

Only 1 in 3 Sub-Saharan Africans have electricity access

Four out of every five proposed energy projects are abandoned at an early stage ...

SA schoolkids in link-up to ISS astronaut

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to talk directly with an astronaut on the International Space Station (ISS) ...

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