TECH & SCIENCE

Scientists develop 3D-printed fingertip with an actual sense of touch

Scientists develop 3D-printed fingertip with an actual sense of touch

TECH & SCIENCE

British scientists have reportedly developed a 3D-printed fingertip that makes use of artificial nerve signals to provide its user a sense of touch that is similar to that of real human skin.

The new gadget can revolutionize the field of soft robotics and prosthetics by effectively simulating the way nerve endings can identify fine details.

The findings of the study have been published in two papers in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface

Prof Nathan Lepora, University of Bristol, stated that the sense of touch is produced by complex structures present inside human skin.

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S Korea unveils anode technology that doubles thermal cells’ capacity

S Korea unveils anode technology that doubles thermal cells’ capacity

TECH & SCIENCE

South Korea’s Agency of Defense Development (ADD) has reportedly announced that it has developed the world’s first high-performance anode technology that is not only easy to make but can increase the capacity of thermal batteries, used in precision-guided weapon munitions, by up to 200%.

Thermal batteries, or liquid sodium batteries/molten salt batteries, use an electrolyte made with a mixture of either liquid salt or solid sodium that liquidizes when heated.

As molten salt batteries do not discharge naturally, they can be stored for many years, and based on these characteristics, thermal batteries are used in missiles, comm

Apple rolls out driver’s licence feature in its Wallet App in Arizona

Apple rolls out driver’s licence feature in its Wallet App in Arizona

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Apple Inc. has reportedly launched a feature to make state IDs and driver's licenses available on the iPhone Wallet app, in Arizona.

Arizona residents can add their state ID or driver’s license to Wallet and display it to TSA security checkpoints at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport by tapping their Apple Watch or iPhone.

In a statement, Jennifer Bailey, Vice President of Apple Wallet and Apple Pay, said that the company is thrilled to bring the first driver's license as well as state ID in Wallet to Arizona today, and provide Arizonans with a secure, easy, and secluded method to show their ID while traveling, t

SEC proposes new rule to get firms to disclose their carbon footprint

SEC proposes new rule to get firms to disclose their carbon footprint

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has reportedly proposed a new rule under which all publicly traded companies in the country will be mandated to disclose how much impact their business is having on the climate crisis.

The supposed proposal, which was approved by the SEC for consideration earlier this week, will create a uniform framework where all public companies will be required to measure their greenhouse gas emissions and assess the material risks climate crisis poses to them, and make that information available to public and financial regulators.

The new rule, which will go into a two-month public comment period pr

UK Space Agency receives £2 million in funding for new space projects

UK Space Agency receives £2 million in funding for new space projects

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UK Parliamentary Secretary for Science, Research and Innovation, George Freeman has reportedly announced a £2 million funding injection to the UK Space Agency (UKSA), responsible for the country’s civil space program.

The funding will be used for 13 new space projects that will make pioneering approaches in the fields of energy, resources, and communications.

The project also includes Rolls-Royce designing and developing a power station for space where water and breathable oxygen can be generated.

Another project will be responsible for developing a new technology to withstand high radiat

Amazon rainforest losing resilience, may turn to savannah: Research

Amazon rainforest losing resilience, may turn to savannah: Research

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The Amazon, Earth’s largest rainforest, located in Brazil, is reportedly nearing a ‘tipping point’, where all its trees might die at once, claim researchers that have been studying the region for years.

In a study conducted by the University of Exeter, the Technical University of Munich, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), it has been suggested that the rainforest is losing the ability to revive itself from the damage caused by natural calamities like floods and droughts, as well as from deforestation.

It is speculated that vast forest areas can turn into thinly forested savannah, which would n

Ukraine: SpaceX reprioritizes cyber defense after Starlink signal jam

Ukraine: SpaceX reprioritizes cyber defense after Starlink signal jam

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SpaceX founder and CEO, Elon Musk, has reportedly stated that the aerospace manufacturer will be switching its priorities to cybersecurity and defense after the company’s satellite internet service, Starlink, was targeted in Ukraine by invading Russian forces.

For the uninitiated, Starlink was activated in Ukraine soon after it was invaded by Russia, when the country’s Vice Prime Minister, Mykhailo Fedorov, tweeted Elon Musk, requesting him to launch Starlink internet capabilities in Ukraine.

Starlink internet is delivered by essentially beaming broadband signals to Earth through a network of satellites orbiting the planet.

Climate crisis impacts much worse than predicted, warns COP26 Prez

Climate crisis impacts much worse than predicted, warns COP26 Prez

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British politician and president of COP26, Alok Sharma, has reportedly warned that the impacts of the climate crisis are proving to be much worse than predicted. The news follows the release of a new scientific assessment of the globe’s climate, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Sharma, who led the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference last year, said that governments need to act more urgently and adapt to the changes or else face global disaster.

IPCC's latest report has found that droughts, floods, and heatwaves will be increasing in intensity and frequency, causing devastating consequences

UK Govt urged to create new electric car charge regulatory body

UK Govt urged to create new electric car charge regulatory body

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The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reportedly called upon the UK government to create a new, independent watchdog called Ofcharge, short for Office of Charging, to regulate the charging prices for electric cars and ensure that there are widespread charging points in the country.

As per figures from the motor trade association, out of six new vehicles registered in the UK last year, EVs accounted for more than one.

The trade group stated that the EV sector is growing faster than the rollout pace of charging points, especially in the northern part of England.

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