Soft aquatic robot activated by light and magnets to quickly crawl

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a new soft robot that can walk at roughly the speed of a human, activated by light and magnetic fields. The robot can squeeze into tight spaces and pick up, carry and release objects on demand.

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Samsung nixes modularity to make MicroLED TV consumer-ready

A few years ago Samsung unveiled The Wall, a huge display that was more billboard than home entertainment. Now it is bringing the technology behind it, MicroLED, to consumer-ready TVs, although we’d imagine it's still too much for most people to handle.

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Macron says France’s next aircraft carrier will be nuclear-powered

President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will replace the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle with a nuclear-powered carrier in 2038. Once completed, the carrier will displace 75,000 tonnes, have a length of 980 ft and carry a crew of 2,000.

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Review: Doodling in three dimensions with the 3Doodler Pro+

We've been following the WobbleWorks developments since the first Kickstarter in 2013, even raising our doodles off the page on a number of occasions. The professional-grade Pro+ went on sale at the end of October, and we've been giving it a whirl.

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Chinese quantum computer completes 2.5-billion-year task in minutes

A Chinese quantum computer called Jiuzhang has apparently achieved "quantum supremacy" – conducting a calculation in 200 seconds that would take a regular supercomputer a staggering 2.5 billion years to complete.

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Razer brings noise cancellation to true wireless gaming earphones

For its second true wireless earphones release, gaming gear company Razer has added active noise cancellation and THX certification to a recipe that already boasted low-latency wireless connectivity.

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Watch-like device transmits data through the body and out the fingertips

Over the past few years many of us have become accustomed to unlocking phones and computers with our fingerprints, but a prototype device from a team at Purdue could one day allow payments, passwords and photos to be sent via touch.

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Pi Zero W and HQ camera module used as cheap webcam

The current pandemic has seen an uptick in online video chats. You can use smartphones and laptops, but those who prefer quality webcams may find them out of stock. Jeff Geerling built his own using a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a HQ camera module.

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Cambridge Audio injects wireless earphones with hi-fi amplifier know-how

Cambridge Audio has launched the next model in its excellent Melomania true wireless earphone range. As the name suggests, the Melomania Touch offer touch control as well as the promise of "stunning sound performance and world-class battery life."

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Ulta-rare working Apple-1 computer with box going to auction

A rare piece of cyber history that helped usher in the modern computer age is going up for sale as RR Auction's Steve Jobs + Apple Auction offers a functioning Apple-1 computer from the 1970s, complete with its original box signed by Steve Wozniak.

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