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Boston Dynamics Officially Unveils Its Wheel-Leg Robot: “Best of Both Worlds”

Boston Dynamics Officially Unveils Its Wheel-Leg Robot: “Best of Both Worlds”

Handle is a humanoid robot on wheels, and it’s amazing Image: Boston Dynamics via YouTube Boston Dynamics’ Handle is a humanoid robot on wheels, and it’s amazing. When Boston Dynamics introduced its massively upgraded Atlas last year, we said the robot could “do things we’ve never seen other robots doing before, making it one of the most(…)

How the University of Connecticut Doubled the Number of Women Majoring in Engineering

How the University of Connecticut Doubled the Number of Women Majoring in Engineering

The key? Have K–12 students meet female engineering undergraduates Photo: Christopher Larosa/University of Connecticut Photo: Christopher Larosa/University of Connecticut Leading by Example: The University of Connecticut connects girls over a range of ages with female engineering undergraduates. The lack of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs continues to be a concern of organizations such(…)

Flexible Sensor Might One Day Monitor a Heart for Decades

Flexible Sensor Might One Day Monitor a Heart for Decades

Scientist solve problem that could make implants safer Photo: Northwestern University and The George Washington University/Nature Biomedical Engineering During surgery, a heartbeat doesn’t just tell whether a person is dead or alive— it can warn of big problems that come up quite suddenly. Keeping watch for subtle irregularities in the heart’s electric activity can help(…)

Mass Spectrometry Gets a New Power Source and a New Life

Mass Spectrometry Gets a New Power Source and a New Life

Replacing high-voltage power source with nanogenerators increase sensititivy to new records Image: Georgia Institute of Technology/Nature Nanotechnology Mass spectrometry is a chemical analysis and detection tool that has been around for 130 years. In that time there have been so many tweaks and improvements that observers have become a bit blasé about the next big(…)

5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

Highlights from the week of 20 February 2017 Photo: Waymo 1. Is Waymo’s $ 500-million fight with Uber the first shot in a self-driving car intellectual property war? Photo: Eic Risberg/AP Photo Knowing only Waymo’s side of the story, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski looks like he’s been caught using his former employer’s trade secrets to(…)