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NewScientist - by Timothy Revell - 10/08/2018

Chewing gum that zaps your tongue with electricity keeps the flavour going forever.

The pain-free device is called “unlimited electric gum”. It uses the piezoelectric effect – a phenomenon where some materials produce electric charge when squeezed. When the “gum” is chewed, it produces a small current, which tricks the tongue into experiencing different tastes.

It currently produces a salty or bitter taste. But the hope is to extend that, since other research has shown that, by varying the pattern …

Science Mag - by Courtney Miceli - 10/24/2018

This tiny robot may look unassuming, but even at a mere 100 grams—about as heavy as a bar of soap—the FlyCroTug can pull up to 40 times its own weight, according to a new study.

To create FlyCroTug—named for its flying, micro, tugging features—researchers took a cue from wasps. Typically, these insects use their stinger to subdue prey before transporting it back to their nest.

digit - by Vignesh Giridharan - 10/17/2018

Dubbed DextrES, the new haptic glove developed by ETH Zurich and EPFL needs only a few milliwatts of power to function and is extremely lightweight.

ScienceNews - by Jennifer Leman - 10/12/2018

The researchers wanted to “mimic the animals’ ability to detect a wide range of light intensities,” says coauthor Viktor Gruev, a bioengineer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The crustaceans’ visual system allows them to see both light and dark areas while moving in and out of dark crevices in shallow waters, he says.

Business Insider - by Erin Brodwin - 10/15/2018

Researchers from Facebook's clandestine and ambitious consumer hardware group known as Building 8 created an armband that transforms words into understandable vibrations.

Gizmodo - by Andrew Liszewski - 10/10/2018

I’ve never been able to quite figure out why I hate snakes, but my disdain of slithering serpents extends to the robot variety as well. I’m sure part of it comes from the way they wriggle and writhe to get around; it just freaks me out. But at the same time, I’m also impressed that robotics researchers have taught robo-snakes how to climb obstacles like a ladder.

CNET - by Mark Serrels - 10/10/2018

It's called "Salto-1P" and it's a "monopedal jumping robot capable of continuous high-power hopping". It's now playing hopscotch.

Digital Trends - by Luke Dormehl - 10/09/2018

Here is a sentence that sounds like it’s come fresh off the pages of a Michael Crichton techno-thriller: Scientists have created “artificial life” on a quantum computer for the first time ever. And that could turn out to be kind of a big deal.

Science Daily - by Shan Yu - 10/01/2018

Researchers have developed a nanoparticle type for novel use in artificial photosynthesis by adding zinc sulfide on the surface of indium-based quantum dots. These quantum dots produce clean hydrogen fuel from water and sunlight -- a sustainable source of energy. They introduce new eco-friendly and powerful materials to solar photocatalysis.

New Atlas - by Rich Haridy - 10/01/2018

A new video from AIST, Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology, shows a prototype robot designed to work on construction sites in situations where there is a shortage of human workers. The robot in undeniably slow but also strikingly accurate, suggesting a future where humanoid robots could replace even more human jobs.