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Image: Illustration of magnetic coupling in a cobalt-doped zinc-oxide monolayer ; Copyright: Berkeley Lab

Scientists create world's thinnest magnet


The development of an ultrathin magnet that operates at room temperature could lead to new applications in computing and electronics - such as high-density, compact spintronic memory devices - and new tools for the study of quantum physics.
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Image: Coronatest; Copyright: PantherMedia/Patrick Daxenbichler

High willingness to share health data


In the pandemic, many people have been prepared to make their health data available for research purposes. This is an important finding from a study on the behavior of the corona data-contribution app users.
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Image: A very small, very flat silver device on the palm of a hand; Copyright: Vibrosonic GmbH

A contact lens for the ear


Excessive noise, hearing loss, vascular constriction, old age – hearing difficulties can be caused by many factors. To help improve the quality of life of people with hearing impairment, Mannheim start-up Vibrosonic have developed a new, innovative hearing aid with an integrated loudspeaker that sits directly on the eardrum.
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Image: a robotic hand lying on a Nintendo controller ; Copyright: University of Maryland

3D printed soft robotic hand that can play Nintendo


A team of researchers from the University of Maryland has 3D printed a soft robotic hand that is agile enough to play Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. - and win!
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Image: white pressure sensor with the word DGIST ; Copyright: DGIST

Building a multifunctional pressure sensor with 3D printing technology


The treatment of many medical issues like abnormal gait and muscular disorders require an accurate sensing of applied pressure. In this regard, flexible pressure sensors that are simple, lightweight, and low-cost, have garnered considerable attention. These sensors are designed and manufactured through "additive manufacturing".
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Image: Colorful CMS Membrane; Copyright: 2021 KAUST; Anastasia Serin

Sustainable separations


Super-thin carbon molecular sieve (CMS) membranes may not be best for separating industrially important chemical mixtures. However, ensuring the CMS film thickness is just right could enable more energy-efficient purification of chemical products, KAUST researchers have shown.
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Image: Close-up of the ear of a young woman with a hearing aid; Copyright: PantherMedia/Devin Pavel

AI improves speech understanding of hearing aid users


In noisy environments, it is difficult for hearing aid or hearing implant users to understand their conversational partner because current audio processors still have difficulty focusing on specific sound sources. In a study, researchers from the Hearing Research Laboratory at the University of Bern and the Inselspital are now suggesting that artificial intelligence could solve this problem.
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Image: electronic paper using ambient light; Copyright: Marika Gugole/Chalmers University of Technology

New electronic paper displays brilliant colors


Imagine sitting out in the sun, reading a digital screen as thin as paper, but seeing the same image quality as if you were indoors. Thanks to research from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, it could soon be reality. A new type of reflective screen - sometimes described as electronic paper - offers optimal colour display, while using ambient light to keep energy consumption to a minimum.
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Image: four men standing in front of an MRI; Copyright: St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne

New AI tech for early detection of prostate cancer


Prostate cancer is the most diagnosed cancer and a leading cause of death by cancer in Australian men. Early detection is key to successful treatment but men often dodge the doctor, avoiding diagnosis tests until it's too late. Now an artificial intelligence (AI) program developed at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia could catch the disease earlier.
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Image: a purple tangle of single strands; Copyright: © 2021 KAUST; Xavier Pita

Building a better biosensor polymer


Wearable electronics that adhere to skin are an emerging trend in health sensor technology for their ability to monitor a variety of human activities, from heart rate to step count. But finding the best way to stick a device to the body has been a challenge.
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