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Scientists can turn bad memories into good ones (kind of)

Weirdly, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Men in Black might not have been that far off the mark with their memory-wiping devices. We’re not quite there yet, but while we wait, scientists have discovered a way to change bad memories into good ones. They were particularly interested in place-specific memories, as we store…

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Diane ShipleyScientists can turn bad memories into good ones (kind of)
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Your snacks could be spying on you

Not to worry you, but it may never be possible to have a private conversation again. Turns out, anyone with a mobile phone camera and a crisp packet or a glass of water (or pretty much anything else) could potentially work out what you’re saying – even through glass. As Mashable reports, a research team…

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Wearable robotic fingers are now a reality

You know how people joke about needing an extra set of hands to get everything done? Well, that’s not on the horizon quite yet, but researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have just invented a pair of wearable robotic fingers. Graduate student Faye Wu unveiled details of the device this week at the…

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Could dew power our phones in future?

Water and electronics might not seem like a natural or safe combination, but researchers in the U.S have discovered that H2O could be used to charge a mobile. Nenad Miljkovic and his team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered that when water forms condensation on copper plates, it spontaneously jumps from one to the…

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Diane ShipleyCould dew power our phones in future?