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Japan’s next gizmo: brainwave-controlled cat ears

TOKYO (AFP) – A team of Japanese inventors have come with a new device that blends the country’s fascination with cuteness and its penchant for experimental high-tech — brainwave-controlled cat ears. The fluffy headwear reads users’ brain activity, meaning the ears perk up when they concentrate and then flop down…

Retinal implant brightens future for blind

Three patients fitted with the new device were able to see shapes and objects, and one was able to walk around a room by himself, approach people, read a clock face and distinguish between seven shades of grey. The device “represents an unprecedented advance in electronic visual prostheses,” the Royal…

Scientists make artificial skin that can sense touch

Biotech wizards have engineered electronic skin that can sense touch, in a major step towards next-generation robotics and prosthetic limbs. The lab-tested material responds to almost the same pressures as human skin and with the same speed, they reported in the British journal Nature Materials. Important hurdles remain but the…

Doctor: If you feel his wrist, Cheney might not have a pulse

Liberals have long joked that Dick Cheney doesn’t have a heart, and the former veep’s latest medical setback might be hard for him to prove otherwise if checked for a pulse. Cheney, who likely has end-stage heart disease, was fitted with a special pump last week to help his heart…

Nigerian man attempted to blow up US airliner

Updated: Police raid premises connected to alleged bomber The FBI probed Saturday an attempt to blow up a US airliner landing in Detroit as British police raided premises linked to the Nigerian suspect and airport security was stepped up worldwide. Questions mounted over how the suspect, identified in the US…

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