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  • Moral dilemma could limit appeal of driverless cars

    Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Such vehicles will make getting from one place to another safer and less stressful. They also could cut down on traffic, reduce pollution and limit accidents. But how should driverless cars handle emergencies? People disagree on the answer. And that might put the brakes on this technology, a new study reports.

    To understand the challenge,...

    07:00 AM, July 19, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Science & Society
    Readability Score: 8.6
  • Clear, stretchy sensor could lead to wearable electronics

    Many electronic parts are made of stiff materials that break easily. That makes them tough to use in products that need to bend, such as devices that will be attached to fabrics or glued onto skin. Now, researchers have developed a thin mesh that can both flex and conduct electricity. As a bonus, it’s largely see-through. Such a technology could have many cool new uses, scientists say.


    07:00 AM, July 1, 2016 Technology, Computers & Electronics, Materials Science
    Readability Score: 8.0
  • Concrete science

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Concrete is the most common artificial material on the planet. It’s used to make roads, bridges and dams. It anchors fence posts and makes durable outdoor stairs. Chances are, concrete forms the foundation of the building you live in. Humans use billions of tons of it each year. That’s enough for each man, woman and child on Earth to have their own personal concrete cube...

    12:10 PM, June 14, 2016 Technology, Materials Science, Chemistry, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • “Couch potatoes” tend to be TV-energy hogs

    Television brings us lots of news and entertainment. It also eats up electricity. A new analysis now offers a bright idea for lowering the electricity used by TV viewers: Focus on the couch potatoes.

    Energy-efficiency programs reward people for doing things to use less electricity. For example, new TV sets tend to use far less electricity than older ones. So an energy-efficiency program...

    07:15 AM, June 9, 2016 Computers & Electronics, Technology, Sustainability
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Helping MS patients get a grip on things

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Hundreds of thousands of people in the United States alone suffer from multiple sclerosis. This nervous system disease gradually leads to widespread paralysis. But in most cases, MS patients first lose the ability to open their hands. In time they lose the ability to grip common household items. Now, a teen has invented a device that helps slow the development of this “...

    12:00 PM, June 3, 2016 Technology, Health
    Readability Score: 7.2
  • Teen offers technology that could help brain surgeons

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — There’s an old saying: Practice makes perfect. People usually think of this adage in relation to simple repetitive actions like throwing a football. Now, a teen has come up with a way to let brain surgeons practice intricate operations where the stakes are much higher.

    There’s no doubt that surgery can, in general, be “practiced.” The more operations that doctors perform...

    12:00 PM, May 27, 2016 Technology, Health
    Readability Score: 8.3
  • Where did that turbine blade get smacked?

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — Each year in the United States alone, more than 100,000 birds die from flying into wind turbines. But those turbine blades can suffer damage, too. Now, a teen has figured out a way to narrow down the search for damaged spots on whirling blades — even when no one saw the impact occur.

    And wind turbines aren’t the only whirling blades to suffer damage from impacts. Birds...

    12:00 PM, May 24, 2016 Technology
    Readability Score: 7.5
  • Control a computer with your tongue

    PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer, a Canadian teen.

    More than 250,000 Americans alone have spinal cord injuries, according to experts at the...

    12:00 PM, May 23, 2016 Technology, Health
    Readability Score: 7.9
  • Teens invent way to keep floodwaters out of subways

    PHOENIX, Ariz. —Superstorm Sandy slammed into the Eastern United States 3.5 years ago. It pummeled New York City with hurricane-force winds. In some places, the gales drove rising tides much farther onshore than normal. That wind-driven water, or storm surge, caused a lot of flooding, especially in the region’s subway system. Now, two teens have invented a device that could help prevent future...

    12:00 PM, May 20, 2016 Technology
    Readability Score: 7.1
  • Nanowires could lead to super-long-lived battery

    Your smartphone has a problem. It will last only as long as the rechargeable battery housed inside it. After about three years, what is inside that battery may have degraded so much that it can’t hold a charge anymore. And since it’s too expensive to replace, people end up buying a new phone when the old one’s battery dies. But new research might help extend the life of such batteries, perhaps...

    07:00 AM, May 17, 2016 Materials Science, Technology, Chemistry
    Readability Score: 7.3

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