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Milton Keynes is to get automated driverless cars, known as ‘pods’, which will ferry people around on designated pathways. These will be booked using a smartphone app.

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Scientists are printing 3D structures using bacteria and gelatin instead of plastics to help to understand how bacteria grow.

University of Minnesota researchers have created a technology that allows people to control a flying robot with their mind. This could help paraplegics and quadraplegics control their environment.

Second Sight Medical Products has developed a medical device, Argus II retinal prosthesis system, that gives blind people a form of sight.

Argus II retinal prosthesis system

Source: Second Sight

The device includes a miniature camera that fits into the patient’s glasses, which converts video images into a series of small electrical pulses. The impulses are transmitted wirelessly to electrodes implanted on the surface of the retina. These stimulate the remaining cells in the retina to create patterns of light in the brain, and the brain learns to interpret these patterns.

Argus II retinal prosthesis system

Source: Second Sight

This has been developed for patients who have lost their sight through retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited eye disease that damages the retina at the back of the eye.

The aquatic bacterium Magnetospirilllum magneticum takes in iron and produces magnetite, a natural magnet. Researchers have taken this over to create very small magnets and wires that could be used to make nanoscale microchips that are also compatible with the human body (biocompatible).

US researchers are developing a technology that would allow you to print your own robot in 24 hours. It’s still a long way off, but it could allow you to have your own robot for less that $100!

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