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    Inside the power source for portable electronics and electric vehicles.

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  • Microsoft’s New Display

    Microsoft has developed a new type of wedge-shaped lens that precisely controls the direction of light emitted from it. The lens can easily be integrated into a liquid crystal display, and when a camera is added, the system is able to track viewers and project stereoscopic video directly into their eyes. In this demonstration, the system supports tow independent stereoscopic video projects.

  • A Lifelike Prosthetic Arm

    A new surgical technique, developed by scientists at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, allows patients who have lost arms to use residual nerve signals to control a prosthetic limb. This video shows three patients testing a prototype limb being developed by DARPA. The patients can perform complex tasks, including picking up a cup, grasping a cracker without breaking it, and putting a spoon in a cup.

  • Auras: There’s an App for That

    A variety of new digital filters will make a photograph look vintage. The inauthenticity of the effect is irrelevant: it’s enough to evoke an audience’s sense of the past.

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  • Solving the Autism Puzzle

    For years scientists searched fruitlessly for the causes of autism by looking for genes shared by families prone to the disorder. Now researchers taking a new approach have begun to unlock its secrets.

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  • China’s Growing Bets on GMOs

    New technology and large government research initiatives in ­genetically modified crops are giving China a storehouse for a more populous future.

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