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Origami Style Emergency Bridge

The Mobile Bridge Version 4.0 receives foot traffic at a demo in Fukuyama CityThe Mobile Bridge Version 4.0 receives foot traffic at a demo in Fukuyama City (Credit: Hiroshima University)

Whether they’re floods, earthquakes or landslides, natural disasters have a nasty habit of cutting survivors off from aid by destroying bridges. While traditional portable bridges can already be set up in such situations, researchers from Hiroshima University recently demonstrated a new model that is said to be “the world’s fastest, largest, strongest, and lightest expanding temporary bridge.” read more

First Ever Bionic Eye Transplant

The 80-year-old Raymond Flynn was the first to receive the implant for AMD treatmentThe 80-year-old Raymond Flynn was the first to receive the implant for AMD treatment (Credit: Second Sight)

You might remember the Argus II implant from when it first gained market approval in the US back in 2013. The ambitious prosthesis is back, with researchers now looking to utilize the technology to treat patients with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The effort forms part of a feasibility study, and early results are positive. read more

Robotic Hotel

Robots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and outRobots are deployed at the front desk to help guests check-in and out (Credit: Henn-na Hotel)

A new hotel that is staffed with robots has opened in Japan. The Henn-na Hotel (which translates as “Strange Hotel”), is part of the Huis Ten Bosch theme park complex in Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture. Guests can also access their rooms via face-recognition, and are able to control room amenities via tablets. read more