3D-printed robot hand ‘plays’ the piano

19 Dec 2018

Scientists have developed a 3D-printed robotic hand which can play simple musical phrases on the piano by just moving its wrist. And while the robot is no virtuoso, it demonstrates just how challenging it is to replicate all the abilities of a human hand, and how much complex movement can still be achieved through design. 

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Peters' wrinkle-lipped bat. Courtesy of Adrià López-Baucells

Bats to the rescue

13 Dec 2018

A new study shows that bats are giving Madagascar’s rice farmers a vital pest control service by feasting on plagues of insects. And this, a Cambridge zoologist believes, can ease the pressure on farmers to turn rainforest into fields.

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Cambridge receives £100 million for major new children’s hospital

10 Dec 2018

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has announced up to £100 million of public capital for an innovative children’s hospital for the east of England. This will be a new facility that is purpose-built to meet the needs of the region’s youngest patients, integrating mental and physical health and combining the highest quality services with world class science and research.

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