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Japanese scientists have turned a Madagascar cockroach into a remote-controlled cyborg

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Scientists implanted remote control electrodes into a Madagascar cockroach. An article about this was published in Nature Portfolio.

Japanese scientists have turned a Madagascar cockroach into a remote-controlled cyborg

Cyborgs are hybrids of an animal (or human) and a machine. This concept appeared long before it became technically possible, and was popularized thanks to fantastic works. However, now scientists are trying to create such organisms and have achieved some success.

Yujiro Kakei of the Japan Center for Advanced Science in Matter and his colleagues turned a Madagascar cockroach into a cyborg. By installing a special backpack, scientists attached a wireless leg control module and a lithium-polymer battery to the insect’s chest. In addition, the researchers fixed an ultra-thin organic solar cell module with a thickness of 0.004 mm. Such a tiny size of the system is needed so that the cockroach can move around without problems. It was especially important to use a combination of hard and soft elements in the design, since the cockroach’s chest is deformed when moving.

During the tests, the battery was charged with a sunlight simulator, and then the system was tested for performance. As a result, in response to the scientists’ commands, the cockroach turned in the right direction during movement due to electrical stimulation of the abdominal appendages. The authors of the work suggest that such a cyborg cockroach can be useful for examining hard-to-reach areas. In the course of further work, scientists hope to create a similar system for flying insects.

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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

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Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Japanese automaker Suzuki is investing in SkyDrive, a company that develops flying cars and cargo drones.

The partnership between SkyDrive and Suzuki was first talked about in March 2022. The companies plan to cooperate in the financial, scientific and technical fields, joint participation in the development of a flying car and further business development.

Suzuki focuses on flying cars and cargo drones

Suzuki will not only invest in SkyDrive, but will also provide its own technologies, including the latest successful developments in weight reduction and electrification. At the same time, the company plans to develop business in various international markets, including India.

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WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

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WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

The WhatsApp team is rolling out a new feature that allows users to share direct links to a one-click call to make it easier to stay in touch with their loved ones.

WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

The Call Links feature will begin rolling out to WhatsApp this week and can be accessed via a banner at the top of the Calls tab. WhatsApp users who want to try the Call Link feature will need the latest version of the app. The Call Links feature will support both audio and video calls.

WhatsApp made it easier to join a call

In addition, the messenger team is testing group video calls with up to 32 people. This is a big step forward as WhatsApp currently limits video calls to eight users.

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Will the new Intel processors really become much more expensive? Prices for new items lit up a few hours before the announcement

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Will the new Intel processors really become much more

Intel Raptor Lake processors will be unveiled in a few hours, but now we have the opportunity to look at prices that may be in line with the recommended ones.

Will the new Intel processors really become much more expensive?  Prices for new items lit up a few hours before the announcement

The fact is that the new items were lit up in the NewEgg store, and marked as recently released. Given the size and status of this network, it is possible that the prices listed there now correspond to those that Intel itself will reveal in a few hours.

And if so, then the same price increase that the company warned about earlier will take place.

  • Core i9-13900K – $660 ($70 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i9-13900KF – $630 ($65 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i7-13700K – $450 ($40 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i7-13700KF – $430 ($45 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i5-13600K – $330 ($40 more than its predecessor)
  • Core i5-13600KF – $310 ($45 more than its predecessor)

Thus, we will get a rise in price by 10-15%. If we talk about competition with AMD, then the Ryzen 5 7600X at a price of $300 is 10% cheaper than the Core i5-13600K, the Ryzen 7 7700X at a price of $400 is more than 10% cheaper than the Core i7-13700K, and the Core i9-13900K at a price of $630 is significantly more expensive than the 12-core Ryzen 9 7900X, but significantly cheaper than the top-end Ryzen 9 7950X. We wrote about the performance of new AMD products yesterday.

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