Star Wars inspires researchers to build artificial skin that can feel

National University of Singap Scientists at a top Singapore university say they have built an electronic skin that can be used in robots and prosthetic limbs to recreate a sense of touch that is akin to human touch, if not more responsive. The electronic skin, known...

TikTok: What TikTokers make of Trump’s ban threat

Image copyright Reuters It’s been a busy few weeks for wildly popular video app TikTok, culminating in President Donald Trump saying he could ban the app in the US. Some users – including those with millions of subscribers – are worried. ‘Fun...

What Microsoft buying TikTok would really mean

Microsoft / TikTok / Kieran Walsh The all-hands email came through to employees at 12:40pm Beijing time on August 3 from Yiming Zhang, founder and chief executive of ByteDance – the parent company of TikTok. “As you may know, in the current environment, we faced the...

Donald Trump: US Treasury should get cut of TikTok deal

Image copyright Reuters Donald Trump has said the US should get a cut from the sale of TikTok’s US unit if it is bought by an American firm. The US president said he made a demand for a “substantial portion” of the purchase price in a phone call at...

Virtual house hunting gets a pandemic boost

Image copyright Matterport Image caption Some systems can work out exact dimensions It’s Saturday evening in London, and I’m house shopping in Dublin, thanks to a virtual-reality headset. Temporarily forgetting she is sitting beside me, I shout to my wife:...