science
This Incredible Star Wars-Style Bionic Hand Let an Amputee Feel Again

We geeks all have the same platonic prosthesis ideal: Luke Skywalker's badass Star Wars mech-hand. We're getting there, bit by bit. Dennis Aabo Sørensen's new hand is almost there; it let him feel again. Read More >>

android
The Galaxy Note 3 Has a Hidden Tiny Screen Mode For Your Tiny Hands

If, like many of us, your hands are too small to to comfortably use the Galaxy Note 3's giant 5.7-inch display, you're in luck. Android Central has uncovered a hidden tiny screen mode for your tiny baby dwarf hands. Read More >>

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Self-Harm Your Way to a Better Future With Burning Knife Surgery

Superstitious Japanese folk have come up with a novel way of guaranteeing themselves a more fortunate future, by cutting more favourable life lines into the palms of their hands with hot knives. Read More >>

robots
Getting Robots To Pick Things Up Is Actually Really Hard

Our hands are a pretty major feat of evolution (opposable thumbs! dexterity!), and it's hard to artificially replicate everything they can do. Especially when it comes to super fine motor skills like picking up very flat, thin or small objects. As part of DARPA's ARM program, iRobot and collaborators at Harvard and Yale are working on versatile robot "hands" that can bear significant weight while also producing subtler gestures. Read More >>

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DARPA's Robot Hand Is Almost as Capable as What's on Your Arm

With an estimated cost of around £2,000 the hand is relatively cheap compared to other alternatives being developed, but it doesn't look like the researchers from iRobot, Harvard, and Yale have cut any corners. Remarkably the hand can even pick up a key off of a flat surface — a feat many humans struggle with — and its flexible fingers easily shrug off a blow from a baseball bat. So if there's one thing the rest of humanity can learn from this research, it's that our Louisville Sluggers will probably be useless against the eventual robot uprising. Good to know. [DARPA] Read More >>

space
So How do Astronauts Wash Their Hands in Space?

Well. You sort of squirt out some water. Special water from a special pouch. Then round up the biggest globule and rub it around, before wiping your hands with the special 100 per cent cotton NASA space towel. We're sure there's a better and more efficient way. Washing your hands can't always be this much fun. This is basically Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield mucking about. [YouTube] Read More >>

science
A Sumo's Fingers May Matter More Than His Weight

Sumo wrestlers: they're huge. The huger the better. End of story, right? Read More >>

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