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On your radar: Life-changing emerging tech (photos)

From bionic contact lenses to 'invisible' tanks, check out the latest emerging technologies that will change the world.
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By Chris Jablonski, Inactive on
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Plans have been unveiled for the first nuclear power plant for the production of electricity for manned or unmanned bases on the Moon, Mars and other planets. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Galaxy Wire)

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BAE Systems have tested a new camouflaging system called “Adaptive” that can instantly blend a combat vehicle into its natural surroundings by making it invisible to infrared and other surveillance technology. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: BAE Systems)

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Michigan State University researchers have developed a highly sensitive laser that could detect improvised explosive devices (IEDs) from a safe distance. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Marcos Dantus)

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Rice University physicists have created a tiny “electron superhighway” that could one day be useful for building a quantum computer. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)

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A Belgian visualization company has unveiled a fully immersive 360-degree flight simulator designed to reproduce reality exactly as a pilot sees it. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Barco)

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Researchers at UC Berkeley have turned a benign virus called M13 into an engineering tool for assembling materials that mimic collagen, one of nature’s building blocks. The process they developed could eventually be used to create bone, skin, and corneas. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Woo-Jae Chung, UC Berkeley)

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Stanford researchers have developed a stretchable, transparent skin-like sensor that could have applications in prosthetic limbs, robotics, and touch displays. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Steve Fyffe, Stanford News Service)

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 Microsoft’s Office Division has posted a new concept video that illustrates what productivity may look like in 5 to 10 years. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Microsoft)

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A team of laser experts are studying different techniques for corralling particles and transporting them via laser light to instruments on rovers and orbiting spacecraft. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Dr. Paul Stysley)

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Robotics researchers in Munich have developed a new robot face that displays realistic 3D heads on a transparent plastic mask, opening a new frontier in human-machine communication. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Uli Benz / Technical University of Munich)

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Researchers have designed a new computer chip that mimics synaptic plasticity–how a brain’s neurons adapt in response to new information. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: MIT)

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Researchers have created a single-pixel contact lens which was tested on a live rabbit and showed no adverse effect. Hands-free information updates streamed directly across your field of vision may not be far off. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: Institute of Physics)

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Chemists at Harvard University have created a biologically inspired robot out of elastic polymers that can crawl across surfaces and under obstacles. Read the full story on the Emerging Tech blog. (Photo Credit: George M. Whitesides/Harvard)

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