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Science, Tech & Environment

These university students have found a way to make prosthetic limbs affordable to the masses

The fact is, prosthetics can change the course of someone's life. But they're usually prohibitively expensive — available only to the well-insured and the well-to-do. But a team of graduate students in Massachusetts say they've found a way to build artificial limbs for just a few dollars, potentially making these life-changing devices available all over the world.

Science, Tech & Environment

Don't look now, but our smart machines may be sharing data about you with... anyone

Is your milk expired? Ask your refrigerator. Did you leave your lights on? The house will let you know. Tasks like this will become exceedingly more common as the Internet moves away from being a thing we interact with via dedicated computers, or even phones, and into something that is connected to all of the tools we use in our daily lives.

Global Scan

For the man who already has everything...

Vladimir Putin receives an honorary ninth-degree black belt in Taekwondo – topping his eighth-degree black belt in judo. But the leader who really needs it is Philippine President Benigno Aquino, who's facing a backlash over his handling of recovery from Typhoon Haiyan. Also, an 'invisible' bike helmet and the world's most expensive gem, in today's Global Scan.