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Shatter-proof mobile phone screens a step closer

19 hours 7 min ago
An international study on glass could lead to the development of shatter-proof mobile phone screens.

Social media trends can predict tipping points in vaccine scares

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:28
Analyzing trends on Twitter and Google can help predict vaccine scares that can lead to disease outbreaks, according to a study from the University of Waterloo.

The force is strong: Amputee controls individual prosthetic fingers

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 21:16
Luke Skywalker's bionic hand is a step closer to reality for amputees in this galaxy. Researchers have created an ultrasonic sensor that allows amputees to control each of their prosthetic fingers individually. It provides fine motor hand gestures that aren't possible with current commercially available devices.

Artificial intelligence and supercomputers to help alleviate urban traffic problems

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 20:59
Researchers have developed a tool that uses artificial intelligence to recognize objects in raw traffic camera footage and characterize how those objects move and interact. This information can then be analyzed and queried by traffic engineers and officials to improve the safety and performance of the city's transportation network.

Insights on fast cockroaches can help teach robots to walk

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:55
Scientists show for the first time that fast insects can change their gait -- like a mammal's transition from trot to gallop. These new insights could contribute to making the locomotion of robots more energy efficient.

New algorithm repairs corrupted digital images in one step

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 20:48
Computer scientists have designed a new algorithm that incorporates artificial neural networks to simultaneously apply a wide range of fixes to corrupted digital images. The researchers tested their algorithm by taking high-quality, uncorrupted images, purposely introducing severe degradations, then using the algorithm to repair the damage. In many cases, the algorithm outperformed competitors' techniques, very nearly returning the images to their original state.

In first, 3-D printed objects connect to WiFi without electronics

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 19:01
Engineers have developed the first 3-D printed plastic objects that can connect to other devices via WiFi without using any electronics, including a laundry bottle that can detect when soap is running low and automatically order more.

New robots can see into their future

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 22:23
Researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help self-driving cars anticipate future events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants in homes, but the initial prototype focuses on learning simple manual skills entirely from autonomous play.

How can humans keep the upper hand on artificial intelligence?

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:49
Researchers have shown how human operators can maintain control over a system comprising several agents that are guided by artificial intelligence.

Helping hands guide robots as they learn

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 15:49
Researchers help humans and robots collaborate by enabling real-time interactions that modify a robot's path to its goal. The study will help robots make the transition from structured factory floors to interactive tasks like rehabilitation, surgery and training programs in which environments are less predictable.

Robot learning improves student engagement

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:40
Online students who use the innovative robots feel more engaged and connected to the instructor and students in the classroom, the first-ever study of a pioneering robot-learning course shows.

With 'material robotics,' intelligent products won't even look like robots

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 20:33
Robots as inconspicuous as they are ubiquitous represent the vision of researchers in the new and burgeoning field of material robotics.

Researchers trained neural networks to be fashion designers (sort of)

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 22:02
Researchers have demonstrated how artificial intelligence and neural networks could one day create custom apparel designs to help retailers and apparel makers sell clothing to consumers based on what they learned from a buyer's preferences.

Artificial muscles give soft robots superpowers

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 21:21
Researchers have created origami-inspired artificial muscles that add strength to soft robots, allowing them to lift objects that are up to 1,000 times their own weight using only air or water pressure. Consisting of an inner 'skeleton' folded into a specific pattern and enclosed within a plastic or fabric 'skin' bag, these muscles can perform a greater variety of tasks and are safer than other models.

Amputees can learn to control a robotic arm with their minds

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 19:58
Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both areas can create new connections to learn how to control the device, even several years after an amputation.

Underwater Sniffing of Star-Nosed Moles Is Mimicked for Chemical-Detecting ‘Electronic Nose’

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:00
The star-nosed mole has several unusual abilities. One of them is “sniffing” underwater by blowing bubbles and quickly re-inhaling them, detecting odors of its prey through the water. The moles’ “star” nose features a ring of tiny, pink tentacles and is the most sensitive known touch organ of any mammal.

Plesiosaur flippers inspire a steering mechanism for swimming robotic vehicle

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:00
Plesiosaurs, who thrived during the early to middle Jurassic Period, used four paddlelike flippers of nearly equal size and musculature to swim. Despite the seemingly subpar engineering, the fossil record reveals that plesiosaurs were widespread and prolific. This inspired a team to explore how swimming with four flippers might be advantageous compared to two.

New computational method provides optimized design of wind up toys

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 20:17
A team of leading computer scientists has developed a novel computational system to aid the design and fabrication of wind-up toys, focusing on automating the intricate interior machinery responsible for the toys' wind-up motion.

Virtual reality training may be as effective as regular therapy after stroke

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 23:56
Using virtual reality therapy to improve arm and hand movement after a stroke is equally as effective as regular therapy, according to a study.

Multiplayer video games: Skill at game and intelligence linked

Wed, 11/15/2017 - 21:36
A link between young people's ability to perform well at two popular video games and high levels of intelligence has been uncovered.