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All-terrain microbot moves by tumbling over complex topography

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 21:02
A new type of all-terrain microbot that moves by tumbling could help usher in tiny machines for various applications.

Can a cockroach teach a robot how to scurry across rugged terrain?

Tue, 02/13/2018 - 19:29
Researchers build a robot that moves more like a cockroach.

Cancer-fighting nanorobots programmed to seek and destroy tumors

Mon, 02/12/2018 - 17:20
In a major advancement in nanomedicine, scientists have successfully programmed nanorobots to shrink tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

AI computer vision breakthrough IDs poachers in less than half a second

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 00:03
Researchers have long been applying AI to protect wildlife. Initially, computer scientists were using AI and game theory to anticipate the poachers' haunts, and now they have applied artificial intelligence and deep learning to spot poachers in near real-time.

3-D vision discovered in praying mantis

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:09
Miniature glasses have revealed a new form of 3-D vision in praying mantises that could lead to simpler visual processing for robots.

Researchers help robots 'think' and plan in the abstract

Thu, 02/08/2018 - 18:08
New research shows how robots can autonomously construct abstract representations of their surroundings and use them to plan for multi-step tasks.

Robotic fish can 'see' and mimic live fish

Wed, 02/07/2018 - 20:04
Researchers tapped advances in real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica interacting in three dimensions with live zebrafish. The system allows the robotic replica to both 'see' and mimic the behavior of live zebrafish in real time. Robots previously have been deployed alongside live animals to better understand animal behavior but the encounters were unidirectional.

Lightweight robots harvest cucumbers

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:39
Automation-intensive sectors such as the automotive industry are not the only ones to rely on robots. In more and more agricultural settings, automation systems are superseding strenuous manual labor. Scientists are now developing and testing a dual-arm robot for the automated harvesting of cucumbers.

New algorithms to train robots

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 18:37
Researchers have developed new techniques for robots or computer programs to learn how to perform tasks by interacting with a human instructor.

Quantum algorithm could help AI think faster

Fri, 02/02/2018 - 17:26
One of the ways that computers 'think' is by analyzing relationships within large sets of data. An international team has shown that quantum computers can do one such analysis faster than classical computers, for a wider array of data types than was previously expected.

Letting molecular robots swarm like birds

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:56
A team of researchers has developed DNA-assisted molecular robots that autonomously swarm in response to chemical and physical signals, paving the way for developing future nano-machines.

BA or DA? Decoding syllables to show the limits of artificial intelligence

Wed, 01/31/2018 - 15:55
By recording brain activity during a simple task, neuroscientists show that the brain does not necessarily use the regions of the brain identified by machine learning to perform a task. Above all, these regions reflect the mental associations related to this task. While machine learning is thus effective for decoding mental activity, it is not necessarily effective for understanding the specific information processing mechanisms in the brain.

Superconducting synapse may be missing piece for 'artificial brains'

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 22:38
Researchers have built a superconducting switch that 'learns' like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future computers operating like the human brain.

Could underwater sound waves be the key to early tsunami warnings?

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 18:31
Mathematicians have devised a way of calculating the size of a tsunami and its destructive force well in advance of it making landfall by measuring fast-moving underwater sound waves, opening up the possibility of a real-time early warning system.

Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 16:18
A new algorithm allows drones to fly completely by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments. The algorithm had to learn traffic rules and adapt training examples from cyclists and car drivers.

'Programmable droplets' could enable high-volume biology experiments

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 01:03
Researchers have developed hardware that uses electric fields to move droplets of chemical or biological solutions around a surface, mixing them in ways that could be used to test thousands of reactions in parallel.

Piecework at the nano assembly line

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:58
Scientists have developed a novel electric propulsion technology for nanorobots. It allows molecular machines to move a hundred thousand times faster than with the biochemical processes used to date. This makes nanobots fast enough to do assembly line work in molecular factories.

Artificial agent designs quantum experiments

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 15:00
On the way to an intelligent laboratory, physicists present an artificial agent that autonomously designs quantum experiments. In initial experiments, the system has independently (re)discovered experimental techniques that are nowadays standard in modern quantum optical laboratories. This shows how machines could play a more creative role in research in the future.

AI 'scientist' finds that toothpaste ingredient may help fight drug-resistant malaria

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:34
An ingredient commonly found in toothpaste could be employed as an anti-malarial drug against strains of malaria parasite that have grown resistant to one of the currently used drugs. This discovery was aided by Eve, an artificially intelligent 'robot scientist.'

Small but fast: A miniaturized origami-inspired robot combines micrometer precision with high speed

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 20:13
The milliDelta robot integrates a new microfabrication technique with high-performance composite materials that can incorporate flexural joints and bending actuators, the milliDelta can operate with high speed, force, and micrometer precision, which make it compatible with a range of micromanipulation tasks in manufacturing and medicine.