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Robots on the march to walking like humans

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 06:28
A psychological theory could kickstart improvements in the way robots are able to walk, thanks to a new study.

Robot uses artificial intelligence and imaging to draw blood

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:15
Engineers have created a tabletop device that combines a robot, artificial intelligence and near-infrared and ultrasound imaging to draw blood or insert catheters to deliver fluids and drugs. Their research results suggest that autonomous systems like the image-guided robotic device could outperform people on some complex medical tasks.

New type of indoor solar cells for smart connected devices

Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:14
In a future where most things in our everyday life are connected through the internet, devices and sensors will need to run without wires or batteries. Researchers present a new type of dye-sensitized solar cells that harvest light from indoor lamps.

Artificial intelligence could enhance diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders

Mon, 03/02/2020 - 17:34
Artificial intelligence has the potential to improve efficiencies and precision in sleep medicine, resulting in more patient-centered care and better outcomes, according to a new position statement.

Artificial intelligence can scan doctors' notes to distinguish between types of back pain

Fri, 02/28/2020 - 16:22
Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence model that can determine whether lower back pain is acute or chronic by scouring doctors' notes within electronic medical records, an approach that can help to treat patients more accurately, according to a new study.

Octopus-inspired robot can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects

Thu, 02/27/2020 - 20:42
Researchers have developed an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that can grip, move, and manipulate a wide range of objects. Its flexible, tapered design, complete with suction cups, gives the gripper a firm grasp on objects of all shapes, sizes and textures -- from eggs to iPhones to large exercise balls.

Robotic finger with a highly precise sense of touch over a complex, multicurved surface

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 13:21
Researchers have introduced a new type of robotic finger with a sense of touch. Their finger can localize touch with very high precision --<1mm-- over a large, multicurved surface, much like its human counterpart.

Swarming robots avoid collisions, traffic jams

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 21:27
Researchers have developed the first decentralized algorithm with a collision-free, deadlock-free guarantee and validated it on a swarm of 100 autonomous robots in the lab.

Soft robot fingers gently grasp deep-sea jellyfish

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 17:13
Marine biologists have adopted ''soft robotic linguine fingers'' as tools to conduct their undersea research. Scientists found that jellyfish held by ultra-soft robotic fingers expressed significantly fewer stress-related genes than when braced by traditional submersible grippers. Shaped like the famous noodles, this new robotic technology allows for the collection of ecological data in a gentler, less invasive manner.

Surgeons successfully treat brain aneurysms using a robot

Fri, 02/21/2020 - 22:07
A robot was used to treat brain aneurysms for the first time. The robotic system could eventually allow remote surgery, enabling surgeons to treat strokes from afar.

New artificial intelligence algorithm better predicts corn yield

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:05
With some reports predicting the precision agriculture market will reach $12.9 billion by 2027, there is an increasing need to develop sophisticated data-analysis solutions that can guide management decisions in real time. A new study offers a promising approach to efficiently and accurately process precision agricultural data.

'Flapping wings' powered by the sun

Wed, 02/19/2020 - 17:37
In ancient Greek mythology, Icarus' wax wings melted when he dared to fly too close to the sun. Now, researchers have made artificial wings that are actually powered by the sun. The tiny wings, which can flap even faster than those of butterflies, could someday be used in robots or devices for solar energy harvesting, the researchers say.

Getting a grip: An innovative mechanical controller design for robot-assisted surgery

Tue, 02/18/2020 - 18:43
Scientists designed a new type of controller for the robotic arm used in robotic surgery. Their controller combines the two distinct types of gripping used in commercially available robotic systems to leverage the advantages of both, reducing the efforts of the surgeon and providing good precision.

Artificial intelligence finds disease-related genes

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 19:26
An artificial neural network can reveal patterns in huge amounts of gene expression data, and discover groups of disease-related genes. Scientists hope that the new method can eventually be applied within precision medicine and individualized treatment.

Computer-based weather forecast: New algorithm outperforms mainframe computer systems

Thu, 02/13/2020 - 18:42
The exponential growth in computer processing power seen over the past 60 years may soon come to a halt. Complex systems such as those used in weather forecast, for example, require high computing capacities, but the costs for running supercomputers to process large quantities of data can become a limiting factor. Researchers have recently unveiled an algorithm that can solve complex problems with remarkable facility -- even on a personal computer.

New robot does superior job sampling blood

Thu, 02/06/2020 - 19:23
In the future, robots could take blood samples, benefiting patients and healthcare workers alike. A team has created a blood-sampling robot that performed as well or better than people, according to the first human clinical trial of an automated blood drawing and testing device.

Improving AI's ability to identify students who need help

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:24
Researchers have designed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that is better able to predict how much students are learning in educational games. The improved model makes use of an AI training concept called multi-task learning, and could be used to improve both instruction and learning outcomes.

Controlling light with light

Wed, 02/05/2020 - 19:22
Researchers have developed a new platform for all-optical computing, meaning computations done solely with beams of light.

Robot sweat regulates temperature, key for extreme conditions

Thu, 01/30/2020 - 14:16
Just when it seemed like robots couldn't get any cooler, researchers have created a soft robot muscle that can regulate its temperature through sweating.

Artificial intelligence predicts treatment outcome for diabetes-related vision loss

Tue, 01/28/2020 - 17:54
A new approach that uses artificial intelligence to analyze retinal images could one day help doctors select the best treatment for patients with vision loss from diabetic macular edema. This diabetes complication is a major cause of vision loss among working-age adults.