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A squid-skin-inspired invisibility cloak

Materials science<p>Patterning allows stretchy polymer to hide from heat sensors.<p>Squid skin has inspired a device that can be made invisible to infrared …

Biology

The Freaky Artificial Muscles on this Human Skeleton Are the Future of Robotics

Using pneumatic pistons and servos to power robots makes them fast and strong, but also bulky and extremely heavy. No one is going to mistake ATLAS …

Robotics

An HR recruiting CEO says a coffee shop illustrates why we aren't all doomed to lose our jobs to robots

But rather than sound the alarm, the CEO of HiringSolved, Shon Burton, says students just need to become more strategic when picking future jobs.<p>"What things will not be automated in 20 years?" Burton said in an interview with Business Insider. "Things humans don't want to deal with computers …

In The Warehouse, Controlling Robots Is Easier Said Than Done

Robots running a muck is a common theme in science fiction.<p>When it comes to autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) in warehouses, the concern is more prosaic. There needs to be a layer of software that allows the robots to work optimally with people and other material handling systems.<p>In modern …

Is it a bird? Is it a bug? No it’s a biomimetic microdrone with flapping wings

UK biomimetic engineering startup Animal Dynamics is building a microdrone with wings inspired by the flapping flight of a dragonfly. The project, which started in June 2015 with a feasibility study, is being funded with £1.5 million from the UK Ministry of Defence, via DSTL, the Defence Science …

Drones

Robot exoskeletons are finally here, and they’re nothing like the suits from Iron Man

Hollywood set a high bar for exoskeleton suits. Technology imagined in <i>Iron Man</i>, <i>Aliens,</i> and <i>Edge of Tomorrow</i> all endow humans with superhuman abilities. After years of tinkering and military adventures, the first exoskeleton suits are finally walking out of the lab and into the market. Rather than …

Robotics

Germany’s biggest industrial robotics company is working on consumer robots

Thanks to its new owners, Chinese home appliance makers Midea<p>You might not have heard of Kuka, but you’ll almost certainly know its products. The German firm is one of the world’s top manufacturers of industrial robots, and its robot arms are instantly recognizable thanks to their signature orange …

MIT and Google researchers have made AI that can link sound, sight, and text to understand the world

If we ever want future robots to do our bidding, they’ll have to understand the world around them in a complete way—if a robot hears a barking noise, what’s making it? What does a dog look like, and what do dogs need?<p>AI research has typically treated the ability to recognize images, identify …

Artificial Intelligence

An AI That Predicts a Neighborhood’s Wealth From Space

You might think putting a helipad on Trump Tower would give the president's Manhattan residence an added veneer of affluence. After all, nothing …

Our Thinking - How Millennials Are Shaking Up the Way We Shop

As Millennials move into their prime spending years, their shopping habits are being closely watched by a retail industry that itself is undergoing a …

Goldman Sachs

Close-up of rocket stage separation, fast flip, boostback burn in a ring of fire and then landing burn

The Language of Dolphins Could Be Translated by 2021

Gavagai AB<p>Swedish startup Gavagai AB, a language technology company that originated at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, has mastered 40 …

Foursquare’s New Dashboard Aims To Be A Google Analytics For The Physical World

The company first known for its location-based app is turning the nuances of consumer behavior into pretty charts.<p>What does your Saturday afternoon trip to the mall look like as data? This may not be something you’ve ever thought about, but plenty of retailers have. If websites and apps can track …

Apps

Swedish scientists successfully implant 3D-printed human cartilage cells in baby mice

In what could potentially serve as an important moment in the quest to 3D-print body parts, a team of scientists from Sweden’s Sahlgrenska Academy and Chalmers University of Technology have managed to successfully implant human cartilage cells in six-week-old baby mice.<p>The researchers created a gel …

3D Printing

My Automaker is a 3D Printer

<b>How the rapid expansion of 3D printing capabilities is changing the way cars are designed and manufactured.</b>Before offering tinted windows and fancy …