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Necktie-Wearing Robot Learns Sidewalk Etiquette

Big bot on campus<p>Sidewalks are complex environments. Sure, they’re second nature for humans, but the delicate balance of humans on foot, humans on bikes, humans with animals, humans in clusters, and humans on skates, skateboards, or other configurations are a lot for a machine to process. Put that …

Robotic librarian finds lost books, won't tell you to shush

Every job has its more boring components. In libraries, one of those jobs is scanning the shelves, looking for missing and misplaced books, and taking stock of what's available. For human workers, this is time-consuming, repetitive and boring, all of which can contribute to wandering attention.<p>The …

Growing food in space: A tale of rats, algae and tomatoes

Is is possible to produce food to eat and air to breathe while in space? The short answer: it’s not easy, but it can be done.<p>Right now, if you’re an astronaut, you’re given pre-prepared food that was cooked on Earth and sent into space on a rocket. But if humankind wants to realise its ambition of …

NASA’s chief agrees with author of ‘The Martian’: The first Mars crews will steer robots from orbit

The first humans to reach Mars almost certainly won’t go down to the surface, but will manage fleets of rovers from Martian orbit.<p>That’s the view of …

How a Japanese company seeks to create artificial meteor shower

Star-ALE aims to put on a manmade meteor shower for the opening ceremonies of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo in 2020.<p>A Japanese company is looking to …

'Magic Islands' May Bubble to the Surface of Saturn's Moon Titan

THE WOODLANDS, Texas — Bubbling seas may create the mysterious "magic islands" of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.<p>New research has revealed that mixing …

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NASA prepares humanoid robots for trip to Mars

Humanoid Robots to pioneer Mars colonisation? Not the script of a sci-fi movie but what could happen in the near future.<p>NASA, in collaboration with four universities (three in Massachusetts and one in Scotland) is developing a kind of biped human-like robot that could be sent to the red planet.<p>The …

Scientists Identify the Source of the Moon's Water

Over the course of the past few decades, our ongoing exploration the Solar System has revealed some surprising discoveries. For example, while we …

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Pluto’s icy heart is ‘beating’ like a ‘cosmic lava lamp’ | The Star

This time last year, space enthusiasts all over the world were eagerly awaiting photos of Pluto. As NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft zipped toward its …

World's Largest Radio Telescope Faces a Troubling Future

One of the world’s most iconic astronomy sites, Puerto Rico’s giant Arecibo Observatory, may be facing the end of its era. The National Science …

China Will Launch The World's First Quantum Satellite This July

China is due to launch the world’s first quantum communications satellite into space this July, as reported by Digital Trends. The 500-kilogram …

Quantum Physics

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Robots Might Be Able to Help Germany Integrate Refugees

BIELEFELD, Germany — Can a robot help Germany integrate its influx of migrants? A new research project thinks the answer might be yes.<p>More than 1 million refugees reached Germany last year. Children represent around 25 percent of the refugees and migrants arriving in Europe, according to the …

Researchers created a robotic hand that is eerily human-like and can learn on its own

Typing out an email or setting up a pot of coffee are things we can do bleary eyed in the morning, but the movements our hands have to make to complete such tasks are truly complex, human skills.<p>That's why for robots to advance to the point where they can take care of our elderly or help clean our …

Robotics

Researchers 3D Print Metallic Structures In Mid Air

Everyone is 3D printing, but what about 3D printing metallic structures in mid air?<p>Researchers at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering 3D printed a metallic structure in mid-air with no supporting structure.<p>The process is similar to how 3D printing pens like the 3Doodler …

Robots date, mate, and procreate 3D printed offspring in ‘Robot Baby’ project

Researchers in the Netherlands claim to have created the world’s first “robots that procreate.” What does that mean exactly? Well, child, when two robots’ fitness evaluation algorithms come to a successful conclusion, something beautiful happens. You’ll know when you’re older — or if you scroll …

Research team creates stretchy circuits that can be worn like lick-and-stick tattoos

Although we anticipate the adhesive process would be somewhat more sophisticated than those used to apply quarter vending machine temporary tattoos to the skin, a research team from the University of Wisconsin has discovered a way to create circuits that are fast, stretchable, and wearable – right …

So, let's talk about this song a Google Brain machine composed

Researchers have been attempting to make robots and artificial intelligence more creative over the past months – from drawing to writing quasi-dystopian poetry. Today we get another piece of work from a Google machine: a 90-second melody.<p>It’s the result of Google’s Project Magenta, which aims to …

Artificial Intelligence

Dell laptops coming soon with WiTricity wireless charging

Wireless charging company WiTricity may not be a household name, but that could change once Dell laptops start launching with its technology.<p>Dell laptops that started charging wirelessly the moment they were placed on a charging mat made an appearance at WiTricity's show suite at Computex 2016 here …

Wireless Charging

Researchers take nanocars out for an open-air test drive

Nanocars, those molecular-scale vehicles that might one day carry around tiny payloads, have been zipping around in vacuum environments for awhile now. But one breakthrough the nanocar researchers at Rice University have been searching for is the ability to operate these nanomachines in ambient, …

RNA gene editing could stop viruses in their tracks

The gene editing technique CRISPR promises to treat all kinds of genetically-linked conditions, but it's so far limited to tweaking DNA, not the RNA that does everything from carrying protein sequence info to regulating gene expression. That may change soon, however. Scientists have discovered that …

US Army's smart earplugs spare soldiers from loud noises

As you might imagine, soldiers can't just use garden variety earplugs to protect their ears. It might tone down the sounds of explosions and gunshots, but it'll also prevent them from hearing a crucial command or an enemy on the other side of a doorway. It's less of an issue for the US Army these …

The Cancer Biopsy of the Future Could Be a Simple Blood Test

One of the biggest stories so far out of the world’s largest cancer conference doesn’t have to do with a groundbreaking drug, but rather a …

Living circuits can handle complex computing

Gene-based circuits are about to get decidedly more sophisticated. MIT scientists have developed a method for integrating both analog and digital computing into those circuits, turning living cells into complex computers. The centerpiece is a threshold sensor whose gene expression flips DNA, …

Surprisingly efficient snail brains could help make robots smarter

How snails think about eating could inform future robot decision-making designs. University of Sussex researchers have discovered that the creatures use just two brain cells for complex decisions: one cell told the snail if it was hungry, while another told it if food was near. Scientists attached …

Meet Zenbo, the Asus robot that costs no more than a smartphone

Voice-controlled companion, whose touchscreen face shows its emotions, can entertain kids and control the lights<p>The Taiwanese electronics manufacture Asus has unveiled a home robot called Zenbo that can talk, control your home and provide assistance when needed – all for the cost of a top-end …

Robotics

Harvard Scientist Engineers Bacterium That Inhales CO2, Produces Energy -- A 'Bionic Leaf'

The chemist who gave us the artificial leaf has genetically engineered bacteria to absorb hydrogen and carbon dioxide and convert them into alcohol fuel.<p>When Harvard Professor of Energy Daniel G. Nocera announced he was working with bacteria last year, other scientists cautioned it would be …

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