Diogo Mesquita

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New shape-shifting metals discovered

<b>A new shape-changing metal crystal is reported in the journal Nature, by scientists at University of Minnesota.</b><p>It is the prototype of a new family of smart materials that could be used in applications ranging from space vehicles to electronics to jet engines.<p>Called a "martensite", the crystal has …

Scientists 'Eavesdrop' On A Brain

Just remove some skull and add some electrodes and you've got a mind wiretap.<p>A team of researchers from Stanford say they've created a system to "eavesdrop" on the brain, allowing them to monitor a person's brain activity while that person moves around (and thinks) in a normal environment, instead …

The Brain

Scientists Recreate The Sense Of Touch With Direct-To-Brain Electrical Signals

These findings could help researchers make prosthetic arms that have a lifelike sense of touch.<p>We've seen some very cool prosthetic arms recently, including ones people are able to control—just as they control biological arms—with their thoughts. So what's one of the next great frontiers for …

These Self-Assembling Blocks Will Make Real-Life Transformers Possible

Imagine 3-D printing, without a 3-D printer. MIT’s robotic M-Blocks could change the landscape of design forever. Here’s how.<p>The M-Blocks, created by John Romanishin at MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, are self-assembling robots that move themselves around like magnetic …

One Trillion Sensors Embedded in Humans and Machines by 2020

According to scientists, humanity has begun its next major shift: we are now entering the “Hybrid Age”. Across the entire range of scientific and …