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An MRI-Safe 3D Printed Pneumatic Stepper Motor

You will no doubt have seen those videos where MRI machines suck up all sorts of metallic objects with hilariously disastrous results. The magnetic …

Magnetism

Solar powered smart windows break 11% efficiency – enough to generate more than 80% of US electricity

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, (NREL), has demonstrated a prototype of a solar powered smart window. The smart window lowers building temperatures by shifting from clear to opaque under strong sunlight. When the shift to opaque occurs, the solar prototype begins electricity …

Samsung Announces Graphene Ball Battery; Charges Five Times Faster

Samsung, the electronics giant, has developed a new graphene battery technology capable of charging five times faster than standard lithium-ion …

Inspired by origami, scientists build artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University have developed a variety of origami-inspired artificial muscles that can lift up to a thousand times their own weight — and yet be dexterous enough to grip and raise a delicate flower.<p>The devices, described in the …

Uber partners with NASA ahead of flying taxi initiative

Uber continues to aim for the sky. The tech company has partnered with NASA to help it develop air traffic management systems for its flying taxi …

Amputees could control robotic arm with brain implant

Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain.<p>Their research also details …

Soft robot muscles can lift 1,000 times their own weight

Finally, soft robots with a little backbone<p>Soft robotics has been a promising field of research for years, but these squidgy and flexible creations have been held back by the absence of one important characteristic: strength. Now, scientists from MIT CSAIL and Harvard’s Wyss Institute have come up …

MIT membrane produces fuel from CO2 emissions

Researchers at MIT have developed a new membrane-based system that can convert carbon dioxide emissions into useful alternate fuels. The process has …

How giving a face to the voices in their heads can help schizophrenics

A fascinating study led by King's College in London has shown success in rapidly reducing auditory hallucinations in people with schizophrenia. The …

Mind control chips: US military tests AI brain implants on humans that can change someone's mood - IBTimes India

The so-called mind control chips can give researchers access to a person's inner feelings in real time.<p>The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research …

Physicists design $100 handheld muon detector

At any given moment, the Earth’s atmosphere is showered with high-energy cosmic rays that have been blasted from supernovae and other astrophysical …

Physics

Scientists Have Created a Synthetic Molecule That Could Be The Key to Ending Antibiotic Resistance

"I wouldn't say I feel safe, but it's clear we're making progress."<p>Antibiotic resistance in bacteria, which includes both common bugs and so-called …

Scientists find key to regenerating blood vessels

Findings may lead to therapies to repair ischemic tissue<p>Lake Nona, Fla., November 23, 2017 - A new study led by researchers at Sanford Burnham Prebys …

Paul Allen’s Stratolauncher, the Biggest Airplane Ever, Gets Ready for Takeoff

When you have the wealth of billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen what do you want for Christmas? After all, the guy has two yachts, one of …

Solar Cities of the Future Will Be Powered by Windows That Can Generate Electricity

“Smart windows” with the ability to generate electricity are the way of the future, and scientists are another step closer to making it a widespread …

AI is the next phase of human evolution

by Dainius Runkevicius — in Contributors Once again humanity tricked itself into thinking that this time, it's the end. That the looming …

LHC Measurements Hint at Entirely New Physics Just Outside Our Reach

More tests are needed, though.<p>During the mid- to late-twentieth century, quantum physicists picked apart the unified theory of physics that …

Strange Atomic Ripples in Graphene Could Unlock Clean, Limitless Energy

Holy crap.<p>By all measures, graphene shouldn't exist. The fact it does comes down to a neat loophole in physics that sees an impossible 2D sheet of …

AI can predict if you'll die soon by examining your organs

When not stealing blue collar jobs, robots are becoming Dr. House, diagnosing maladies like breast and skin cancer with aplomb. Scientists at the …

MIT's mobile 3D printer built the largest structure to date

Your next house could be built by a robot. Following the recent success of San Francisco-based startup Apis Cor, a team of MIT researchers have created a mobile autonomous 3D printer of their own. And to prove that the prototype works, the team had it build a 12-foot tall, 50-foot-wide igloo out of …

Trapped ions and superconductors face off in quantum benchmark

The race to build larger and larger quantum computers is heating up, with several technologies competing for a role in future devices. Each potential …

Groundbreaking new technique can pinpoint the location of cancer using nothing more than a blood test

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California have developed a one-two punch to help doctors …

Scientists use magnetic fields to remotely control biologically inspired soft robots

The field of soft robotics has been the subject of increasing interest in recent years for the alternatives it presents to the rigid machines we tend to associate with the space. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University is offering an interesting take on the space, utilizing magnetic …

Robotics

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Want a Solar-Powered Home? Here's a New Battery That Won't Ignite

As solar panels and wind turbines spread worldwide, they'll need batteries to store power for times when they don't produce it. Harvard debuts a promising prototype.<p>If you dream of an off-grid house powered by the sun, plan on a battery to store energy for cloudy days—ideally, one that won’t catch …

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum electronics together

Scientists have found a way to connect quantum devices together, transmitting entanglement — and crucially the quantum properties that could deliver the next-generation of electronics. Sounds boring and complicated (it's not <i>too</i> complicated), but it's important, we promise. It all involves the …

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Google Granted Patent For Better Robo Kite Windmill

A drone on a leash gets a safe resting place<p>It takes a lot of electricity to be Google, so it makes sense that the internet giant is investing in renewable power sources. One of these ventures is a creative fusion of windmills and flying robots: gigantic, tethered kites that spin turbines using …

Will machines eventually take on every job?

Automation will continue to transform the global workforce, but taking an active role in that process will help us reduce the damages and increase the gains, finds Rachel Nuwer.<p>It’s a booming time to be a truck driver. According to data NPR compiled from the US Census Bureau, truck driving is …