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Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

Underwater Robots: ‘Eel-Lectrifying’ Future

On 24 October 2014, Sweden called off the hunt for a submarine after a week-long underwater search in the Stockholm archipelago. Triggered by a reported sighting of a Russian submarine, the alleged ‘invasion’ had been widely anticipated by military specialists and the media.   “Our assessment is that in the inner archipelago there was a [...]

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Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Magic Tricks Created Using Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Researchers working on artificial intelligence at Queen Mary University of London have taught a computer to create magic tricks.   The researchers gave a computer program the outline of how a magic jigsaw puzzle and a mind reading card trick work, as well the results of experiments into how humans understand magic tricks, and the [...]

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Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

Printing Self-Learning Robots With 3D Printers

On the third floor of the Department of Informatics there is a robotics laboratory which looks like a playroom This is where researchers are testing how their robots can figure out how to move past barriers and other obstacles.   “In the future, robots must be able to solve tasks in deep mines on distant [...]

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The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

The World’s Most Advanced Bionic Hand

A prosthetic hand, which provides a sense of touch acute enough to handle an egg, has been completed and is now exploited by the NEBIAS project after 10 years of EU-funded research. The world’s most advanced bionic hand was tested with the help of amputee Dennis Aabo Sørensen who was able to grasp objects intuitively [...]

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Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

Harnessing Error-Prone Chips

As transistors get smaller, they also grow less reliable. Increasing their operating voltage can help, but that means a corresponding increase in power consumption.   With information technology consuming a steadily growing fraction of the world’s energy supplies, some researchers and hardware manufacturers are exploring the possibility of simply letting chips botch the occasional computation. [...]

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Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

Making Emergency Robots Easier to Control

A method borrowed from video gaming can make remote-controlled emergency response robots easier to use — enabling the operator to focus more on the dangerous situations they face.   An international research team is adapting a technique known to gamers as “free look control,” to emergency response robots, which will enable the robots to mimic [...]

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Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

The 3-D world of the popular “Minecraft” video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, “Polycraft World,” created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni.   With “Polycraft World,” the millions of “Minecraft” players worldwide will now be able to incorporate the properties of [...]

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Precise, Programmable Biological Circuits

Precise, Programmable Biological Circuits

Bio-engineers are working on the development of biological computers with the aim of designing small circuits made from biological material that can be integrated into cells to change their functions. In the future, such developments could enable cancer cells to be reprogrammed, thereby preventing them from dividing at an uncontrollable rate. Stem cells could likewise [...]

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Tailored ‘Activity Coaching’ by Smartphone

Tailored ‘Activity Coaching’ by Smartphone

Today’s smartphone user can obtain a lot of data about his or her health, thanks to built-in or separate sensors. Researcher Harm op den Akker of the University of Twente (CTIT Institute) now takes this health monitoring to a higher level. Using the system he developed, the smartphone also acts as an ‘activity coach’: it [...]

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms in Daily Life

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms in Daily Life

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities.   In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct [...]

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