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3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

3D Printers Make Medical Implants, Deliver Chemo

A team of researchers at Louisiana Tech University has developed an innovative method for using affordable, consumer-grade 3D printers and materials to fabricate custom medical implants that can contain antibacterial and chemotherapeutic compounds for targeted drug delivery.   The team comprised of doctoral students and research faculty from Louisiana Tech’s biomedical engineering and nanosystems engineering [...]

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Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Testing Free-Flying Housekeeper Robots in Space

Inspired by science fiction, three bowling ball-size free-flying Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) have been flying inside the International Space Station since 2006. These satellites provide a test bed for development and research, each having its own power, propulsion, computer, navigation equipment, and physical and electrical connections for hardware and sensors for [...]

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Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Robots Learn Faster, Better With Online Helpers

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could one day query the larger online community, asking for instructions or input on [...]

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Demonstrating a Driverless Future

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors, computer vision, artificial intelligence, control and automation, and computer processing power is making this feat a reality.   [...]

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Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

The news was not good. An underwater drone armed with the best technology on the planet had descended repeatedly to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Time after time, it turned up nothing.   If Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) [...]

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Intelligent Vehicle Detects Pedestrians at Night

Intelligent Vehicle Detects Pedestrians at Night

Researchers at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) have designed a new pedestrian detection system for cars which works in low visibility conditions; the system is made up of infrared cameras which capture body heat.   The new driving-aid system uses images captured by far infrared with two thermal cameras to identify the presence of [...]

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Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

Simplicity Is Key to Co-Operative Robots

A way of making hundreds — or even thousands — of tiny robots cluster to carry out tasks without using any memory or processing power has been developed by engineers at the University of Sheffield, UK.   The team, working in the Sheffield Centre for Robotics (SCentRo), in the University’s Faculty of Engineering, has programmed [...]

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Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

Mobile Robots Support Airplane Manufacturers

The robots move at walking speed along airplane components; in doing so, it applies a sealant against corrosion in equal measure. The mobile assistant is surrounded by technical workers who install, drill, and test. Admittedly this scenario is still a glimpse of the future — but in just a few years, it should be reality [...]

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Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Researchers in Washington State University’s School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science have developed a method to allow a computer to give advice and teach skills to another computer in a way that mimics how a real teacher and student might interact.   The paper by Matthew E. Taylor, WSU’s Allred Distinguished Professor in Artificial [...]

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Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

Robotic Arm Probes Chemistry of 3-D Objects

When life on Earth was first getting started, simple molecules bonded together into the precursors of modern genetic material. A catalyst would have been needed, but enzymes had not yet evolved. One theory is that the catalytic minerals on a meteorite’s surface could have jump-started life’s first chemical reactions. But scientists need a way to [...]

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