Category: Technology

How to mass produce cell-sized robots

Public Release: 23-Oct-2018 Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring.Technique from MIT could lead to tiny, self-powered devices for environmental, industrial, or medical monitoring Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tiny robots no bigger than a cell could be […]

Creating custom brains from the ground up

Public Release: 10-Oct-2018   Boston Children’s Hospital Scientists studying how genetics impact brain disease have long sought a better experimental model. Cultures of genetically-modified cell lines can reveal some clues to how certain genes influence the development of psychiatric disorders and brain cancers. But such models cannot offer […]

The threat of Centaurs for the Earth

Public Release: 8-Oct-2018 Astrophysicists calculate the impact probability and crater size of impacts due to minor bodies University of Vienna The astrophysicists Mattia Galiazzo and Rudolf Dvorak from the University of Vienna, in collaboration with Elizabeth A. Silber (Brown University, USA) investigated the long-term path development of Centaurs […]

Could AI robots develop prejudice on their own?

Public Release: 6-Sep-2018 Computer science and psychology experts suggest discrimination is also a non-human phenomenon that could make autonomous machines susceptible Cardiff University Showing prejudice towards others does not require a high level of cognitive ability and could easily be exhibited by artificially intelligent machines, new research has […]

Laziness helped lead to extinction of Homo erectus

Public Release: 10-Aug-2018 Australian National University IMAGE: This is Dr. Seri Shipton in the Arabian Peninsula. Image: ANU. Credit: ANU New archaeological research from The Australian National University (ANU) has found that Homo erectus, an extinct species of primitive humans, went extinct in part because they were ‘lazy’. […]

A kernel of promise in popcorn-powered robots

Public Release: 2-Aug-2018   Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have discovered how to power simple robots with a novel substance that, when heated, can expand more than 10 times in size, change its viscosity by a factor of 10 and transition from regular to highly […]

‘Strange metals’ just got stranger

Public Release: 2-Aug-2018 A material already known for its unique behavior is found to carry current in a way never before observed Florida State University TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Scientists at the Florida State University-headquartered National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have discovered a behavior in materials called cuprates that […]

Possible death of the Universe scenario proposed

Public Release: 25-Jul-2018   A paper by Sergey Odintsov and Vasilis Oikonomou appeared in Physical Review D Kazan Federal University Caption These are the trajectories in the x1-x2 plane for x3=2, for various initial conditions near (x1,x2)=(?1,0) (upper right). The red dot indicates the point (x1,x2)=(?1,0). Credit: Kazan […]

An underwater pokéball for capturing sea creatures

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018 Folding polyhedron sampler enables easy capture and release of delicate marine organisms Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard The open ocean is the largest and least explored environment on Earth, estimated to hold up to a million species that have yet to be […]

Neurons can carry more than one signal at a time

Public Release: 18-Jul-2018   Study sheds light on how the brain encodes complex information Duke University DURHAM, N.C. — Back in the early days of telecommunications, engineers devised a clever way to send multiple telephone calls through a single wire at the same time. Called time-division multiplexing, this […]

Emotional robot lets you feel how it’s ‘feeling’

Public Release: 16-Jul-2018 Cornell University ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University researchers have developed a prototype of a robot that can express “emotions” through changes in its outer surface. The robot’s skin covers a grid of texture units whose shapes change based on the robot’s feelings. Assistant professor of […]

More clues that Earth-like exoplanets are indeed Earth-like

Public Release: 28-Jun-2018   Research into spin dynamics suggests they have regular seasons and stable climates Georgia Institute of Technology IMAGE: The artist’s depiction of Kepler-186f. Credit: Image credit: NASA Ames/JPL-Caltech/T. Pyle A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides new clues indicating that an exoplanet […]

Why bacteria survive in space — UH biologists discover clues

Public Release: 27-Jun-2018 Hardy organisms threaten interplanetary contamination University of Houston In professor George Fox’s lab at the University of Houston, scientists are studying Earth germs that could be contaminating other planets. Despite extreme decontamination efforts, bacterial spores from Earth still manage to find their way into outer […]

Computer program looks five minutes into the future

Public Release: 13-Jun-2018 Software developed at the University of Bonn can accurately predict future actions University of Bonn IMAGE: This is Prof. Jürgen Gall (right) and Yazan Abu Farha from the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Bonn. Credit: © Foto: Barbara Frommann/Uni Bonn Computer scientists […]

Could a multiverse be hospitable to life?

Public Release: 13-May-2018 Durham University A Multiverse – where our Universe is only one of many – might not be as inhospitable to life as previously thought, according to new research. Questions about whether other universes might exist as part of a larger Multiverse, and if they could […]

Researchers hide information in plain text

PUBLIC RELEASE: 10-MAY-2018 FontCode embeds hidden information in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of fonts in text. Method could prevent document tampering, protect copyrights, and embed QR codes and other metadata without altering the look or layout of a document COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND […]

Yale physicists find signs of a time crystal

Public Release: 2-May-2018   Yale University IMAGE: Yale physicists looked for a signature of a discrete time crystal within a crystal of monoammonium phosphate. Credit: Michael Marsland/Yale University New Haven, Conn. – Yale physicists have uncovered hints of a time crystal — a form of matter that “ticks” […]

Einstein’s ‘spooky action’ goes massive

Public Release: 25-Apr-2018 The elusive quantum mechanical phenomenon of entanglement has now been made a reality in objects almost macroscopic in size Aalto University Caption This is an illustration of the 15-micrometre-wide drumheads prepared on silicon chips used in the experiment. The drumheads vibrate at a high ultrasound […]

Russian physicists make toy asteroids and blast them with a laser (Actual Technical Illustration: Courtesy Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)

Public Release: 13-Mar-2018 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology IMAGE: This is an image of asteroid destruction. A large team of Russian researchers from Rosatom, joined by three MIPT physicists, has modeled the impact of a nuclear explosion on an Earth-threatening asteroid. They manufactured miniature asteroids and blasted […]

Eye of Sauron, Jupiter Style

Public Release: 7-Mar-2018 First look at Jupiter’s poles show strange geometric arrays of storms University of Chicago     Caption Five massive storms form a pentagon around a storm at the center of Jupiter’s south pole-the first look we’ve ever gotten at the gas giant’s poles, and a […]

Private browsing gets more private

Public Release: 23-Feb-2018   New system patches security holes left open by web browsers’ private-browsing Massachusetts Institute of Technology CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Today, most web browsers have private-browsing modes, in which they temporarily desist from recording the user’s browsing history. But data accessed during private browsing sessions can […]