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Virtual humans are equal to real ones in helping people practice new leadership skills

A virtual human can be as good as a flesh-and-blood one when it comes to helping people practice new leadership skills. That's the conclusion from new research published in the journal Frontiers in Virtual Reality that evaluated ...

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Combining news media and AI to rapidly identify flooded buildings

Artificial intelligence (AI) has sped up the process of detecting flooded buildings immediately after a large-scale flood, allowing emergency personnel to direct their efforts efficiently. Now, a research group from Tohoku ...

Engineering

A better nasal swab for COVID-19 testing

Over nearly seven years researching 3D printing systems in MIT's Media Lab, Jifei Ou began to suspect the work could lead to better products. He never could have imagined it would help address supply shortages caused by a ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

POINTER: Seeing through walls to help locate firefighters

A unique positioning technology is being developed to pinpoint firefighters inside buildings where other positioning technologies fail.

Engineering

New water vapor condenser takes cues from darkling beetle

Access to clean water is a huge issue across the globe. Even in areas with water resources, a lack of infrastructure or reliable energy means purifying that water is sometimes extremely difficult.

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Artificial intelligence for reducing food waste

In Germany, around 12 million tons of food end up in the trash every year. Over 30 percent of that is already destroyed in the production process. In the Resource-efficient Intelligent Foodchain ("REIF") project, the Fraunhofer ...

Robotics

Roboreptile climbs like a real lizard

While a Mars rover can explore where no person has gone before, a smaller robot at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia could climb to new heights by mimicking the movements of a lizard.

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Artificial intelligence revolution offers benefits and challenges

Australia could once again have a globally competitive manufacturing sector by using automation driven by artificial intelligence (AI). That's the view of University of Adelaide researchers who are aiming to play a major ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Facebook customizes augmented reality to the flick of a wrist

Fresh off its recent augmented reality (AR) kick, Facebook Labs has revealed plans to curate this AI software for wearable devices. Projected as a shorter-term goal than the previously announced AR glasses, this wrist-based ...

Energy & Green Tech

New perovskite design shows path to higher efficiency

Restructuring the way perovskite solar cells are designed can boost their efficiency and increase their deployment in buildings and beyond, according to researchers with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

Software

Virtual reality at your fingertips

When a person taps with their fingers, each finger generates a different vibration profile propagating to the wrist through bones. ETH Zurich researchers have now leveraged this discovery in the development of a dual-sensor ...

Robotics

Ford partners with U-M on robotics research, new building

Digit marches on two legs across the floor of the University of Michigan's Ford Motor Co. Robotics Building, while Mini-Cheetah—staccato-like—does the same on four and the yellow-legged Cassie steps deliberately side-to-side.

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Tape that: Dutch inventor of audio cassette dies at age 94

Lou Ottens, the Dutch inventor of the cassette tape, the medium of choice for millions of bedroom mix tapes, has died, said Philips, the company where he also helped develop the compact disc.

Consumer & Gadgets

Facebook reveals goals for 3-D augmented reality glasses

With the reality of virtual interaction increasing during the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook is expanding its AI-based augmented reality (AR) initiative. The company's Reality Labs aim to develop lightweight, stylish glasses ...

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At Dubai airport, travelers' eyes become their passports

Dubai's airport, the world's busiest for international travel, can already feel surreal, with its cavernous duty-free stores, artificial palm trees, gleaming terminals, water cascades and near-Arctic levels of air conditioning.

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This is how we create the age-friendly smart city

Senior citizens need help and encouragement to remain active as they age in their own communities. Given the choice, that's what most would prefer. The smart city can provide the digital infrastructure for them to find and ...

Engineering

Scientists use smartphone gyroscopes to sync time across devices

Skoltech researchers have designed a software-based algorithm for synchronizing time across smartphones that can be used in practical tasks requiring simultaneous measurements. This algorithm can essentially help turn several ...

Engineering

Less-wasteful laser-cutting

Laser-cutting is an essential part of many industries, from car manufacturing to construction. However, the process isn't always easy or efficient: Cutting huge sheets of metal requires time and expertise, and even the most ...