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Robotics

Real2sim2real: A self-supervised learning technique applied to planar robot casting

Over the next few decades, robots could be introduced into human environments, including homes, offices and retail spaces. Among other things, robotic systems could be used to tidy up spaces and make them safer for humans.

Robotics

Light-powered soft robots could suck up oil spills

Afloating, robotic film designed at UC Riverside could be trained to hoover oil spills at sea or remove contaminants from drinking water.

Robotics

Physical texture of robots influences judgments of their personality

Impressions of a robot's personality can be influenced by the way it looks, sounds and feels. But now, researchers from Japan have found specific causal relationships between impressions of robot personality and body texture.

Robotics

Engineers create perching bird-like robot

Like snowflakes, no two branches are alike. They can differ in size, shape and texture; some might be wet or moss-covered or bursting with offshoots. And yet birds can land on just about any of them. This ability was of great ...

Robotics

NeatNet: A model that can learn people's tidying up preferences

As robots become increasingly advanced and affordable, more people could start introducing them into their homes. Many roboticists have thus been trying to develop systems that can effectively assist humans with house chores, ...

Energy & Green Tech

An energy-storage solution that flows like soft-serve ice cream

Batteries made from an electrically conductive mixture the consistency of molasses could help solve a critical piece of the decarbonization puzzle. An interdisciplinary team from MIT has found that an electrochemical technology ...

Energy & Green Tech

Using artificial intelligence to advance energy technologies

Hongliang Xin, an associate professor of chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, and his collaborators have devised a new artificial intelligence framework that can accelerate discovery of materials for important ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New discovery opens the way for brain-like computers

Research has long strived to develop computers to work as energy efficiently as our brains. A study, led by researchers at the University of Gothenburg, has succeeded for the first time in combining a memory function with ...

Engineering

Engineers conduct test of rocket engine powered by plastic waste

A team of engineers with Pulsar Fusion has conducted a ground test of its plastic-waste-powered rocket engine at the UK's Ministry of Defence military base in Salisbury last week. The team has posted a video of the test on ...

Computer Sciences

A deep learning method to automatically enhance dog animations

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin and University of Bath have recently developed a model based on deep neural networks that could help to improve the quality of animations containing quadruped animals, such as dogs. The ...

Robotics

First 'robotaxis' enter service in Beijing

It looks like a normal car but the white taxi by the kerb has nobody driving it, and communicates with customers digitally to obtain directions and take payment.

Software

Revolutionizing data access through new software tool: Tiled

Every time scientists study a new material for future batteries or investigate diseases to develop new drugs, they must wade through an ocean of data. Today, a whole ecosystem of scientific tools creates a wild variety of ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New chip hides wireless messages in plain sight

Emerging 5G wireless systems are designed to support high-bandwidth and low-latency networks connecting everything from autonomous robots to self-driving cars. But these large and complex communication networks could also ...

Security

Creating deeper defense against cyber attacks

To address the growing threat of cyberattacks on industrial control systems, a KAUST team including Fouzi Harrou, Wu Wang and led by Ying Sun has developed an improved method for detecting malicious intrusions.