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Robotics

Social robots may be more persuasive if they project less authority

In the future, socially interactive robots could help seniors age in place or assist residents of long-term care facilities with their activities of daily living. But will people actually accept advice or instructions from ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Now everyone can build battery-free electronic devices

Last year, computer engineers from Northwestern University and Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) introduced the world's first battery-free Game Boy, which harvests both solar energy and the user's kinetic energy from ...

Robotics

Winged microchip is smallest-ever human-made flying structure

Northwestern University engineers have added a new capability to electronic microchips: flight.

Business

Model advances understanding of incorporating 3D printing into supply chains

Getting spare parts where they need to go in a quick, reliable way is a logistical challenge for military and industrial supply chains. Researchers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and North Carolina State University ...

Computer Sciences

Supercomputer probes the limits of Google's quantum processor

CPQM's Laboratory for Quantum Information Processing has collaborated with the CDISE supercomputing team "Zhores" to emulate Google's quantum processor. Reproducing noiseless data following the same statistics as Google's ...

Telecom

Compact amplifier could revolutionise optical communication

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden, present a unique optical amplifier that is expected to revolutionize both space and fiber communication. The new amplifier offers high performance, is compact enough ...

Machine learning & AI

Researchers psychoanalyse AI

We do not know exactly what is going on inside the "brain" of artificial intelligence (AI), and therefore we are not able to accurately predict its actions. We can run tests and experiments, but we cannot always predict and ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New catalyst improves waste water conversion to clean energy

A new generation of high performance catalysts developed by a team led by University of Adelaide scientists will improve the efficiency of using urea loaded waste water to generate clean energy.

Engineering

High-speed alloy creation could revolutionize hydrogen's future

A Sandia National Laboratories team of materials scientists and computer scientists, with some international collaborators, have spent more than a year creating 12 new alloys—and modeling hundreds more—that demonstrate ...

Computer Sciences

A framework to evaluate techniques for simulating physical systems

The simulation of physical systems using computing tools can have numerous valuable applications, both in research and real-world settings. Most existing tools for simulating physical systems are based on physics theory and ...

Computer Sciences

A way to spot computer-generated faces

A small team of researchers from The State University of New York at Albany, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Keya Medical has found a common flaw in computer-generated faces by which they can be identified. ...

Computer Sciences

Study: AI can make better clinical decisions than humans

It's an old adage: there's no harm in getting a second opinion. But what if that second opinion could be generated by a computer, using artificial intelligence? Would it come up with better treatment recommendations than ...

Software

A new dataset for better augmented and mixed reality

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego have released OpenRooms, an new, open source dataset with tools that will help users manipulate objects, materials, lighting and other properties in indoor 3D ...

Engineering

MAX-phase ceramics can self-heal cracks even at room temperature

Ceramics are resilient to heat and extreme environments, but they are fragile and crack easily. Recently, in a study published in Science Advances, researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered a self-healing mechanism ...

Machine learning & AI

Machine learning improves biological image analysis

Scientists use super-resolution microscopy to study previously undiscovered cellular worlds, revealing nanometer-scale details inside cells. This method revolutionized light microscopy and earned its inventors the 2014 Nobel ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

GaN-on-diamond semiconductor material that is stable to 1,000 C

The need for more powerful electronic devices in today's society is curtailed by our ability to produce highly conductive semiconductors that can withstand the harsh, high temperature fabrication processes of high-powered ...

Robotics

Soft components for the next generation of soft robotics

Soft robots driven by pressurized fluids could explore new frontiers and interact with delicate objects in ways that traditional rigid robots can't. But building entirely soft robots remains a challenge because many of the ...

Engineering

Modified headphones translate sign language via Doppler

A University at Buffalo-led research team has modified noise-canceling headphones, enabling the common electronic device to "see" and translate American Sign Language (ASL) when paired with a smartphone.