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Sat, 14/07/2018 - 1:00am
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Nanomaterials that mimic nerve impulses (spikes) discovered

Fri, 13/07/2018 - 6:55pm
A combination of nanomaterials that can mimic nerve impulses (“spikes”) in the brain have been discovered by researchers at Kyushu Institute of Technology and Osaka University in Japan. Current “neuromorphic” (brain-like) chips (such as IBM’s neurosynaptic TrueNorth) and circuits (such as those based on the NVIDIA GPGPU, or general purpose graphical processing unit) are devices [...]
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How to predict the side effects of millions of drug combinations

Wed, 11/07/2018 - 4:37pm
Millions of people take up to five or more medications a day, but doctors have no idea what side effects might arise from adding another drug.* Now, Stanford University computer scientists have developed a deep-learning system (a kind of AI modeled after the brain) called Decagon** that could help doctors make better decisions about which [...]
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MIT’s Cheetah 3 blind robot can climb a staircase littered with debris, leap, and gallop across rough terrain

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 12:39pm
MIT’s Cheetah 3 robot — an upgrade to the Cheetah 2, can now leap and gallop across rough terrain, climb a staircase littered with debris, and quickly recover its balance when suddenly yanked or shoved — all while essentially blind. The 90-pound robot is intentionally designed to do all this without relying on cameras or [...]
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Discovering new drugs and materials by ‘touching’ molecules in virtual reality

Fri, 06/07/2018 - 11:54am
University of Bristol researchers have designed and tested a new virtual reality (VR) cloud-based system intended to allow researchers to reach out and “touch” molecules as they move — folding them, knotting them, plucking them, and changing their shape to test how the molecules interact. Using an HTC Vive virtual-reality device, it could lead to [...]
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There’s no known upper limit to human longevity, study suggests

Mon, 02/07/2018 - 9:43pm
Human death risk increases exponentially from 65 up to about age 80. At that point, the range of risks starts to increase. But by age 105, the death risk actually levels off — suggesting there’s no known upper limit for human lifespan.* That’s the conclusion of a controversial study by an international team of scientists, [...]
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New material eliminates need for motors or actuators in future robots, other devices

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 6:50pm
University of Hong Kong researchers have invented a radical new lightweight material that could replace traditional bulky, heavy motors or actuators in robots, medical devices, prosthetic muscles, exoskeletons, microrobots, and other types of devices. The new actuating material — nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide — can be instantly triggered and wirelessly powered by low-intensity visible light or electricity [...]
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How robots aided by deep learning could help autism therapists

Fri, 29/06/2018 - 3:16pm
MIT Media Lab  (no sound) | Intro: Personalized Machine Learning for Robot Perception of Affect and Engagement in Autism Therapy. This is an example of a therapy session augmented with SoftBank Robotics’ humanoid robot NAO and deep-learning software. The 35 children with autism who participated in this study ranged in age from 3 to 13. [...]
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Spotting fake images with AI

Tue, 26/06/2018 - 6:38pm
Thanks to user-friendly image editing software like Adobe Photoshop, it’s becoming increasingly difficult and time-consuming to spot some deceptive image manipulations. Now, funded by DARPA, researchers at Adobe and the University of Maryland, College Park have turned to AI to detect the more subtle methods now used in doctoring images. Forensic AI What used to [...]
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New wearable, high-precision brain scanner allows for patients to move around

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 7:09pm
A radical new wearable magnetoencephalography (MEG) brain scanner under development at the University of Nottingham allows a patient to move around, instead of having to sit or lie still inside a massive scanner. Currently, MEG scanners* weigh around 500 kilograms (about 1100 pounds) because they require bulky superconducting sensors refrigerated in a liquid helium dewar [...]
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How to supervise a robot with your mind and hand gestures

Fri, 22/06/2018 - 2:02am
Getting robots to do things isn’t easy. Usually, scientists have to either explicitly program them, or else train them to understand human language. Both options are a lot of work. Now a new system developed by researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Vienna University of Technology, and Boston University takes a simpler approach: [...]
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Are virtual reality and augmented reality the future of education?

Tue, 19/06/2018 - 6:43pm
People learn better through virtual, immersive environments instead of more traditional platforms like a two-dimensional desktop computer: That sounds intuitively right, but researchers at the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland (UMD) have now supported that idea with evidence. The researchers conducted an experiment using the “memory palace” method, where [...]
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