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  • The way you dance is unique, and computers can...
    on January 17, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Nearly everyone responds to music with movement, whether through subtle toe-tapping or an all-out boogie. A recent discovery shows that our dance style is almost always the same, regardless of the type of music, and a computer can identify the dancer with astounding accuracy.

  • AlphaZero learns to rule the quantum world
    on January 16, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    The chess world was amazed when the computer algorithm AlphaZero learned, after just four hours on its own, to beat the best chess programs built on human expertise. Now a research group has used the very same algorithm to control a quantum computer.

  • Living robots built using frog cells
    on January 13, 2020 at 10:56 pm

    Scientists repurposed living frog cells -- and assembled them into entirely new life-forms. These tiny 'xenobots' can move toward a target and heal themselves after being cut. These novel living machines are neither a traditional robot nor a known species of animal. They're a new class of artifact: […]

  • Skin-like sensors bring a human touch to wearable...
    on January 8, 2020 at 5:31 pm

    Researchers have developed a super-stretchy, transparent and self-powering sensor that records the complex sensations of human skin. Dubbed artificial ionic skin -- or AISkin for short -- the researchers believe the innovative properties of AISkin could lead to future advancements in wearable […]

  • A soft robotic insect that survives being...
    on December 18, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    Researchers have developed an ultra-light robotic insect that uses its soft artificial muscles to move at 3 cm per second across different types of terrain. It can be folded or crushed and yet continue to move.

  • Robots made from self-folding kirigami materials
    on December 16, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Researchers have demonstrated how kirigami-inspired techniques allow them to design thin sheets of material that automatically reconfigure into new two-dimensional (2D) shapes and three-dimensional (3D) structures in response to environmental stimuli. The researchers created a variety of robotic […]

  • A robot and software make it easier to create...
    on December 5, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    A team of engineers has developed an automated way to produce polymers, making it much easier to create advanced materials aimed at improving human health. The innovation is a critical step in pushing the limits for researchers who want to explore large libraries of polymers, including plastics and […]

  • Like Pavlov's dog, this thermoplastic is learning...
    on December 4, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Researchers are 'training' pieces of plastic to walk under the command of light. The method developed is the first time a synthetic actuator 'learns' to do new 'tricks' based on its past experiences, without computer programming.

  • Need to safeguard drones and robotic cars against...
    on November 27, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    Researchers executed successful stealth attacks on real and simulated robotic vehicles, revealing vulnerabilities in the attack detection system most commonly used by such vehicles.

  • Satellite broken? Smart satellites to the rescue
    on November 26, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Scientists are developing robotic networks that can work independently but collaboratively on a common task. The goal? To make smart satellites that can repair other satellites in space.