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Planetariums, Not Just for Kids

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 18:45

Most researchers think of planetariums, if they think of them at all, as a place to take schoolchildren for whizzy trips through the stars, with nothing to offer serious scientists.

Hand That Sees Offers New Hope to Amputees

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a new generation of prosthetic limbs that will enable the wearer to automatically reach for objects without thinking.

Holography With the Wi-Fi Router

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in Germany have developed a holographic imaging process that depicts the radiation of a Wi-Fi transmitter to generate three-dimensional images of the surrounding environment.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

The Planar Elliptical Runner is a two-legged robot that will help explore how mechanical design can be used to enable sophisticated legged locomotion.

Artificial Intelligence Prevails at Predicting Supreme Court Decisions

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

A study led by the Illinois Institute of Technology suggests artificial intelligence can outperform legal scholars in the prediction of U.S. Supreme Court rulings.

When Autonomous Machines Can Do More Than Just Vacuum

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 12:00

Rapidly aging populations will drive growth in home-based robotics, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Rodney Brooks.

The Shock Tactics Set to Shake Up Immunology

Fri, 05/05/2017 - 10:17

Six times a day, Katrin pauses whatever she's doing, removes a small magnet from her pocket and touches it to a raised patch of skin just below her collar bone.

How to Prepare for an Automated Future

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 16:37

We don't know how quickly machines will displace people's jobs, or how many they'll take, but we know it's happening—not just to factory workers but also to money managersdermatologists and retail workers.

IARPA, NIST Hosting Face Recognition Challenge to Improve Accuracy

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:16

The Face Recognition Prize Challenge is designed to improve core face-recognition accuracy.

AT&T Labs Working to Combine Drone Video Footage With Artificial Intelligence Monitoring

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:16

Researchers are studying ways to use artificial intelligence techniques to analyze video shot by a drone for signs of damage to cell towers.

NMSU Research Shows Technology May Help Speed Political Polarization

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:16

Customizable technology wields a sizable influence on accelerating political polarization in the U.S.

$3.1 Million Grant to Build New Data Exploration Software

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 12:16

Researchers will use a $3.1-million grant to develop software that brings statistical rigor to interactive data exploration.

Making Smartphones More Aware

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 11:27

The drive to make electronic devices more situationally, contextually aware of their environments. 

New Movie Shows Cassini's First Dive over Saturn

Thu, 05/04/2017 - 10:03

A new movie sequence of images from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the view as the spacecraft swooped over Saturn during the first of its Grand Finale dives between the planet and its rings on April 26.

Sent to Prison by a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:32

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction.

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 14:15

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the "internet of things," the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products like hackable lightbulbs and refrigerators.

Stanford Researchers Develop New Wave of Electronics

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Engineers at Stanford University say they have developed a flexible, organic, biodegradable electronic device.

In Europe's Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Scientists are attempting to counter a rash of fake news spreading online as European elections loom.

Berkeley Students Create Wheelchair Add-On to Help Blind Users Navigate

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

A new low-cost, modular, customizable add-on system for wheelchairs employs sensors and software to make navigation easier for visually-impaired users.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You've Had a Good Night's Sleep

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

A new tool uses machine learning to model personal sleep patterns based on sounds made during sleep.