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December 3, 2020

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Human fingerprints have a self-regulating moisture mechanism that not only helps us to avoid dropping our smartphone, but could help scientists to develop better prosthetic ...

Engineers Combine Light and Sound to See Underwater

Engineers have developed an airborne method for imaging underwater objects by combining light and sound to break through the seemingly impassable barrier at the interface of air and ...

Ultrathin Spray-Applied MXene Antennas Are Ready for 5G

New antennas so thin that they can be sprayed into place are also robust enough to provide a strong signal at bandwidths that will be used by fifth-generation (5G) mobile devices. Performance results ...

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

RoboGrammar is a new system that automates and optimizes robot design. The system creates arthropod-inspired robots for traversing a variety of terrains. It could spawn more inventive robot forms ...
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The Science of Windy Cities

Researchers model urban airflows to help improve the design of drones, skyscrapers, and natural ventilation ...

Lab Closed? Head to the Kitchen

Studies explore fluids in pancakes, beer, and the kitchen ...

Showing Robots How to Drive a Car...in Just a Few Easy Lessons

Researchers have designed a system that lets robots autonomously learn complicated tasks from a very small number of demonstrations -- even imperfect ones. While current state-of-art methods need at ...

New Tool to Combat Terrorism

Forensic science experts are refining an innovative counter-terrorism technique that checks for environmental DNA in the dust on clothing, baggage, shoes or even a ...

Small Finlets on Owl Feathers Point the Way to Less Aircraft Noise

Researchers reveals how the microstructure of small finlets on owl feathers enable silent ...

Researchers Describe Fundamental Processes Behind Movement of Magnetic Particles

Researchers describe several fundamental processes associated with the motion of magnetic particles through fluids as they are pulled by a magnetic ...

Algae Breathe Life Into 3D Engineered Tissues

3D bioprinted algae can be harnessed as a sustainable source of oxygen for human cells in engineered vascularized tissues, researchers report. They embedded the bioprinted photosynthetic algae, along ...

Novel Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Millirobots for Biomedical Applications

An easy way to make millirobots by coating objects with a glue-like magnetic spray has been developed. Driven by the magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces. ...

Curved Origami Provides New Range of Stiffness-to-Flexibility in Robots

Curved origami structures provide tunable flexibility to ...

Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp and Move Objects With Ease

Researchers have created new artificial intelligence software that gives robots the speed and skill to grasp and smoothly move objects, making it feasible for them to soon assist humans in warehouse ...

Study Identifies Reasons for Soaring Nuclear Plant Cost Overruns in the US

Researchers have analyzed the causes of many cost overruns on new nuclear power plants in the US, which have soared in the past 50 years. The findings may help designers of new plants build in ...

Versatile Building Blocks Make Structures With Surprising Mechanical Properties

Researchers have created tiny building blocks that exhibit unique mechanical properties, such as the ability to produce a twisting motion when squeezed. These subunits could potentially be assembled ...

Fostering Creativity in Researchers: How Automation Can Revolutionize Materials Research

Scientists have devised a system that combines robotics and artificial intelligence to fully automate the routine aspects of synthesizing, testing, and optimizing new materials according to ...

New Electronic Chip Delivers Smarter, Light-Powered AI

New tech combines the core software needed to drive AI with image-capturing hardware - in one electronic chip. The light-driven prototype device imitates the way the human brain processes visual ...

Machine Learning Guarantees Robots' Performance in Unknown Territory

As engineers increasingly turn to machine learning methods to develop adaptable robots, new work makes progress on safety and performance guarantees for robots operating in novel environments with ...

New Technology Allows More Precise View of the Smallest Nanoparticles

Scientists have reported a new optical imaging technology, using a glass side covered with gold nanodiscs that allows them to monitor changes in the transmission of light and determine the ...

New Method Brings Physics to Deep Learning to Better Simulate Turbulence

Deep learning, also called machine learning, reproduces data to model problem scenarios and offer solutions. However, some problems in physics are unknown or cannot be represented in detail ...

Stretchable 'Skin' Sensor Gives Robots Human Sensation

Cornell University researchers have created a fiber-optic sensor that combines low-cost LEDs and dyes, resulting in a stretchable ''skin'' that detects deformations such as ...

Weather-Proof Chip Aims to Take Self-Driving Tech, Wireless Communications to Next Level

A new device can overcome challenges like bad weather to deliver more secure, reliable communications. This could aid military communications in challenging areas, improve the ability of self-driving ...

Advanced Atomic Clock Makes a Better Dark Matter Detector

Researchers have used a state-of-the-art atomic clock to narrow the search for elusive dark matter, an example of how continual improvements in clocks have value beyond ...

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