Thursday, August 17, 2017

Microsoft Research takes inspiration from nature for its latest AI-powered initiative


Microsoft is working on an autonomous aircraft that can fly for long periods of time without any power.

Rather than a motor, the glider relies on artificial intelligence that mimics how birds fly, autonomously finding thermals, or invisible columns of air that rise due to heat, to carry it for long distances.

A recent test of the 16.5-foot aircraft - called a sailplane - conducted in the middle of the desert in Hawthorne, Nevada proved successful - the algorithms researchers developed to help it predict where thermals would appear next worked and kept it aloft.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seafood for everyone


With a growing population, the world is looking more and more to the ocean as a source of food. But wild stocks of fish and other seafoods are being overexploited in many areas. Now, a study from UCLA suggests that if fish farming can be moved offshore, then an area of sea the size of Lake Michigan (0.025 percent of the ocean's surface), could meet the global demand for fish and allow wild stock to recover.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scientists discover new cells produced in the area of the brain responsible for processing emotional memories


Scientists have discovered that new brain cells are produced in an area of adult brain called the amygdala for the first time.

This brain region is crucial for the processing of emotional memories, and until now, it was though that new cells were not produced there.

Researchers hope their findings could lead to new treatments for mental conditions, including anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Incredible Self-Folding Robots Work Without Batteries or Wires


Folding robots based on origami have emerged as an exciting new frontier of robotic design, but generally require onboard batteries or a wired connection to a power source, limiting their functionality. 
Scientist have now created battery-free folding robots that are capable of complex, repeatable movements powered and controlled through a wireless magnetic field.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Flexible batteries that can be printed directly onto FABRIC could soon make for high-tech military clothing and 'wearable computers'


Researchers have created technology that overcomes one of the biggest hurdles related to wearables - how to power them.

In an effort to eliminate the need for cumbersome battery packs that limit the shape and size of wearables, researchers have created flexible battery-like devices that can be printed directly on to textiles.

Using a simple screen-printing technique, they have been able to make cotton into a wearable itself.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Groundbreaking screening tool is the first to map 'junk DNA' for mystery gene mutations that cause cancer, diabetes, and dementia - and experts say it could 'revolutionize medicine'


A new screening tool that maps 'junk DNA' for mutations that cause cancer, diabetes and dementia could revolutionize medicine, experts claim. 

The tool, developed by Columbia University, explores the 98 percent of the human genome often referred to as biological 'dark matter' - because it's as mysterious as space. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Groundbreaking skin patch the size of a penny can regrow organs, restore brain function, and heal wounds by injecting genetic code into the damaged area


A groundbreaking new skin patch can heal wounds and even regrow damaged organs within days, clinical trials reveal. 

The technology, known as Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), uses a nanochip the size of a penny, which is placed on the skin for a second and then removed.
In that time, the chip injects genetic code into skin cells, turning them into any type of cell needed to restore wounded blood vessels.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Self driving WHEELCHAIRS begin trials in Tokyo to ferry passengers around airports during the 2020 Olympic Games


Air travelers with disabilities will have a much easier time navigating one of Japan's main airports, thanks to new smart wheel chairs.

Haneda Airport outside Tokyo is beginning tests of the WHILL NEXT, an app-controlled  self-driving wheel chair that can take users around the airport and even bring their luggage in a separate wireless vehicle behind them. 

It is hoped the system will be in place, alongside new smart billboards and navigation apps, in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

The incredible 'dragonfly bridge' concept that folds up and sails the river to set up in new locations


An incredible footbridge concept that resembles a robotic dragonfly could one day be used by pedestrians in Inner Mongolia.

The futuristic concept is the vision of London-based architect Margot Krasojevic, who is known for her experimental and cutting edge designs.

Her latest ambitious creation would have the ability to fold up for transport, as well as to adapt itself to its surroundings.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Technology behind the collision-free cars of the future


Sensors, automatic braking systems, and self-driving vehicles are all part of the plan to make our roads collision-free by 2030.
Honda’s General Manager for customer and communication Scott McGregor realises that 2030 is only, really, a few years away, but believes it’s time enough to achieve the company’s global vision.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Microsoft is testing 'eye control' feature


Microsoft is testing a futuristic feature that will allow users to control their computers using only their eyes. 
The program - which is in beta - makes it possible to operate an on-screen mouse, keyboard, and text-to-speech using just users' eyes.
Windows 10 users with the compatible eye-tracking device already on their computer can try out the feature.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Swiss Researchers EPFL Developed a Robotic ‘Environbot’ That Finds Source of Contaminated Water


If you can't measure it, you can't manage it. Yet another remarkable example of technology is being applied for preserving the environment and for human beings future survival.

An interesting technology solution to find sources of water pollution- the invisible, creeping threat!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Energy Storage Solution Combines Polymers and Nanosheets


A new, lightweight composite material for energy storage in flexible electronics, electric vehicles and aerospace applications has been experimentally shown to store energy at operating temperatures well above current commercial polymers, according to a team of Penn State scientists. This polymer-based, ultrathin material can be produced using techniques already used in industry.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Asus AI home robot that can do everything from play with your kids to look after the elderly gets FCC approval


It could finally be the home robot you've dreamed - capable of keeping the kids quiet and doing the shopping.

The Asus Zenbo, a $599 home robot the firm hopes will help bring robotics into the home, has passed its FCC certification, according to The Leaker.

The robot, first unveiled last year, sprang  to fame for a cringeworthy cover of Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' in a festive, and somewhat terrifying, spectacle by the firm. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

The life-saving £180 bracelet that gives tired drivers an ELECTRIC SHOCK if they begin to fall asleep at the wheel


Falling asleep at the wheel could become a thing of the past, thanks to a new piece of wearable technology with a shocking solution.

Driving long distances can cause drowsiness but Steer will deliver a jolt of electricity when it detects you are drifting off.

The device's onboard sensors measure changes in heart rate and sweat secretion, two signs that wearers are suffering from fatigue.