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Artificial ‘skin’ gives robotic hand a sense of touch
September 22, 2017

A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a development in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, and also offering advantages for a wide range of biomedical devices. The work, reported in the open-access journal Science Advances, … more…

A battery-free origami robot powered and controlled by external magnetic fields
September 22, 2017

Harvard University researchers have created a battery-free, folding robot “arm” with multiple “joints,” gripper “hand,” and actuator “muscles” — all powered and controlled wirelessly by an external resonant magnetic field. The design is inspired by the traditional Japanese art of origami (used to transform a simple sheet of paper into complex, three-dimensional shapes through a … more…

Scientists remove one of the final barriers to making lifelike robots
September 20, 2017

3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight
Researchers at the Columbia Engineering Creative Machines lab have developed a 3D-printable, synthetic soft muscle that can mimic natural biological systems, lifting 1000 times its own weight. The artificial muscle is three times stronger than natural muscle and can push, pull, bend, twist, and lift weight — no external devices required. Existing soft-actuator technologies are … more…

New system allows near-zero-power sensors to communicate data over long distances
September 18, 2017

Could make low-cost remote medical monitoring and the "internet of things" practical
University of Washington (UW) researchers have developed a low-cost, long-range data-communication system that could make it possible for medical sensors or billions of low-cost “internet of things” objects to connect via radio signals at long distances (up to 2.8 kilometers) and with 1000 times lower required power (9.25 microwatts in an experiment) compared to existing technologies. … more…

Walking DNA nanorobot could deliver a drug to a precise location in your body
September 15, 2017

Future uses could include creating programmable drugs or delivering them when a specific signal is received in the bloodstream or cells
Caltech scientists have developed a “cargo sorting” DNA nanorobot programmed to autonomously “walk” around a surface, pick up certain molecules, and drop them off in designated locations. The research is described in a paper in the Friday, September 15, 2017 issue of Science. The major advance in this study is “their methodology for designing simple DNA … more…

Miniature MRI simulator chip could help diagnose and treat diseases in the body at sub-millimeter precision
September 13, 2017

Caltech researchers have developed a “Fantastic Voyage” style prototype microchip that could one day be used in “smart pills” to diagnose and treat diseases when inserted into the human body. Called ATOMS (addressable transmitters operated as magnetic spins), the microchips could one day monitor a patient’s gastrointestinal tract, blood, or brain, measuring factors that indicate … more…

‘Fog computing’ could improve communications during natural disasters
September 11, 2017

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a system that uses edge computing (also known as fog computing) to deal with the loss of internet access in natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods. The idea is to create an ad hoc decentralized network that uses computing power built into mobile phones, … more…

These fast, low-cost medical technologies will replace ultrasound and X-rays for specific uses
September 8, 2017

A radical software invention by three Caltech engineers promises to allow your smartphone camera* to provide detailed information about a critical measure of your heart’s health: the “left ventricular ejection fraction” (LVEF) — the amount of blood in the heart that is pumped out to the blood system with each beat. This figure is used by … more…

A cooling system that works without electricity
September 6, 2017

Electricity needed to cool a Las Vegas building reduced by 21 percent in a model
Stanford University scientists have developed a high-tech mirror-like optical surface that uses “radiative sky cooling” to dramatically lower the energy required for air conditioning and refrigeration. The system cools water (flowing through pipes connected to an air-conditioning system) without requiring electricity by radiating excess heat from water into cold space. Panels covered in specialized optical … more…

Leading AI country will be ‘ruler of the world,’ says Putin
September 3, 2017

"When one party’s drones are destroyed by drones of another, it will have no other choice but to surrender.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Friday (Sept. 1, 2017) that the country that becomes the leader in developing artificial intelligence will be “the ruler of the world,” reports the Associated Press. AI development “raises colossal opportunities and threats that are difficult to predict now,” Putin said in a lecture to students, warning that “it would … more…


International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

Dates: Sep 24 – 28, 2017
Location: Vancouver, Canada

Undoing Aging 2018

Dates: Mar 15 – 17, 2018
Location: Berlin, Germany

The Science of Consciousness Conference 2018

Dates: Apr 2 – 7, 2018
Location: Tucson, Arizona

New books

iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy–and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood–and What That Means for the Rest of Us
author | Jean M. Twenge PhD

A highly readable and entertaining first look at how today’s members of iGen—the children, teens, and young adults born in the mid-1990s and later—are vastly different from their Millennial predecessors, and from any other generation, from the renowned psychologist and author of Generation Me. With generational divides wider than ever, parents, educators, and employers have an … more…

Longevity Promotion: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
author | Ilia Stambler

This book considers the multidisciplinary aspects of longevity promotion, from the advocacy, historical, philosophical and scientific perspectives. The first part on longevity advocacy includes examples of pro-longevity campaigns, outreach materials, frequent debates and policy suggestions and frameworks that may assist in the promotion of research and development for healthy longevity. The second part on longevity … more…


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