Snake gait: Science observes nature to invent new ways of moving
Snake locomotion is a source of inspiration for technology: graceful, silent, adaptable and efficient, it can be implemented on devices designed for the most diverse applications, from space exploration to medicine. A new study adds to this line of research and proposes a detailed mathematical (...)
[Science daily] Most internet resources for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis are inaccurate, incomplete and outdated
After evaluating content on idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on almost 200 websites, researchers with medical backgrounds found that the information on IPF from these sites was often incomplete, inaccurate and outdated.
[Science daily] Researchers link compulsive Facebook checking to lack of sleep
If you find yourself toggling over to look at Facebook several dozen times a day, it's not necessarily because the experience of being on social media is so wonderful. It may be a sign that you're not getting enough sleep.
[Science daily] Hack-proof RFID chips
New technology could secure credit cards, key cards, and pallets of goods in warehouses, report developers. Texas Instruments has built several prototypes of the new chip, to the researchers' specifications, and in experiments the chips have behaved as (...)
[Science daily] Researchers develop hack-proof RFID chips
Researchers have developed a new type of radio frequency identification (RFID) chip that is virtually impossible to hack.If such chips were widely adopted, it could mean that an identity thief couldn't steal your credit card number or key card information by sitting next to you at a cafe, and (...)
[Science daily] Luxembourg aims to be big player in possible asteroid mining
European nation to back research aimed at space race to open first commercial mine of valuable metals off planet Earth Luxembourg has declared its intention to blaze a trail in asteroid mining in the hope that it will reap lucrative returns. The small country’s government said on Wednesday it (...)
[The Guardian] Researchers urge caution on wearable health devices
Wearable devices to monitor health are not always reliable or secure according to research. The market for digital devices like smartwatches and fitness bands is growing, with 19 million likely to be sold worldwide this year. They can measure everything from heart rate to physical activity, (...)
[Science daily] Researchers discover new phase of boron nitride and a new way to create pure c-BN
Researchers have discovered a new phase of the material boron nitride, which has potential applications for both manufacturing tools and electronic displays. The researchers have also developed a new technique for creating cubic boron nitride (c-BN) at ambient temperatures and air pressure, (...)
[Science daily] Marvin Minsky obituary
Pioneer of artificial intelligence research Marvin Minsky, who has died aged 88, was a pioneer of artificial intelligence. In 1958 he co-founded the Artificial Intelligence Project at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Subsequently known as the AI Lab, it became a mecca for (...)
[The Guardian] New method for producing tiny cracks in electrodes may mean big boost for nanoelectronics
The next generation of electronics, as well as ultra-sensitive medical diagnostics, could depend on near atomic scale cracks — or nanogaps — in electrodes. Now, researchers have developed a method that could pave the way for mass production of nanogap (...)
[Science daily] Technique helps predict likelihood of migraines in concussion patients
Researchers are using a mathematical tool to help determine which concussion patients will go on to suffer migraine headaches, according to a new study.
[Science daily] New model could solve inventory problem for retailers
Inventory management has been the focus of three researchers for more than 10 years, Their latest study developed a new mathematical model to apply to inventory problems.
[Science daily] Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters
Senior citizens would likely accept robots as helpers and entertainment providers, but are leery of giving up too much control to the machines, according to researchers.
[Science daily] Exact formula now available for measuring scientific success
Scientometrics research is the science of evaluating scientific performance. Physics methods designed to predict growth based on a scale-free network have rarely been applied to this field. Now, scientists have developed an analytical method using a previously developed agent-based model to (...)
[Science daily] Virtual reality makes its best users the most queasy
In a twist of virtual fate, people with the best 3-D vision are also the people most likely to suffer from motion sickness while using virtual reality displays. Researchers demonstrated this irony by playing motion-heavy videos for study participants through the Oculus Rift. Nearly two-thirds (...)