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Can robots truly be creative and use their imagination?
Two scientists and two artists give the answers you might not expect DAVID COPE Composer, author and professor emeritus of music at the University of California, Santa Cruz Continue reading...
[The Guardian]

Scientists paint quantum electronics with beams of light
Scientists have accidentally discovered a new way of using light to draw and erase quantum-mechanical circuits in a unique class of materials called topological insulators.
[Science daily]

Electronics get a power boost with the addition of simple material
Materials scientist have just discovered a way to give the workhorse transistor a big boost, using a new technique to incorporate vanadium oxide, one of a family of materials called functional oxides, into the device.
[Science daily]

Scientists build a digital piece of a rat's brain
If you want to learn how something works, one strategy is to take it apart and put it back together again. For 10 years, a global initiative called the Blue Brain Project has been attempting to do this digitally with a section of juvenile rat brain. The project presents a first draft of this (...)
[Science daily]

Bio-inspired robotic finger looks, feels and works like the real thing
Most robotic parts used to today are rigid, have a limited range of motion and don't really look lifelike. Inspired by both nature and biology, a scientist has designed a novel robotic finger that looks, feels and works like the real thing. Using shape memory alloy, a 3D CAD model of a human (...)
[Science daily]

Scientists float new approach to creating computer memory
A research team has created the exotic ring-shaped magnetic effects called skyrmions under ambient room conditions for the first time. The achievement brings skyrmions a step closer to use in real-world data storage as well as other novel magnetic and electronic (...)
[Science daily]

U.S. scientists use Twitter to track earthquakes
American scientists are using Twitter as an early-warning system to catch earthquakes.
[CNN Money]

Theoretical computer science provides answers to data privacy problem
The promise of big data lies in researchers' ability to mine massive datasets for insights that can save lives, improve services and inform our understanding of the world.These data may be generated by surfing the web, interacting with medical devices or passing sensors. Some data may be (...)
[Science daily]

Back to the future: Science fiction turns science fact
Do you remember the 3-D-display from 'Back to the Future 2'? On back to the future day (Oct. 21) these displays may not yet be seen in our streets as the movie predicted, but the basic science is there. Researchers are now presenting a prototype for 3-D displays that work without 3-D (...)
[Science daily]

The science of retweets
What's the best time to tweet, to ensure maximum audience engagement? Researchers have demonstrated that an algorithm that takes into account the past activity of each of your followers -- and makes predictions about future tweeting -- can lead to more 'retweets' than other commonly used (...)
[Science daily]

Back to the Future: Science fiction turns science fact
Flying cars, hoverboards and video chat – a very futuristic vision for the year 2015 was presented in the movie “Back to the Future Part II”, released in 1989. Now, shortly before “Back to the Future Day” on October 21st, 2015, it is time to check whether reality has indeed kept up with the daring (...)
[Science daily]

Using, sharing, new technologies is key for conservation
Scientists estimate that we are losing species at 1,000 times the natural background rate. New technologies are improving conservation efforts by making it easier, faster, and cheaper to monitor threatened species. But technologies alone cannot conserve biodiversity, a new multi-institutional (...)
[Science daily]

Light-based memory chip is the first ever to store data permanently
The world's first entirely light-based memory chip to store data permanently has been developed by material scientists. The device, which makes use of materials used in CDs and DVDs, could help dramatically improve the speed of modern (...)
[Science daily]

Organics energize solar cell research
Scientists are using a new supercomputer to advance next-generation solar energy technologies by probing the functional interfaces found in organic and hybrid solar cells.
[Science daily]

Collaborative behaviours, traditional practices
A new report on information practices in the physical sciences has been released by researchers. While cross-border and cross-disciplinary collaborations are breaking down subject siloes across the physical sciences, a culture of traditional and DIY information practices still holds sway among (...)
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