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Ask the Crowd: Robots Learn Faster, Better with Online Helpers

June 27, 2014 12:21 am | by University of Washington | Comments

Sometimes it takes a village to teach a robot. University of Washington computer scientists have shown that crowdsourcing can be a quick and effective way to teach a robot how to complete tasks. Instead of learning from just one human, robots could...

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Packing Hundreds of Sensors into a Single Optical Fiber

June 27, 2014 12:04 am | by The Optical Society | Comments

By fusing together the concepts of active fiber sensors and high-temperature fiber sensors, a team of researchers has created an all-optical high-temperature sensor for gas flow measurements that operates at record-setting temperatures above 800 degrees Celsius...

Cambridge Team Breaks Superconductor World Record

June 27, 2014 12:00 am | by University of Cambridge | Comments

A world record that has stood for more than a decade has been broken by a team of engineers, harnessing the equivalent of three tonnes of force inside a golf ball-sized sample of material that is normally as brittle as fine china. The researchers managed to 'trap' a magnetic field...

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Glitch in Airplane Autopilot Systems

June 26, 2014 4:51 pm | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | Comments

The Netherlands' air safety agency says it has detected a glitch that can cause airplane autopilot systems to respond in a dangerous way when a plane is attempting a steeper than normal landing approach. In a report published Thursday, the Dutch Safety Board, which investigates disasters and potential accidents...

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A Versatile Joystick for Animation Artists

June 26, 2014 10:34 am | by ETH Zurich | Comments

Remember those molecule models made from sticks and balls you could assemble to study complex molecules back in school? Something similar has taken shape in the Interactive Geometry Lab at ETH Zurich. ETH-professor Olga Sorkine-Hornung and her team do not study molecules but ways to manipulate virtual shapes...

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Photos of the Day: Autonomous Underwater Vehicles Hunt Navy Mines

June 26, 2014 10:26 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water... Torpedo-shaped autonomous underwater vehicles are used to map swaths of the sea floor with sonar sensors...  

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Navy Uses Synthetic Aperture Sonar to Find Ancient Mines

June 26, 2014 10:16 am | by Georgia Tech | Comments

Since World War II, sea mines have damaged or sunk four times more U.S. Navy ships than all other means of attack combined, according to a Navy report on mine warfare. New sonar research being performed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute could improve the Navy’s ability to find sea mines deep under water...

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New Battery is Cheap, Clean, Rechargeable… and Organic

June 26, 2014 12:30 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

The new battery – which uses no metals or toxic materials – is intended for use in power plants, where it can make the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating a large-scale means to store energy for use as needed. "The batteries last for about 5,000 recharge cycles..."

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Advanced Light Source Provides New Look at Skyrmions

June 25, 2014 4:03 pm | by DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | Comments

Skyrmions, subatomic quasiparticles that could play a key role in future spintronic technologies, have been observed for the first time using x-rays. An international collaboration of researchers observed skyrmions in copper selenite an insulator with multiferroic properties...  

Collaborative Learning... For Robots

June 25, 2014 3:39 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Machine learning, in which computers learn new skills by looking for patterns in training data, is the basis of most recent advances in artificial intelligence, from voice-recognition systems to self-parking cars. It's also the technique that autonomous robots typically use to build models of their environments...

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New Method Automatically Cuts Boring Parts from Long Videos

June 25, 2014 3:36 pm | by Carnegie Mellon University | Comments

Smartphones, GoPro cameras and Google Glass are making it easy for anyone to shoot video anywhere. But, they do not make it any easier to watch the tedious videos that can result. Carnegie Mellon University computer scientists, however, have invented...

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Recent Progress in Whole-Lifecycle Software Architecture Modeling

June 25, 2014 3:33 pm | by Science China Press | Comments

The gradually increasing complexity of user requirements and runtime environments of software demands software to be of more capabilities and thus become more complex than ever. In the past several decades, there was a trend that the scale of software has been increasing continuously...

Demonstrating a Driverless Future

June 25, 2014 3:30 pm | by National Science Foundation | Comments

In the coming decades, we will likely commute to work and explore the countryside in autonomous, or driverless, cars capable of communicating with the roads they are traveling on. A convergence of technological innovations in embedded sensors...

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Google Shows off Android Auto, Wearables

June 25, 2014 3:19 pm | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Some 1 billion people are now using Android devices, Google said as the company kicked off its two-day developer conference Wednesday in San Francisco. But the online search leader's effort to broaden its focus beyond smartphones and tablets was on full display...

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Ready, Set, GoPro: Camera Maker to Hit Wall Street

June 25, 2014 3:15 pm | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Comments

GoPro has climbed mountaintops and dived to ocean bottoms. Now it's headed somewhere only slightly tamer: Wall Street. The maker of wearable sports cameras, loved by mountain climbers, divers, surfers and other extreme sports fans, is expected...

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