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YouTube Videos Teach Robots How to Cook

February 5, 2015 2:30 pm | by DARPA | News | Comments

Robots can learn to recognize objects and patterns fairly well, but to interpret and be able to act on visual input is much more difficult.  Researchers at the University of Maryland, funded by DARPA’s Mathematics of Sensing, Exploitation and Execution (MSEE) program, recently developed a system ...                

Using Hapkit to Teach Haptics, the Science of Touch

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | Videos | Comments

Stanford Professor Allison Okamura is using a build-it-yourself-electronic kit that allow students to create physical sensations using a programmable device called Hapkit. Today she is using Hapkit to teach a class in haptics -- the science ...                  

Stanford-Designed Hapkit Brings Physical Touch to the Virtual Classroom

February 5, 2015 2:20 pm | by Vignesh Ramachadran, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Stanford educators have designed a do-it-yourself kit that gives online learners hands-on experience by bringing haptics into virtual classrooms ...                                       

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5 Resources for STEM Teachers

February 5, 2015 1:46 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter @abmdigi | News | Comments

With STEM careers taking off, STEM students need capable, confident teachers targeting all segments of the population. In a Town Hall conference call on Jan. 28, STEMconnector brought together representatives of advocacy organizations, educational seminars, and universities to explore innovative ... 

Photos of the Day: Octoput-Like Robot with Ultra-Fast Propulsion

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

The 30 cm long self-propelling robot is inflated with water and then rapidly deflates by shooting the water out through its base to power its outstanding propulsion and acceleration, despite starting from a non-streamlined shape. As the rocket contracts, it can achieve more than 2.6 times the thrust of a rigid rocket doing the same maneuver ...                 

Making Waves with Ultra-Fast OctoBot

February 5, 2015 1:35 pm | by Glenn Harris, University of Southampton | News | Comments

Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles ...                      

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, but Needs More Support

February 5, 2015 10:31 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds ...             

High-Tech Solutions for Countering Unwanted Drones

February 5, 2015 10:17 am | by JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

What's the best way to counter an unwelcome drone: a bigger, faster drone, laser guns, sky-high netting or devices that block remote controls? Scientists, governments and companies are now scrambling to find out ...                     

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No Fast or Slow Lanes for Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:57 am | by ANNE FLAHERTY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users ...                                     

MIT Professor Inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame for "Artificial Skin"

February 4, 2015 11:51 am | by Alissa Mallinson, Department of Mechanical Engineering | News | Comments

Ioannis V. Yannas, professor of polymer science and engineering in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering, was recognized as one of the highest achievers in his field last week when the National Inventors Hall of Fame announced it would be inducting him at their 2015 ceremony this May. With this honor, which recognizes his invention ... 

A Smart Grid Self-Organized Simply

February 4, 2015 11:45 am | by Max-Planck-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

To improve the management of fluctuations in the electricity supplied by solar and wind installations, the electricity network needs to work more intelligently in the future. Electricity suppliers aim to be able to regulate consumption on the basis of supply with the help of an intelligent electricity network, a smart grid. Intelligent electricity ...

Photo of the Day: X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:33 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

Nanoparticles are becoming increasingly pervasive in our everyday lives. These tiny particles, invisible to the naked eye, have widespread applications, ranging from sunscreen and paints to colour filters and electronic components. They are even promising for medical purposes including cancer treatment. "The functionality of nanoparticles ... 

X-Ray Pulses Uncover Free Nanoparticles for the First Time in 3-D

February 4, 2015 11:25 am | by Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron Desy | News | Comments

For the first time, a German-American research team has determined the three-dimensional shape of free-flying silver nanoparticles, using DESY's X-ray laser FLASH. The tiny particles, hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair, were found to exhibit an unexpected variety of shapes, as the physicists from ... 

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Tiny Robotic 'Hands' Could Improve Cancer Diagnostics, Drug Delivery

February 4, 2015 11:22 am | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Many people imagine robots today as clunky, metal versions of humans, but scientists are forging new territory in the field of 'soft robotics.' One of the latest advances is a flexible, microscopic hand-like gripper. The development could help doctors perform remotely guided surgical procedures or perform biopsies. The materials ... 

Manufacturing Drives American Economy, But Needs More Support

February 4, 2015 11:12 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

The majority of America’s advanced industries are manufacturers, said a study by the Brookings Institute. The study measured the impact of the advanced industries sector on American economic renewal, defining “advanced” as industries with research and development spending that exceeds $450 per worker, and in which at ... 

Photos of the Day: Urban Solar Electric Car with 3D-Printed Body

February 3, 2015 10:49 am | by Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) students have built Singapore’s first urban solar electric car with an innovative 3D-printed body shell that has 150 parts. Mounted on a carbon fiber single shell chassis, the NTU Venture (NV) 8 will race in the Urban Concept category at this year’s Shell Eco-marathon Asia ... 

NASA Budget to Fund Mars Mission, Asteroid Capture

February 3, 2015 10:36 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

NASA is expected to receive $18.5 billion in the FY2016 Federal budget, a half-billion dollar increase. This budget allows for continuing development of the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, SpaceLaunch System (SLS), and Exploration Ground Systems (EGS), planned for deep space missions. It also funds the James ... 

MIT Accepting Applications for Integrated Design Program

February 3, 2015 10:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

Are you an engineer or businessperson looking to further your education? Starting in the fall semester, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will offer a Master’s degree in Integrated Design, geared toward engineering, business and design professionals in the early or middle stages of their careers. Applicants must be ... 

ASU Graduates Create Medical Device to Cure Jaundice

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by Arizona State University | News | Comments

Arizona State University engineering graduates and students are involved in a start-up venture based on new technology the company’s founders developed to help cure jaundice in newborn children. Jaundice affects six out of 10 newborn babies, and more than 12,000 worldwide die each day if not treated. The founders of the ... 

Programming Safety Into Self-Driving Cars

February 3, 2015 1:37 am | by National Science Foundation | News | Comments

For decades, researchers in artificial intelligence, or AI, worked on specialized problems, developing theoretical concepts and workable algorithms for various aspects of the field. Computer vision, planning and reasoning experts all struggled independently in areas that many thought would be easy to solve, but which proved ... 

Gates talks Microsoft Personal Agent, Philanthropy in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Articles | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post Gates said that he was working with Microsoft ...                             

App Lets Anyone See for the Blind

February 2, 2015 1:05 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | News | Comments

With Be My Eyes, blind or visually impaired people can place a call to sighted “helpers” through an iOS device. The helper receives a video of the user’s surroundings and describes the area or answers a question with which the user may need help ...                                

Photo of the Day: XMM-Newton and Hubble View of Jupiter's Ghost

February 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Phys.org | News | Comments

Names of astronomical objects are often ambiguous, especially when the historical designation of a certain class of celestial body preceded their physical understanding and was based on their appearance in the sky. A notoriously abstruse case of nomenclature is that ...

Researchers Revamp Common “Data Structure” to Work With Multicore Chips

February 2, 2015 9:57 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory. Every data structure has its own advantages: Some are good for fast retrieval, some for efficient search, some for quick ... 

Smart Devices That Track Hand-Washing in Hospitals

February 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

General Sensing — co-founded by MIT Media Lab alumni Jonathan Gips SM ’06 and Philip Liang SM ’06 — is using smart devices to monitor hand hygiene among hospital staff and ensure compliance with WHO guidelines ...                                     

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