Will artificial intelligence become conscious?

December 22, 2017

(Credit: EPFL/Blue Brain Project)

A breakthrough low-light image sensor for photography, life sciences, security

DARPA-sponsored research project allows for capturing single photons, replaces time exposure
December 20, 2017

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How to program DNA like we do computers

Researchers program DNA molecules to follow specific instructions to create sophisticated molecular machines for medical and research uses
December 18, 2017

This is a chemical oscillator. (credit: Image courtesy of Ella Maru Studio and Cody Geary)

A new low-cost, simple way to measure medical vital signs with radio waves

December 15, 2017

A radio frequency identification tag (credit: Cornell)

Video games and piano lessons improve cognitive functions in seniors, researchers find

December 13, 2017

(credit: Nintendo)

AlphaZero’s ‘alien’ superhuman-level program masters chess in 24 hours with no domain knowledge

Like a robot building a Ferrari from thousands of metal bits and parts, but no knowledge of a combustion engine
December 11, 2017

AlphaZero vs. Stockfish chess program | Round 1 (credit: Chess.com)

3D-printing biocompatible living bacteria

Applications include skin transplants and nanofilters that break down toxic substances
December 8, 2017

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New technology allows robots to visualize their own future

December 6, 2017

robot imagines future

Why (most) future robots won’t look like robots

Plus: soft robots get superpowers (equivalent to a duck lifting a car)
December 4, 2017

Material-enabled robotics. A future robot’s body may combine soft actuators and stiff structure, with distributed computation throughout. (credit: Nikolaus Correll/University of Colorado)

Using light instead of electrons promises faster, smaller, more-efficient computers and smartphones

December 1, 2017

Trapped light (credit: Imperial College London)

New nanomaterial, quantum encryption system could be ultimate defenses against hackers

November 29, 2017

Physically unclonable cryptographic primitive ft

Space dust may transport life between worlds

A hypervelocity bioparticle from Earth could have reached identified potential habitable planets
November 26, 2017

Imagine what this microscopic (0.2 to 0.7 millimeter) milnesium tardigradum animal could evolve into on another planet (credit: Wikipedia)

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