As more utilities install “smart” power meters that track how much electricity flows into a home in real time, they are freer to offer alternatives to the average monthly rate that they traditionally charged to consumers.
October 20, 2009
Over-expressing the NR2B gene lets brain cells communicate just a fraction of a second longer and makes a smarter rat, report researchers from the Medical College of Georgia and East China Normal University.
The finding further validates NR2B as a drug target for improving memory in healthy individuals as those with Alzheimer’s or mild dementia, the scientists say.
NR2B is a subunit of NMBA receptors, which are like… read more
September 23, 2015
A new smart research system developed at Uppsala University accelerates research on cancer treatments by finding optimal treatment drug combinations. It was developed by a research group led by Mats Gustafsson, Professor of Medical Bioinformatics.
The “lab robot” system plans and conducts experiments with many substances, and draws its own conclusions from the results. The idea is to gradually refine combinations of substances so that… read more
New algorithms could enable heaps of “smart sand” that can assume any shape, allowing spontaneous formation of new tools or duplication of broken mechanical parts.
Imagine that you have a big box of sand in which you bury a tiny model of a footstool. A few seconds later, you reach into the box and pull out a full-size footstool: The sand has assembled itself into a large-scale replica of… read more
September 13, 2002
Scientists report the development of dust-size “smart” silicon crystals that could be used to detect chemical and biological agents from a distance, using a laser light source.
November 30, 2016
North Carolina researchers have developed a smart skin patch designed to monitor a patient’s blood and release a blood-thinning drug, as needed, to prevent thrombosis (dangerous blood clots).
Thrombosis — one of the leading causes of cardiovascular mortalities and morbidities worldwide — occurs when blood clots disrupt the normal flow of blood in the body, which can cause severe health problems such as pulmonary embolism, heart attack, or stroke.… read more
November 4, 2003
The Inevitable Collision System (ICS) aims to make it impossible for robots to bump into objects, including people.
It works by continuously calculating an exclusion zone (for possible collisions) around the robot based on its motion and that of the objects around it.
To date there has only been one recorded roboticide. In 1981, Japanese factory worker Kenji Urada was killed by a robot in a manufacturing plant… read more
July 7, 2006
AI will increasingly give spacecraft the ability to think for themselves.
The AI group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory wrote the software that manages the schedule of Earth Observing-1, a satellite that looks for natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, wildfires and floods. It reprograms itself to image these targets and provide rapid response imagery of breaking science events.
Similar programming can be used for future planetary missions, perhaps… read more
July 5, 2001
A smart walker that will guide users, providing assistance with steering and braking, has been developed by a research team at the University of Virginia’s Medical Automation Research Center.
The prototype uses a laser scanner to sense the environment, detecting a user’s intentions primarily via pressure monitors in the handles. If a person loses footing, the walker will detect the high force and burst of speed, then hit the… read more
September 16, 2011
Meta Watch Ltd. has announced it has acquired the Meta Watch branded connected watch business from Fossil, Inc. It plans to release wrist-based devices later this month for about $200 in the U.S. and Europe.
June 5, 2003
Distributed digital video arrays, or DIVAs — collections of smart cameras able to detect and identify an individual in a crowded train station and track him wherever he goes — are being developed by researchers at the University of California at San Diego under a Department of Defense contract.
The systems also notify authorities when they “think” an individual engages in suspicious activity or meets with questionable cohorts.
July 14, 2001
A wheeled police robot that makes many tactical decisions on its own during potentially dangerous bomb-disablement or other law enforcement missions has been unveiled by researchers at Sandia National Laboratories.
The Wolverine robot hardware was developed at Northrop Grumman’s REMOTEC unit; Sandia Labs added software.
The Wolverine now incorporates some of the most challenging and commonly needed robotic tools and behaviors in police work, such… read more