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MIT’s Cheetah 3 blind robot can climb a staircase littered with debris, leap, and gallop across rough terrain

Could be used for exploring disaster zones and other dangerous or inaccessible environments
July 6, 2018

Cheetah 3 on stairs

Discovering new drugs and materials by ‘touching’ molecules in virtual reality

Scientists can now visualize and experiment with structures and dynamics of complex molecular structures (at atomic-level precision), with real-time multi-user collaboration via the cloud
July 6, 2018

To figure out how to block a bacteria's attempt to create multi-resistance to antibiotics, a researcher grabs a ligand (a binding molecule) that simulates a type of penicillin called benzylpenicillin (red) and interactively guides that molecule to dock within another enzyme (blue-orange) molecule called beta-lactamase, which is produced by bacteria in an attempt to disable the penicillin (by making a patient resistant to a class of antibiotics called β-lactam). (credit: University of Bristol)

There’s no known upper limit to human longevity, study suggests

New high-precision database of Italians shows risk of death leveling off at age 105
July 2, 2018

Chiyo Miyako of Japan is the world's oldest verified living person as of June 29, 2018, according to the Gerontology Research Group. She credits eating eel, drinking red wine, and never smoking for her longevity. (credit:  Medical Review Co., Ltd.)

New material eliminates need for motors or actuators in future robots, other devices

Low-cost material could bear 3000 times its own weight, triggered by light or electricity
June 29, 2018

A “mini arm” made by two hinges of actuating nickel hydroxide-oxyhydroxide material (left) can lift an object 50 times of its weight when triggered (right) by light or electricity. (credit: University of Hong Kong)

How robots aided by deep learning could help autism therapists

Deep-learning-enhanced robots could help interpret behavior and personalize therapy of autistic children, making it more engaging and natural
June 29, 2018

Personalized Machine Learning in autiism therapy

Spotting fake images with AI

Adobe and University of Maryland researchers use a deep-learning neural network to detect subtle methods now used in doctoring images
June 26, 2018

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New wearable, high-precision brain scanner allows for patients to move around

Could revolutionize diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders, say University of Nottingham researchers
June 22, 2018

(Left) Current stationary MEG scanner. (Right) New wearable scanner, allowing for movement. (credit: National Institute of Mental Health and University of Nottingham)

How to supervise a robot with your mind and hand gestures

“Plug and play” system uses a human’s brainwaves and hand-gesture muscle signals to instantly correct robot mistakes
June 22, 2018

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Are virtual reality and augmented reality the future of education?

Welcome to the memory palace; and how to safely walk around (or maybe run) in VR
June 19, 2018

VR memory

IBM researchers use analog memory to train deep neural networks faster and more efficiently

New approach allows deep neural networks to run hundreds of times faster than with GPUs, using hundreds of times less energy
June 15, 2018

Crossbar arrays of non-volatile memories can accelerate the training of neural networks by performing computation at the actual location of the data. (credit: IBM Research)

Summit supercomputer is world’s fastest

Will enable researchers to apply techniques like machine learning and deep learning to scientific discoveries that were previously impractical or impossible
June 12, 2018

(credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory)

roundup | AI powers cars, photos, phones, and people

June 8, 2018

(credit: Berkeley Deep Drive)

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