High-speed light-based systems could replace supercomputers for certain ‘deep learning’ calculations

Low power requirements for photons (instead of electrons) may make deep learning more practical in future self-driving cars and mobile consumer devices

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A noninvasive method for deep-brain stimulation for brain disorders

Could make deep-brain stimulation less risky, less expensive, and more available to patients and researchers

External electrical waves excite an area in the mouse hippocampus, shown in bright green. (credit: Nir Grossman, Ph.D., Suhasa B. Kodandaramaiah, Ph.D., and Andrii Rudenko, Ph.D.)

Researchers decipher how faces are encoded in the brain

Only 205 neurons required per face; findings also have artificial intelligence applications

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Playing a musical instrument could help restore brain health, research suggests

Tibetan singing bowls were used to help uncover why playing a musical instrument can protect brain health. (credit: Baycrest Health Sciences)

33 blood-cancer patients have dramatic clinical remission with new T-cell therapy

Killer T-cells surround a cancer cell (credit: NIH)

How to design and build your own robot

Simplified interactive design tool will let you select 3D-printed parts and off-the-shelf components

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Are you ready for pop-up, shape-shifting food? Just add water.

Gelatin sheets that transform into edible 3D shapes when dunked in water could save food shipping costs. And they're fun.

These pasta shapes were caused by immersing a 2-D flat film into water. (credit: Michael Indresano Photography)

VR glove powered by soft robotics provides missing sense of touch

Prototype of haptic VR glove, using soft robotic “muscles” to provide realistic tactile feedback for VR users (credit: Jacobs School of Engineering/UC San Diego)

Common antioxidant could slow symptoms of aging in human skin

These cross-section images show three-dimensional human skin models made of living skin cells. Untreated model skin (left panel) shows a thinner dermis layer (black arrow) compared with model skin treated with the antioxidant methylene blue (right panel). A new study suggests that methylene blue could slow or reverse dermal thinning (a sign of aging) and a number of other symptoms of aging in human skin. (credit: Zheng-Mei Xiong/University of Maryland)

New antibiotic could eliminate the global threat of antibiotic-resistant infections

Modified vancomycin antibiotic (credit: Akinori Okano et al./PNAS)

Alpha Go defeats world’s top Go player. What’s next?

Game 3 of The Ultimate Go Challenge

3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch

Could also be printed directly on human skin for pulse monitoring or as a human-machine interface --- imagine a computer mouse built into your fingertip

A one-of-a-kind 3D printer built at the University of Minnesota can print touch sensors directly on a model hand. Credit: Shuang-Zhuang Guo and Michael McAlpine, University of Minnesota, "3D Printed Stretchable Tactile Sensors," Advanced Materials. 2017. (credit: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA. )

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