Technology

  • A spring in your step?

    In theory, it could make you run an awful lot faster.

    A spring-powered device attached to human legs could, in theory at least, boost sprinting speed by more than 50% with...

    Robotics March 26, 2020
  • Electric cars are better for the environment

    Study confirms they produce fewer emissions.

    A global analysis has verified that electric cars and heat pumps generate less greenhouse gas over their life cycle t...

    Automation March 24, 2020
  • Wildlife conservation is getting better

    According to AI probe of scientific studies.

    Whether it’s plastic pollution, climate change or endangered species conservation, there’s a growing tsunami of scien...

    AI March 23, 2020
  • History

    Moore’s law is turning 55

    Intel boss a driving force behind silicon chip technology.

    It doesn’t require a background in computer science, or even a strong interest in technology, to have at least a pass...

    Computing March 23, 2020
  • AI creates protein symphony

    Amino acids have unique musical vibrations.

    Researchers have found that proteins – building blocks for the human body found in everything from hair to muscle and...

    AI March 18, 2020
  • Wine counterfeiters beware

    Blockchain solution promises cure for $70 billion hangover.

    Global wine counterfeiting has become a massive headache that is leaving wine producers and their multi-national supp...

    Computing March 16, 2020
  • Robotic feelings?

    AI that shows vulnerability makes for better conversation.

    Suppose you’re part of a team in a group activity. One of your team members is uncommunicative, even taciturn. This b...

    Robotics March 11, 2020
  • How morally egalitarian are we?

    Exploring the ethics of automated vehicle accidents.

    In 2018 the results of a massive and audacious online experiment into human morality, published in the journal Nature...

    Automation March 4, 2020
  • Algorithm keeps robots on task

    To avoid collisions, they focus on their immediate vicinity.

    US researchers say they have developed the first decentralised algorithm that can stop robots colliding when they are...

    Robotics February 25, 2020
  • Using perovskite to help shape light

    It’s a cost-effective option in Faraday rotators.

    Researchers in Australia say they have found a way to manipulate laser light at a fraction of the cost of current tec...

    Materials February 25, 2020
  • Gently does it

    Soft robotic fingers lift jellyfish without stress.

    Soft robots have many uses, and now we can add lifting jellyfish to that list. US researchers have shown that captur...

    Robotics February 24, 2020
  • Look under the road to stay on the road

    Ground-penetrating radar used to overcome the elements.

    How do you drive if you can’t see the road? If you’re a driverless car, the answer may be to look under it. US resea...

    AI February 24, 2020
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