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Artificial synapse for neural networks

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 19:20
A new organic artificial synapse could support computers that better recreate the way the human brain processes information. It could also lead to improvements in brain-machine technologies.

Study finds significant limitations of physician-rating websites

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 18:07
An analysis of 28 commercial physician-rating websites finds that search mechanisms are cumbersome, and reviews scarce, according to a study.

Understanding 'glass relaxation' and why it's important for next-generation displays

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 17:02
Display manufacturers can account for a certain level of relaxation in the glass, referring to the intermolecular rearrangement, if it’s known and reproducible. But fluctuations in this relaxation behavior tend to introduce uncertainty into the manufacturing process, possibly leading to misalignment of pixels within displays. Now, researchers reports on a new modeling technique to quantify and predict glass relaxation fluctuations, important for next-generation displays.

Online daters ignore wish list when choosing a match

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:07
Despite having a 'wish list' stating their preference for potential ideal matches, most online daters contact people bearing no resemblance to the characteristics they say they want in a mate, according to new research. The finding was revealed by researchers who analyzed the online dating preferences and contact behavior of more than 41,000 Australians aged between 18-80.

Family focused interventions for at risk children and youth

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:07
Experts discuss how interventions can be developed to maximize resilience among children experiencing adversity and improve outcomes for their families as well.

Maths and maps make you nervous? It could be in your genes

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 15:10
Our genes play a significant role in how anxious we feel when faced with spatial and mathematical tasks, such as reading a map or solving a geometry problem, according to a new study.

Crowdsourcing effort helps researchers predict how a molecule will smell

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:56
While it's possible to anticipate the color of light or the pitch of sound, odor defies prediction. New research has taken an important step toward decoding smell, by linking a scent back to a molecule's chemistry.

Deep Learning predicts hematopoietic stem cell development

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:17
Autonomous driving, automatic speech recognition, and the game Go: Deep Learning is generating more and more public awareness. Scientists have now used it to determine the development of hematopoietic stem cells in advance. In a new article, they describe how their software predicts the future cell type based on microscopy images.

Brain-computer interface advance allows fast, accurate typing by people with paralysis

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:04
A brain-to-computer hookup can enable people with paralysis to type via direct brain control at the highest speeds and accuracy levels reported to date, a clinical research publication has demonstrated.

Drones are what's next for plant breeders

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 00:16
Crop breeders grow thousands of potential varieties at a time; until now, observations of key traits were made by hand. In a new study, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, were used successfully to remotely evaluate and predict soybean maturity timing in tests of potential varieties. The use of drones for this purpose could substantially reduce the human-hours needed to evaluate new crops.

Decision-making suffers when cancer patients avoid math

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 14:57
Many of the toughest decisions faced by cancer patients involve knowing how to use numbers -- calculating risks, evaluating treatment options and figuring odds of medication side effects. But for patients who aren’t good at math, decision science research can offer evidence-based advice on how to assess numeric information and ask the right questions to make informed choices.

Using statistics ethically to combat 'a scientific credibility crisis'

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:51
Can statistics increase the value of science to society?

How to build a bio-bot: Researchers share design and development of biological machines

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 21:51
Creating tiny muscle-powered robots that can walk or swim by themselves -- or better yet, when prompted -- is more complicated than it looks.

Efficient power converter for internet of things

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 21:10
Researchers have presented a new power converter that maintains its efficiency at currents ranging from 500 picoamps to 1 milliamp, a span that encompasses a 200,000-fold increase in current levels.

Digital fabrication in architecture

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 21:09
Society faces enormous challenges in constructing high-quality, future-oriented built environments. Construction sites today look much like the building sites did at the beginning of the 20th century. Current research on digital fabrication in architecture indicates that the development and integration of innovative digital technologies within architectural and construction processes could transform the building industry -- on the verge of a building industry 4.0. Digital technologies in architecture and construction could increase productivity creating new jobs.

Researchers use big-brother tech to spy on bumblebees

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 21:09
RFID chips like the ones used to protect merchandise from shoplifting reveal surprising clues about life in a bumblebee colony, say investigators.

Alien particles from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on personal electronic devices

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:03
Alien subatomic particles raining down from outer space are wreaking low-grade havoc on your smartphones, computers and other personal electronic devices, say researchers.

Researchers design facial recognition system as less invasive way to track lemurs in wild

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:00
A team of researchers has developed a new computer-assisted recognition system that can identify individual lemurs in the wild by their facial characteristics and ultimately help to build a database for long-term research on lemur species.

Six-legged robots faster than nature-inspired gait

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:00
Researchers have discovered a faster and more efficient gait, never observed in nature, for six-legged robots walking on flat ground. Bio-inspired gaits -- less efficient for robots -- are used by real insects since they have adhesive pads to walk in three dimensions. The results provide novel approaches for roboticists and new information to biologists.

Liquid metal nano printing set to revolutionize electronics

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:59
A new technique uses liquid metals to create large wafers around 1.5 nanometres in depth to produce integrated circuits, report scientists in a new report.