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A New Skill Could Let Smart Speakers Monitor a Sleeping Baby's Breathing and Movement

For the first few months, life with a new baby at home is filled with stress and worry. Are they sleeping okay? Have they rolled over too far? Are they still breathing? But there could soon be some relief to all the anxiety as researchers have come up with a clever new trick for smart speakers that allows them to …Read more...
Tags: Smart Speakers, Research, University Of Washington, Health, Safety


MIT Confirms a Bridge Leonardo da Vinci Designed 500 Years Ago Was an Ancient Engineering Marvel

Some 500 years after his death, researchers are still discovering just how talented and brilliant Leonardo da Vinci was. Architects and civil engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology used a 3D printer to create a replica of a bridge da Vinci designed, but never built. To their surprise, not only did it…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Mit, Architecture, Engineering, Bridges, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Vinci


Researchers Created Lenses a Thousand Times Thinner to Hopefully Eliminate Ugly Smartphone Camera Bumps

Smartphones are currently plagued by a host of ugly design features that compromise aesthetics for functionality, including holes and notches in their screens, and protrusions on the back to accommodate camera optics. But those bumps might soon go away thanks to a team of researchers at the University of Utah who’ve …Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Research, Cameras, Lenses, University of Utah


A New Spray-On Gel Could Help Stop Wildfires Before They Start, Researchers Say

Every year around 10 million acres of the U.S. is seared by wildfires. The country spends more than $2 billion trying to fight them—a total that doesn’t even include the cost of lost property. Fighting wildfires is still mostly a reactive effort, something that happens after the fires have already ignited. But…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Wildfires, Standford University, Firefighting


A New Hearing Aid Promises to Tune Out Distracting Voices By Reading the Wearer's Brain Waves

You don’t notice it happening, but in a crowded, noisy room, your brain has the remarkable ability to effectively tune out all but the people you’re talking to. Trying to replicate this behavior in gadgets like hearing aids has proven to be very difficult, but researchers might have finally found a solution by…Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Research, Ears, Columbia University, Hearing, Hearing Aids, Noise Canceling


Female authors listed on just 30% of recent UK academic research

Progress rate ‘disheartening’, says expert as 2014-17 figure is small improvement on 2006-09Women are listed as authors of just 30% of academic research from British universities, according to a major new ranking of higher education institutions.Although the number of women named as authors is gradually increasing, the slow pace was described by one expert as “disheartening”. The 30% figure is for studies published between 2014 and 2017, which is an improvement from an average of just under 26% ...
Tags: Gender, UK, Science, Education, Women, Research, UK News, Higher Education, Universities, Academics, Research publishing


Scientists Created a Display With Pixels a Million Times Smaller Than Those on a Smartphone

Smartphone makers might soon not have much to brag about when it comes to the number of pixels they can fit on a pocket-sized screen. Researchers at the University of Cambridge have come up with a way to create pixels that are a million times smaller than those used on even Apple’s Retina displays. But extreme pixel…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Science, Research, Displays, Pixels, Screens, University of Cambridge


How Corporate Delusions of Automation Fuel the Cruelty of Uber and Lyft

As drivers around the world went on just days before Uber’s IPO, they shared harrowing stories of being overworked and underpaid, subjected to a frustratingly opaque payment system, and even sleeping in their cars in order to save enough money to get by. Research backs up the anecdotes they relayed to the…Read more...
Tags: Lyft, Uber, Science, Labor, Research, Automaton


Is Science Broken? Major New Report Outlines Problems in Research

A new report released this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is weighing in on a contentious debate within the science world: the idea that scientific research is fundamentally flawed, rife with published findings that often can’t be reproduced or replicated by other scientists,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Reproducibility Crisis, National Academies Of Sciences And Engineering


Experimental Plane Shows Supersonic Blasts of Air Could Simplify the Way We Pilot Aircraft

The more moving parts a machine has, the more likely it is to eventually fail. It’s an especially problematic rule of thumb for aircraft given the fact that a mechanical failure during a flight can be catastrophic. To help remedy this, a British aerospace company recently tested a unique plane that replaces its wing’s…Read more...
Tags: Transportation, Science, Planes, Research, Aircraft, Bae Systems, Magma


Imagine Getting Pulled Over By This Tablet on a Stick

It’s a far cry from the badass cyborg who served and protected the people of Detroit in the movie RoboCop, but this bizarre extending robot can assist with traffic stops and promises to help make such roadside interactions safer for both police officers and motorists.Read more...
Tags: Science, Safety, Police, Research, Robots, Detroit, SRI International


A New Storage Breakthrough Could Squeeze a Library's Worth of Data Into a Teaspoon of Protein

By 2020, researchers estimate that the world’s digital archive will weigh in at around 44 trillion gigabytes. That’s an astounding amount of data that isn’t necessarily being stored in the safest of places. Most storage mediums naturally degrade over time (if they’re not hacked or accidentally destroyed) and even the …Read more...
Tags: Science, Storage, Research, Chemistry, Harvard University, Molecules


The Lifelong Benefits of a Single Psychedelic Trip

For decades, numerous scientific studies have set out to determine the benefits of psychedelic trips. From stabilizing moods to boosting creativity, substantial findings support the positive impact of psilocybin. But, a slew of recent work—specifically a survey conducted by Johns Hopkins—suggests that trips could do even more: they can instill newfound purpose and a sense of connectedness that lasts a lifetime. Often, these come as …
Tags: Health, Wellness, Science, Design, Drugs, Research, Culture, Mushrooms, Johns Hopkins, Ayahuasca, Linkaboutit, Lsd, Psychedelics, Psilocybin


Color-Changing LEDs Pave the Way to Impossibly High Screen Resolutions

An international collaboration between several universities around the world has led to an innovation in LEDs that could potentially result in a giant leap forward when it comes to increasing the resolution on TV screens and mobile devices. For the first time ever, a single LED can now change color all by itself.Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Led, LEDs, Displays, Lighting


Elon Musk Was Right: Cheap Cameras Could Replace Lidar on Self-Driving Cars, Researchers Find

Among the many tidbits of wisdom that Elon Musk dropped at a Tesla company investor event on Monday was the revelation that Lidar, a laser-based scanning technology that images objects in 3D, was “friggin’ stupid,” and that “...anyone relying on LiDAR is doomed.” It seemed a grandiose claim given how many autonomous…Read more...
Tags: Elon Musk, Science, Research, Tesla, Sensors, Cameras, Autonomous Vehicles, Autonomous Cars, Lidar, Cornell, Cornell University


Skip the Gym, Plastic Surgeons Can Now Sculpt Belly Fat Into a Weird Chiseled Six-Pack

Actually getting your butt to the gym can often be harder than the workout itself, but there might now be a shortcut for getting a defined set of six-pack abs. Researchers at the University of Miami’s Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine have developed a new plastic surgery technique called abdominal etching that can…Read more...
Tags: Science, Medical, Research, Plastic Surgery, University Of Miami, Leonard M Miller School of Medicine, Abdominal Etching


AI Might Soon Make it Easy to Put Yourself In Your Favorite Video Game

In a rare move by Facebook that doesn’t have the world shaking its head in disbelief, the company’s AI researchers have developed a way to easily turn real people into playable game characters by simply analyzing videos of them going through specific motions. My dreams of finally being an unlockable character in NBA…Read more...
Tags: Gaming, Facebook, Science, Video Games, Research, Nba, Virtual Reality, Ai, Neural Networks


Researchers Made 25-Ton Boulders They Can Move by Hand, Giving More Insights Into Ancient Engineering

How were giant ancient structures like Stonehenge, or the towering Moai heads on Easter Island, assembled at a time when cranes and trucks were still hundreds of years away? Researchers at MIT have given more credence to theories that ancient engineers were masters of balance and leverage with a new experiment that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Design, Research, Mit, Architecture, Easter Island


These Robodogs Are Even Scarier When They Start Working In a Pack

That sound, that sound, as they come marching.Read more...
Tags: Gadgets, Science, Research, Robots, Boston Dynamics, Spotmini


Winters Are Only Going to Get Worse, So Researchers Invented a Way to Generate Electricity from Snowfall

The farther you get from the equator, the less effective solar panels become at reliably generating power all year round. And it’s not just the shorter spans of sunlight during the winter months that are a problem; even a light dusting of snow can render solar panels ineffective. As a result of global warming, winters…Read more...
Tags: Science, Snow, Research, Solar, Electricity, Solar Power, Ucla


The First Machine-Generated Book by a Scholarly Publisher Is a Boring Read

Amazon’s online book store is plagued with thousands of auto-generated ebooks crudely hacked together from other texts by shady authors” looking to make a quick buck. Most are unreadable, but it’s not always going to be that way. Springer Nature, a publisher serving the research community, just published its first…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Books, Science, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Batteries, Machine Learning, Ai, Springer Nature


Dementia patients should be offered music and dance therapy

More people with dementia should be given music or dance therapy in a bid to prevent them being "over-medicalised", the Health Secretary has said. It follows research which found that giving people with dementia personal playlists resulted in a 60 per cent reduction in the need for mind-altering drugs. Matt Hancock said that while guidance says local areas should consider music or dancing for people with dementia, such therapies have not been widely adopted across England. He has previously call...
Tags: UK, England, Science, Wales, Research, NHS, Hull, Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Hancock, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Matt Hancock, Clarence House


A New Design Promises to Quiet the Terrifying Roar of Flushing an Airplane Toilet

Flying has become an altogether unpleasant experience, from long security lines at the airport to cramped, uncomfortable seats. But one of the more unsettling parts of flying, those airplane lavatory toilets that sound like jet engines when flushed, might soon be much quieter thanks to some long overdue research from…Read more...
Tags: Science, Planes, Research, Flying, Airplanes, Toilets, Brigham Young University


France Is Getting a New, Algorithmically Designed Keyboard Layout

French and English share the same 26-character alphabet, but additional accents, symbols, and punctuation make it challenging for Francophones to use keyboard layouts designed for English speakers. The solution so far has just been to learn to adapt, but researchers led by Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland,…Read more...
Tags: Science, Keyboards, France, Research, French, Algorithms, Aalto University, Qwerty, Azerty, Aalto University in Helsinki Finland


A Blast of Heat Completely Heals Scratches On This New Protective Coating

It’s easy to shrug off a few dings on your car, but the touchscreen you’re staring at all day long? To some, a scratch on their smartphone is like being personally wounded, and it’s spawned an entire sub-industry selling cases and protectors for babying your gear. But what if the next time your smartphone got…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, Protection, Leibniz Institute for New Materials, Corn Starch


AI Is the New Secret Weapon in the Quest for Better Batteries

Compared to all the electronics that power the tiny computer in your pocket; battery technology is downright disappointing. Not only does your smartphone need charging every day, but in a few years, its battery will be barely able to hold a charge at all. So how long will your device last? Researchers at Standford…Read more...
Tags: Science, Stanford, Tech, Research, Power, Mit, Batteries, Battery, Stanford University, Consumer Tech, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Better Batteries, Standford


Machine learning academics are flocking to tech giants and that might be a problem

The die is very much cast when it comes to the growth of machine learning. With the expansion of tech companies like Google, Amazon and Uber, artificial intelligence-based research and products is a growth industry that’s only just getting started. Research from the International Data Commission forecasts that spending on AI and ML will rise from $12 billion in 2017 to $57.6 billion by 2021. The skyrocketing research funding into these fields is mirrored by the resulting patents being filed, wit...
Tags: Startups, Science, Tech, Research, Artificial Intelligence, Google Amazon, Syndication, International Data Commission


'Mindblowing' haul of fossils over 500m years old unearthed in China

Thousands of fossils date back to huge burst in diversity of life on Earth known as Cambrian explosionA “mindblowing” haul of fossils that captures the riot of evolution that kickstarted the diversity of life on Earth more than half a billion years ago has been discovered by researchers in China.Paleontologists found thousands of fossils in rocks on the bank of the Danshui river in Hubei province in southern China, where primitive forms of jellyfish, sponges, algae, anemones, worms and arthropod...
Tags: Science, Education, Biology, China, Research, World news, Earth, Asia Pacific, Higher Education, Evolution, Fossils, Hubei Province, Danshui


Researchers Found a Way to Extract Detailed Slo-Mo Videos From a Single Blurry Photo

The Phantom high-speed cameras used by YouTube channels like The Slow Mo Guys to capture mesmerizing slow-motion footage are obscenely expensive. But soon, thanks to a new technique that can extract slo-mo videos from a single photo, the smartphone in your pocket could outperform even a high-speed camera that costs…Read more...
Tags: Photography, Science, Research, Smartphones, Harvard, Slow Motion, High Speed Photography, EPFL, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Slo Mo, Virtual Frame Technique


New Noise-Blocking Material Could Make Jets and Drones Super Quiet

The most effective way to block an annoying sound is to simply build a barrier—the thicker, the better. But instead of everyone living in sound-blocking caves in a few years as noisy drones criss-cross the skies, researchers at Boston University have engineered an acoustic metamaterial that’s designed to silence…Read more...
Tags: Science, Research, 3d Printing, Noise, Sound, Boston University, Xin Zhang, Metamaterials, Reza Ghaffarivardavagh



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