With no sensors, motors, or actuators, hot feet are all this robot needs to walk
Researchers have presented a new way of doing machine learning that enables semantically related concepts to reinforce each other. So, for instance, an object-recognition algorithm would learn to weigh the co-occurrence of the classifications ‘dog’ and ‘Chihuahua’ more heavily than it would the co-occurrence of ‘dog’ and ‘cat.’
More-flexible machine learning
A otolaryngology resident and bioengineering student have used 3-D printing techniques to create more lifelike models to help aspiring surgeons — who currently practice on soap, apples, and vegetables — learn to perform ear reconstruction surgeries.
3-D printing techniques help surgeons carve new ears
Without any hardware modifications, the Harvard RoboBee learns to land in the water and go for a swim
Artificial microflowers have been developed that self-assemble in water and mimic the natural blooming process, an important step for advances in frontier-edge electronics.
Blooming microflowers open new electronic frontiers
The Honda Foundation, a public-interest incorporated foundation created by Honda Motor’s founder Soichiro Honda and his younger brother
Optical sensors may be uniquely suited for use in robotic hands, according to researchers who have developed a three-fingered soft robotic hand with multiple embedded fiber optic sensors. They also have created a new type of stretchable optical sensor.
A light touch: Embedded optical sensors could make robotic hands more dexterous
Soon it may be easier to design, plan and carry out infrastructure operations in deep water.
Robots: Our new underwater 'astronauts'
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The ability to walk has been restored following a spinal cord injury, using one’s own brain power, according to research. The preliminary proof-of-concept study shows that it is possible to use direct brain control to get a person’s legs to walk again.
Man walks again after years of paralysis