Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 12/12/2016 - 15:51
Researchers at Cornell University have developed a soft robotic hand that is able to not only touch delicate and fragile items but also to sense the shape and texture of things that it comes into contact with.
Lead researcher Huichan Zhao, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Cornell University, said their newly developed dubbed “Gentle Bot” is closer to a real human hand.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 12/10/2016 - 05:34
Monkeys have a vocal tract capable of producing human-like speech but they are unable to produce words because they lack the right wiring in their brains, according to a new study.
Researchers have long been intrigued by primates’ failure to talk like humans. On Friday, a group of researchers reported that their study suggested that monkeys have the required vocal tract but they don’t have the right wiring required to produce words.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 15:51
A team of scientists at UC Berkeley on Tuesday unveiled a new hopping robot that can jump higher and more quickly than any other robot in the world.
The new robot dubbed “Salto” is a monopedal and is 10.2-inch tall. Instead of taking one huge leap, the new robot bounces off a wall with a big force to complete an even larger jump, much in the manner of a parkour expert bounding from a ledge to a wall and subsequently flying through the air to his next perch.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 11:51
At the time of lift off, birds’ wings generate tiny, circular currents of air known as wingtip vortices. A new study allowed a group of researchers to visualize and examine these wingtip vortices, and they discovered that found that the actual way the air moves is different from what is commonly thought based on theoretical calculations.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Tue, 12/06/2016 - 10:03
Telephone calls or text messages from pharmacies before a major storm prompts people to stock up on their medications, a new study revealed.
Researchers, who included representatives from CVS Health and HHS, found that those who received a call or text message before a major blizzard hit the northeastern U.S. in January this year were 9 per cent more likely than others stock up on medications before travel became perilous.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Mon, 12/05/2016 - 05:58
Dwarf planet Pluto is one of solar system’s smaller ocean worlds and its liquid water hidden under its icy surface might amount to a sphere up to 780 miles wide or roughly 75 per cent of Earth’s entire liquid water reservoir, a new study suggested.
Pluto is more than 3 billion miles (5 billion kilometers) away from the Sun. thus, is has icy surface, but NASA researchers have concluded that it has vast sources of liquid water under its surface.
Submitted by Diana Bretting on Sat, 12/03/2016 - 11:55
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has attempted to explore and reveal how the human brain 'store' and 'hide' memory.
The human brain's working memory allows it to determine what to store and what to set aside. But, scientists have long been struggling to determine how it works. Now, the researchers' new paper titled "Reactivation of latent working memories with transcranial magnetic stimulation," claims to have solved that mystery.
Submitted by Luis Georg on Sat, 12/03/2016 - 11:51
A new study has suggested that “Lucy,” a more than 3 million year old human relative at the evolutionary cusp between humans and primates, would climb trees regularly and she spent a lot of time in treetops.
Lucy was able to walk upright on two legs, like moderns humans. But, scientists were previously unable determine whether she climbed trees regularly like nonhuman primates or not.