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Robotics
One Robot Was Able to Watch Another Bot and Predict Its Actions
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Robotics
One Robot Was Able to Watch Another Bot and Predict Its Actions
A Columbia University study suggests that empathy between robots may be possible — and the skill could make the bots more useful to humans.
January 16, 2021

A Columbia University study suggests that empathy between robots may be possible — and the skill could make the bots more useful to humans.

Virology
Phage Therapy Kills Superbug Behind Many ICU Infections
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Virology
Phage Therapy Kills Superbug Behind Many ICU Infections
Combining a bacteria-killing virus and an antibiotic was able to wipe out an infection of the superbug A. baumannii in mice.
January 15, 2021

Combining a bacteria-killing virus and an antibiotic was able to wipe out an infection of the superbug A. baumannii in mice.

Medical Innovation
Nerve-Stimulator Helps People Walk after MS and Strokes
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Medical Innovation
Nerve-Stimulator Helps People Walk after MS and Strokes
The EvoWalk wearable uses electrical stimulation, sensors, and AI to combat foot drop, a condition commonly linked to MS and strokes.
January 14, 2021

The EvoWalk wearable uses electrical stimulation, sensors, and AI to combat foot drop, a condition commonly linked to MS and strokes.

Aerospace
This Spider-Like Moon Rover Will Explore Lunar Lava Tubes
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Aerospace
This Spider-Like Moon Rover Will Explore Lunar Lava Tubes
A spider-like moon rover heading to the lunar surface in 2021 is designed to explore the underground lava tubes in which astronauts might one day live.
January 13, 2021

A spider-like moon rover heading to the lunar surface in 2021 is designed to explore the underground lava tubes in which astronauts might one day live.

Clean Energy
Wind Turbine Blades Are a Growing Waste Problem
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Clean Energy
Wind Turbine Blades Are a Growing Waste Problem
Using decommissioned wind turbine blades to build bridges, buildings, and more could eliminate one of the biggest disadvantages of wind energy.
January 12, 2021

Using decommissioned wind turbine blades to build bridges, buildings, and more could eliminate one of the biggest disadvantages of wind energy.

AI
New AI Can Draw Pictures, Inching Closer to Humanlike Smarts
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AI
New AI Can Draw Pictures, Inching Closer to Humanlike Smarts
OpenAI's two new machine learning algorithms improve computer vision and can use text cues to draw unique and often offbeat images.
January 11, 2021

OpenAI's two new machine learning algorithms improve computer vision and can use text cues to draw unique and often offbeat images.

Coronavirus
Should We Delay the Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines?
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Coronavirus
Should We Delay the Second Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines?
As vaccination campaigns begin, researchers are divided over whether the two-dose strategy should be delayed to get more people’s first dose done quicker.
January 10, 2021

As vaccination campaigns begin, researchers are divided over whether the two-dose strategy should be delayed to get more people’s first dose done quicker.

Coronavirus
Smart Vaccine Device Could Speed Up Development Process
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Coronavirus
Smart Vaccine Device Could Speed Up Development Process
An in-development smart vaccine device uses a microneedle patch to both deliver a vaccine and measure the immune response it generates.
January 10, 2021

An in-development smart vaccine device uses a microneedle patch to both deliver a vaccine and measure the immune response it generates.

The Future Explored
Geothermal Energy Is on the Verge of a Big Breakthrough
geothermal energy
The Future Explored
Geothermal Energy Is on the Verge of a Big Breakthrough
Geothermal energy may be the key to bringing reliable, clean energy to the world.
January 10, 2021

Geothermal energy may be the key to bringing reliable, clean energy to the world.

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