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The diagram shows the conditions that cause the Kohn anomaly to rise in convenient metals (left) and a material is known as a Weyl semimetal (right).  (Image Credit: MIT)   Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have discovered an exotic physical phenomenon called Kohn anomaly for the first time in an unexpected type of material. Their findings could develop a better understanding of certain processes that help to determine why metals and other materials exhibit complex electronic propertie ...
The AI-powered eye exam could replace the Snellen eye char in the future. The StAT test has proven to be more accurate. (Image Credit: Gary Cassel/Pixelbay)   Classic eye exams are poised to get an upgrade in the future. Researchers from Stanford University have created an online vision test powered by AI. This system is capable of producing diagnoses that are more accurate than the sheet of capital letters used in today’s eye exams. This eye test could be used by patients suffering ...
The KnittedKeyboard prototype was created by using advanced 3D knitting machines. By using this technology, the customized keyboard could be printed in just one hour. (Image Credit: Andreas Eggenberger, MIT Media Lab)   Instruments aren’t flexible or stretchable, but advanced 3D knitting technology could change that. Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have developed KnittedKeyboard, a textile-based interactive surface created via machine knitting technology. This music controller i ...
Image showing the smart molecule switches from a scanning tunneling microscope. Each bright molecule represents a single switch. (Image Credit: Dr. Kunal Mali, KU Leuven)   Data storage could one day be made up of smart molecules, providing up to 100 times more storage space than the ones we see today. An international team of researchers at Lancaster University have discovered a single-molecule switch capable of behaving like a transistor while making it possible to store binary data like ...
A blind participant in the study traced the letter ‘N’ on a touch screen after the implanted electrodes simulated a pattern on his visual cortex. (Image Credit: M. Beauchamp et al. ./Cell 2020)   Researchers from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston have developed a brain implant called visual prosthetics that allows both sighted and blind participants to see the shapes of letters. Even though it’s still in the early stages of development, this technology could stimu ...
  The EC-Eye has a similar structure and size to a human eyeball, and it has similar capabilities. (Image Credit: Yaying Xu, (c) oFantastic Color Animation Technology Co.)   Researchers from the Honk Kong University of Science and Technology have developed an electrochemical artificial eye, called EC-Eye, which closely resembles a human eyeball’s size and structure with similar capabilities.  EC-Eye could one day provide vision for humanoid robots or function as a bionic e ...
Researchers use new gel-based solution to change taste perception. The gel solution is applied to an electronic device the user presses to their tongue. (Image credit: Meiji University)   When it comes to satisfying cravings, we don’t make the best choices. It’s hard to limit yourself to one cookie if you have a massive sweet tooth. Recent Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) studies have experimented with the idea of Augmented Gustation, altering the taste of food and drinks wit ...
Researchers used the DeepMind Lab to compare how children and AI agents learn about the world. (Image Credit: DeepMind)   Researchers from Alphabet’s DeepMind and the University of California, Berkeley, have proposed a framework to compare how children and AI agents learn about the world via exploration behavior. The team’s work could narrow the gap between artificial intelligence and humans when they’ve learned new skills. For example, it could lead to the development of ...
A team of scientists creates ThreadSense to test their new touch sensing technique. The smart thread can detect touch locations. (Image credit: Dartmouth)   Touch sensing technology is becoming more common, and it’s continuously improving. A team of scientists from the University of Science and Technology in China, National Taiwan University, and Dartmouth College thinks they can make them even better. They created ThreadSense, a smart thread that’s able to locate up to two con ...
The glove-like device, Dormio, is outfitted with a series of sensors that can determine which sleeping state the wearer is in. (Image Credit: MIT)   Researchers from MIT's Dream Lab are in the process of developing an open-source glove-like device that is fitted onto a subject as they sleep. It lets researchers communicate with the subjects as they slip into hypnagogia. This device, called Dormio, tracks heart rate, muscle tone, and skin conductance. It even notifies researchers when the s ...
The sensors are incorporated into narrow channels of the garment, which can be worn to monitor vital signs, like breathing, heart rate, and temperature changes. (Image Credit: MIT)   Researchers from MIT have developed a new lightweight sensor that can be incorporated into flexible fabrics, such as polyester shirts, which could monitor vital signs, including body temperature, respiratory and heart rate. These sensors are also machine-washable, can be customized to fit the wearer, and they ...
The bacterium is capable of breaking down the chemical compounds of polyurethane. (Image Credit: imageBroker/Alamy)   Researchers from the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research in Leipzig, Germany, have discovered a new bacterium, identified as Pseudomonas putids, that produces enzymes to digest the chemical compounds of polyurethanes. The discovery is explained in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology.   The bacterium, which was discovered at a disposal area where plastic was ...
I can see this being how clothes are designed and made in the future. But, will we be able to leave home for extended periods of time? Anyway... fashion fanatics won’t have to worry about wearing clothes that aren’t perfectly fitted anymore. TG3D Studio, a startup company behind Virtual Try-On by Scanatic for Fashion, has unveiled its new changing room body scanner that takes measurements so you can get an exact fitting for your desired clothing at the store. It also uses a scanning ...
The flat panels offer a lightweight, compact, low-profile alternative to traditional antennas. These flat panel reflectors may be better suited for modern communications. (Photo from Los Alamos National Laboratory)   You've most likely seen the standard antennas that adorn various rooftops and cell towers, 3D dishes, and microwave horns used for modern communication. This traditional design could soon be upgraded thanks to engineers at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The team recently deve ...
Researchers discovered trace amounts of superconductive grains in this piece of Mundrabilla meteorite, which is the first identification of superconductive grains in a meteorite. (Image Credit: James Wampler)   Scientists from UC San Diego and Brookhaven Laboratory in New York have discovered trace amounts of superconductive material inside two meteorites. After examining 15 pieces of comets and asteroids, they found that two meteorites named “Mundrabilla” and “GRA 95205& ...

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