How 3D printers can give robots a soft touch

[ad_1] Soft skin coverings and touch sensors have emerged as a promising feature for robots that are both safer and more intuitive for human interaction, but they are expensive and difficult to make. A recent study demonstrates that soft skin pads doubling

Millions of gamers advance biomedical research

[ad_1] Leveraging gamers and video game technology can dramatically boost scientific research according to a new study published today in Nature Biotechnology. 4.5 million gamers around the world have advanced medical science by helping to reconstruct microbial evolutionary histories using a minigame

Why insects navigate more efficiently than robots

[ad_1] With a brain the size of a pinhead, insects perform fantastic navigational feats. They avoid obstacles and move through small openings. How do they do this, with their limited brain power? Understanding the inner workings of an insect’s brain can help

Computer-engineered DNA to study cell identities

[ad_1] A new computer program allows scientists to design synthetic DNA segments that indicate, in real time, the state of cells. Reported by the Gargiulo lab in “Nature Communications,” it will be used to screen for anti-cancer or viral infections drugs, or

Direct view of tantalum oxidation that impedes qubit coherence

[ad_1] Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have used a combination of scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and computational modeling to get a closer look and deeper understanding of tantalum

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