Oscillating Gel Acts Like Artificial Skin, Giving Robots Potential Ability to ‘Feel’

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Is this the face of feeling?

Sooner than later, robots may have the ability to “feel.” In a paper published online March 26 in Advanced Functional Materials, a team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) demonstrated that a nonoscillating gel can be resuscitated in a fashion similar to a medical cardiopulmonary resuscitation…

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Insects have ‘Personalities’ too, research on novelty-seeking honey bees indicates

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Some honey bees, too, are more likely than others to seek adventure.

A new study in Science suggests that thrill-seeking is not limited to humans and other vertebrates. Some honey bees, too, are more likely than others to seek adventure. The brains of these novelty-seeking bees exhibit distinct patterns of gene activity in molecular pathways known to be associated with thrill-seeking in humans, researchers report…

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Experts Seek to Save Precious Minutes Deploying Ambulances

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Every extra second it takes an ambulance to get to its destination can mean life or death. But how, besides driving faster, can ambulances get emergency services to people in need as efficiently as possible, every day? It’s a classic operations research question that three Cornell researchers are tackling in groundbreaking ways.

 

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