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Mar 1, 2024

Punyo is a robot helping whole-body manipulation research

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, transportation

Punyo is a soft robot designed to improve whole-body manipulation research by employing its arms and chest.

Toyota seems to be diving into more than just cars.

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Mar 1, 2024

Perovskite’s nanoscale secrets revealed in solar breakthrough

Posted by in categories: nanotechnology, solar power, sustainability

The key revelation from this study is the dual impact of the passivation process.


MIT’s research is set to make solar panels lighter, cheaper, and more efficient by addressing key challenges associated with perovskite solar panels.

Mar 1, 2024

Sanctuary AI robot, Pheonix can do simple tasks at human speed

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Check out Sanctuary AI’s Pheonix humanoid robot sorting items with grace and speed.

Following hot on the heels of Tesla’s Optimus and Figure 1 videos released recently, another humanoid robotics firm, Sanctuary AI, released the latest developments in its bot–the Pheonix.


Sanctuary AI’s Pheonix can now move things around a table just like a human being. Check it out for yourself.

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Mar 1, 2024

Honda unveils mind-controlled scooter, a hands-free VR mobility device

Posted by in category: virtual reality

The UNI-ONE works with two HOT Drive Systems and can travel at 3.7 miles an hour while delivering an unmatched XR experience.

Mar 1, 2024

Plastic goes quantum: Innovative material blend for high-speed electronics

Posted by in categories: computing, quantum physics

Thin-layer films, due to their compatibility with plastic substrates, could serve modern high-frequency tech applications effectively. Bismuth thin films display a non-linear Hall effect, potentially enabling regulated terahertz signal use on electronic chips, hinting at tech applications.

Mar 1, 2024

New discoveries in gravitational waves unlocked the secrets of the universe

Posted by in category: particle physics

A groundbreaking body of work led by Monash University physicists has opened a new pathway for understanding the universe’s fundamental physics.

The work, featured in an international review published in Progress in Particle and Nuclear Physics, follows nearly a decade of work by scientists at the School of Physics and Astronomy in the Faculty of Science at Monash University.

Gravitational waves have only recently been detected for the first time, offering an exciting opportunity to delve into the mysteries of particle physics through first-order phase transitions (FOPTs) in the early cosmos.

Mar 1, 2024

Early vocabulary size is genetically linked to ADHD, literacy, and cognition

Posted by in categories: genetics, neuroscience

Early language development is an important predictor of children’s later language, reading and learning skills. Moreover, language learning difficulties are related to neurodevelopmental conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Children typically start to utter their first words between 10 and 15 months of age. At around two years of age, they may produce between 100–600 words, and understand many more. Each child embarks on its own developmental path of language learning, resulting in large individual differences. “Some variation in can be related to variation in the stored in our cells,” says senior researcher Beate St Pourcain, lead scientist on the study.

Mar 1, 2024

New maser in a ‘shoebox’ promises portable precision

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, mobile phones, quantum physics

Researchers in Imperial College London’s Department of Materials have developed a new portable maser that can fit the size of a shoebox.

Imperial College London pioneered the discovery of room-temperature solid-state masers in 2012, highlighting their ability to amplify extremely faint electrical signals and demonstrate high-frequency stability. This was a significant discovery because can pass through the Earth’s atmosphere more easily than other wavelengths of light. Additionally, microwaves have the capability to penetrate through the human body, a feat not achievable by lasers.

Masers have extensive applications in telecommunications systems—everything from mobile phone networks to satellite navigation systems. They also have a key role in advancing and improving medical imaging techniques, like MRI machines. They are typically large, bulky, stationary equipment found only in research laboratories.

Mar 1, 2024

Stanford Medicine uses augmented reality for real-time data visualization during surgery

Posted by in categories: augmented reality, biotech/medical, computing, health

A team of Stanford Medicine doctors and biomedical engineers are among the first to integrate a new augmented reality tool into surgical practice. The technology, Apple Vision Pro, is a headset that provides a form of human-computer interaction — it allows its wearer to navigate their surroundings using real-time visual data in combination with virtual elements.

“The novel use of augmented reality in the operating room exemplifies Stanford Medicine’s mission of serving patients in a digitally driven, human-centered care environment,” said Lloyd Minor, dean of the School of Medicine and vice president of medical affairs at Stanford University. “Our health system has long stood at the vanguard for the use of digital technologies in medicine, and I’m proud that through initiatives like RAISE Health, we also define the safe, responsible and equitable use of these innovations.”

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Mar 1, 2024

New antibodies target ‘dark side’ of influenza virus protein

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, health

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have identified antibodies targeting a hard-to-spot region of the influenza virus, shedding light on the relatively unexplored “dark side” of the neuraminidase (NA) protein head. The antibodies target a region of the NA protein that is common among many influenza viruses, including H3N2 subtype viruses, and could be a new target for countermeasures. The research, led by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Vaccine Research Center, part of NIH, was published today in Immunity.

Influenza, or flu, sickens millions of people across the globe each year and can lead to severe illness and death. While vaccination against influenza reduces the burden of the disease, updated vaccines are needed each season to provide protection against the many strains and subtypes of the rapidly evolving virus. Vaccines that provide protection against a broad range of could prevent outbreaks of new and reemerging flu viruses without the need for yearly reformulation or vaccinations.

One way to improve influenza vaccines and other countermeasures is to identify new targets on the virus’s surface proteins in “conserved” regions—portions that tend to be relatively unchanged between different strains of the virus. Influenza NA is a surface protein containing a globular head portion and a narrow stalk portion.

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