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Robotics

A deep learning framework to enhance the capabilities of a robotic sketching agent

In recent years, deep learning algorithms have achieved remarkable results in a variety of fields, including artistic disciplines. In fact, many computer scientists worldwide have successfully developed models that can create ...

Energy & Green Tech

Microscopic carrier loss mechanisms in kesterite-based solar cells with a 12% efficiency

Kesterite Cu2ZnSn(S,Se)4 is an emerging and promising green photovoltaic material, as it is abundant on Earth, does not harm the environment, and has a stable structure, a great tunability and advantageous optoelectronic ...

Engineering

Researchers engineer novel material capable of 'thinking'

Someone taps your shoulder. The organized touch receptors in your skin send a message to your brain, which processes the information and directs you to look left, in the direction of the tap. Now, Penn State and U.S. Air ...

Energy & Green Tech

A simple way to significantly increase lifetimes of fuel cells, other key devices

In research that could jumpstart work on a range of technologies including fuel cells, key to storing solar and wind energy, MIT researchers have found a relatively simple way to increase the lifetimes of these devices: changing ...

Computer Sciences

Helping autonomous vehicles navigate tricky highway merges

If autonomous vehicles are ever going to achieve widespread adoption, we need to know they are capable of navigating complex traffic situations, such as merging into heavy traffic when lanes disappear on a highway. To that ...

Engineering

PPE can be recycled to make stronger concrete

Engineers at RMIT University have developed a method to use disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) to make concrete stronger, providing an innovative way to significantly reduce pandemic-generated waste.

Internet

Algorithms can prevent online abuse

Millions of children log into chat rooms every day to talk with other children. One of these "children" could well be a man pretending to be a 12-year-old girl with far more sinister intentions than having a chat about "My ...

Hardware

Faster fish tracking through the cloud

The fastest way to track a fish is to use the cloud, figuratively speaking. A new acoustic receiver, developed by researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and published in the IEEE Internet of Things Journal, ...

Engineering

Researchers discover a material that can learn like the brain

EPFL researchers have discovered that Vanadium Dioxide (VO2), a compound used in electronics, is capable of "remembering" the entire history of previous external stimuli. This is the first material to be identified as possessing ...

Energy & Green Tech

Super-fast electric car charging, with a tailor-made touch

Despite the growing popularity of electric vehicles, many consumers still hesitate to make the switch. One reason is that it takes so much longer to power up an electric car than it does to gas up a conventional one. But ...

Engineering

Engineers fabricate a chip-free, wireless, electronic 'skin'

Wearable sensors are ubiquitous thanks to wireless technology that enables a person's glucose concentrations, blood pressure, heart rate, and activity levels to be transmitted seamlessly from sensor to smartphone for further ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Scientists design new inks for 3D-printable wearable bioelectronics

Flexible electronics have enabled the design of sensors, actuators, microfluidics and electronics on flexible, conformal and/or stretchable sublayers for wearable, implantable or ingestible applications. However, these devices ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Researchers breathe life into sensors with versatile gas masks

With the onset of the Internet of Things (IoT) era, devices have learned to communicate and exchange data. This is achieved through sensors installed in physical objects, machines, and equipment. The sensors can detect changes ...