A robotic drumming prosthesis created for drummer, Jason Barnes, essentially transforms him into a drumming cyborg. Built by Professor Gil Weinberg, of the Georgia Tech Lab, the robot has a motor which powers two drumsticks, and can be attached to humans. The first stick is controlled by the musicians' arms and electronically uses electromyography muscle sensors (EMG). The second stick basically "listens" to the tune being played and improvises.
Scientists may have hit the jackpot on creating a constant source of solar energy, solving a great energy riddle. To date, solar energy has not been seen as a totally viable energy source because the Sun is not always shining. In spite of this, researchers may have found a way to store solar energy, one of the major challenges in creating renewable solar fuels.
Researchers at University of California, Los Angeles have used a new class of materials called "multiferroic magnetic materials" to reduce the energy consumed by logic devices. Multiferroics can increase power efficiency for processing by up nearly 1,000 times.
Preschoolers can be smarter than college students at figuring out how unusual toys and gizmos work because they're more mentally flexible and less biased than adults in their ideas about cause and effect. Preschoolers and kindergartners instinctively follow Bayesian logic, a statistical model that draws inferences by calculating the probability of possible outcomes.
Researchers have developed a method for the large-scale manufacture of everyday objects like toys and cellphone cases using a plastic derived from shrimp shells.
The idea of a spacecraft en route to a distant world docking at an orbital fueling station to refuel is an old idea long kept from becoming a reality because of the huge price tag and long-term investment required to complete such a project. But now, a team of scientists say they've come up with a way to make an outer space fueling depot an object of science fact rather than science fiction.
In a new study, researchers from University of Wisconsin Madison were able to drastically cut the cost of producing alternative fuels from the sun.
The fight against animal poaching and wildlife criminals has a new high-tech ally in the form of WildLeaks, an online forum that lets individuals confidentially report instances of wildlife crime and allows whistleblowers anonymity through encrypted connections via the Tor anonymity network.
A new micro-battery design will allow researchers to power the acoustic tags used to track the movements of fish around the world with a device about the size of a long grain of rice.
Tissue engineers experimenting with bioprinting techniques have found a way to 3D-print tissue constructs with multiple types of cells and tiny blood vessels, and by doing so have made a major step towards the goal of creating human tissue constructs realistic enough to test the effectiveness and safety of new drugs.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are designing "micro air vehicles," which fly through the air on flapping wings. Their inspiration comes from nature, with the designs based on the motion of fruit bat wings.
In the search for viable renewable resources, researchers have been testing hi-tech, including solar and hydrogen fuel cells, as well as the very low-tech. The latest breakthrough in low-tech alternatives comes in the form of paper.
Using satellites to track the location of whales might seen incongruous - the marine mammals are the largest living creatures on Earth, after all. But a team of scientists proposing to do just that contend that conventional whale-tracking methods are inaccurate and inefficient and that satellite data can be a boon for whale researchers.
Harvard researchers have developed robots that work like termites to build complex, three-dimensional structures, without depending on a boss.