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How Harvard's 1,024 robot swarm does what it does

Researchers at Harvard University’s school of engineering have been puzzling over autonomous robot collaboration – in particular, how do you get robots that can only sense a short distance to make something big without an all-seeing eye or central control to direct them. And recently they have had some…

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OpenStax digital textbooks learn as you learn

Tired of learning from a dusty old textbook? Try a book that learns from you. Students in Houston, Texas, are about to get their hands on the first digital schoolbooks that use artificial intelligence to personalise lessons…

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UK to study cosmic ray chip damage

UK scientists have built a facility to understand how particles from space interact with today’s shrinking electronic devices. Called ChipIR, is now part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) ISIS neutron source at Harwell in Oxfordshire, and will mimic cosmic ray neutrons which can cause soft errors…

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Stick-on lactate-sensing tattoo becomes bio-battery

US researchers have fabricated sweat-powered batteries, based on lactate-sensing temporary tattoos – skin ‘transfers’ – the team revealed last year. The battery is bendable and stretchable. With side-by-side electrodes covering 2x3mm of skin, the batteries can generates 4µW (70µW/cm2) once the person exercises enough to…

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Graphene turns rubber bands into durable sensors

Normal rubber bands can be turned into strain sensors by infusing them with graphene flakes, according to researchers at the University of Surrey and Trinity College Dublin. The process is predictable, reliable and repeatable, costs only a few pence, and the resulting sensors are durable and comparable in performance with…

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Kilobot swarm at Harvard

A self-organising thousand-robot swarm has been made at Harvard. Following simple programmed rules, the autonomous robots arranged themselves into vast, complex shapes…

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Government brings academic big guns to bear on building energy

Six UK universities are to share £4m from the government to cut energy consumption in buildings using: technology, data, information, mathematics and sociology. Imperial College, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Oxford, Southampton and Strathclyde will share £3m from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the Research Councils UK…

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