Move over, hovercraft. This airplane can perch, bird-style, on a power line.
Using computer algorithms, MIT researchers have designed a foam glider with a single motor on its tail that can perch like a bird. The work has implications for robotic planes, potentially allowing them to recharge their batteries by perching on power lines, according to MIT News.
Success in chess is all about anticipation -- you have to plan your moves by guessing what your opponent will do. Now scientists are taking a page from Bobby Fischer's book to fight a wily foe: drug-resistant staph bacteria, which stymies drug therapies with its swift mutation strategy. Researchers led by Bruce Donald, a professor of computer science and biochemistry at Duke University, are using a computer algorithm to predict MRSA's next move.
Unmanned drones could make searching for lost hikers much cheaper, faster and safer than using helicopters, according to researchers at Brigham Young University in Utah. They are turning drones, best known for their search-and-destroy capabilities, into search-and-rescue vehicles.
A great article in MIT's Technology Review got me thinking of something that's so obvious, but almost always subconscious: your mobile phone provider knows so much about you. Every time you make a call, send a text or download data, your provider knows who you were talking to and for how long, along with exactly where you were at the time of the connection, accurate to within a mile.
This staggering stream of data is a gold mine for the mobile operators--both from an academic and commercial perspective. Now, they just have to figure out how to make the most of it, answering complex privacy questions along the way.
Dartmouth College researchers are giving a whole new meaning to the word iPhone. Ahem Make that Eye-Phone.
Eye-tracking could soon be coming to cell phones, allowing hands-free control of mobile devices that goes way beyond voice activation, Technology Review reports.
When it comes to complex games like chess, computers can compete with the world's best humans. But complicated jigsaw puzzles have largely had computers stumped -- until now.
A Massachusetts Institute of Technology team has set a new world record for a jigsaw-puzzle-solving computer algorithm. The software solved a 400-piece puzzle in three minutes, New Scientist reports.
The pursuit of machine intelligence means we have to come up with ways to communicate with our computers in a way both entities can understand. But while computers process verbal commands in a straightforward fashion, humans tend to use more sophisticated speech forms, employing slang or symbols to convey an idea. So an Israeli research team has developed a machine algorithm that can recognize sarcasm.
Face-recognition technology is already helping surveillance cameras pick out individual faces of suspects, and even smartphone apps may soon allow you to ID strangers on the street. Future lovers who want a bit more privacy could soon paint on anti-face-recognition camo that protects against such electronic eye intrusions.
DARPA wants to know what's happening in the skies overhead and seeks full situational awareness on the ground, so we suppose it's no surprise that now it wants full, real-time surveillance of what's happening beneath the surface.