Engineers at Cornell University have developed a programming language that allows tiny robots to behave autonomously like real insects. For the study, the team used 80-milligram flying RoboBee developed by Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory and made use of neuromorphic computer chips – which can process spikes of electrical current that fire in complex combinations, similar to how neurons fire inside a brain – to power it.
When you install a new app on your smartphone, it generally asks for your permission before accessing personal information. Generally speaking, this isn’t so bad because some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly. However, once you have granted access to your personal information, researchers say the app can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to – letting third-party companies track where you are, how fast you’re moving and what you’re doing. They also find that 7 in 10 of the apps you have in your smartphone are already doing so to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics.
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to your body heat during workout.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a miniature device so sensitive it can feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.
A Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, has set a new Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pull by a production car by towing a 285-ton Airbus over a distance of 42-meters at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The US Department of Defence agency DARPA is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance cognitive ability. To do so, DARPA will be using the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program which aims to use the body's peripheral nervous system to accelerate the learning process by activating a process known as synaptic plasticity.
Researchers at Lund University, Sweden, have developed the world’s fastest camera capable of filming at a rate equivalent to five trillion images per second – or, events as short as 0.2 trillionths of a second. This new ground-breaking camera, researchers say, will be able to observe incredibly fast processes in chemistry, physics, biology and biomedicine, that so far have not been caught on film.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, in an interview at Wait But Why, reveals his plan to develop a micron-sized device to link human brains with machines with his new startup Neuralink. The device will also help to treat brain injuries and their symptoms – such as strokes, paralysis and memory loss in old age.
Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics (NII) have found that posing for a picture while holding your hands in a peace sign could get your identity stolen as hackers can easily copy and recreate fingerprints from photographs taken up to three meters (10 feet) away.