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Log In. Instead of arming ourselves against this alien presence, as some of my fellow science-fiction writers have fearfully suggested, we gawked as the vehicles pulled up to the curb.

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The driverless vehicles, some of which had no steering wheels or gas pedals, merged into traffic and stopped at stop signs, smoothly taking us to our destinations. We lounged in comfort, occasionally taking selfies. Photo Machine learning has been an important tool for autonomous car companies as they develop the systems that pilot their vehicles. Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring. Press Release 16-026 Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring New social robot from MIT helps students learn through personalized interactions March 14, 2016.

Robot learning companion offers custom-tailored tutoring

Multimedia Gallery - Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot. Description: Meet metal-muscled SAM, the bricklaying robotic assistant of the future.

Multimedia Gallery - Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot

SAM, short for Semi-Automated Mason, was developed by Construction Robotics, a small business funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program. Multimedia Gallery - Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot. Multimedia Gallery - Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot. Multimedia Gallery - Meet SAM, the bricklaying robot. Gmail - Free Storage and Email from Google.

Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play. Tech companies have spent years developing better, cheaper devices to immerse people in digital worlds.

Virtual Reality Companies Look to Science Fiction for Their Next Play

Yet they are still figuring out how to make virtual reality the kind of technology that people cannot live without. So for inspiration, they are turning to science fiction. At Oculus, a leading virtual reality company, a copy of the popular sci-fi novel “Ready Player One” is handed out to new hires. Magic Leap, a secretive augmented reality start-up, has hired science fiction and fantasy writers. Multimedia Gallery - Robotic rehabilitation exoskeleton HARMONY (Image 9) Magnetic Nanoparticle Chains Offer New Technique for Controlling Soft Robots. Selective actuation of the side arms of a soft robot in a horizontal uniform magnetic field.

Magnetic Nanoparticle Chains Offer New Technique for Controlling Soft Robots

Image credit: Sumeet Mishra. Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for using chains of magnetic nanoparticles to manipulate elastic polymers in three dimensions, which could be used to remotely control new “soft robots.” The ability to control the motion of soft robots, coupled with their flexibility, gives them potential applications ranging from biomedical technologies to manufacturing processes.

How someday robots may run to the rescue. DiscoveryHow someday robots may run to the rescue -- literally University of Michigan engineers seek to perfect the science of balance December 14, 2015.

How someday robots may run to the rescue

Multimedia Gallery - 3-D-printed human cells - Biotech's Future. Nano3D Biosciences Inc., a small business funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, is using a magnetic 3-D bioprinting technology to re-imagine cell culture models and tissue printing engineering.

Multimedia Gallery - 3-D-printed human cells - Biotech's Future

Hubert Tseng, a senior scientist at Nano3D Biosciences, Inc., explains the technology and its potentially transformative applications in this video. Tseng says he and his team magnetize these cells and then, use magnetic forces to print those cells into micro-tissues. He explains that they use a solution called "nanoshuttle," which consists of magnetic nanoparticles that attach to the cells to magnetize them. They can then print the magnetized cells into any shape they want by changing the shape of the magnet. In one experiment, Tseng describes taking induced pluripotent stem cell cardiomyocytes -- essentially, heart cells -- magnetizing and printing them into a sphere. Transhumanism knocking on your door. Ray Kurzweil: The Coming Singularity. Will You Ever Be Able to Upload Your Brain? Photo SOME hominid along the evolutionary path to humans was probably the first animal with the cognitive ability to understand that it would someday die.

Will You Ever Be Able to Upload Your Brain?

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Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans From Polar Melt. Looks Like Rain Again. And Again. Photo The acid test of a scientific theory is whether it makes predictions that eventually come true.

Looks Like Rain Again. And Again.

How evolutionary principles could help save our world. Press Release 14-120 How evolutionary principles could help save our world Battling modern threats to food, land and health with applied evolutionary biology September 11, 2014 The age of the Anthropocene--the scientific name given to our current geologic age--is dominated by human impacts on our environment.

How evolutionary principles could help save our world

A warming climate. ‘Black Mirror’ and the Horrors and Delights of Technology. Photo One of the most disturbing moments in the British TV series “Black Mirror” is what appears to be a passionate love scene. Black Mirror. More upwelling expected in critical parts of future oceans. Press Release 15-016 More upwelling expected in critical parts of future oceans Data-driven climate study in Nature shows consistent projections of ocean changes across 22 models; impact on fisheries unclear February 19, 2015 A team of researchers from Northeastern University and Oregon State University published results in Nature today investigating the effects of climate change on coastal ocean upwelling, the process by which deep, cold waters rise toward the surface, bringing nutrients.

Gmail. ?articles. Scientists mutate a mating pheromone and its corresponding receptor in yeast to promote speciation. The emergence of one species from another occurs when the two groups can no longer interbreed. Cancer-immortality-cryogenics. Software Is Smart Enough for SAT, but Still Far From Intelligent. Photo SEATTLE — An artificial intelligence software program capable of seeing and reading has for the first time answered geometry questions from the SAT at the level of an average 11th grader. The achievement, in which the program answered math questions it had not previously seen, was reported in a paper presented by computer scientists from the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the at a scientific conference in Lisbon on Sunday. The Scientist Magazine® FARRAR, STRAUS AND GIROUX, OCTOBER 2015This summer, Duke University researchers announced with much fanfare that they had successfully created a monkey “brainet,” a new frontier in brain-machine interfaces whereby scientists used computers to link the brains of multiple animals.

Pooling their combined mental activity, the monkeys cooperated to gain control of a virtual arm, moving it to various targets on a computer screen. The Scientist Magazine®