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Smartphones are changing how humans walk: Study
Smartphones are changing how humans walk: Study

Researchers found that when using a phone, irrespective of how it is being used, people look less frequently and for less time at the obstacle on the ground.

Magnetic microbots to remove harmful bacteria from water developed
Magnetic microbots to remove harmful bacteria from water developed

Drinking water contaminated with pathogenic bacteria can cause serious illnesses that, in areas with spotty medical services, are potentially life-threatening without proper treatment.

MIT scientists develop robotic drones that can travel by land and air
MIT scientists develop robotic drones that can travel by land and air

This new robotic drones can efficiently navigate cityscapes with parking spots, no-fly zones and landing pads.

Very soon, you may be able to 'FLY' in a car?
Very soon, you may be able to 'FLY' in a car?

This strange-looking hybrid, with its bulbous nose and retractable wings, designed by a Slovakian company, is scheduled to go into series production by 2020.

This novel brain imaging technology can read mind and identify complex thoughts
This novel brain imaging technology can read mind and identify complex thoughts

The study indicate that the mind's building blocks for constructing complex thoughts are formed by the brain's various sub-systems and are not word-based.

Meet 'DeployBot' – The first foldable, walking robot to assist in future space missions!
Meet 'DeployBot' – The first foldable, walking robot to assist in future space missions!

The modules are made of both rigid and flexible materials and contain embedded magnets that connect and lock multiple modules together.

Breakthrough made in drought-resistant crops development

The breakthrough was made by the team from the Australian National University (ANU), reports Xinhua news agency.

Ancient 'billboard' with Egyptian rock inscriptions discovered

The individual hieroglyphs each measure just over a half metre in height, and the entire tableau is about 70 centimetres in height.

New smartphone coating allows you to read in bright sunlight

The film, inspired by the nanostructures found on moth eyes, exhibits a surface reflection of just 0.23 per cent, much lower than the iPhone's surface reflection of 4.4 per cent.

New ultra-thin camera creates images without lenses

Traditional cameras - even those on the thinnest of cell phones - cannot be truly flat due to their optics: lenses that require a certain shape and size in order to function.

Researchers create insulators for long lasting electronics

 At a time when the quest is for smaller and faster units with infinite battery life, researchers from the University of California-Riverside have built topological insulators (TI) for quicker and longer-lasting electronics.

Puzzled over the phenomenon of 'bright nights' for centuries, scientists finally say 'Eureka'!
Puzzled over the phenomenon of 'bright nights' for centuries, scientists finally say 'Eureka'!

 Historical accounts of bright nights go back centuries. European newspapers and the scientific literature also carried observations of these events in 1783, 1908 and 1916.

Self-driving robotic health clinics to become reality soon!
Self-driving robotic health clinics to become reality soon!

Self-driving robotic health clinics that treats patinets on the street could soon become a reality in the future.

Father of India's nuclear fusion – Professor Predhiman Krishan Kaw dies at 69
Father of India's nuclear fusion – Professor Predhiman Krishan Kaw dies at 69

According to the report, Dr Kaw was suffering from Parkinson's disease and had recently undergone a bypass surgery.

Now, 3D printed objects which dramatically change shape
Now, 3D printed objects which dramatically change shape

The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports, used 3D printers to create the struts that make up one of the primary components of the tensegrity structure.

New AI robot can create its own music

The robot with four arms and eight sticks writes and plays its own compositions on a marimba, using a database of well-known pop, classical and jazz artists.

New system can reuse waste energy from idling trucks, buses

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in the US showed that the waste energy can be used to operate secondary systems, such as air conditioning or refrigeration units, when the vehicles are stopped and idling.

This is how brain processes emotional spillover
This is how brain processes emotional spillover

As part of efforts to understand the emotional side of the brain, researchers in the US have for the first time pinpointed areas directly responsible for emotional spillover.

Crocodile clamps its jaws on zookeeper's head in Thailand – Watch the horrifying video
Crocodile clamps its jaws on zookeeper's head in Thailand – Watch the horrifying video

A crocodile has bitten a zookeeper's head before violently thrashing him from side to side while he screamed in agony.

Dressmakers have needle-sharp 3D vision: Study

Stereoscopic vision is the brain's ability to decode the flat 2D optical information received by both eyes to give us the depth of perception needed to thread a needle, catch a ball, park a car and generally navigate a 3D world.

New AI system can achieve maximum Pac-Man score

The team from Canadian startup Maluuba used a branch of AI called reinforcement learning to play the 1980s arcade game Ms Pac-Man perfectly.

New system produces fuel from carbon dioxide

Scientists have developed a plant that uses carbon dioxide in the air to produce renewable fuels and chemicals, an advance that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reliance on fossil fuels.

World's fastest amphibious fighting vehicle being developed by China
World's fastest amphibious fighting vehicle being developed by China

While there are many amphibious armoured vehicles in the world, most of them move very slowly in the water.

Researchers discover 2-D magnet for first time
Researchers discover 2-D magnet for first time

The findings, published this week in the journal Nature, demonstrate that magnetic properties can exist even in the 2-D realm, opening a world of potential applications, as magnetic materials form the basis of technologies that play increasingly pivotal roles in our lives today

New form of hard, elastic 'super' carbon developed

Researchers, including those from Carnegie Institution for Science in the US, pressurised and heated a structurally disordered form of carbon called glassy carbon.

Investigational vaccine may protect monkeys from HIV-like virus: Study
Investigational vaccine may protect monkeys from HIV-like virus: Study

Researchers from Duke University Medical Center in Durham said the improved vaccine added three more targets to a human vaccine candidate that showed a promise.

AI robot gets below average scores in university entrance exam

The robot, AI-MATHS, completed two versions of the exam's math test. It finished the test in 22 minutes, scoring 105 points out of 150 points, without Internet support. It scored 100 points on another version of the test.

Scientists discover two-dimensional magnet

The study proved that material chromium tri-chloride has magnetic properties in the mono-layer form, which may open up a world of potential applications possibly in the information technology industry.

IIT-Bombay beats Japanese institution, wins unmanned ground vehicle competition in US
IIT-Bombay beats Japanese institution, wins unmanned ground vehicle competition in US

The biggest unmanned ground vehicle competition in the world for university students, it was held at Oakland University in Michigan.

Artificial Intelligence can now predict how long you are going to live
Artificial Intelligence can now predict how long you are going to live

Precision radiology is the new thing which makes use of feature engineering and deep learning methods in a radiomics framework to predict the age of a person.