Children struggling with speech development currently rely on in-person evaluation sessions with speech-language pathologists to track progress and identify impairments, but U.S. researchers have invented a more efficient, automated method of monitoring speech through digital platforms based on a new machine-learning algorithm.
Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Hong Kong have created an electrochemical transistor that mimics brain synapse functions to form a circuit made of soft plastic, ultimately producing a novel device capable of learning by association in much the same way as our brains.
Algorithms are required to give traits to robots — they're computers that lack intuition, after all — and newly released formulas represent a specific type of friction intrinsic to human grip that takes into account fingerprints, sweat and dexterity.
Projecting targeted sound into the airspace surrounding buildings, communication towers and wind turbines could give birds a heads-up before they fatally strike such obstacles, researchers say.
Using robotics and brain imaging, researchers have discovered an abnormality in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease that may explain why some experience "presence hallucinations," sensing the shadowy presence of another person when nobody is there.
Only recently have scientists shown us video evidence of the giant squid in its deep sea habitat, and both of the landmark recordings were captured with a stealthy undersea camera that researchers say could be adapted to get a better view of the iconic creature.
A new smell testing device developed by U.K. researchers, which uses breakable capsules filled with scented oils, has the potential to replace the "gold standard" scratch-and-sniff tests and help diagnose both chronic neurological conditions and acute respiratory infections that involve an impaired sense of smell, including COVID-19.
Marine scientists have discovered that using drones to monitor the physical condition of dolphins is nearly as accurate as examining a dolphin in person — but much easier to practice.
A recently developed platform lets researchers watch any RNA virus — including the one that causes COVID-19 — in real time, quickly learn its behavior and fast-track screening of antiviral compounds for possible repurposing.
Researchers have invented a new soft robotic device with eight tentacle arms that allows astronauts to grasp and service objects in space at a low cost and low risk.
Researchers have found that participants who watched a person recall a painful experience through a virtual reality headset showed greater facial synchrony and social presence than people who viewed the monologue on a traditional screen, furthering the case that VR may bolster compassion.
Researchers at the University of Iowa have invented a way to autonomously detect on-camera violence that could someday flag or even prevent the abuse of seniors and other vulnerable people.