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“Jia Jia” can hold a simple conversation and make specific facial expressions when asked, and her creator believes the eerily life-like robot heralds a future of cyborg labour in China.
Billed as China’s first human-like robot, Jia Jia was first trotted out last year by a team of engineers at the University of Science and Technology of China.
A robot companion for older people aims to promote activity and tackle loneliness by nudging them to take part in digital and physical activities.
Related: Half a million older people spend every day alone, poll shows
Many scientists consider graphene to be one of the most potentially useful materials ever created. The atom-thick chain of carbon atoms are strong, light, and promise many applications, from energy storage to pollution removal to waterproof coating.
Doctors have found a way to manipulate wounds to heal as regenerated skin rather than scar tissue. The method involves transforming the most common type of cells found in wounds into fat cells – something that was previously thought to be impossible in humans.
Rumor has it that the Chinese are testing that fabulous Sangraal of spacecraft propulsion—the EmDrive.
But the Chinese have been known to make some pretty fantastic, and insupportable claims; and there’s so far not a shred of evidence that the EmDrive actually works.
A chance meeting between a spider expert and a chemist has led to the development of antibiotic synthetic spider silk.
Scientists have created a tiny biobot that can be implanted under the skin and deliver doses of drugs. The 3D-printed micromachine has no batteries or wires, but is activated through an external magnet. It’s only been tested in mice for now, but it could one day be used to deliver localized doses of chemo to treat tumors.
Drones could learn a thing or two from the birds and the bees.
If an aerial robot loses a part mid-flight, you would expect it to crash. But it could stay airborne by mimicking fruit flies, which can keep flying even after a catastrophic loss of limb.
Archaeologists have recreated an ancient burial site in virtual reality, to help them study hard-to-access locations at the so-called Plain of Jars site in Laos and the millennia-old relics it contains.
Plans to use advanced technology for marine archaeology, specifically for searching for and then documenting ancient sunken cities in the Mediterranean, are shaping up quickly for 2017.
Quantum computing has long seemed like one of those technologies that are 20 years away, and always will be. But 2017 could be the year that the field sheds its research-only image.
The use of facial recognition software for commercial purposes is becoming more common, but, as Amazon scans faces in its physical shop and Facebook searches photos of users to add tags to, those concerned about their privacy are fighting back.
AN ALGORITHM that analyses facial expressions and head movements could help doctors diagnose autism-like conditions and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
There is no simple test for autism or ADHD, but clinicians usually observe someone’s behaviour as part of the assessment.
Among the most iconic sites of Jerusalem is the Western Wall, a sacred and holy place of prayer and meditation for thousands of Jewish visitors, many of whom come to its location from thousands of miles away.
It’s widely acknowledged that the pain experienced during childbirth is pretty rough. Even if you haven’t experienced having a child yourself, seeing women scream in television and films while they give birth to a new baby would make anyone cringe. That’s why doctors have been trying to find ways to help manage, if not completely avoid the pain.
The beauty in the design of NeuroTracker — the video game aimed at heightening cognitive agility the way lifting dumbbells develops muscles — is allegedly its simplicity. Just by asking the eyes to track spheres as they bound around a 3D screen, athletes can prepare their brains to perform in a way that no other film room could replicate.
Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.