Currently, rovers that are exploring the surface of Mars are often powered by solar energy. Some rely on other sources of energy, but solar is common. The challenge is that solar panels can get covered by dust that proliferates on the surface of Mars, reducing power or potentially leaving the systems they power unable to operate. Researchers at the ESA … Continue reading
When eventually they become a working reality, Quantum computers won’t be of much value if they simply sit there on their own. Just like the internet, the value is in the network. But right now there’s scant technology to link these powerful devices together. That’s where QphoX comes in. Thus Dutch startup has raised €2 […]
(University of Rochester) For the first time, researchers at the University of Rochester and Delft University of Technology have used 3D printers and a novel bioprinting technique to print algae into living, photosynthetic materials that are tough and resilient.
(University of Groningen) The nucleus is the headquarters of a cell and molecules constantly move across the nuclear membrane through pores. The transport of these molecules is both selective and fast; some 1,000 molecules per second can move in or out. Scientists from the University of Groningen and Delft University of Technology, both in the Netherlands, have developed an artificial model of these pores using simple design rules, which enabled them to study how this feat is accomplished.
The 2018 report in Nature claimed to have found evidence of an elusive subatomic particle. A review found that the group had omitted key data.
(University of Massachusetts Amherst) Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered how to make materials that snap and reset themselves, only relying upon energy flow from their environment. The discovery may prove useful for various industries that want to source movement sustainably, from toys to robotics, and is expected to further inform our understanding of how the natural world fuels some types of movement.
(Frontiers) A new surgery tool based on the egg-laying organ of parasitic wasps could advance minimally invasive surgery by enabling tissue removal in deeper areas of the body while further minimising trauma and patient recovery time. Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands based their prototype on the ovipositor of wasps, an ultra-thin flexible organ, which uses friction forces generated by sliding internal blades to achieve efficient transport on a small scale.
(Delft University of Technology) Researchers from TU Delft have now developed a new model that describes driving behaviour on the basis of one underlying 'human' principle: managing the risk below a threshold level. This model can accurately predict human behaviour during a wide range of driving tasks. In time, the model could be used in intelligent cars, to make them feel less 'robotic'. The research will be published in Nature Communications on Tuesday 29 September 2020.
Netherlands-based Loop has the most original startup concept of 2020: Decomposable coffins made out of fungi. Here's why that matters.
Unpopular opinion: All Star, by Smash Mouth, is the greatest rock song ever created. Okay, that’s a lie. But it does make for the most compelling use of DeepFake technology we’ve ever seen. You simply have not lived until you’ve seen Gerard Butler as Leonidas and the creepy Agent Smith from The Matrix singing out the lyrics. Behold: The above video was made using a DeepFakes program called Wave2Lip which was created using code from the paper “A Lip Sync Expert Is All You Need for Speech to Lip Generation In the Wild.” It relies on facial recognition and artificial intelligence… This story continues at The Next Web
A scale model of a futuristic "Flying V" aircraft has made a successful maiden flight in Germany.
The team behind the unique Engage project is using a Nintendo Game Boy as a form of inspiration for the device.
Researchers have developed a handheld gaming console that harvests energy from the sun and button-mashing.
Image: Northwestern University The original Game Boy from 1989 was an iconic handheld console but, as anyone who owned one will tell you, it required a steady stream of batteries to keep running. Now, a team of researchers at Northwestern University and Delft University of Technology have developed a new take on the classic console, replacing its array of four AA batteries with a set of five rows of solar panels and buttons that harvest power as you play. The Engage, as the team have called their device, is theoretically capable of being used to play any game made for the original Game Boy, and it’s even got a slot on its back if you want to insert an original game cartridge. It’s about the size of a paperback book, but as CNET reports, it only weighs half as much as... Continue reading…
(Northwestern University) Researchers develop first-ever battery-free, energy-harvesting, interactive device. And it looks and feels like a retro 8-bit Nintendo Game Boy.
TLDR: The Flat Icons Bundle offers up more than 22,000 completely customizable icons for use in any of your personal or professional art or design projects. The right icon can basically tell its own story. The simplicity of McDonald’s golden arches or Amazon’s arrow or Nike’s swoosh have come to symbolize a lifetime of stories and encounters with those brands. When you see the NFL shield, you aren’t interfacing with a graphic element. You’re interacting with decades of sports, athletes, Super Bowls and cultural relevance. Icons used in website design or app development tell their own instantly relatable stories as… This story continues at The Next Web
Facebook‘s AI boffins have developed a new system that creates original dance routines for any music that you feed it. The system doesn’t merely imitate the Moonwalk, the Renegade, or whatever other moves the kidz are busting on TikTok these days. Instead, it creates entirely new routines that are “synchronized and surprising” — “the two main criteria of a creative dance,” according to Facebook. The company claims the system can vanquish the choreographer’s equivalent of writer’s block. Frustrated dancers need only play it a song, and the system will analyze the tune and spit back some original synchronized moves. [Read: 4… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Facebook
Today, the UK government has put out a “call for evidence” as it takes a step towards understanding, defining, and potentially regulating some partially autonomous vehicle tech. In an announcement today, the UK government said it is seeking industry information specifically on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS for short). As part of this consultation, it will define also define what constitutes an autonomous vehicle and who will be responsible if a car crashes whilst ALKS is in use, the driver or the vehicle maker. Following the consultation, the UK government hopes that it will gain an understanding into how this… This story continues at The Next Web
Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech. There was a time when having an infotainment system and satellite navigation in your car was a luxury. Now, thanks in part to computer components being more affordable and open source mapping projects, in-car entertainment systems are far more common. Advanced infotainment systems are so common they can create a bit of a learning curve when getting into an unfamiliar car. What’s more, in-car systems often lack features that are common on other pieces of tech, like popular entertainment… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Android
Food cravings are very familiar to most people. We may see or smell food and want to eat, or sometimes we suddenly feel like eating something delicious. These intense desires occur even when we’re not hungry and can be very difficult to resist. There are many reasons why we may “feel” hungry even if our stomachs aren’t growling. Physical hunger in our bodies is controlled by complex physiological signals which stimulate our appetite and then suppress it after we’ve eaten (known as satiety). However, eating is much more than just responding to a biological need. There’s another system that drives… This story continues at The Next Web