Making frequency-hopping radios practical
The way in which radio spectrum is currently allocated to different wireless technologies can lead to gross inefficiencies. In some regions, for instance, the frequencies used by cellphones can be desperately ...
The brain as a model for future supercomputers
(Phys.org) —The brain's repute took a big hit in 1997 when an IBM supercomputer defeated world chess champion Gary Kasparov in a match reported around the world. But in the second round, the brain is back.
Do bats know voices of friends they hang out with? (w/ video)
Is it possible that mammals have the ability to recognize individuals of the same species, whom they know well, by their voice? A new study has found that even in nocturnal, fast-moving animals such as bats, there is an ability ...
Study shows so-called cougars, sugar daddies more myth than reality
Despite the popular image of the rich older man or woman supporting an attractive younger spouse, a new study shows those married to younger or older mates have on average lower earnings, lower cognitive abilities, are less ...
Monkey math: Zoo baboons shed light on the brain's ability to understand numbers
Opposing thumbs, expressive faces, complex social systems: it's hard to miss the similarities between apes and humans. Now a new study with a troop of zoo baboons and lots of peanuts shows that a less obvious ...
Hospital visits take on new meaning with therapeutic robots
Having hospital visits from a robot may sound like a strange form of therapy, but according to robotics experts, they can be extremely helpful therapeutic devices.
IT industry ignores silver surfers at its peril
Hardware and software vendors are foolish to ignore the needs of the growing population of older computer and information technology users, the so-called "silver surfers". US researchers offer convincing evidence in a monograph ...
Asymmetry of human brain enhances cognition compared to other primates
(Phys.org) —New research shows that the human brain has higher levels of asymmetry than chimpanzees. This may be what elevates our cognition above that of other primates, according to the paper published ...
Study on choice blindness finds voters more malleable than thought (w/ video)
Peter Gabriel wants to talk with animals online
Peter Gabriel joined big thinkers and one of the Internet's founding fathers Friday in launching an "Interspecies Internet" for animals to communicate with us and each other.
Dogs may understand human point of view, researcher finds
(Phys.org)—Domestic dogs are much more likely to steal food when they think nobody can see them, suggesting for the first time they are capable of understanding a human's point of view.
Skulls of early humans carry telltale signs of inbreeding, study says
Buried for 100,000 years at Xujiayao in the Nihewan Basin of northern China, the recovered skull pieces of an early human exhibit a now-rare congenital deformation that indicates inbreeding might well have ...
Metacognition: Ability to 'think about thinking' not limited to humans
Humans' closest animal relatives, chimpanzees, have the ability to "think about thinking" – what is called "metacognition," according to new research by scientists at Georgia State University and the University ...
Robot ants successfully mimic real colony behavior
Scientists have successfully replicated the behaviour of a colony of ants on the move with the use of miniature robots, as reported in the journal PLOS Computational Biology.