Self-healing concrete for safer, more durable infrastructure (w/Video)
(PhysOrg.com) -- A concrete material developed at the University of Michigan can heal itself when it cracks. No human intervention is necessary--just water and carbon dioxide.
IROS gets earful on Google's self-driving cars (w/ video)
Ban 'killer robots,' rights group urges
Hollywood-style robots able to shoot people without permission from their human handlers are a real possibility and must be banned before governments start deploying them, campaigners warned Monday.
Asimov's robots live on twenty years after his death
Renowned author Isaac Asimov died 20 years ago today. Although he wrote more than 500 books, the robot stories he began writing at age 19 are possibly his greatest accomplishment. They have become the starting ...
15-year study: When it comes to creating wetlands, Mother Nature is in charge
Fifteen years of studying two experimental wetlands has convinced Bill Mitsch that turning the reins over to Mother Nature makes the most sense when it comes to this area of ecological restoration.
New 3-D structures assemble with remarkable precision
(Phys.org) -- While it is relatively straightforward to build a box on the macroscale, it is much more challenging at smaller micro- and nanometer length scales. At those sizes, three-dimensional (3-D) structures are too ...
Fast algorithm extracts, compares document meaning
A computer program could compare two documents and work spot the differences in their meaning using a fast semantic algorithm developed by information scientists in Poland.
Malaysian official says missing plane hijacked
A Malaysian investigation into the missing flight 370 has concluded that one or more people with flying experience switched off communications devices and deliberately steered the airliner off-course, a Malaysian ...
New Zealand's lost penguin heads home
Fattened up on a diet of "fish milkshakes" and escorted by his own personal veterinary team, the world's most famous penguin, Happy Feet, sets sail Monday for the icy waters he calls home.
Scientists develop a more effective molecular modeling process
It's difficult and time-consuming to produce accurate computer models of molecules, primarily because traditional modeling methods are limited in their ability to handle alternative molecular shapes and, consequently, are ...
CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020
Nissan Motor Co. will have vehicles packed with autonomous driving technology by 2020 but whether people will be able to drive them on roads is up to government regulators, Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn said ...
Silver lining advances understanding of next-generation nuclear fuel
(Phys.org) —The long search for the location of a rare element within nuclear fuel particles has ended. Researchers have finally pinpointed where silver congregates inside irradiated particles of a new ...
Flying robots get off the ground
Attaching a platform to a high-rise building to evacuate people in an emergency, or creating a landing stage for an aircraft on uneven terrain - these are just two areas in which flying robots could have ...
New insights into membrane-assisted self-assembly
How proteins and virus capsids - complex protein structures that encase the genetic material of viruses - form structures near to a fluctuating membrane is simulated by physicist Richard Matthews with advanced ...