ESA's orbital experiment with a force-reflecting joystick
In a milestone for space robotics, the International Space Station has hosted the first full run of ESA's experiment with a force-reflecting joystick.
Risk is much more than a game
Wildfires and flooding affect many more people in the USA than earthquakes and landslide and yet the dread, the perceived risk, of the latter two is much greater than for those hazards that are more frequent and cause greater ...
Crowdsourcing a living map of world health
What if by collecting data from mobile medical apps on cell phones around the world, we could map significant problems and see the flu coming like a giant whirling hurricane? A team of engineers, biologists ...
Lens combines human and insect vision to focus wide-angle views
A lens invented at The Ohio State University combines the focusing ability of a human eye with the wide-angle view of an insect eye to capture images with depth.
Dingo wrongly blamed for extinctions
Dingoes have been unjustly blamed for the extinctions on the Australian mainland of the Tasmanian tiger (or thylacine) and the Tasmanian devil, a University of Adelaide study has found.
Robot mom would beat robot butler in popularity contest
(Phys.org) —If you tickle a robot, it may not laugh, but you may still consider it humanlike—depending on its role in your life, reports an international group of researchers.
Knowing the end goal increases productivity
Working in a team is not always easy, and achieving our aims often turns out to be much harder than we thought it would be. What can we do to increase our chances of gaining ultimate success? A new study from Aarhus University's ...
Bonding with your virtual self may alter your actual perceptions
When people create and modify their virtual reality avatars, the hardships faced by their alter egos can influence how they perceive virtual environments, according to researchers.
Putting a human face on a product: When brand humanization goes wrong
(Phys.org) —When companies put a human face on their brand, the public usually responds positively. This advertising approach has brought us alarm clocks with sleepy faces and color-coated chocolate candies ...
Researchers examine how characteristics of automated voice systems affect users' experience
The personality and gender of the automated voices you hear when calling your credit card company or receiving directions from your GPS navigational system may have an unconscious effect on your perception of the technology. ...
Responsibility misused by politicians: study
The concept of responsibility is being used by politicians as a distraction from the real problems in society, which have to do with inequality according to research from the University of Exeter.
Today's fear and loathing of fat bodies rooted in ancient Western civilization
Our modern love-hate relationship with fat dates to antiquity, says a University of Kansas researcher who writes about the cultural history of fat in Western civilization.
Researchers develop new technique to assess diversity of plant species from afar
By analyzing vegetation information collected by satellites over time instead of for just one day, scientists in the Michigan State University Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS) have ...
Preferences shaped by evolution draw voters to candidates with lower-pitched voices
Voters prefer to choose candidates with lower-pitched voices, according to new findings by researchers at McMaster University.