Water found to be an ideal lubricant for nanomachines
Researchers from the University of Amsterdam have discovered that machines just one molecule in size move far quicker if you add a 'lubricant' to their surroundings. To their surprise, water proved to be ...
Simple sewing machine has high-tech role in future 'soft' machines
The humble sewing machine could play a key role in creating "soft" robotics, wearable electronics and implantable medical systems made of elastic materials that are capable of extreme stretching.
NSA can retrieve, replay phone calls, report says (Update)
America's National Security Agency has technology that is capable of recording the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday.
'Zombie' bacteria are nothing to be afraid of
A cell is not a soap bubble that can simply pinch in two to reproduce. The ability to faithfully copy genetic material and distribute it equally to daughter cells is fundamental to all forms of life. Even ...
Revisiting quantum effects in MEMS
New calculations shows that the influence of quantum effects on the operating conditions of nanodevices has, until now, been overestimated.
Google buys artificial intelligence firm DeepMind
Google said on Monday that it had agreed to buy British artificial intelligence start-up company DeepMind for an undisclosed amount.
Security tools for Industry 4.0
An increasing number of unsecured, computer-guided production machinery and networks in production facilities are gradually evolving into gateways for data theft. New security technologies may directly shield ...
Researchers program bacterial cells to make computer-like decisions
(Phys.org) —Imagine bacterial cells programmed like computers to respond predictably to specific inputs—the cells detect mercury and turn red, or detect and destroy cancerous cells.
Physics duo offer explanation of why tiny bubbles last longer on a surface
Vote glitch reports pile up in US election (Update)
Voting went smoothly in Tuesday's US elections, except when it didn't. Some computer problems, as well as human ones, drew complaints across the country as millions of Americans went to the polls.
Next-gen dining may mean an order of floating sushi (w/ Video)
Our ambiguous world of words
(Phys.org) —Ambiguity in language poses the greatest challenge when it comes to training a computer to understand the written word. Now, new research aims to help computers find meaning.
Microsoft CEO is driving data-culture mindset
A swarm on every desktop: Swarm robotics researchers gather data with online game
The next experiment from Rice University's Multi-Robot Systems Laboratory (MRSL) could happen on your desktop. The lab's researchers are refining their control algorithms for robotic swarms based upon data ...