Google buys machine learning startup
Google said Wednesday that it has bought a Canadian startup specializing in getting machines to understand what people are trying to say.
UM's new solar car marks transition for nation's top team
The name of the University of Michigan's next solar car, which will be one step closer to resembling a real-world vehicle, is "Generation," the U-M solar car team announced today at the South by Southwest Interactive festival ...
Teaching machines to see: Professor reverse-engineers human vision for computers
(Phys.org)—How do we know if we're looking at the three-dimensional world or at a kind of trompe l'oeil image painted on the inside of a huge glass sphere? More to the point, how would a robot know?
Certain Australian native flowers have evolved their flower colour to red hues favoured by birds
(Phys.org)—In a study just published in New Phytologist, researchers from RMIT and Monash universities have shown for the first time that Australian native flowers exclusively pollinated by birds have e ...
Evolutionary biologists urged to adapt their research methods
To truly understand the mechanisms of natural selection, evolutionary biologists need to shift their focus from present-day molecules to synthesized, ancestral ones, says Shozo Yokoyama, a biologist at Emory University.
Birds evolved ultraviolet vision several times, research finds
Ultraviolet vision evolved at least eight times in birds from a common violet sensitive ancestor finds a study published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology. All of these are due to single nucleo ...
Having a Tony Stark at the office is fine as long as you hire a Pepper Potts
(Phys.org)—Not every company has an Iron Man, but many have a Tony Stark – a highly powerful, intensely-focused individual who often ignores risk in order to achieve his or her goals.
System uses video surveillance cameras to alert security agents of dangerous situations
Researchers at Universidad Carlos III of Madrid and the firms Abertis and Solusoft have developed an intelligent system that analyzes video surveillance camera images in real time, detects anomalous situations ...
BrailleWise aircraft toilet: Making air travel easier for visually impaired people
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has designed a new aircraft lavatory called BrailleWise, giving visially impaired people greater independence and comfort when using toilets on airplanes.
New research embraces laser and sparks cool affair
Bulky and noisy air-conditioning compressors and refrigerators may soon be a thing of the past. With the latest discovery by scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), current cooling systems ...
Push for futuristic guns builds on embattled past
It sounds, at first, like a bold, next-generation solution: personalizing guns with technology that keeps them from firing if they ever get into the wrong hands. But when the White House called for pushing ahead with such ...