Nanogaps between gold electrodes emit lots of light

Physicists have observed surprisingly strong light and high heat from nanogaps between plasmonic electrodes, particularly those made of gold.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: nanotechnology light gold science-and-technology plasmons

Jellyfish robot outswims the real thing

A new kind of soft robot gets its moves from jellyfish. But the robots can outpace the real-life ocean animals by a fair bit.

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: robots swimming biomimicry featured science-and-technology speed

Solution to viscosity mystery may curb pesticide pollution

Researchers have figured out how to measure the viscosity of droplets. That could help control pesticide spraying, ink-jet printing, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: aircraft pollution agriculture pesticides math 3d-printing science-and-technology earth-and-environment liquids

Auto ‘politeness transfer’ softens blunt work messages

Drawing on thousands of emails from Enron, researchers have created a method to bring better manners to our communications via "politeness transfer."

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: writing communication jobs computers science-and-technology society-and-culture social-lives rhetoric

Humans and monkeys think more alike than we knew

Both monkeys and humans have a way of thinking that involves recursion, a process of arranging words, phrases, or symbols to convey complex ideas.

Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley • futurity
July 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: evolution language cognition monkeys featured science-and-technology

Unique brain patterns fire off when you tie various knots

Once researchers figured out the brain's patterns for tying different knots, they could predict which knot study participants would tie before they started.

Stacy Kish-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: brains learning science-and-technology imaging-technology

Quasar upends ideas about black hole formation

A new discovery "presents the biggest challenge yet for the theory of black hole formation and growth in the early universe."

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: space light black-holes science-and-technology quasar

Nanosatellites could beam ‘quantum internet’ to Earth

Tiny satellites could be the key to a global quantum internet network. That could mean internet from space on Earth, and communication between spacecraft.

National University of Singapore • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: nanotechnology internet satellites quantum-physics science-and-technology

AI decisions: Do we deserve an explanation?

If artficial intelligence is involved denying you something, such as a mortgage, bail, or lease, do you deserve an explanation? A political philosopher says yes.

Stanford • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence ethics algorithms featured science-and-technology society-and-culture laws decisions

Ancient pup ‘Zhokhov’ clarifies sled dog origins

DNA from a 9,500-year-old dog from the Siberian island of Zhokhov provides a new picture of sled dogs today, including huskies and malamutes.

Amanda Nybroe Rohde-Copenhagen • futurity
June 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: dogs genes arctic siberia wolves science-and-technology

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