Can sea slugs help make AI smarter?

With a cue from sea slugs, researchers have taken a step towards making AI more reliable for use in surgical robots, self-driving cars, and more.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Study: As a population gets older, automation accelerates

Economists find companies’ adoption of robots is partly due to shortages in middle-aged labor.

Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 15, 2021 ~7 min

Alexa and Siri won’t make your kids bossy

Kids have gotten used to telling Alexa or Siri to call Grandma or play their favorite song. But will doing so make them bossy? Probably not.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Sept. 14, 2021 ~10 min

Engineers create 3D-printed objects that sense how a user is interacting with them

Advance incorporates sensing directly into an object’s material, with applications for assistive technology and “intelligent” furniture.

Adam Zewe | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 14, 2021 ~6 min

Fossil of Strange Sea Creature Discovered

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 13, 2021 ~4 min

Researchers design sensors to rapidly detect plant hormones

SMART nanosensors are safer and less tedious than existing techniques for testing plants’ response to compounds such as herbicides.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

500-million-year-old fossil fills in ‘Cambrian explosion’ puzzle

A rare fossil discovery of an ancient worm-like creature sheds light on a period of time when many of the world's animal groups were first appearing.

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Sept. 13, 2021 ~7 min

Tests reveal four squirrel personality traits

A new study is the first to document personality in golden-mantled ground squirrels. "This adds to the small but growing number of studies showing that individuals matter."

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis • futurity
Sept. 13, 2021 ~6 min

A Robot’s Gaze Can Affect the Human Brain

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 12, 2021 ~3 min

What Is the ‘Metaverse’ Tech Companies Aim to Build?

VOA Learning English • voa
Sept. 12, 2021 ~6 min