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The National Science Foundation is an independent U.S. federal agency established by Congress in the NSF Act of 1950 "to promote progress of science," and "advance national health, prosperity, and welfare," and "to secure the national defense." NSF provides financial support for fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. The majority of the funds are provided to support basic research performed in U.S. academic institutions.
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2019
12 Nov

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Flip, Identify With Each Other

Swarms of simple, interacting robots have the potential to unlock stealthy abilities for accomplishing complex tasks. Getting these robots to achieve a true hive-like mind of coordination, though, has proved to be a hurdle.
6 Nov

Sensor Could be Used for Microrobotics, Augmented Reality, Wearables

For all our technological advances, nothing beats evolution when it comes to research and development. Take jumping spiders. These small arachnids have impressive depth perception despite their tiny brains, allowing them to accurately pounce on unsuspecting targets from several body lengths away.
28 Oct

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers have presented a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments completely by themselves.
18 Oct

World's first mobile restaurant powered by advanced robotics

Ono to harness advanced robotics to serve the Los Angeles smoothie blends within 60 seconds. Automated, electric self-cleaning blender and robotic systems to use 28x less water compared to traditional smoothie operators; Reduces inventory waste with over 100 sensors monitoring ingredient volume and temperature.
16 Oct

IDTechEx Announces the Winners of Launchpad

IDTechEx Launchpad will showcase innovations from 12 start-up companies at the IDTechEx Show! held in Santa Clara Convention Center, CA, USA (www.IDTechEx.com/USA). All winners will be showing a new working prototype or product, many for the first time.
4 Oct

Mobile 3D printing robots could fix bridges on Earth, Mars

A multidisciplinary robotics team is designing autonomous systems for 3D printers on robotic arms attached to mobile, roving platforms.
27 Sep

Microscopic biohybrid robots propelled by muscles, nerves

Researchers have developed soft robotic devices driven by neuromuscular tissue that triggers when stimulated by light - bringing mechanical engineering one step closer to developing autonomous biobots.
25 Sep

Point-of-care test for prostate cancer

The proposed biosensor platform will be based on an ultrahigh sensitivity magnetic nanoparticles detector and will look similar to a home pregnancy test with an electronic readout. As a bonus for healthcare providers and patients alike, it's expected to cost under $3 per test.
25 Sep

Evolution of learning is key to better artificial intelligence

Researchers say that true, human-level intelligence remains a long way off, but their new paper explores how computers could begin to evolve learning in the same way as natural organisms did - with implications for many fields, including artificial intelligence.
24 Sep

Shape-shifting robots built from 'smarticles'

Building conventional robots typically requires carefully combining components like motors, batteries, actuators, body segments, legs and wheels. Now, researchers have taken a new approach, building a robot entirely from smaller robots known as "smarticles" to unlock the principles of a potentially new locomotion technique.
2 Sep

Robotic thread is designed to slip through the brain's blood vessels

Engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow, winding pathways, such as the labrynthine vasculature of the brain.
30 Aug

Using artificial intelligence to track birds' dark-of-night migrations

On many evenings during spring and fall migration, tens of millions of birds take flight at sunset and pass over our heads, unseen in the night sky. Though these flights have been recorded for decades by the National Weather Services' network of constantly scanning weather radars, until recently these data have been mostly out of reach for bird researchers.
26 Aug

Self-folding "Rollbot" paves the way for fully untethered soft robots

The majority of soft robots today rely on external power and control, keeping them tethered to off-board systems or rigged with hard components. Now, researchers have developed soft robotic systems, inspired by origami, that can move and change shape in response to external stimuli, paving the way for fully untethered soft robots.
21 Aug

Exosuit shows potential for wearable robots

Researchers have previously developed robotic devices for rehabilitation and other areas of life that can either assist walking or running, but no untethered portable device could efficiently do both.
21 Aug

Facial recognition technique could improve hail forecasts

The same artificial intelligence technique typically used in facial recognition systems could help improve prediction of hailstorms and their severity, according to a new study from the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
20 Aug

$1.5 million grant for environmentally friendly 3D printed concrete

A team of engineers has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop 3D-printed concrete that incorporates carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, as part of a binder.
16 Aug

Wearable moves brain monitoring from the lab to the real world

Imagine if a coach could know which moments of competition a certain player might peak, or if a truck driver had objective data telling him his body and mind were too tired to continue driving.
13 Aug

Soft robots controlled with lights and magnets

Newly published research shows the possibility of controlling soft robots with light and magnetic fields, with the new technique to likely be applied to the biomedical and aerospace fields.
7 Aug

Heat-free tech for flexible electronics

The latest application of undercooled metal technology features liquid metal (in this case Field's metal, an alloy of bismuth, indium and tin) trapped below its melting point in polished, oxide shells, creating particles about 10 millionths of a meter across.
19 Jul

AI beats professionals in six-player poker

An artificial intelligence program developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Facebook AI has defeated leading professionals in six-player No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker, the world's most popular form of poker.