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Artificial Intelligence Solves 100 Year Old Worm Challenge

Tufts University biologists developed an artificial intelligence system that for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria worms. (Photo credit: Daniel Lobo/Michael Levin-Tufts University.)

For the first time, an artifical intelligence system has reverse-engineered how a planaria worm regenerates. The work, published recently¬† in PLOS Computational Biology, shows how much the robot science can help humans scientists going forward. Humans have been trying for more than 100 years to figure …

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Two-Wheel Balancing Robot Kit

Learn about self-balancing robots with this great kit, built around an Arduino-compatible board. (Photo credit: DFRobot.)

If the MiP has piqued your interested in self-balancing robots but you like building things yourself, check out the Two-Wheel Balancing Robot Kit from DFRobot. The kit includes a custom acrylic case, DFRduino Uno, a six-degrees-of-freedom IMU shield, two DC motors, four analog rotation sensors and …

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Tools that Think

This tool assists the user with pick and place tasks. (Photo credit: University of Bristol.)

Imagine if everyday tools understood the context in which they were used, and could automatically respond in a way that made the job easier? Researchers at the University of Bristol are working on such devices, which they call intelligent handheld robots. The goal is to take …

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Sparkfun Gram Piano Kit

While this piano only has 8 keys, users can change the octave by turning the potentiometer. (Photo credit: Sparkfun.)

Looking for a fun soldering project that does more than light up? The SparkFun Gram Piano Kit will have you singing a happy tune in no time! Once built, the piano’s capacitive resistance keys respond to your touch. Tap one of the eight keys and the …

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Tele-Operated Robot For Performing Ultrasounds in Development

This robot is designed to conduct prenatal ultrasound exams on pregnant women in remote locations. (Photo credit: Waseda University.)

A robot designed to give an ultrasound exam to a pregnant woman is being developed at Waseda University in Japan. Such a system has never been developed in the past due to safety concerns regarding the weight of the equipment. But this system, made by Professor …

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