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Tech Xplore / Veins of bacteria could form a self-healing system for concrete infrastructure

In hopes of producing concrete structures that can repair their cracks, researchers from Drexel University's College of Engineering are putting a new twist on an old trick for improving the durability of concrete.

Dec 8, 2023 in Engineering
Tech Xplore / Reptilian robots used in BBC documentary considered for use in disaster response efforts

A trio of roboticists from KM-RoBoTa Sàrl, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and Verity AG, all in Switzerland, has found that a pair of reptilian robots they built for use in a BBC documentary back in 2016 may ...

Dec 8, 2023 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Integrated wastewater treatment plants and public transport are a win-win, says simulation study

What could clean energy buses and sewage treatment plants have in common? Answer: the co-location of hydrogen production by electrolysis at a wastewater facility to produce hydrogen for fuel cells to run buses, and oxygen ...

Dec 8, 2023 in Energy & Green Tech
Tech Xplore / ChatGPT often won't defend its answers, even when it is right: Study finds weakness in large language models' reasoning

ChatGPT may do an impressive job at correctly answering complex questions, but a new study suggests it may be absurdly easy to convince the AI chatbot that it's in the wrong.

Dec 7, 2023 in Computer Sciences
Tech Xplore / Training algorithm breaks barriers to deep physical neural networks

EPFL researchers have developed an algorithm to train an analog neural network just as accurately as a digital one, enabling the development of more efficient alternatives to power-hungry deep learning hardware.

Dec 7, 2023 in Computer Sciences
Tech Xplore / Automated system teaches users when to collaborate with an AI assistant

Artificial intelligence models that pick out patterns in images can often do so better than human eyes—but not always. If a radiologist is using an AI model to help her determine whether a patient's X-rays show signs of ...

Dec 7, 2023 in Consumer & Gadgets
Tech Xplore / Plant-inspired liquid metal actuators unlock new potential for flexible robotics

A research team led by Prof. Tian Xingyou and Prof. Zhang Xian from the Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) of the Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) have utilized liquid metal to construct Liquid metal/Polyimide/Polytetrafluoroethylene ...

Dec 7, 2023 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Adding a flexible spine and tail makes mouse robot more nimble

A team of roboticists at Technical University of Munich, in Germany, working with a colleague from Sun Yat-sen University, in China, has improved the nimbleness of a quadruped robot by adding a flexible spine and tail. The ...

Dec 7, 2023 in Robotics
Tech Xplore / Using machine learning to monitor driver 'workload' could help improve road safety

Researchers have developed an adaptable algorithm that could improve road safety by predicting when drivers are able to safely interact with in-vehicle systems or receive messages, such as traffic alerts, incoming calls or ...

Dec 7, 2023 in Automotive
Tech Xplore / New open-source platform cuts costs for running AI

Cornell researchers have released a new, open-source platform called Cascade that can run artificial intelligence (AI) models in a way that slashes expenses and energy costs while dramatically improving performance.

Dec 7, 2023 in Software
Tech Xplore / Researchers develop method that boosts performance of moderation models on live platforms

Twitch. Some see it as a fun online community of gamers and good-natured e-sports fandom. For others, it's a perilous stream of potentially toxic content and hate speech.

Dec 7, 2023 in Consumer & Gadgets
Tech Xplore / Saddling up cryptosystems for a quantum showdown

A lone ranger riding off into the sunset might say something sage and vague, such as "a man is only as good as his word." But these gritty prophets never said anything about verifying a man's—or anyone else's—word in ...

Dec 7, 2023 in Business