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Image: Fractal topological insulator; Copyright: Tobias Biesenthal | Universität Rostock

Tobias Biesenthal | Universität Rostock

Fractal Drive – A Lack of Bulk Gives Photons an Edge


Researchers from the University of Rostock have developed a novel type of micro-structured material that enhances the speed of light signals while keeping them protected from scattering.
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Image: chaotic colorful balls and white orderly balls; Copyright: kryzhov


In balance: Quantum computing needs the right combination of order and disorder


Research conducted within the Cluster of Excellence "Matter and Light for Quantum Computing" (ML4Q) has analysed cutting-edge device structures of quantum computers to demonstrate that some of them are indeed operating dangerously close to a threshold of chaotic meltdown.
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Image: Visualisation of the West Entrance Research Building ACTIVE SITES; Copyright: Carpus+Partner AG

Carpus+Partner AG

ACTIVE SITES research building: New methods for different disciplines


Milestone decision for basic research at the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE): The Science Council has classified the planned ACTIVE SITES research building as worthy of funding. With ACTIVE SITES, the UDE will have a centre of international acclaim at which so-called active sites will be researched.
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Image: small black display between human fingers; Copyright: Fraunhofer FEP

Fraunhofer FEP

Addition to the microdisplay family


In addition to an energy-saving design, microdisplays for wearables must also display information in a way that they are sufficiently bright under daylight conditions, at best in colored versions and recognizable with the naked eye. The OLED microdisplay family of the Fraunhofer Institute FEP has now been extended: Microdisplays for ultra-high brightness.
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Image: Black background with lighter dots - microrobots; Copyright: MPI for Intelligent Systems

MPI for Intelligent Systems

Microrobot collectives display versatile movement patterns


Collective behavior and swarm patterns are found everywhere in nature. Robots can also be programmed to act in swarms. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS), Cornell University and Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed collectives of microrobots, which they can move in every formation they wish. The research project was published in Nature Communications.
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Image: blue and green bioprinted cell-rich bioconstructs showing controlled, complex 4D shape transformations; Copyright: Eben Alsberg and Aixiang Ding

Eben Alsberg and Aixiang Ding

Scientists bioprint tissue-like constructs capable of shape-shifting


Bioprinting 4D constructs provides opportunities for scientists to better mimic the shape changes that occur during the development, healing and normal function of real tissues and fabricate complex structures.
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Image: A woman holds her temples because she has a headache, a facial recognition grid is depicted on her face; Copyright: Fraunhofer IGD

Fraunhofer IGD

Health advice from your computer


Fraunhofer IGD developed a software package that serves as a personal health assistant to office staff who spend their working day sitting at a computer. The only extra feature required is a standard webcam.
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Image: a 3D model of an elastic, orange ball with a blue grid-like layer; Copyright: Jack Binysh

Jack Binysh

The next generation of robots will be shape-shifters


Physicists have discovered a new way to coat soft robots in materials that allow them to move and function in a more purposeful way.
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Image: printed towering grid that looks like skyscrapers with green glowing bacteria on it; Copyright: Gabriella Bocchetti | University of Cambridge

Gabriella Bocchetti | University of Cambridge

Tiny 'skyscrapers' help bacteria convert sunlight into electricity


Researchers have made tiny 'skyscrapers' for communities of bacteria, helping them to generate electricity from just sunlight and water.
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Image: Man with dark hair and beard blinking and wearing glasses tracking his facial expressions; Copyright: Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech

MagTrack technology opens doors for wheelchair users


A collaborative research endeavor between Brooks Rehab and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering yielded in MagTrack. The assistive technology enables power wheelchair users to control their connected devices and drive their wheelchairs using an multimodal controller. In addition, it is designed to be wearable, wireless, and adaptable to the user’s specific condition.
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Image: An artificial thumb-sized sensor; Copyright: Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems

Fingertip sensitivity for robots


Striving to improve touch sensing in robotics, scientists developed a thumb-shaped sensor with a camera hidden inside and trained a deep neural network to infer its haptic contact information.
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