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Anil Jain, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of computer science and engineering, is one of the world's foremost authorities on pattern recognition, computer vision, and biometric recognition.
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Study concludes that racehorses are getting faster

The researchers analysed a large data set of racing records that gave a detailed overview of thoroughbred performance at the elite level since the mid-1800s, and at both the elite level and in the racehorse population as a whole since 1997.Despite a general consensus among scientists and in the racing industry that racehorse speed has plateaued, a new study from the University of Exeter has found that racehorses are getting...

The food-waste paradox

"Most of the factors that lead to food waste, can be easily remedied by simple changes in food buying, preparing, and storing." said Gustavo Porpino.Food wasted means money wasted which can be an expensive problem especially in homes with financial constraints. A new study from the Cornell Food and Brand Lab and the...

Artificial intelligence discovers planarian regeneration model

Planaria algorithmic is shown.An artificial intelligence system has for the first time reverse-engineered the regeneration mechanism of planaria--the small worms whose extraordinary power to regrow body parts has made them a research model...

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Brain's reaction to certain words could replace passwords

Sarah Laszlo, an assistant professor of Psychology, is photographed at her laboratory in Science IV.You might not need to remember those complicated e-mail and bank account passwords for much longer. According to a new study, the way your brain responds to certain words could...

Helping robots put it all together

Today's industrial robots are remarkably efficient -- as long as they're in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.

Like Sleeping Beauty, some research lies dormant for decades, IU study finds

This is Alessandro Flammini.Why do some discoveries fade into obscurity while others blaze a new trail the moment they are published? More mysteriously, why do some research papers remain dormant for years and...

Controlling swarms of robots with a finger

A human operator can touch the screen in multiple locations to control the light and the robots.Using a smart tablet and a red beam of light, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have created a system that allows people to control a fleet of robots with the...

Object recognition for free

Object recognition -- determining what objects are where in a digital image -- is a central research topic in computer vision.

Baiting the hook

Luring longtime and new customers to try online shopping, and retaining them in a competitive and crowded marketplace, is the challenge of the day for established offline retailers. A study...

UW mapping app turns art into a sharable walking route

The Trace app allows you to share the walk with a friend.Creative athletes have been using geographic information systems to transform their running routes into kangaroos, robots and other works of art that they share online, and one romantic cyclist last...

Humans across the world dance to the same beat

This is a group of shishi-odori deer dancers, Japanese folk performing artists who sing, drum and perform acrobatic dancing.A new study carried out by the University of Exeter and Tokyo University of the Arts has found that songs from around the world tend to share features, including a...

Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow

A major international study finds that surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the world's crops.

Robot eyes will benefit from insect vision

University of Adelaide Ph.D. student Zahra Bagheri and supervisor Professor Benjamin Cazzolato (School of Mechanical Engineering) with the robot under development.  The robot features a vision system using algorithms based on insect vision.The way insects see and track their prey is being applied to a new robot under development at the University of Adelaide, in the hopes of improving robot visual...

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Internet privacy manifesto calls for more consumer power

A revolutionary power shift from internet giants such as Google to ordinary consumers is critically overdue, according to new research from a University of East Anglia (UEA) online privacy expert.

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Robots can recover from damage in minutes

This is one of the robots introduced in the paper 'Robots that can adapt like animals.'Robots will one day provide tremendous benefits to society, such as in search and rescue missions and putting out forest fires -- but not until they can learn to keep...

Researchers develop intelligent handheld robots

Novel intelligent handheld robot is shown.What if handheld tools know what needs to be done and were even able to guide and help inexperienced users to complete jobs that require skill? Researchers at the...

Robot masters new skills through trial and error

BRETT is shown here learning how to screw a cap onto a water bottle.Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed algorithms that enable robots to learn motor tasks through trial and error using a process that more closely approximates the way...

Researchers examine the dangers bubbling up from hookah steam stones

An analysis led by Amberlie Clutterbuck, a doctoral student in the UC Department of Chemistry, found residues of toxic metals that included chromium, arsenic and cadmium following several simulated hookah/steam stones smoking scenarios.New research suggests the use of hookah steam stones -- commonly considered a safer alternative to cigarette smoking -- could be leaving users with a dangerous, false sense of security....

UW researchers hack a teleoperated surgical robot to reveal security flaws

UW reseachers mounted cyberattacks while study participants used the Raven II surgical robotic system to move rubber blocks on a pegboard.To make cars as safe as possible, we crash them into walls to pinpoint weaknesses and better protect the people who use them.

Could mobile phone data help bring electricity to the developing world?

Left: Current level of electrification in Senegal Right: Recommended electrification options based the analysis of mobile phone data. (MV: medium-voltage, PV: photovoltaics).Lack of quality demographic data is a major obstacle to infrastructure planning in the developing world. In a recent study, a team of researchers from the Santa Fe Institute in...

Fishermen, communities need more than healthy fish stocks

A typical day at the fish market in Dakar, Senegal.The Alaska salmon fishery is touted as one of the best in the world. When measured with an ecological yardstick, it is -- fish stocks are healthy and the fishery...

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