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Algae, a new form of ecological construction

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 26, 2021

Algae, a new form of ecological construction

Currently, algae are being used to feed livestock, produce textiles and biofuel. These plant organisms are also now being used in construction as an environmentally responsible solution…

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A tetraplegic capable of writing with his mind with brain chips

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 12, 2021

A tetraplegic capable of writing with his mind with brain chips

The typing speed of a spinal cord injured was close to that of other people typing on their mobile. Sensors in the brain of a tetraplegic have captured neural activity while imagining that he was writing and have converted it, letter by letter, into text. This brain-computer interface (BCI) has achieved a writing speed close to that of anybody while typing on a mobile phone…

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A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on May 6, 2021

A robot that builds the walls of a house in one day

This robot, called Hadrian X, is an invention of the Australian company Fast Brick Robotics (FBR) They created the first prototype in 2005. After a time of doubts and issues, Hadrian X's precursor arrived. Its name was Hadrian 105 and, in 2016, it built the first block structure from a 3D CAD model. In 2017, a contract with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to build 50,000 houses was the definitive push for this project. And in 2018, this robot was already a reality…

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Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on April 1, 2021

Artificial intelligence now allows us to recover lost languages

An artificial intelligence system developed by the MIT Laboratory of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIL) aims to decipher missing languages and learn more about the people who spoke them. The algorithms they have designed can automatically decipher a lost language using only a few thousand words (far less data than is commonly used to train algorithms). The records that have survived to our days of the languages ??that have been lost throughout history are so minimal (often la…

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A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 22, 2021

A mobile for the elderly invented by a young man who wanted to video call his grandmother

The invention of Jorge Terreu, 22 years old, from Aragón (Spain), has become an ideal tool to fight against loneliness. The device is named after Jorge's grandmother, Maximiliana. Jorge completed his third year in Computer Engineering in France, in 2018. Although he spoke with his family often, he missed seeing his grandmother Maximiliana, 86, who did not handle video calls or cell phones. So, in three months he reprogrammed a smartphone to automatically answer calls and he sent it home…

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An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on March 8, 2021

An autonomous drone that pollinates with a bubble gun

Scientists from the Advanced Institute of Industrial Science and Technology, AIST (Japan), present a drone that can pollinate an orchard in much the same way as the bees do. Many plants rely almost entirely on bees as natural pollinators to produce some of nature's most nutritious foods, but bee species have declined significantly in recent decades. To compensate for declining pollinator populations, scientists have been trying to create robotic pollination technologies, and this initiative ap…

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An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on February 2, 2021

An algorithm capable of detecting Alzheimer

All efforts to improve the diagnosis and early care of Alzheimer's are few. The Stevens University of Technology in New Jersey has developed an algorithm that detects the language deficits typical of the early stages of the disease. According to data from the World Health Organisation, dementia affects about 50 million people worldwide, of which about 60% live in low and middle-income countries…

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Two monkeys manage to "see" without using their eyes thanks to a brain stimulation device

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 21, 2020

Two monkeys manage to

There are currently 40 million blind people in the world, according to the World Health Organisation. The Vision and Cognition group of the Dutch Institute of Neuroscience and the Neuroprosthesis and Visual Rehabilitation Unit of the Bioengineering Institute of the Miguel Hernández University in Spain have created high-resolution implants that made possible to create interpretable images for animals through electrical stimuli…

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Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on December 14, 2020

Scientists turn plastic into a clean source of hydrogen

Today, the 4.9 billion tons of plastic currently on earth end up in landfills or in the wild, and this number is increasing year after year, making ballast one of the most serious environmental problems of our time. A new light appears at the end of the tunnel: chemists at the University of Oxford in the UK have found a way to turn plastic bottles, bags and other packaging into a clean source of hydrogen that has the ability to be reused as a clean fuel…

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Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

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by Esteban Tejedor

Posted on November 9, 2020

Artificial intelligence helping the farms: Google's farmer robot

Can you imagine a plantation where each plant was monitored? And where each one received exactly the nutrients it needs by measuring each of its reactions? From the bowels of the still quite unknown Google Laboratory X — that branch of the company always surrounded by a halo of secrecy — comes the robotagricultor! Actually, this project, called Mineral, is much more than that: it is putting artificial intelligence at the service of agriculture…

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