Real men don’t say ‘cute’

What’s in a tweet? From gender to education, the words used on social media carry impressions to others. Using publicly available tweets, social psychologists and computer scientists are helping us to parse out the stereotypes formed by word choices on the social media channel Twitter. Utilizing natural language processing (NLP), a form of artificial intelligence, the researchers show where stereotyping goes from “plausible” to wrong.

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Dike inspection robot with an innovative powertrain

Future robots that continuously inspect our dikes won’t come across an electrical charging station every few hours. Using a smart gear box for the robot, a researcher has managed to drastically reduce the energy consumption. The energy-autonomous robot comes closer.

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World’s first light-seeking synthetic nanorobot

A team of researchers has developed the world’s first light-seeking synthetic nanorobot. With size comparable to a blood cell, those tiny robots have the potential to be injected into patients’ bodies, helping surgeons to remove tumors and enabling more precise engineering of targeted medications.

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Drones take off in plant ecological research

Long-term, broad-scale ecological data are critical to plant research, but often impossible to collect on foot. Traditional data-collection methods can be time consuming or dangerous, and can compromise habitats that are sensitive to human impact. Micro-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), or drones, eliminate these data-collection pitfalls by flying over landscapes to gather unobtrusive aerial image data.

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Restoring the sense of touch in amputees using natural signals of nervous system

Scientists have found a way to produce realistic sensations of touch in two human amputees by directly stimulating the nervous system.

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Zebrafish want to hang out with moving 3-D robotic models of themselves

Authenticity is an important trait, and zebrafish take it especially seriously. An interdisciplinary team of researchers has discovered that zebrafish engage more with 3D-moving robotic models of themselves than with other stimuli.

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Robotic tutors for primary school children

The use of robotic tutors in primary school classrooms is one step closer.

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In a first, brain computer interface helps paralyzed man feel again

Imagine being in an accident that leaves you unable to feel any sensation in your arms and fingers. Now imagine regaining that sensation, a decade later, through a mind-controlled robotic arm that is directly connected to your brain.

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Soft robots that mimic human muscles

Robots are usually expected to be rigid, fast and efficient. But researchers have turned that notion on its head with their soft robots.

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3-D-printed robots with shock-absorbing skins

Anyone who’s watched drone videos or an episode of “BattleBots” knows that robots can break — and often it’s because they don’t have the proper padding to protect themselves.

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Your next nurse could be a robot

The nursing assistant for your next trip to the hospital might be a robot.

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