Remarkable advancements in artificial intelligence have made it seem like uncannily human androids are just around the corner. But even though SIRI might be able to tell you a joke, robotics are still pretty clunky. That’s where soft robotics come in.
Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology has brewed up a hypnotizing representation of birds flocking up and down the length of two continents over the course of a year. No more complaining about your commute.
Despite their chaotic appearance, mosh pits operate according to an unspoken set of common rules that propagate these spontaneous social systems. Without rules and a common cause, however, the pit becomes little more than a sweaty mob set to music.
We humans are already kind of afraid of robots, so here's a good idea: what if we make them trip balls and hallucinate imaginary people everywhere? Seems like it would drive them to madness and make them turn on us even faster, but researchers at Cornell University's Robot Learning Lab think it will make them better…
What's in stores this week? A new science fiction series from the man who wrote Runaways, presidential candidates with alien problems, and other sundry good reads. Shall we?
Many New Yorkers oft forget Roosevelt Island—the little strip of land sitting between Manhattan and Queens. But after accepting a bid from Cornell university, who will build a new, state-of-the-art engineering campus there, Roosevelt Island could get a whole lot more popular.
Here's some seriously uplifting material to kick off your weekend. Turns out that when Neil deGrasse Tyson was applying to colleges in high school, Carl Sagan made an outstanding effort to make him feel especially at home at Cornell University, where he taught.
The sick bastards at Cornell's Creative Machines Lab thought it'd be a hoot to force two chatbot AI programs to talk to one another. The result is deranged, extremely uncomfortable, a fraught with hostility. Much like real human interaction!
My friends and I gave Cornell's fake-review-tracking algorithm a spin, and I have to say, we absolutely loved it! Fake and inflated reviews can be such a pain, so it's really great that an awesome university like Cornell is figuring them out!
For people who suffer chronic back pain from degenerated or diseased spinal discs, there are few options. Surgeons can implant a plastic or metal spinal disc to replace your damaged one. But metal and plastic prosthetics can only do so much; surgeries are costly and recovery times are long.
Don't you hate reading product reviews? You don't know which ones are real and which ones are fake. It's so hard to tell them apart that we need an algorithm to help us says a team of Cornell researchers.
Image quality isn't the only measure of a camera's functionality. The PFCA, developed by a Cornell Postdoc, has only a 20-pixel resolution but its size and construction will allow it to go where few cameras have been before.
Cornell is the place to go if you like looking at small things with expensive machinery. The University recently made its $500,000 micro-CT scanner available for public as well as academic usage.
Researchers from Cornell and UC Berkeley say they've both developed invisibility cloaks using bump-shaped mirrors that can hide objects across optical wavelengths. Oddly enough, their designs are nearly identical.
Scientists at Cornell University have super-computed the geotags of 35 million Flickr photos, creating photography heatmaps for locations around the world. Their conclusion? People really, really like taking pictures of landmarks.
Next Friday, a Dutch robotics researcher named Daan Hobbelen at TU Delft will be getting his PhD for building a robot named Flame. What's the big deal? you robo-saturated Giz readers ask. Flame has been built to walk like a man, using human-based principles that strike fear in the hearts of other robotics experts. …
The final project of a team from Cornell University, this electronic hogu, modelled above by a lantern-jawed mannequin called Bob, uses piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller to measure the kicks and punches between contestants in a Tae Kwan Do bout. Piezoelectric sensors and a microcontroller are implanted in…
When a team of Cornell students put Ranger to work tottering around the running track it just kept on walking, eventually achieving 45 laps before its batteries died and the poor thing toppled backwards. This 5.6-mile hike smashed the previous 20-lap record. The kneeless Ranger is designed to investigate aspects of…
Eggplant has always had a dodgy reputation, and some Cornell researchers working with India's Sathguru Management Consultants have just made the plump purple fruit even weirder. They've rigged the eggplant genome to express a "natural insecticide" that will drive away pesky fruit and shoot borers, bugs which routinely…