The Next Generation of Hearing Implants Could Be SoftNews
Close to half a million people around the world suffer from a serious hearing impairment. Cochlear implants, whilst useful for some patients, do not help people whose inner ear is damaged or whose auditory nerve does not function properly. Now, researchers have developed a soft variant of an implant that communicates directly with the brainstem.READ MORE
AI Could Warn About Drug Interaction Side EffectsNews
Researchers have designed an algorithm that analyzes data on drug-drug interactions listed in reports — compiled by the Food and Drug Administration and other organizations — for use in a possible alert system that would let patients know when a drug combination could prompt dangerous side effects.
Prosthetic technology has taken huge strides in the last decade, but accurately simulating human-like sensation is a difficult task. New “electronic skin” technology could help replicate advanced “pain” sensations in prosthetics, and enable robots to understand tactile feedback, like the feeling of being pricked, or that of heat on skin.
Researchers at EPFL’s Blue Brain Project, a Swiss brain research Initiative, have combined two high profile, large-scale datasets to produce something completely new –a first draft model of the rules guiding neuron-to-neuron connectivity of a whole mouse neocortex.READ MORE
MIT engineers have developed a magnetically steerable, thread-like robot that can actively glide through narrow pathways, such as the vasculature of the brain. In the future, this robotic thread may be paired with existing endovascular technologies, enabling doctors to remotely guide the robot through a patient’s brain vessels to quickly treat blockages and lesions.
For now, augmented reality (AR) remains mostly a solo activity, but soon people might be using the technology for a variety of group activities, such as creative projects. But how can developers guard against bad actors who try to hijack these experiences, and prevent privacy breaches in environments that span digital and physical space?READ MORE
Biomedical engineers have devised a method for increasing the resolution of optical coherence tomography (OCT) down to a single micrometer in all directions, even in a living patient. The new technique, called optical coherence refraction tomography, could improve medical images in fields ranging from cardiology to oncology.READ MORE
Women Are "Beautiful", Men Are "Rational": Machine Learning Reveals Gender Stereotypes in LiteratureNews Aug 28, 2019
Men are typically described by words that refer to behavior, while adjectives ascribed to women tend to be associated with physical appearance. This, according to a group of computer scientists that deployed machine learning to analyze 3.5 million books.
EPFL scientists have developed an algorithm that can determine whether a super-resolution microscope is operating at maximum resolution based on a single image. The method is compatible with all types of microscopes and could one day be a standard feature of automated models.
A team developing an environmentally friendly process to make adiponitrile - the main precursor to nylon have found a way to greatly improve the efficiency of organic electrosynthesis. The researchers credited their success in part to what they believe is the first use of artificial intelligence to optimize an electrochemical process.
Researchers have developed a prototype of an app that may potentially prescribe the optimal dose of medicine for the individual patient, as well as prevent counterfeit products.READ MORE
Artificial intelligence (AI) still has a lot to learn from animal brains. Neuroscientists are hoping that lessons from neuroscience can help the next generation of artificial intelligence overcome some particularly difficult barriers.