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New robots can see into their future | Science Daily

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have developed a robotic learning technology that enables robots to imagine the future of their actions so they can figure out how to manipulate objects they have never encountered before. In the future, this technology could help self-driving cars anticipate future events on the road and produce more intelligent robotic assistants in homes, but the ... Read More »

Former NSA employee kept top secret information at home | Fifth Domain

A former National Security Agency employee pleaded guilty Friday to keeping top secret U.S. defense material at his home — the latest in a series of breaches involving workers at the nation’s largest spy shop. Nghia Hoang Pho, 67, of Ellicott City, Maryland, pleaded guilty to willful retention of national defense information, according to federal law enforcement officials. The guilty ... Read More »

Migraine therapy that cut attacks hailed as ‘huge deal’ | BBC

About 50% of people on one study halved the number of migraines they had each month, which researchers at King’s College Hospital called a “huge deal”. The treatment is the first specifically designed for preventing migraine and uses antibodies to alter the activity of chemicals in the brain. Further trials will need to assess the long-term effects. One in seven ... Read More »

The happiest cities in America, according to new research | CNN

I’ve spent my life traveling the world in the pursuit of health and happiness. After pinpointing the places where people live the longest, healthiest lives (which I call Blue Zones regions), I turned my attention to the places where people are happiest. At a certain point, I realized it’s not worth living to 100 if you don’t enjoy the journey. ... Read More »

First brain training exercise positively linked to dementia prevention identified | Science Daily

Aging research specialists have identified, for the first time, a form of mental exercise that can reduce the risk of dementia. The cognitive training, called speed of processing, showed benefits up to 10 years after study participants underwent the mental exercise program, said Frederick W. Unverzagt, PhD, professor of psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine. The proportion of participants ... Read More »

Double-duty textile could warm or cool | Science Daily

Stanford researchers have developed a reversible fabric that, without expending effort or energy, keeps skin a comfortable temperature whatever the weather. In a paper published Nov. 10 in Science Advances, a team led by Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering, created a double-sided fabric based on the same material as everyday kitchen wrap. Their fabric can either warm or ... Read More »

How a $10 microchip turns 2-D ultrasound machines into 3-D imaging devices | ScienceDaily

Technology that keeps track of how your smartphone is oriented can now give $50,000 ultrasound machines many of the 3-D imaging abilities of their $250,000 counterparts — for the cost of a $10 microchip. Doctors and engineers from Duke and Stanford universities will demonstrate their device Oct. 31 at the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Research Forum in Washington, ... Read More »

Army, Cornell researchers study octopus skin to use in camouflage | Army Times

Researchers are studying texture-changing octopus skin to see if the military can use its camouflaging properties. “This research stems from a challenge I posed to professors at Cornell [University in New York] along the lines of why can’t we have a dynamic skin for a wide range of applications,” Samuel Stanton, a program manager with the Army Research Laboratory’s Army ... Read More »