Computer-equipped dogs lead way in search-and-rescue

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Researchers from North Carolina State University (NCSU) showed off pioneering work demonstrating the potential of technologies that allow dogs to gather information, and stay safe, during search and rescue operations. Among the applications they're testing are computer-assisted training, remote communication with dogs in the field and tools to help people with guide dogs better understand what their dogs are doing. They accomplish these tasks by equipping dogs with video, audio and gas...

Materials Genome Initiative: Three Years of Progress

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Advanced materials are essential to human well-being and are the cornerstone for emerging industries. Yet today, it can take ten to twenty years or more from initial research on a new material to first use. That's why in June 2011 President Obama launched the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) "to help businesses discover, develop, and deploy new materials twice as fast" and at a fraction of the cost. The MGI brings together academic institutions, small businesses, large industrial...

Paraplegic will walk again wearing exoskeleton at the World Cup

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Built with funding for basic research from the National Science Foundation, Dr. Miguel Nicolelis and the Walk Again Project have built an exoskeleton that will allow paraplegics to walk again. The exoskeleton uses computer algorithms to interpret the user's brain activity, which powers the exoskeleton forward.

Solving blood clots with integrative STEM lessons

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The Mobile Area Education Foundation is designing lessons to teach kids that engineering and math can solve real-world problems…like designing ways to catch blood clots in a model human circulatory system.

Hydrokinetic energy to power our future

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Researchers at the University of Minnesota taught kids the science behind hydrokinetic energy at the USA Science and Engineering Festival.

Spend a Day in a Spider's Shoes

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Jonathan Pruitt of the University of Pittsburgh shows kids just how hard it is to be a spider due to their poor vision. Explore the behavior, ecology and sensory systems of spiders, ubiquitous and one of the most diverse groups of organisms in the world.

Restoring the Mississippi River Delta

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Learn how experiments and computer models can help harness energy and restore free-flowing rivers. Assess the challenges and benefits of restoring lost wetlands in the Mississippi Delta.

A thought requires roughly a million different brain neurons

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses how all of the parts in our brain work together to produce all of the simple and complex thoughts that humans have.

Observing multiple neurons simultaneously

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses the BRAIN Initiative and how his team plans to study neuron activity.

How does our brain use coding to interpret the world?

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Theoretical biophysicist William Bialek discusses how our brain interprets information in a continuous way.