Novel flying robot mimics rapid insect flight

DelFly Nimble in stationary (hovering) flight. Credit: Henri Werij, TU Delft A novel insect-inspired flying robot, developed by TU Delft researchers from the Micro Air Vehicle Laboratory (MAVLab), is presented in Science (14 September 2018). Experiments with this first autonomous, free-flying and agile flapping-wing robot — carried out in collaboration with Wageningen University & Research — improved […]

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New laser for computer chips: International team of scientists constructs first germanium-tin semiconductor laser for silicon chips

Schematic structure of the germanium-tin (GeSn) laser, applied directly onto the silicon wafer (blue) by using an intermediate layer of pure germanium (orange). Credit: Copyright: Forschungszentrum Jülich Scientists from Forschungszentrum Jülich and the Paul Scherrer Institute in Switzerland in cooperation with international partners have presented the first semiconductor consisting solely of elements of main group […]

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New reservoir computer marks first-ever microelectromechanical neural network application

A single silicon beam (red), along with its drive (yellow) and readout (green and blue) electrodes, implements a MEMS capable of nontrivial computations. Credit: Guillaume Dion As artificial intelligence has become increasingly sophisticated, it has inspired renewed efforts to develop computers whose physical architecture mimics the human brain. One approach, called reservoir computing, allows hardware […]

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How To Read And Not Forget

Do you get to the bottom of a page and realize you’ve been daydreaming? It happens to everybody at some point or another: you’ve got too little time or too little interest to spend another minute with a book. Fortunately, learning to read smartly and take good notes will make the reading a whole lot […]

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A Little Thought For Your Day :-) — Pointless Overthinking

We’ve all read countless articles on many well-known websites, blogs, and guru-platforms that we shall NEVER compare ourselves to other people. In fact, we’re told to only compare ourselves to the person whom we were ‘yesterday’. The problem is that looking back to ‘who you were yesterday’ actually inhibits your development more than improving it. […] […]

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