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Article ID: 648876

In Emergencies, Should You Trust a Robot?

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

In emergencies, people may trust robots too much for their own safety, a new study suggests. In a mock building fire, test subjects followed instructions from an “Emergency Guide Robot” even after the machine had proven itself unreliable – and after some participants were told that robot had broken down.

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29-Feb-2016 8:05 AM EST
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Newswise: Soft Matter Offers New Ways to Study How Materials Arrange

Article ID: 603308

Soft Matter Offers New Ways to Study How Materials Arrange

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

A fried breakfast food popular in Spain provided the inspiration for the development of doughnut-shaped droplets that may provide scientists with a new approach for studying fundamental issues in physics, mathematics and materials.

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20-May-2013 8:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: Protein Study Suggests Drug Side Effects are Inevitable
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    20-May-2013 3:00 PM EDT

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Protein Study Suggests Drug Side Effects are Inevitable

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

A new study of both computer-created and natural proteins suggests that the number of unique pockets – sites where small molecule pharmaceutical compounds can bind to proteins – is surprisingly small, meaning drug side effects may be impossible to avoid.

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17-May-2013 2:00 PM EDT
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    20-May-2013 3:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603124

Ant Study Could Help Future Robot Teams Work Underground

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Future teams of subterranean search and rescue robots may owe their success to the lowly fire ant, a much-despised insect whose painful bites and extensive networks of underground tunnels are all-too-familiar to people living in the southern United States.

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16-May-2013 10:00 AM EDT
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Newswise: In Early Earth, Iron Helped RNA Catalyze Electron Transfer
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    19-May-2013 1:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 603047

In Early Earth, Iron Helped RNA Catalyze Electron Transfer

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

A new study shows how complex biochemical transformations may have been possible under conditions that existed when life began on the early Earth. The study shows that RNA is capable of catalyzing electron transfer under conditions similar to those of the early Earth.

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14-May-2013 9:50 PM EDT
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Newswise: Pathway Competition Affects Early Brain Differentiation

Article ID: 602256

Pathway Competition Affects Early Brain Differentiation

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

A new study shows how the strength and timing of competing molecular signals during brain development has generated natural and presumably adaptive differences in a brain region known as the telencephalon -- much earlier than scientists had previously believed.

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25-Apr-2013 8:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: “Taxels” Convert Mechanical Motion to Electronic Signals
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    25-Apr-2013 2:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 602161

“Taxels” Convert Mechanical Motion to Electronic Signals

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch, provide better security in handwritten signatures and offer new ways for humans to interact with electronic devices.

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24-Apr-2013 1:00 PM EDT
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    23-Apr-2013 7:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 602015

Robot & Baby Sea Turtles Reveal Principles of Motion

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Based on a study of both hatchling sea turtles and "FlipperBot" -- a robot with flippers -- researchers have learned principles for how both robots and turtles move on granular surfaces such as sand.

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21-Apr-2013 11:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 602094

Sensor System Assesses Effects of Explosions on Soldiers

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

To study the effects of improvised explosive devices on soldiers and help provide continuing treatment, researchers have developed a sensor system that measures the physical environment of an explosion and collects data that can correlate what the soldier experienced with long-term outcomes.

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22-Apr-2013 7:00 PM EDT
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Newswise: Bose-Einstein Condensates Evaluated for Quantum Computers

Article ID: 601566

Bose-Einstein Condensates Evaluated for Quantum Computers

Georgia Institute of Technology, Research Communications

Physicists have examined how Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC) might be used to provide communication among the nodes of a distributed quantum computer. The researchers determined the amount of time needed for quantum information to propagate across their BEC.

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11-Apr-2013 9:25 AM EDT
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