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Science News: Robots 'See' Objects with High-Tech Fingertip Sensor

Robots 'See' Objects with High-Tech Fingertip SensorPerforming this mundane task may not sound all that difficult to humans, but getting a robot to maneuver an object into a small port is a big deal, said researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Northeastern University in Boston. Edward Adelson, a professor of vision science at MIT, first conceived of GelSight in 2009.  


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Science News: 'Copycat' Bearded Dragons Mimic Their Peers

'Copycat' Bearded Dragons Mimic Their PeersOther bearded dragons then watched a video of the lizard opening the door, and scientists monitored whether the other animals imitated the behavior. All eight bearded dragons that watched the 11-second video of the demonstrator lizard followed suit. They opened the door in exactly the same manner as the bearded dragon in the video did, the researchers said. "The ability to learn through imitation is thought to be the pinnacle of social learning and long considered a distinctive characteristic of humans," lead researcher Anna Wilkinson, a senior lecturer of animal cognition at the University of Lincoln, in the United Kingdom, said in a statement.


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Science News: How the Violin Got Its Shape

How the Violin Got Its ShapeThe elegant shape of the violin evolved over a period of 400 years, largely due to the influence of four prominent families of instrument makers, a new study finds. Stradivari, one of history's most respected violin makers, lived in Cremona, in northern Italy, from 1644 to 1737. In fact, the study found that the shape of modern violins has been disproportionately influenced by the work of Stradivari, said study researcher Daniel Chitwood, a scientist at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. "It's so well documented that there are violin makers who openly said they were copying Stradivari because his violin shapes were more desirable," Chitwood said.


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Science News: What Will Tesla Motors Reveal Thursday?

What Will Tesla Motors Reveal Thursday?Tesla Motors is set to make a big announcement tomorrow (Oct. 9), after more than a week of speculation about the electric car company's next move, sparked by a mysterious tweet from CEO Elon Musk. On Oct. 1, Musk wrote in a post on Twitter that it was "time to unveil the D and something else," with a teaser image of a car in a shadowy garage. In the past week, Tesla's shares have gone up nearly 6 percent, CNN reported, rising to their current value of $257.98 before today's closing bell. About time to unveil the D and something else pic.twitter.com/qp23yi59i6 — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 2, 2014


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Science News: New meat-eating dinosaur species found in Venezuela

By Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - A group of international scientists have discovered the remains of a unique carnivorous dinosaur in Western Venezuela, research in the Royal Society Open Science said on Wednesday. The roughly 1.5 meters long species, thought to have lived 200 million years ago, had a "unique suite of features of its tibial articulations," the publication's abstract said. The remains of a hip and tibia bone belonging to a "Tachiraptor admirabilis" were uncovered after 20 years of investigation. ...

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