Today’s Solutions: June 21, 2024

Preschool children playing on floor with educational toys.

This smart jumpsuit tracks infant brain development

The human brain doubles in size in the first year of a person's life. This time is vital to building a foundation for future learning, health, and development and is where many underlying neurological conditions will reveal themselves. Recognizing and treating these conditions as early as possible Read More...

Computer prediction algorithm.

This algorithm makes predicting the future more accessible

Some professions require the prophetic task of using existing data to predict future outcomes as accurately as possible. This can come in the form of trying to predict the upcoming week's weather, estimating a person's risk of developing a disease, or anticipating the best time to sell Read More...

Spider weaving it's web made from silk in front of blue clear sky.

This is how spiders use electricity to fly

Spiders surprise us, they creep us out, and yet some of them might hold secrets to our technological future. While they may infiltrate our homes, we could learn a thing or two from these eight-legged animals. We’ve previously reported on the versatility of spider silk and the potential of Read More...

The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot can perform laparoscopic surgery on the soft tissue of a pig without human help.

The robot that can independently perform keyhole surgery

Believe it or not, robots can now perform surgery with no human assistance! The Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot (STAR), was designed by a team from Johns Hopkins University. The laparoscopic procedure was carried out on the intestine of a pig, as reported this week in Science Robotics. "Our Read More...

A quark gluon plasma after the collision of two heavy nuclei.

AI helps scientists model the big bang

The number of factors you have to consider when calculating how the big bang went down is tremendous. The key part of the story you have to model is quark-gluon plasma. This is a state where there were many tiny quantum entangled particles, which eventually reached a point of extremely high energy. Read More...

The legged robot ANYmal on the rocky path to the summit of Mount Etzel, which stands 1,098 metres above sea level.

The hiking robots of the future

Here at The Optimist Daily, we think it’s important to keep our readers up to date with the latest news on robot progress. These incredible machines may be the key to help carry our future society. Recently, we reported on how scientists taught robots the complicated task of how to open doors, Read More...

Whale shark swimming through the sea.

A star-mapping algorithm from NASA is being used to save whale sharks

The Wildbook for Whale Sharks uses an advanced algorithm to scan images of sharks and compare them to thousands of archived photos to track populations, but the technology was not initially intended for use in our oceans. The system was first developed by NASA to map stars in the sky with the Read More...

Oceanographer develops algorit

Oceanographer develops algorithm to “remove” water from underwater photos

Derya Akkaynak is an oceanographer and engineer who focuses on imaging and underwater vision. Her newest project, Sea-thru, dives into how we can source clearer images of the underwater world. Akkaynak has developed an ingenious algorithm that essentially “removes" water from underwater Read More...

An algorithm that screens for

An algorithm that screens for heart failure is getting fast-tracked by the FDA

An algorithm has been developed that makes screening for heart failure more accessible—both in traditional clinics and telehealth settings. The algorithm, which was created by digital health company Eko and Mayo Clinic, can use as little as 15 seconds of electrocardiogram (ECG) data to Read More...

A new algorithm is helping Cal

A new algorithm is helping California scrub thousands of cannabis convictions

In the US, having a criminal record has dramatic consequences on your ability to live a normal life. From not being able to buy a home to being rejected from a job, one conviction can make it almost impossible for a person to assimilate back into society. This reality is especially sour for people Read More...