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2014-05-13 12:33:18

Study Reveals Surprising Behavioral Changes that May Link to Leadership in this Species BROOKLYN, N.Y., May 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- New findings published by researchers at the New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering are helping to unravel the complex interplay between alcohol and social behavior and may lead to new therapies for mitigating the negative impacts of alcohol use and abuse. Their experiments, published in the current issue of Alcohol: Clinical and...

2014-01-16 12:28:17

International Research Team Headed by NYU's Maurizio Porfiri Demonstrates Breakthrough in Machine Learning NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- No machine is better at recognizing patterns in nature than the human brain. It takes mere seconds to recognize the order in a flock of birds flying in formation, schooling fish, or an army of a million marching ants. But computer analyses of collective animal behavior are limited by the need for constant tracking and measurement data for...

Researchers Tease Out Cues That Impact Schooling Fish Behavior
2013-10-31 11:12:23

NYU-Poly Recent studies from two research teams at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) demonstrate how underwater robots can be used to understand and influence the complex swimming behaviors of schooling fish. The teams, led by Maurizio Porfiri, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NYU-Poly, published two separate papers in the journal PLOS ONE. These studies are the latest in a significant body of research by Porfiri and collaborators...

Fear Factor For Fish: A Mix Of Robots And Alcohol
2013-08-01 08:43:15

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An international team of scientists has shown bio-inspired robots can not only elicit fear in zebrafish, but that this reaction can be modulated by alcohol. These findings, published in PLoS ONE, are the latest in a series of experiments designed to test the ability of robots to influence live animals. The team hopes to pave the way for new methodologies for understanding anxiety and other emotions, as well as substances that alter...

What Makes A Robot Fish Attractive?
2012-03-02 04:41:26

Probing the largely unexplored question of what characteristics make a leader among schooling fish, researchers have discovered that by mimicking nature, a robotic fish can transform into a leader of live ones. Through a series of experiments, researchers from Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) aimed to increase understanding of collective animal behavior, including learning how robots might someday steer fish away from environmental disasters. Nature is a growing...

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2011-03-09 11:59:12

NSF CAREER awardee studies the behavior of schooling fish and creates biologically inspired robots that may someday help preserve marine life Scientists have long turned to nature for inspiration and innovation. From unlocking the secrets of spider silk to create super-strong materials to taking hints from geckos for new adhesives, clues from the natural world often lead to advances in our practical world. But the relationship between engineering and nature has been largely one-directional,...

2010-10-20 09:47:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Popular Science magazine today hailed Maurizio Porfiri, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) as one of the nation's brightest young researchers. The magazine, which is the nation's largest consumer science publication, named Porfiri one of this year's "Brilliant 10" -- an elite group of scientists under age 40 whose work stands to dramatically impact their fields. (Logo:...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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