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Toddler robots help solve how children learn

Toddler robots help solve how children learn
Children learn words using the same method as robots, according to psychologists. This suggests that early learning is based not on conscious thought but on an automatic ability to associate objects which enables babies to quickly make sense of their environment. Dr Katie Twomey from Lancaster University, with Dr Jessica Horst from Sussex University, Dr Anthony Morse and Professor Angelo Cangelosi from Plymouth wanted to find out how young children learn new words for the first time.
29th November 2016

Self-learning software could help save the planet

Artificially intelligent computer software that can learn, adapt and rebuild itself in real-time could help combat climate change. Researchers at Lancaster University's Data Science Institute have developed a software system that can for the first time rapidly self-assemble into the most efficient form without needing humans to tell it what to do. The system - called REx - is being developed with vast energy-hungry data centres in mind.
3rd November 2016

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain

Toxic air pollution nanoparticles discovered in the human brain
Researchers at Lancaster University found abundant magnetite nanoparticles in the brain tissue from 37 individuals aged three to 92-years-old who lived in Mexico City and Manchester. This strongly magnetic mineral is toxic and has been implicated in the production of reactive oxygen species (free radicals) in the human brain, which are associated with neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s disease.
6th September 2016


Rapid blood-testing technology to improve healthcare treatments

Rapid blood-testing technology to improve healthcare treatments
Blood-testing technology that promises to improve healthcare treatments for cancer patients, post-operative care and monitor the health of babies in the womb is being developed by Lancaster academics. A portable bedside blood diagnostics device is the focus of a collaborative research project.
19th August 2016


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