Wind-dispersed seeds common among maple trees were a key source of inspiration for the light-controlled robot. Photo: Jianfeng Yang / Tampere University

Researchers at Tampere University in Finland and the University of Pittsburgh in the USA have unveiled a groundbreaking tiny robot that mimics the graceful descent of falling maple seeds. This innovative device has the potential to revolutionize real-time environmental monitoring and sample delivery in hard-to-reach areas such as deserts, mountains, cliffs, and open seas.

At Tampere University, Professor Hao Zeng and Doctoral Researcher Jianfeng Yang, along with their Light Robots research group, have designed polymeric gliding structures inspired by nature.

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Finland is widely considered to be one of the global leaders in technological advancements, ranging from AI to Cyber Security. They are well on the way with 5G, with the arrival of 6G just over the horizon. Alongside their leading digitisation is the country's remarkably high quality of life.

The seamless integration of technology into education, healthcare, transportation, and communication has provided an improved quality of life for the Finnish people.

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Photo: ESO/M. Kornmesser

In a groundbreaking study from the University of Turku, new insights have emerged about the formation of quasars, challenging longstanding theories. Previously, it was believed that quasars, which are incredibly bright galaxies powered by supermassive black holes consuming cosmic gas and dust, formed primarily through galaxy collisions. However, this latest research shows that quasars can also form independently of such violent interactions.

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The cleaning robot Seppo cleans warehouse spaces.

As Finland faces a critical shortage of professional cleaners, robotic assistance is becoming increasingly crucial in maintaining the cleanliness of Finnish workspaces and public areas. Property and facility service company ISS now employs over a hundred cleaning robots, with plans to increase this number significantly, underscoring a shift towards automated cleaning solutions.

In Helsinki’s Jätkäsaari, robots named Ulla and Seppo are already hard at work at the Verkkokauppa.com retail and warehouse facilities,

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Apple is gearing up for a significant overhaul of its operating system with the anticipated release of iOS 18, according to leaked details from a Mashable report. The update promises extensive changes across various aspects of the iPhone, marking it as one of the most substantial software updates to date.

The integration of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) features is a cornerstone of the new update, with enhancements planned for core apps including Photos, Mail, Notes, and Fitness.

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Screenshot of the model developed by the researchers. Photo: Aalto University

Researchers at Aalto University have achieved a breakthrough in text input technology by developing the first AI model capable of simulating human-like typing on mobile phones. This innovative model, a significant milestone in modern text input simulation, enables the analysis of various user groups, from young to old and those who type with one finger, to determine factors that facilitate or impede mobile typing.

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Researchers have also developed a unique micropipette measurement technique to measure the forces acting on water droplets. Photo: Matilda Backholm / Aalto University

Physicists at Aalto University and ESPCI Paris have successfully explained a previously unknown force that inhibits the movement of water droplets on superhydrophobic surfaces, a discovery that promises to revolutionize the design of ultra-slick materials used in industries such as pharmaceuticals and transportation. This finding, recently published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was led by Assistant Professor Matilda Backholm of Aalto University.

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X-ray of mildly compressed hip fracture.

Researchers at the University of Turku and HUS Helsinki University Hospital are leading a revolution in medical diagnostics through the use of deep learning algorithms, significantly improving patient care by accurately identifying fractures, benign bone tumors, and necrosis in hand X-rays.

The introduction of AI in medical imaging, particularly in diagnosing conditions related to the hand and wrist, is showcased in three peer-reviewed international journal articles produced by HUS's hand surgery department.

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The image shows human skin stem cells from which new cells resembling liver cells have been differentiated. The liver marker AFP produced by the differentiated cells is stained red. The nuclei of the cells, containing DNA, appear blue. Image: University of Helsinki / Jalil, Keskinen

Researchers from the University of Helsinki and HUS Helsinki University Hospital have achieved a significant medical breakthrough by successfully correcting a genetic defect that causes a hereditary metabolic disease, thus mitigating its harmful effects on cells. This landmark research focused on Argininosuccinic Aciduria (ASA-uria), a severe metabolic disorder prevalent in the Finnish gene pool, where the body fails to process proteins properly, leading to dangerous accumulations of ASA and ammonia. Excessive ammonia can cause disturbances in consciousness, coma, and even death.

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The amount of radioactivity and radioactive substances in a person can be determined in a fifteen-minute measurement in STUK's mobile laboratory. Photo: STUK

In an ongoing effort to assess the radioactivity levels within the Finnish population, the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) is set to conduct human radioactivity measurements in Rovaniemi. This initiative, which started in the 1960s, aims to understand the radioactive substances present in the human body and the amount of radiation emitted.

From April 8 to April 11, a specialized box truck stationed at the University of Lapland's Rovaniemi campus will serve as the measurement site.

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In an exciting development for music lovers and tech enthusiasts alike, Apple is gearing up to release new iterations of its popular AirPods, including a more affordable version and an enhanced model of the AirPods Max, in the latter half of 2024. A report from Mashable sheds light on Apple's plans to diversify its AirPods lineup with budget-friendly options and significant updates to its premium over-ear headphones, aiming for a release around September or October.

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