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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music
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Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline
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Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once
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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions...

Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities
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Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. are working on the Initiate project, which aims to set up an "Internet playground" to test new kinds of Internet...

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device


Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
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Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
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Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device

Purdue University researchers have developed a system that uses a haptic device to let people interpret visual information using their hands.

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not if You're Drunk
From ACM TechNews

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not if You're Drunk

Rochester Institute of Technology have found that although brainwave readings can accurately authenticate someone's identity about 94% of the time, there could...

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter
From ACM TechNews

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech
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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for...

Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged
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Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine...

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men
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Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More VR Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.

Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers for Easier Engineering
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Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers for Easier Engineering

Researchers from the University of Sussex in the U.K. have replaced the millions of lasers in traditional quantum computing systems with several static magnets...

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist
From ACM TechNews

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.

AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 
From ACM News

AI Learns to Predict the Future by Watching 2 Million VideosĀ 

An artificial intelligence system can predict how a scene will unfold and dream up a vision of the immediate future.

Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us
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Intelligence Rethought: AIs Know Us, but Don't Think Like Us

Machine-learning artificial intelligences become more capable with experience, but the trade-off is a lack of understanding about the nature of their intelligence...

Google's DeepMind AI Can Lip-Read TV Shows Better Than a Pro
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Google's DeepMind AI Can Lip-Read TV Shows Better Than a Pro

Researchers at Google's DeepMind and the University of Oxford are using deep-learning techniques to create a lip-reading system that can perform better than professional...

Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator
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Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator

Researchers from Germany's University of Paderborn have developed a system that can convert photons from one spread of frequencies to another, while preserving...

Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality
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Face Electrodes Let You Taste and Chew in Virtual Reality

Researchers have created a spoon with electrodes that can amplify salty, sour, or bitter flavors, and used thermal stimulation to mimic the sensation of sweetness...
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