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Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics
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Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say they have developed a material that can transform from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array...

Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed
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Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have successfully demonstrated that a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps between energy-efficient patterns...

How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth
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How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented...

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology
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Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a way to "grow" thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon and use them as substrates on which to grow other...

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious
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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality
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Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University...

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future
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DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a...

Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers
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Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

European researchers recently launched a research project that aims to develop a biocomputer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction...

Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover
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Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker
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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down...

Beta Boom
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Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded
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Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Researchers have developed a Wi-Fi network based on directable infrared light rays.

X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits
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X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-create a Tornado
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A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-create a Tornado

Researchers are using supercomputer simulations to study the structure of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms.

Computing With Spiders' Webs
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Computing With Spiders' Webs

Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Oxford in the U.K. are examining spiders' webs to determine their computational capabilities.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...
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