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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...

Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball
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Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Disney researchers have developed ways to enhance virtual experiences involving interactions with physical objects by showing how a person using a virtual reality...

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.

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...

Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus
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Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is supporting research on deciphering the timing and sequences of bird calls.

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.

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi
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New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Beta Boom
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Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive
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Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Researchers at Google Brain and OpenAI are applying Darwinian principles of evolution to advance artificial intelligence.

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.

Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity
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Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity

Researchers have pioneered a new approach to understanding the musical experience by analyzing the vibrato effect using the Filter Diagonalization Method in music...

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.
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