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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...

Seeing Sound
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Seeing Sound

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.

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...

'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM
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'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

Cleoniki Kesidis writes that a culture that tries to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields guilt-tripped her into pursuing...

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.

WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute
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WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Yanhua Li has proposed an alternative urban transit system that uses a hub-and-spoke configuration with shared shuttles...

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education
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A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.

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...

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.

Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data
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Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.

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...

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses
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Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency...

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.

Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London
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Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Researchers have mapped out how readers of 18th- and 19th-century British novels felt emotionally about London.

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.
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