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Car Insurers Warn on 'Autonomous' Vehicles
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Car Insurers Warn on 'Autonomous' Vehicles

The motor insurance industry is warning carmakers against the use of the word "autonomous" in their marketing.

Technology and Satellite Companies Open Up a World of Data
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Technology and Satellite Companies Open Up a World of Data

Samapriya Roy remembers when it would take him up to an hour to download a single 1-gigabyte image taken by the Landsat Earth-imaging satellites. 

A Faster Way to Fail
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A Faster Way to Fail

University of California, Riverside engineer Sheldon Tan builds electronic circuits just to break them as quickly as possible in order to test their reliability...

Teaching Robots How to Move Objects
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Teaching Robots How to Move Objects

Amazon Robotics Challenge winner Maria Bauza helps to improve how robots interact with the world.

ORNL Launches Summit Supercomputer
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ORNL Launches Summit Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has unveiled the Summit supercomputer with a peak performance of 200 petaflops, eight times more powerful...

The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
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The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut

Six decades after the U-2 flew its first mission, the military is trying to harness artificial-intelligence technology to enhance the venerable spy plane's combat...

A Laser That Smells Like a Hound
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A Laser That Smells Like a Hound

University of Adelaide researchers have created a laser that can "smell" different gases within a sample. They liken the laser's ability to differentiate between...

Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles
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Drone Cops Take Flight in Los Angeles

The machine hovered above us, at the edge of a cloud of yellow smoke billowing into the sky from a mock hazardous-waste spill.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

It's summertime here at IEEE Spectrum, and that means it's time for our fourth interactive ranking of the top programming languages.

Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81
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Ted Dabney, a Founder of Atari and a Creator of Pong, Dies at 81

Samuel F. Dabney, an electrical engineer who laid the groundwork for the modern video game industry as a co-founder of Atari and helped create the hit console game...

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug
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The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

Hugs make us feel warm and safe and comforted and loved.

The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics
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The Researchers Who Study Alien Linguistics

Sheri Wells-Jensen is fascinated by languages no one has ever heard—those that might be spoken by aliens.

Demystifying the Future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
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Demystifying the Future of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are using advanced modeling and simulation tools to understand how connected and autonomous vehicles could affect transportation...

Findings Could Lead to More Efficient Electronics
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Findings Could Lead to More Efficient Electronics

A team of physicists has demonstrated a way to conduct electricity between transistors without energy loss, opening the door to low-power electronics.

Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'
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Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'

Google will not seek to extend its contract next year with the Defense Department for artificial intelligence used to analyze drone video, squashing a controversial...

How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other
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How One Apple Programmer Got Apps Talking to Each Other

Just six months after joining Apple, Sal Soghoian's job was already on the line.

Researchers Describe New Method to Boost Electron Mobility, Conductivity
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Researchers Describe New Method to Boost Electron Mobility, Conductivity

An international team has designed a new metal-organic framework that exhibits dramatic improvements in electron mobility, which could lead to new applications...

Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body
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Wireless System Can Power Devices Inside the Body

MIT researchers, working with scientists from Brigham and Women's Hospital, have developed a new way to power and communicate with devices implanted deep within...

How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen
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How to Convert Your Wall into a Giant Touch Screen

The right paint can add pizazz to your walls—and now it can also make them smarter.

Cell-like Nanorobots Clear Bacteria and Toxins From Blood
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Cell-like Nanorobots Clear Bacteria and Toxins From Blood

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed tiny ultrasound-powered robots that can swim through blood, removing harmful bacteria along with...
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