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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs
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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators
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Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Cornell University researchers have devised ways for biodegradable robotic actuators to be powered by popping corn.

New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation
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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

A new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers to recommend movies or route taxis.

Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain
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Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain

Leveraging recent advances in optimal and nonlinear control systems, the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated a bipedal...

A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown
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A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed ...

Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps
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Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.

Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water
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Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water

Researchers in Japan have developed a firefighting snake-like robot with the body of a fire hose.

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.

Making Radio Chips for Hell
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Making Radio Chips for Hell

A new wireless radio mixer integrated circuit can operate at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings
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Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings

Tornado survivors often compare the terrifying, deafening roars of a twister's furious winds to the sound of a freight train. But storms also emit sounds that are...

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body
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FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells
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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory
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'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory

Researchers at Fudan University in China have created a new gate design for transistors using two-dimensional materials

See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones
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See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones

Researchers are studying how to use augmented reality to change drones into remote cameras that an untrained user can easily control.

Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever
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Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever

Solar cells convert light to electricity. Image sensors also convert light to electricity. If you could do them both at the same time in the same chip, you'd have...

Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables
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Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables

In a development that could lead to washable, sensor-laden smart clothes and wearable electronics, researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have molded a...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

If John von Neumann were designing a computer today, there's no way he would build a thick wall between processing and memory. At least, that's what computer engineer Naresh...
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