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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...

Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM
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Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM

IIT Roorkee in India and Applied Materials have added metallic nanoparticles to dynamic RAM to eliminate row hammering data corruption in high-volume DRAM cells...

Building Quantum Computers With Photons
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Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in China have built a photonic quantum processor, which generates and manipulates two photonically...

Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G
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Meet Martti, the Finnish Robocar That ­ses 5G

Researchers are testing the capabilities of 5G network technologies to transmit information to and from vehicles while they are on the road, using a robotic car...

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures
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Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

Researchers in Singapore used two mobile robots operating concurrently to three-dimensionally-print a single piece of concrete structure.

This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs
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This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs

Cameras used to be their own devices with lenses and film and trips to the drug store to get the pictures developed. Then, they disappeared into phones, tablets...

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure
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Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Smart glasses developed by Microsoft Research's Glabella Project can measure blood pressure noninvasively.

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things
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How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

A paper-based single-use battery harnesses bacteria to generate an electric current, and then to consume the battery after its use.

Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways
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Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways

A startup plans to install four slabs of concrete with embedded sensors at an intersection in Denver, CO.

A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices
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A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices

Researchers have demonstrated proof of principle for a method of controlling graphene's rotation and the dynamic variance of its electrical, optical, and mechanical...

All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver
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All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver

Researchers have developed all-optical logic gates from nanowires in a novel way, a significant step in the development of on-chip, all-optical logic components...

The 2018 Top Programming Languages
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The 2018 Top Programming Languages

IEEE Spectrum's fifth annual interactive ranking of the top programming languages draws on metrics from multiple sources to rank 47 languages.

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia
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World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers
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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.

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 ...
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