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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots
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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Duke University researchers say they have developed a custom processor to perform robotic motion planning that accelerates the process by three orders of magnitude...

Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be
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Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.

With Wireless Optogenetic Tools, Neuroscientists Steer Mice Around Their Cages 
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With Wireless Optogenetic Tools, Neuroscientists Steer Mice Around Their Cages 

Scientists typically control the behavior of a lab mouse by enticing it with food or repelling it with puffs of air.

Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material
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Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Is there a research institute with a more distinguished pedigree in graphene research than the University of Manchester?

Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching
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Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new kind of robotic skin that incorporates active heating.  

The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff
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The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab are working to develop autonomous quadcopters that can fly through windows without running into them.

Leading Chipmakers Eye Euv Lithography to Save Moore's Law
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Leading Chipmakers Eye Euv Lithography to Save Moore's Law

Even after you don a bunny suit and get deep inside Fab 8, it's hard to get a sense of scale.

Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity
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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

As artificial intelligence technologies increasingly are deployed to meet industrial and personal needs, the field will need to address its lack of ethnic and gender...

This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats
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This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats

Researchers from the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab say they have developed a more efficient way to cool humanoid robots.

Two-Dimensional Materials Combined to Produce 'quantum Led'
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Two-Dimensional Materials Combined to Produce 'quantum Led'

Devices made from thin layers of graphene, boron nitride, and transition metal dichalcogenides can generate a single photon entirely by electricity. Built at the...

Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI
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Fujitsu Memory Tech Speeds Up Deep-Learning AI

Japan-based Fujitsu has developed an approach to accelerating parallel computing driven by deep-learning neural network algorithms.

Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade
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Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade

Google has launched a Google Translate upgrade utilizing enhanced deep-learning techniques to produce more accurate translations.

Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable
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Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.

Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon

Back in the 1990s, observers predicted that the single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) would be the nanomaterial that pushed silicon aside and created a post-CMOS...

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors
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The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, were invented in 1947.

Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping
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Goat Robot Leg Demonstrates Explosive Jumping

Carnegie Mellon University's Simon Kalouche is developing a new design for legs that would enable a robot to navigate the terrain a goat typically traverses.

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms
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Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.

Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data
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Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data

Big data programming languages are gaining in importance because they enable the mining of massive datasets.

Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles
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Single-Actuator Wave Robot Zips Around With High-Speed Wiggles

David Zarrouk of Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev has developed a robot that can move forward and backward by producing a continuously advancing wave...

Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts
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Transistors Will Stop Shrinking in 2021, Moore's Law Roadmap Predicts

The 2015 International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors predicts the transistor could stop shrinking in only five years.
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