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Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect
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Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

Researchers say they have developed a new kind of jumping mechanism for robots that has the potential to scale from tiny hops to a catapult launch. 

Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Teaching Robots to Feel and React to Pain

Researchers  are developing an "artificial robot nervous system to teach robots how to feel pain" and quickly react in order to avoid potential damage. 

This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans
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This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans

The Watch-bot robot can independently learn a user's household activity patterns to provide helpful reminders. 

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
From ACM News

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display
From ACM TechNews

Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display

The HoloFlex is a flexible smartphone with a holographic lightfield display that can simultaneously project glasses-free three-dimensional images to multiple users...

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 

Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster
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Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster

Swiss researchers have developed a graphene filter for microchips that could lead to wireless transmission rates 10 times as fast as what chips deliver today. 

Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff
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Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory have designed a robot called Picobug that can fly and walk, and soon will be able to grab things...

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves
From ACM TechNews

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 

Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls
From ACM TechNews

Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls

A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing. 

Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption
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Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption

Computer scientists say they have assembled the first five quantum bits of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number.

Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. National Security Agency vision of a superconducting supercomputer may leap forward with the Cryogenic Computing Complexity program. 

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
From ACM TechNews

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated
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World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated

Researchers from ETH Zurich Switzerland have fabricated the world's first single-atom optical switch. 

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done
From ACM TechNews

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done

University of Illinois researchers have developed flexible sensors that can operate accurately inside the human body for at least five days before dissolving. 

How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law
From ACM TechNews

How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law

Supercomputing needs to be extended beyond the limits of Moore's Law, says Sandia National Laboratories' Erik DeBenedictis.

Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii
From ACM TechNews

Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii

Researchers at Iran's University of Tehran have unveiled a humanoid robot that can walk, mimic a person's arm gestures, and stand on one foot while bending backwards...

Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots
From ACM TechNews

Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots

A joint research project has yielded an interactive design system that enables hobbyists to create custom walking robots that can be printed in three dimensions...

Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate
From ACM News

Leap Second Heads Into Fierce Debate

When Earth's rotation gets far enough out of sync with the drumbeat of atomic time, a leap second is added to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and the world’s clocks...

Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars
From ACM News

Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars

Ziggy Stardust would love this: Spiders could help find life on Mars.
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