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Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots
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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
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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
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Spider Silk Sensors Could Search For Life on Mars

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

Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays
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Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays

The swipe--without actually needing to touch a screen with a finger--will be the next dominant computer interface method, according to researchers in Germany. 

Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute
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Neural Implant Enables Paralyzed Als Patient to Type Six Words Per Minute

Typing six words per minute may not sound very impressive. But for paralyzed people typing via a brain-computer interface (BCI), it's a new world record.

Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition
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Europe Gears ­p For Land, Air, and Sea Robotics Competition

The euRathlon 2015 Grand Challenge is designed to assess how well cooperative robot systems perform as part of a simulated emergency-response operation.

Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors
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Researcher Hacks Self-Driving Car Sensors

Laser-ranging (lidar) systems that most self-driving cars use to detect obstacles can be hacked by a setup costing about $60.

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?
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Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?

New technological developments are fomenting an explosion in the diversity and application of robotics.

Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution
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Mother Robots Build Children Robots to Experiment With Artificial Evolution

ETH Zurich researchers sought to bypass some of the limitations of evolutionary robotics by training a "mother robot" to autonomously assemble children robots. 

The Computer Chip That Never Forgets
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The Computer Chip That Never Forgets

In 1945, mathematician John von Neumann wrote down a very simple recipe for a computer.

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency
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Soggy Computing: Liquid Devices Might Match the Brain's Efficiency

Researchers are studying a class of materials capable of switching from an insulating state to a conductive, metallic one. 

Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning
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Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning

Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars. 

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea
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Robot Octopus Takes to the Sea

Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas researchers have nearly doubled the swimming speed of their robotic octopus.

Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle
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Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia have developed Spheree, a spherical display that enables users to see and interact...

Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing
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Introducing the Vacuum Transistor: A Device Made of Nothing

In September 1976, in the midst of the Cold War, Victor Ivanovich Belenko, a disgruntled Soviet pilot, veered off course from a training flight over Siberia in...

Beyond Tianhe-2
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Beyond Tianhe-2

The TOP500 semi-annual ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, announced yesterday, revealed that China's Tianhe-2 has kept its first-place position...

Memory Cells Built on Paper
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Memory Cells Built on Paper

A team at the National Taiwan University in Taipei has printed small resistive random access memory cells on paper. 
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