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Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones
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Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones

University of Tokyo researchers have developed Kenshiro, a human-like musculoskelatal robot whose underlying structure closely mimics the human form.

The Cosmological Supercomputer
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The Cosmological Supercomputer

When it comes to reconstructing the past, you might think that astrophysicists have it easy. After all, the sky is awash with evidence,

Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons
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Low-Power Chips to Model a Billion Neurons

For all their progress, computers are still pretty unimpressive.

Declarations of Cyberwar
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Declarations of Cyberwar

Debate continues to be focused on how cyberattacks relate to war and foreign policy and what the international community's appropriate response to such incidents...

A Texas Hold 'em Tournament For Ais
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A Texas Hold 'em Tournament For Ais

This year's Annual Computer Poker Competition includes three poker games, including heads-up limit, heads-up no limit, and three-player limit Texas Hold 'Em.

The Biometric Wallet
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The Biometric Wallet

Hitachi and Fujitsu have pioneered a new technique in which a person's vein configurations are scanned as proof of identity, and the technology is being integrated...

Fixing the Brain With Computers
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Fixing the Brain With Computers

Disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease are being treated with neuroimplants, says St. Louis University...

Robotics Trends For 2012
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Robotics Trends For 2012

IEEE's Erico Guizzo and Hizook.com founder Travis Deyle make several predictions regarding what will be big news in robotics this year.

From ACM Opinion

It's Time to Start 3d Scanning the World

When Microsoft was developing its Kinect 3D sensor, a critical task was to calibrate its algorithms to rapidly and accurately recognize parts of the human body,...

3-D Chips Grow Up
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3-D Chips Grow Up

Researchers are starting to build chips in the third dimension, and many industry experts believe that this year the chip will start to become a cube. Building...

The Future of Riots
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The Future of Riots

On 6 August, peaceful protests over the police shooting of a local man in London's Tottenham district exploded into full-blown riots. During four days of assaults...

The Making of Arduino
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The Making of Arduino

How five friends engineered a small circuit board that’s taking the DIY world by storm.

How Google's Self-Driving Car Works
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How Google's Self-Driving Car Works

Once a secret project, Google's autonomous vehicles are now out in the open, quite literally, with the company test-driving them on public roads and, on one occasion...

Pr2 Can Now Fetch You a Sandwich From Subway
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Pr2 Can Now Fetch You a Sandwich From Subway

Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Technische Universitat Munchen have given a robot common sense. 

Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites
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Exploring Space with Chip-Size Satellites

Gravity may be woven into the very fabric of space-time, but some objects seem nearly immune to its pull. Scale something down to the size of a dust particle...

Building a Subversive Grassroots Network
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Building a Subversive Grassroots Network

Commotion Wireless is the Open Technology Initiative's effort to develop mobile ad hoc networks (MANETs) so that citizens of oppressive governments can maintain...

From ACM News

Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands
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Kilobots Are Cheap Enough to Swarm in the Thousands

Kilobots are fairly simple little robots about the size of a quarter that can move around on vibrating legs, blink their lights, and communicate with each other...

From ACM TechNews

The Psychiatrist in the Machine

McMaster University professor Gary Hasey is trying to devise more effective patient treatment strategies by interpreting physiological signals collected from patients'...

From ACM TechNews

Next-Generation Supercomputers

Supercomputing performance upgrades are unlikely to be as spectacular in the next decade as they were in the last two, writes University of Notre Dame professor...
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