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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage
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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.

A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
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A Better Technique For Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call
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China Demonstrates Quantum Encryption By Hosting a Video Call

Chinese researchers have completed a practical demonstration of quantum key distribution, showing that it's possible to encrypt and send data between two locations...

How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race
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How We Won Gold in the Cyborg Olympics' Brain Race

In October 2016, inside a sold-out arena in Zurich, a man named Numa Poujouly steered his wheelchair up to the central podium.

The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible
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The Future of Computing Depends on Making It Reversible

For more than 50 years, computers have made steady and dramatic improvements, all thanks to Moore's Law—the exponential increase over time in the number of transistors...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
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Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
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Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria
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Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-Zpass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus
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Jpl's Design For a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition
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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips For Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts...

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells
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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday...

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights
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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots
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Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research on social networks.

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water
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Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.

The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)
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The Benefits of Old Age (for Transistors)

In case you didn't know, the transistors in your computer's processor, your smartphone's memory, and your car's autobrake system get old.

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious
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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna
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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time
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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated...
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