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All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver
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All-Optical Computing Gets Another Arrow in Its Quiver

Researchers have developed all-optical logic gates from nanowires in a novel way, a significant step in the development of on-chip, all-optical logic components...

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia
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World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers
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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs
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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.

New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation
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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

A new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers to recommend movies or route taxis.

A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown
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A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed ...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

It's summertime here at IEEE Spectrum, and that means it's time for our fourth interactive ranking of the top programming languages.

Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions
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Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions

Cornell University's Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship Lab is developing a robot designed to explore textual communication.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings
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Spying on a Storm's Infrasonic Signals to Improve Tornado Warnings

Tornado survivors often compare the terrifying, deafening roars of a twister's furious winds to the sound of a freight train. But storms also emit sounds that are...

20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer
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20 Entangled Qubits Bring the Quantum Computer Closer

In 1981, Richard Feynman suggested that a quantum computer might be able to simulate the evolution of quantum systems much better than classical computers. Except...

Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever
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Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever

Solar cells convert light to electricity. Image sensors also convert light to electricity. If you could do them both at the same time in the same chip, you'd have...

Electrical Pulses and Neural Code Boost Memory Storage
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Electrical Pulses and Neural Code Boost Memory Storage

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have used electrical stimulation and neural patterns to improve the storage of new information in the brain, which...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

The University of Illinois' Naresh Shanbhag is pushing for a new computer architecture that blends computing and memory so devices can be smarter without consuming...

To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing
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To Speed ­p AI, Mix Memory and Processing

If John von Neumann were designing a computer today, there's no way he would build a thick wall between processing and memory. At least, that's what computer engineer Naresh...

Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology
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Cracking Open the Black Box of AI with Cell Biology

The deep neural networks that power today's artificial intelligence systems work in mysterious ways.

Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles
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Modeling ­ncertainty Helps MIT's Drone Zip Around Obstacles

It's not too hard to make a drone that can fly very fast, and it's not too hard to make a drone that can avoid obstacles.

Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots
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Designing Customizable Self-Folding Swarm Robots

Researchers are developing robotic swarms that can be rapidly customized, self-assembled, and self-deployed without human intervention.

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot
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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory...

Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions
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Artificial Intelligence Predicts Outcomes of Chemical Reactions

By thinking of atoms as letters and molecules as words, artificial intelligence software from IBM is now employing the same methods computers use to translate languages...
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