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Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots
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Scientists ­se Light to Control Nanobots

Researchers have discovered a physical phenomenon in how semiconductor nanoparticles interact with light when under the influence of an electric field.

Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps
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Insect-Inspired Vision System Helps Drones Pass Through Small Gaps

A new system allows a drone to fly through very small and completely unknown gaps using a single camera and onboard processing.

JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration
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JAXA Wants Telepresence Robots for In-Space Construction and Exploration

Last Monday, we covered the new, updated, and way way better guidelines for the ANA Avatar XPRIZE.

Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation
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Yale's Robot Hand Copies How Your Fingers Work to Improve Object Manipulation

Researchers have built a robotic gripper that can turn friction on and off to facilitate manipulating objects with one hand.

DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters
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DARPA Wants Brain Interfaces for Able-Bodied Warfighters

Until now, the neuroscience programs at DARPA, the mad science wing of the Department of Defense, have focused on technologies for warfighters who have returned...

Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM
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Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM

IIT Roorkee in India and Applied Materials have added metallic nanoparticles to dynamic RAM to eliminate row hammering data corruption in high-volume DRAM cells...

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures
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Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

Researchers in Singapore used two mobile robots operating concurrently to three-dimensionally-print a single piece of concrete structure.

This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs
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This Lens-less Camera Is Built Specially for AI and Computer Vision Programs

Cameras used to be their own devices with lenses and film and trips to the drug store to get the pictures developed. Then, they disappeared into phones, tablets...

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms
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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure
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Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Smart glasses developed by Microsoft Research's Glabella Project can measure blood pressure noninvasively.

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things
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How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

A paper-based single-use battery harnesses bacteria to generate an electric current, and then to consume the battery after its use.

A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices
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A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices

Researchers have demonstrated proof of principle for a method of controlling graphene's rotation and the dynamic variance of its electrical, optical, and mechanical...

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.

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.

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators
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Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Cornell University researchers have devised ways for biodegradable robotic actuators to be powered by popping corn.

Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain
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Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain

Leveraging recent advances in optimal and nonlinear control systems, the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated a bipedal...

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 ...

Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps
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Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.

Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water
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Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water

Researchers in Japan have developed a firefighting snake-like robot with the body of a fire hose.
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