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Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade
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Google Translate Gets a Deep-Learning ­pgrade

Google has launched a Google Translate upgrade utilizing enhanced deep-learning techniques to produce more accurate translations.

Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable
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Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.

Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon
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Carbon Nanotube Transistors Finally Outperform Silicon

Back in the 1990s, observers predicted that the single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) would be the nanomaterial that pushed silicon aside and created a post-CMOS...

The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors
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The Surprising Story of the First Microprocessors

Transistors, the electronic amplifiers and switches found at the heart of everything from pocket radios to warehouse-size supercomputers, were invented in 1947.

In-Ear Eeg Makes ­nobtrusive Brain-Hacking Gadgets a Real Possibility
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In-Ear Eeg Makes ­nobtrusive Brain-Hacking Gadgets a Real Possibility

Two research teams are developing electroencephalogram sensors that fit inside the ear.

Haptic Taco Helps You Navigate By Feel
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Haptic Taco Helps You Navigate By Feel

Yale University researchers are developing small haptic peripherals to help drivers navigate using just their sense of touch. 

This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans
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This Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Take Care of Absent-Minded Humans

The Watch-bot robot can independently learn a user's household activity patterns to provide helpful reminders. 

Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide
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Autonomous Mini Rally Car Teaches Itself to Powerslide

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing control algorithms that enable small-scale autonomous cars to race around dirt tracks at high...

Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone
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Nsa Can Legally Access Metadata of 25,000 Callers Based on a Single Suspect's Phone

Despite changes to the law, the U.S. National Security Agency can still request metadata from tens of thousands of private phones if they are indirectly connected...

Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display
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Holoflex: A Flexible Smartphone With a Holographic Display

The HoloFlex is a flexible smartphone with a holographic lightfield display that can simultaneously project glasses-free three-dimensional images to multiple users...

Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel
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Creating a Prosthetic Hand That Can Feel

Researchers have developed a "myoelectric" haptic system designed to work with a prosthetic hand. 

Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster
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Graphene Filter Could Make Wireless Data Transmission 10 Times Faster

Swiss researchers have developed a graphene filter for microchips that could lead to wireless transmission rates 10 times as fast as what chips deliver today. 

What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?
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What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

Old Dominion University  engineers want to use Internet-connected cars as a cloud computing resource. 

Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls
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Stanford's Flying, Perching Scamp Robot Can Climb Straight ­p Walls

A robot developed at Stanford University is the first to combine flying, perching with passive attachment technology, and climbing. 

Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done
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Sensors Slip Into the Brain, Then Dissolve When the Job Is Done

University of Illinois researchers have developed flexible sensors that can operate accurately inside the human body for at least five days before dissolving. 

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.

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.
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