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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...

The Unhackable Envelope
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The Unhackable Envelope

Researchers have developed an envelope for hardware security modules that requires no battery and cannot be broken into without deleting its stored data.

FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body
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FlyJacket Lets You Control a Drone With Your Body

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed an intuitive, wearable drone control system.

Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells
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Nanobots Glide Through Living Cells

Using small, rotating magnetic fields, researchers controlled nanomachines inside of living cells to trace the letters "N" and "M."

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...

'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory
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'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory

Researchers at Fudan University in China have created a new gate design for transistors using two-dimensional materials

See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones
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See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones

Researchers are studying how to use augmented reality to change drones into remote cameras that an untrained user can easily control.

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...

Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables
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Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables

In a development that could lead to washable, sensor-laden smart clothes and wearable electronics, researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have molded a...

What People See in 157 Robot Faces
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What People See in 157 Robot Faces

A study of robot faces across 76 dimensions found that robots whose faces were rated less-friendly lacked a mouth and pupils, but had eyelids.

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...

Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing
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Robotic Tortoise Helps Kids to Learn That Robot Abuse Is a Bad Thing

Researchers used a tortoise-shaped robot to teach children not to abuse robots.

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.

Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills
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Big Data Shows Women Engineers Downplay Coding Skills

Female engineers contributing to open source software websites are less likely than males to self-report their coding skills in job candidate profiles.

Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips
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Chipmakers Test Ferroelectrics as a Route to ­ltralow-Power Chips

Semiconductor companies are investigating ferroelectrics.

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.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
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Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing
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Drones That Smash Into Obstacles Can Be a Good and ­seful Thing

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are working on small aerial drones that purposefully collide with obstacles and then move on to perform various functions...
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