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­c Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset
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­c Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.

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.

Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing
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Google Plans to Demonstrate the Supremacy of Quantum Computing

Google researchers say they plan to demonstrate "quantum supremacy" by year's end.

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.

Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles
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Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them...

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.

X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits
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X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

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.

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater
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Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board
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Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light
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Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light

A camera system that captures a snapshot of overlapping light waves in a tiny fraction of a second could lead to new methods for imaging, allowing scientists to...

Intel Finds Moore's Law’s Next Step at 10 Nanometers
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Intel Finds Moore's Law’s Next Step at 10 Nanometers

These days, forecasts about the future of Moore's Law tend to look quite gloomy. But Intel's outlook—at least for the next few years—is decidedly bright.

Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning
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Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning

Machine-learning technologies are undergoing a transformation, appearing in products and systems that experts predict will be less expensive and more focused on...

Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble
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Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble

Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone's favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance.

Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots
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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Duke University researchers say they have developed a custom processor to perform robotic motion planning that accelerates the process by three orders of magnitude...

Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be
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Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.

Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material
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Indium Selenide Takes on the Mantle of the New Wonder Material

Is there a research institute with a more distinguished pedigree in graphene research than the University of Manchester?

Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching
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Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new kind of robotic skin that incorporates active heating.  

The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff
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The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab are working to develop autonomous quadcopters that can fly through windows without running into them.
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