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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. 

Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff
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Tiny Little Multi-Modal Picobug Walks, Flies, Grabs Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory have designed a robot called Picobug that can fly and walk, and soon will be able to grab things...

How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves
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How Google Wants to Solve Robotic Grasping By Letting Robots Learn For Themselves

Google Research is letting robots them learn for themselves how to grasp objects. 

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. 

Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption
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Quantum Computer Comes Closer to Cracking Rsa Encryption

Computer scientists say they have assembled the first five quantum bits of a quantum computer that could someday factor any number.

Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?
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Will the Nsa Finally Build Its Superconducting Spy Computer?

The U.S. National Security Agency vision of a superconducting supercomputer may leap forward with the Cryogenic Computing Complexity program. 

Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity
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Study: Nobody Wants Social Robots That Look Like Humans Because They Threaten Our Identity

A recent study found the adoption of social robots into people's lives is complicated by humans' tendency to view human-like robots as a threat to their identity...

World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated
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World's First Single-Atom Optical Switch Fabricated

Researchers from ETH Zurich Switzerland have fabricated the world's first single-atom optical switch. 

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. 

How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law
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How Supercomputing Can Survive Beyond Moore's Law

Supercomputing needs to be extended beyond the limits of Moore's Law, says Sandia National Laboratories' Erik DeBenedictis.

Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii
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Iran Demonstrates New Humanoid Robot Surena Iii

Researchers at Iran's University of Tehran have unveiled a humanoid robot that can walk, mimic a person's arm gestures, and stand on one foot while bending backwards...

Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots
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Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots

A joint research project has yielded an interactive design system that enables hobbyists to create custom walking robots that can be printed in three dimensions...

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.

Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays
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Novel Nanostructures Could Usher in Touchless Displays

The swipe--without actually needing to touch a screen with a finger--will be the next dominant computer interface method, according to researchers in Germany. 

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.

Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?
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Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming For Robotics?

New technological developments are fomenting an explosion in the diversity and application of robotics.
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