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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.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time
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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated...

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans
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AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.

AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds
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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

The University of Central Florida has been developing artificial intelligence solutions to relieve crowd scientists from the task of manually counting heads.

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs
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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

University of Texas at Austin researchers are developing graphene-based health sensors that stick to a person's skin like a temporary tattoo and take measurements...

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.

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.

This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats
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This Robot Can Do More Push-­ps Because It Sweats

Researchers from the University of Tokyo's JSK Lab say they have developed a more efficient way to cool humanoid robots.

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.

Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms
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Robot Octopus Points the Way to Soft Robotics With Eight Wiggly Arms

Several labs from European and Israeli universities have together built a robot 0ctopus.

Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data
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Top Programming Languages Trends: The Rise of Big Data

Big data programming languages are gaining in importance because they enable the mining of massive datasets.

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. 

How to Build a Moral Robot
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How to Build a Moral Robot

With robots expected to play an increasingly critical role in making judgment calls where human lives are at stake, it is imperative to model moral reasoning in...

Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler
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Google's Eric Schmidt Says AI Will Make Him Smarter, Cooler

Alphabet executive chairman Eric Schmidt says the next major trend in the technology industry will be artificial intelligence. 

Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect
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Jumproach Is a Robotic Bug That Leaps and Flips Just Like an Insect

Researchers say they have developed a new kind of jumping mechanism for robots that has the potential to scale from tiny hops to a catapult launch. 
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