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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation
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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

A new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers to recommend movies or route taxis.

Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain
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Teaching Bipedal Robots to Step Across Discrete Terrain

Leveraging recent advances in optimal and nonlinear control systems, the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated a bipedal...

A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown
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A ­.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed ...

Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps
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Flying DRAGON Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

A new modular flying robot powered by ducted fans can change shape while in flight.

AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls
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AI Drone Learns to Detect Brawls

Researchers used deep learning to develop a drone surveillance system that automatically detects small groups of people fighting each other.

Medical Imaging AI Software Is Vulnerable to Covert Attacks
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Medical Imaging AI Software Is Vulnerable to Covert Attacks

Deep learning neural network systems for analyzing medical images can be exploited by cyberattackers in ways that humans cannot detect, according to a new study...

Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water
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Firefighting Robot Snake Flies on Jets of Water

Researchers in Japan have developed a firefighting snake-like robot with the body of a fire hose.

The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug
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The Importance of Teaching Robots to Hug

A study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany detailed researchers' exploration of robots capable of hugging humans for...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

It's summertime here at IEEE Spectrum, and that means it's time for our fourth interactive ranking of the top programming languages.

Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices
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Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

The International Criminal Police Organization is assessing software that matches samples of speech in phone calls or social media to voice recordings in a law...

Making Radio Chips for Hell
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Making Radio Chips for Hell

A new wireless radio mixer integrated circuit can operate at temperatures up to 500 degrees Celsius.

Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions
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Feel What This Robot Feels Through Tactile Expressions

Cornell University's Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship Lab is developing a robot designed to explore textual communication.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

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.
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