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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...

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.

Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos
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Fbi Wants Better Automated Image Analysis For Tattoos

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation collaborated with the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology to find a better way to search for matching tatoos...

Testing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles By Fooling Human Passengers
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Testing Trust in Autonomous Vehicles By Fooling Human Passengers

A team at Stanford University's Center for Design Research has developed the Real Road Autonomous Driving Simulation that fools human participants into thinking...

Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System
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Children Beating ­p Robot Inspires New Escape Maneuver System

An experiment to see how mall patrons react to a social robot surprisingly found children were hostile toward the robot. 

Beyond Just 'big' Data
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Beyond Just 'big' Data

As big data technologies advance and the challenges of extracting meaning from these data sets shift, computer scientists will need new vocabulary. 

Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality
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Medical Microbots Take a Fantastic Voyage Into Reality

In the 1966 film Fantastic Voyage, scientists at a U.S. laboratory shrink a submarine called Proteus and its human crew to microscopic size and then inject the...

Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning
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Mitsubishi Quiets Car Noise With Machine Learning

Mitsubishi Electric says its new noise suppression technology can improve the quality of hands-free phone communication in cars. 

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer
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Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer, got his start coding games in BASIC on a BBC Micro when he was 10. 

Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri
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Malware Could Steal Data From Iphones ­sing Siri

A security vulnerability in the iPhone 5 series of smartphone could be exploited by malicious software and compromise a user's personal information via Siri.

Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged
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Atlas Drc Robot Is 75 Percent New, Completely ­nplugged

We've always known that the ATLAS DRC humanoid robot was due for some serious upgrades before the DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals, because having a robot that's...

Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley
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Toshiba Android Will Take You For a Trip Down the ­ncanny Valley

Researchers have developed Aiko Chihiro, a lifelike communication android. 

To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields
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To Foil Cyberattacks, Connected Cars Need Overlapping Shields

Smart cars will need many more layers of cyberprotection than automakers believe is necessary.

Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts
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Machine-Learning Maestro Michael Jordan on the Delusions of Big Data and Other Huge Engineering Efforts

The overeager adoption of big data is likely to result in catastrophes of analysis comparable to a national epidemic of collapsing bridges.

Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle
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Spherical Display Lets You See 3-D Animations from Any Angle

Researchers at the University of Sao Paulo and the University of British Columbia have developed Spheree, a spherical display that enables users to see and interact...
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