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Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs
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Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs

It's not the best version of Jingle Bells you'll ever hear—it's being played by a rubber robot hand. But the hand could point the way to better designs for robot...

­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens
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­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist
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Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist

MobiLimb is a realistic-looking mechanical finger that plugs into the USB port of a mobile device as an additional way to interact with a smartphone or tablet. ...

This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope
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This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope

A palm-sized bipedal robot can carry out a medical inspection of a patient when a doctor is unavailable.

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

The ­nderwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The ­nderwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight
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Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.

A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time
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A Robot Has Performed Eye Surgery on Humans for the First Time

Researchers used a robot developed to can perform eye surgery on humans to help six patients who needed a membrane removed from their retina to improve their vision...

Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed
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Underwater Robot Finds Second World War Bomber Plane on Seabed

Harvey Mudd College researchers have developed a novel autonomous underwater vehicle that can explore the sea floor looking for signs of wrecked ships.

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play
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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric...

Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms
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Making Custom Qubits by Pushing Together Two Individual Atoms

Researchers have used laser beams to manipulate a sodium atom and a caesium atom into a single, asymmetrical molecule, making it potentially useful for quantum...

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising...

Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found
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Half the ­niverse's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons...

Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood
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Robot Made from a Dna Strand Could Deliver Cargo in Your Blood

You won't read about a smaller robot than this one any time soon. It consists of just a single strand of DNA, and moves by taking tiny 6-nanometre steps—around...

Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype
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Facebook AI Learns Human Reactions After Watching Hours of Skype

There's something not quite right about humanoid robots.

Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can ­se Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
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Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....
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