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Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything
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Australia's Plan to Make a Digital Representation of Everything

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization will build a "historical, current, and future digital representation of everything" in...

Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach
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Mind-Reading Tech Helps Beginners Quickly Learn to Play Bach

Every potential virtuoso needs a mentor. It just so happens that this one is a computer.

3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch
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3D-Printed Display Lets Blind People Explore Images By Touch

Blind and partially sighted people often use tactile displays to interact with computers.

Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos
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Pic-Scanning AI Estimates City Air Pollution From Mass of Photos

A research team at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore has designed an application to estimate air quality by analyzing a large number of photos of a...

Google Deepmind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking
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Google Deepmind AI Navigates a Doom-Like 3D Maze Just By Looking

Google DeepMind just entered the 90s. Fresh off their success in playing the ancient game of Go, DeepMind’s latest artificial intelligence can navigate a 3D maze...

Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps
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Virtual City Walkthroughs Help to Find Pedestrian Death Traps

Columbia University researchers are using home-built software to examine Google Street View images to identify locations in New York City where pedestrians are...

Glowing 4d-Printed Flowers Could Pave Way For Replacement Organs
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Glowing 4d-Printed Flowers Could Pave Way For Replacement Organs

This delicate, glowing flower could one day save your life. It’s the latest example of "4D printing"–3D printed objects that change their shape over time—and it...

Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own
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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own

Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own. 

Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route
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Scenic Sat-Nav Will Take You on the Prettiest Route

Autobahn is an artificial intelligence system that can use Google Street View images to optimize a driving route for a particular type of scenery. 

Smart Clothes Adapt So You Are Always the Right Temperature
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Smart Clothes Adapt So You Are Always the Right Temperature

The U.S. Department of Energy is funding research into clothing that can change its thermal properties to adapt to the environment, as well as to the body of the...

Race of World's Tiniest Cars Set to Drive Nano-Robot Revolution
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Race of World's Tiniest Cars Set to Drive Nano-Robot Revolution

Scientists from around the world will meet in Toulouse, France, in November for the world's first car race conducted at the nanoscopic level. 

Philae Lander Fails to Respond to Last-Ditch Efforts to Wake It
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Philae Lander Fails to Respond to Last-Ditch Efforts to Wake It

Farewell, Philae. The space lander that touched down on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (and in our hearts) in November 2014 has not responded to a last-ditch attempt...

Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step
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Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step

Researchers have developed a robot that can watch people work, learn the steps that make up the task, and remind people when they forget a step. 

Want a Computer That Never Crashes? Don't Let Bugs Freak It Out
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Want a Computer That Never Crashes? Don't Let Bugs Freak It Out

Developers' perception of software bugs must shift from something that must be found and removed at all costs to an unavoidable fact of life. 

IBM to Develop Hardware to Wipe Out Errors in Quantum Computing
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IBM to Develop Hardware to Wipe Out Errors in Quantum Computing

The race to build a full-blown quantum computer is heating up.

Man With No Limbs Controls Robotic Hand ­sing Muscle Whispers
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Man With No Limbs Controls Robotic Hand ­sing Muscle Whispers

Sam Wilson, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, and supervisor Ravi Vaidyanathan are designing new ways for the human body to control prostheses. 

Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics
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Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics

If you're very squeamish, look away now.

Cyborg Rose Has Electric Circuits Running Through Polymer Veins
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Cyborg Rose Has Electric Circuits Running Through Polymer Veins

Swedish researchers built a working electronic circuit from an ordinary garden rose by filling its veins with conductive polymer. This is the first step toward...

Silicon 2.0 Promises Superpowered Chips and Solar Cells
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Silicon 2.0 Promises Superpowered Chips and Solar Cells

Silicon's limited electrical conductivity holds back computer processing speeds and the efficiency of solar panels. Ordinary silicon enhanced with certain abilities...

Into the ­ncanny Valley: 80 Robot Faces Ranked By Creepiness
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Into the ­ncanny Valley: 80 Robot Faces Ranked By Creepiness

Recent experiments sought to determine the scope of the uncanny valley--the point at which a lifelike robot stops attracting people and instead repels them.
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