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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance
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Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

University of Virginia researchers have built a fish-inspired robot that can swim as fast as actual fish, and faster than similar robots.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water
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Smartphone App Can Detect Tiny Amounts of Norovirus in Water

A new smartphone app can detect extremely small amounts of norovirus (the most common cause of gastroenteritis) in water, when used with a microscope attachment...

Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots
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Drones Could Herd Rhinos From Poaching Hotspots

Researchers in the ­.K. found that drones and siren sounds were most effective in getting endangered southern white rhinos to leave poaching hotspots in national...

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism
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Data Can Now Be Stored Inside Molecules That Power Our Metabolism

Brown University researchers have stored information within molecules smaller and less complex than DNA.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
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Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide ­nder Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart
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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.

Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing
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Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing

Researchers at Stanford University have created a system that allowed an autonomous car to learn to make high-speed turns without spinning out.

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail
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Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Researchers created a swarm of disc-shaped robots inspired by living cells, that can join together, squeeze through gaps, and keep moving even if many of its parts...

The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images
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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images

Artificial intelligence is much worse at identifying objects by sight than many people realize.

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms
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Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in ­.S. Classrooms

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands
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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do
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Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.
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