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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

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.

­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training
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­.S. Army Makes a Virtual North Korea for Training

The U.S. Army is creating a virtual duplicate of our planet in which to drill troops.

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive
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Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive

Self-driving cars can learn the rules of the road by studying virtual traffic on videogames such as Grand Theft Auto V, according to a new study.

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.

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. 

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.

Our Number's ­p: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never ­nderstand
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Our Number's ­p: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never ­nderstand

Some mathematicians think the field of mathematics is approaching a limit that cannot yield further breakthroughs without computerized assistance. 

Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age
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Eek! How Your Face Reveals Your Body's Real Age

A new study used three-dimensional facial images to predict biological age in a human population, to detect those aging quickly and slowly. 

Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines
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Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines

Artificial intelligence researchers want to develop more comprehensive exams to test their systems. 

Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links
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Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links

The internet is stuffed with garbage.

Code Generation: Kids Who Program Before They Can Read
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Code Generation: Kids Who Program Before They Can Read

Schools in England this month are embarking on one of the most ambitious efforts in the ongoing campaign to teach children to code. 

My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education
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My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education

Carnegie Mellon University professor Luis von Ahn says he believes his Duolingo venture is determining what next-generation education will look like. 

Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots
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Kindergarten Bots Teach Language to Tots

A series of experiments is aimed at determining how well children retain new words learned from robots over time. 

Google Glass Hackathon Spawns Bizarre No-Touch Apps
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Google Glass Hackathon Spawns Bizarre No-Touch Apps

At a recent Google Glass hackathon, which developers used a new language called Wearscript to create a wide range of new applications for the wearable technology...

Conversation App Helps Parents Boost Child's Language
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Conversation App Helps Parents Boost Child's Language

Parents with children who struggle to develop their language skills could soon turn to an app designed to provide real-time feedback on parent-child conversations...

Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands
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Robotutor Marks the Homework of a Class of Thousands

Codewebs, an artificially intelligent tutor for online students that can analyze and assess submitted code, can give students fast, tailored feedback and guidance...

Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read
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Kindergarten Coders Can Program Before They Can Read

Researchers are studying the ability of kindergarten-aged children to program computers using a graphics-based coding language called ScratchJr. 

Virtual Traveller: Beam a Live, 3D You Into the World
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Virtual Traveller: Beam a Live, 3D You Into the World

A new virtual reality system combines 3D glasses and a hack of Microsoft's Kinect to enable life-sized images of people to be recreated in a virtual space. 
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