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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building
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Record-Breaking Jumping Robot Can Leap 10-Story Building

Rresearchers have developed a jumping robot that can reach heights of more than 30 meters, or about the height of a 10-story building, after being launched at about...

'Momentum Computing' Pushes Technology's Thermodynamic Limits
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'Momentum Computing' Pushes Technology's Thermodynamic Limits

Two University of California, Davis researchers have proposed a computational method for dissipating a small fraction of the heat generated by conventional computer...

Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze
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Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze

The neuromorphic computing device solved the puzzle by working like an animal brain would.

How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances
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How Olympic Tracking Systems Capture Athletic Performances

This year's Olympic Games in Tokyo use an advanced three-dimensional tracking system that captures athletes' performances in fine detail.

Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?
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Will Quantum Computing Ever Live Up to Its Hype?

One expert warns that the field is overpromising, while another says his firm is on the verge of building "useful" machines.

This Robot Can Rap—Really
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This Robot Can Rap—Really

A Georgia Institute of Technology music technologist modified an improvisational musical robot called Shimon to create lyrics and perform rap in real time.

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers
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Encryption System Protects Data from Quantum Computers

IBM researchers have demonstrated a quantum-proof encryption method called CRYSTALS that can successfully encrypt a magnetic-tap storage device.  

The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
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The Quantum Internet Is Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Although a fully realized quantum network is still a far-off vision, recent breakthroughs have convinced some physicists that a simple proof-of-principle is imminent...

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu
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Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Last week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the science team of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission presented their first findings from the asteroid...

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts
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Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently...

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?
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Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel
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'Optical Tweezers' and Tools ­sed for Laser Eye Surgery Snag Physics Nobel

Optical physicists Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics for "groundbreaking inventions in the field of...

How to Make a Robot ­se Theory of Mind
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How to Make a Robot ­se Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things
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How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things

Cyber criminals shut down parts of the Web in October 2016 by attacking the computers that serve as the internet's switchboard.

New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen
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New AI System Can Imagine What It Hasn't Seen

"Before we work on artificial intelligence, why don't we do something about natural stupidity?" computer scientist Steve Polyak once joked.
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