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Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
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Engineers 3D-Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants

Engineers have developed a way to three-dimensionally print neural probes and other electronic devices that are as soft and flexible as rubber.

Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better
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Wearable Strain Sensor Using Light Transmittance Helps Measure Physical Signals Better

A new wearable strain sensor can complete sensitive, stable, and continuous measurements of physical signals.

Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses
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Robots Use Light Beams to Zap Hospital Viruses

A robotic system uses eight UV-C ultraviolet-light-emitting bulbs to destroy bacteria, viruses, and other harmful microbes.

Soil Sifters
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Soil Sifters

Algorithms and supercomputers help tease out how soil microbes affect global climate.

MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design
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MIT Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power With Energy-Harvesting Design

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware
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Attack on Home Routers Sends Users to Spoofed Sites That Push Malware

Researchers are warning that a hack of Linksys and D-Link routers is redirecting users to malicious sites posing as COVID-19 informational resources.

Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning
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Synergy Emergence in Deep Reinforcement Motor Learning

Researchers have observed something similar to motor synergy in robotic agents using deep reinforcement learning algorithms.

Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing
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Researchers Use 3D Printing, Sensors to Create Models for Hydropower Testing

Researchers are using three-dimensional printers and sensors to create fake fish to help test the environmental impact of hydroelectric dams on fish populations...

System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road
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System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit the Road

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have created a simulation system to train driverless cars prior to their deployment on actual streets.

This Drone Can Play Dodgeball
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This Drone Can Play Dodgeball

Researchers equipped a quadcopter with event cameras and algorithms to reduce its reaction time and enable it to avoid a ball thrown at it from a short distance...

Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot
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Stanford Engineers Create Shape-Changing, Free-Roaming Soft Robot

Researchers have developed a human-scale soft robot that can reconfigure its shape to grasp and handle objects.

Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey
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Machine Learning, Meet Whiskey

Technologies are coming increasingly closer to approximating the human senses of taste and smell.

Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles
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Coronavirus Highlights Strengths of Self-Driving Delivery Vehicles

With quarantines across China, one company is showing the usefulness of autonomous vehicles.

Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System
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Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System

Pohoiki Springs, an experimental system to be rolled out this month, mimics the way human brains work to do computations faster with less energy

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.

Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans
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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

Researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.
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