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Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards
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Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards

Egyptian border agents have released a British-built robot after detaining it at customs for 10 days.

Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis
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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
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Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips
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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.

Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots
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Researchers Successfully Build Four-Legged Swarm Robots

A University of Notre Dame's researcher built four-legged swarm robots capable of traversing rough terrain and performing complex tasks collectively.

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current...

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots
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Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

They can make French fries, mix drinks, and even clean toilets, and they never ask for a raise. But they also break down.

In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors
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In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors

Once you've left the Earth, the simple inversion of a critical parameter can cause a mission to fail.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head
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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion
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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Even as the world continues to grapple with chip shortages, it's time to be on the lookout for a clearing of that backlog where insatiable hunger might quickly...

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars
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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.

Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome
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Los Alamos Supercomputers Uncover Subtleties of the X Chromosome

A new model shows the X chromosome inactivation process, paving the way for drug treatments for gene-based disorders and diseases.

NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects
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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects

Researchers have developed a sensitive model for detecting and counting transistor defects.

Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging
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Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging

University of Arizona engineers have developed personalized biosymbiotic devices that can operate without recharging.
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