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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench
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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench

A silicone rubber submersible robot engineered by researchers at China's Zhejiang University successfully withstood the immense pressures in the Mariana trench....

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns
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Digidog, a Robotic Dog Used by the Police, Stirs Privacy Concerns

The New York Police Department has been testing Digidog for deployment in dangerous situations, but some fear it could become an aggressive surveillance tool.

Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed
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Prototype of Intelligent Underground Robotic System for Urban Environments Developed

An international research team has developed a robot that can intelligently navigate underground in urban environments.

Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage
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Biden Signs Executive Order to Address Chip Shortage

On Wednesday, U.S. President Joe Biden addressed a global chip shortage with an executive order that aims to strengthen supply chains.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes
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Flexible Terahertz Camera Can Inspect Objects With Diverse Shapes

A flexible, free-standing terahertz (THz) camera patch can film irregularly shaped objects more easily than traditional bulky and rigid THz cameras.

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions
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The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions

A study under the Moralities of Intelligent Machines project found the appearance of robots influences humans' perception of their decisions' morality.

DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft
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DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft

The program aims to create autonomous, fighter-jet-like craft that would deploy from the sky and then wield air-to-air weapons.

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars
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To Infinity and Beyond: Linux, Open Source Go to Mars

The Perseverance rover will explore Mars with the self-flying Ingenuity helicopter drone, using Linux and NASA-built software.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
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The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue
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Sharing Your Route in Advance Could Cut Electric Car Charging Queue

Researchers have developed a computer model that could reduce wait times for charging electric cars by using information about each vehicle’s planned journey.

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms
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Researchers Develop Alien-Inspired Robotic 'Worm Blob' Swarms

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers developed robots that mimic blackworms blobs and could pave the way for the creation of swarm robots that function as...

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics
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This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant...
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