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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV
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Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV

The U.S. Army has outlined draft objectives for a range of Robotic Combat Vehicles.

Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications
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Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications

Driven by a magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces.

The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records
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The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records

The robots will glide along an overhead track, drop down at the right place, and retrieve whatever file or record is needed.

Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch
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Stretchable Sensor Gives Robots, VR a Human Touch

Cornell University researchers have developed a fiber-optic sensor that can be use in a stretchable skin to sense deformations like pressure, bending, and strain...

Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig
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Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig

Boston Dynamics is programming its "Spot" dog robot to read gauges, look for corrosion, construct maps, and detect methane leaks.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects
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'Robotic Snake' Device Grips, Picks Up Objects

A soft fabric robotic gripper developed by University of New South Wales Sydney engineers can grasp, pick up, and release fragile objects without breaking them....

Menace from Space
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Menace from Space

Cosmic rays threaten quantum computation.

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
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Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.

Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Materials Help Expand Volumetric 3D Printing
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Materials Help Expand Volumetric 3D Printing

A volumetric three-dimensional printing method can print objects almost instantly by takin advantage of a new class of materials.

Getting Light-based Internet Right
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Getting Light-based Internet Right

Wireless Internet via light could well be a job for lasers, rather than LEDs.

Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips
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Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips

Apple unveiled three new Mac computers that use processors the company created itself, ending its reliance on Intel.

Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands
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Tunisian Startup 3D-Prints Solar-Powered Bionic Hands

Tunisian startup Cure Bionics has developed a three-dimensionally-printed solar-powered bionic hand, to help amputees and other disabled people throughout Africa...

Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.
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Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.

The Silicon Valley pioneer long held it had to build its flagship chips in its own factories; then it hit the wall and is considering outsourcing—a milestone in...

A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads
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A Next-Generation Computer Chip With Two Heads

Engineers in Switzerland have developed a computer chip that combines logic operations and data storage in a single architecture.

Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?
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Robots Help Answer Age-Old Question: Why do Fish School?

Researchers used biomimetic fish-like robots to demonstrate that fish save energy by swimming in schools without having to keep fixed distances from each other....

Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions
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Drone Technology Improves Ability to Forecast Volcanic Eruptions

An international team of researchers modified long-range drones that collect data from active volcanoes, in order to better forecast eruptions.
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