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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field
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Experts Establish 'North Star' for Domestic Robotics Field

Stanford University researchers have created a catalogue of the physical and intellectual details of 100 everyday household tasks, to set benchmarks for domestic...

What Caused the Facebook Outage?
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What Caused the Facebook Outage?

Why was the social media service and its related properties out of service for hours, frustrating users and Facebook engineers alike?

High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem
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High-Tech Approaches to America's Sewer Problem

U.S. cities and service contractors use flying drones, crawling robots, and remote-operated swimming machines to explore, diagnose, and fix municipal sewer systems...

Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer
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Japan's Fugaku Retains Title as World's Fastest Supercomputer

Said Satoshi Matsuoka, director of RIKEN R-CCS, "Fugaku has once again proven most powerful in a wide range of areas."

What's in the Water?
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What's in the Water?

Researchers have mapped the global pathways of nitrogen and pathogens from human wastewater.

Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp
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Unique Robotic Hand Can Rotate Objects Without Releasing Grasp

A novel robotic hand can change a grasped object's orientation without letting go.

True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter
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True, Untrue Viral News Move Equally Through Twitter

A study found both true and untrue viral news spread through Twitter at the same speed, breadth, and depth.

Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed
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Why Facebook Won't Let You Control Your Own News Feed

Lawmakers want social networks to offer users a chronological timeline. Leaked documents help to explain why Facebook doesn't.

AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages
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AI Brings Power of NLP to African Languages

A neural network model developed by researchers at Canada's University of Waterloo enables computer-based analysis of text in 11 African languages.

Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly
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Nuclear Radiation Used to Transmit Digital Data Wirelessly

Digitally encoded information has been transmitted wirelessly using nuclear radiation.

Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease
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Dexterous Robotic Hands Manipulate Objects with Ease

A new system can enable robotic hands to handle more than 2,000 different objects.

Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?
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Can Electric Cars Help Strengthen Electrical Grids?

A computational model shows how using vehicle-to-grid technology to store electricity in electric vehicles, selling it back to the utility as needed, can improve...

The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You
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The Next Generation of AI-Enabled Cars Will Understand You

In-cabin sensors can help customize the passenger experience.

First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change
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First Global River Database Documents 40 Years of Change

A new database shows the movement of the river centerlines of the 48 most threatened deltas in the world over the past 40 years.

Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares
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Social Media Is Reshaping British Universities' Value Systems in Scramble for Likes, Shares

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge found universities' value judgments about research have been tied to social media platforms.

Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data
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Tracked Bottom-Crawling Robot Gathers Valuable Deep-Sea Data

The Benthic Rover II robot has spent seven years collecting deep-sea data 140 miles off California's coast.

Key Witness Helps Scientists Detect 'Spooky' Quantum Entanglement in Solid Materials
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Key Witness Helps Scientists Detect 'Spooky' Quantum Entanglement in Solid Materials

Researchers have devised a viable "quantum entanglement witness" for proving the existence of spooky quantum entanglement in solid materials.

Making Sense With Biology
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Making Sense With Biology

Hybrid systems enhance the capabilities of electronics with biologics.

Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business
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Walmart Using Fully Driverless Trucks to Ramp Up Online Grocery Business

Walmart, the world’s largest retailer, is using fully driverless trucks for its online grocery business.

The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social
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The Next Generation of Home Robots will be More Capable — and Perhaps More Social

Tech titans and upstarts alike are working to deepen our relationships with their robots.
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