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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks
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Dog Training Methods Help JHU Teach Robots to Learn New Tricks

Computer scientists at Johns Hopkins University used positive reinforcement to show a robot how to teach itself new tasks quickly.

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing
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Scientists Create Synthetic Human Tongue Using 3D Printing

Researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. report the development of what they are calling the first biomimetic tongue using three-dimensional printing....

National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election
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National Guard Called in to Thwart Cyberattack in Louisiana Weeks Before Election

The Louisiana National Guard has been called in to investigate a series of cyberattacks aimed at small government offices across the state.

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor
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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.

How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around
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How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around

Now for the hard part.

Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution
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Material Found in House Paint May Spur Technology Revolution

Researchers from Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Michigan have developed a technique for generating non-volatile computer memory using titanium...

The World of TFNP
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The World of TFNP

Finding a solution when you know one exists.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools
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Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo created novel three-dimensional design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require...

Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops
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Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops

Google parent Alphabet is piloting a project to revolutionize agriculture and food production by using solar-powered electric buggies to monitor crops.

MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera
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MonoEye: A Human Motion-Capture System Using Single Wearable Camera

Researchers have developed a human motion-capture system using an ultra-wide fisheye camera strapped to the user's chest.

Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore
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Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

Technology that allows people to perform physical work remotely is proliferating across a host of occupations.

Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready
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Tesla Putting 'Self-Driving' in the Hands of Drivers, Amid Criticism the Tech Is Not Ready

Electric automaker Tesla has providing a number of owners of its vehicles a software update to enable the cars to steer better and accelerate without human control...

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Terahertz Networks Move Closer to Reality

The desire for faster, higher-frequency wireless networking is a constant. Terahertz technology could deliver large gains.

Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware
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Hackers Targeting IoT Devices With a P2P Botnet Malware

Qihoo 360's Netlab security team has discovered the HEH Botnet, which hijacks Internet-connected smart devices to carry out nefarious tasks.

GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups
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GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups

General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit said it will remove human backup drivers from the driverless vehicles it is testing on San Francisco streets by year's...

RISC-V Business: Tech Foundation Moving to Switzerland Because of Geopolitical Concerns
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RISC-V Business: Tech Foundation Moving to Switzerland Because of Geopolitical Concerns

Unanimous decision of board to up sticks from Delaware.

First European Quantum Computing Facility Goes Online
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First European Quantum Computing Facility Goes Online

Quantum Inspire is smaller than IBM's Quantum Experience, but offers the first online quantum processor that uses electron spins in quantum dots as qubits.

WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'
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WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'

The World Economic Forum predicts robotics and artificial intelligence advancements will lead to a net increase in jobs over the next five years.
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