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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...

Spoofing the Spoofers
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Spoofing the Spoofers

Security deception software gets an upgrade.

Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

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.

Help Wanted: Quantum
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Help Wanted: Quantum

How the U.S. can build a quantum workforce.

Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics
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Surrey Device Takes Us Closer to High-Performing Wearable, Eco-Disposable AI Electronics

Researchers developed the Multimodal Transistor to produce efficient analog computation for robotic control, artificial intelligence, and unsupervised machine learning...

First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission
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First Drone Goes Flying to North Pole on Climate Mission

Researchers at the Finnish Meteorological Institute joined the biggest Arctic expedition in history to fly the first drone near the North Pole.

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results
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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.

White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations
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White Castle Plans to Use Robot in More Locations

The White Castle restaurant chain said it is expanding the use of the Flippy Robot-on-a-Rail system to more U.S. locations.

Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering
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Honeywell Introduces Quantum Computing as a Service with Subscription Offering

Each subscriber gets eight or sixteen hours per month of dedicated time with Honeywell scientists to run algorithms on the trapped-ion hardware.

Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe
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Motorists' Smartphones May Help Highway Bosses Keep Roads Safe

High-resolution three-axis accelerometers and GPS tracking built into smartphones, along with an app, can provide useful measures of road roughness for civil engineers...

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...
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