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AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation
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AI Researchers Challenge a Robot to Ride a Skateboard in Simulation

Researchers have developed a framework for controlling four-legged robots that is more energy efficient and adaptable than traditional model-based gait control....

12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications
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12 European Companies, Research Labs Join Forces to Boost Industrial Quantum Computing Applications

The NExt ApplicationS of Quantum Computing project hopes to demonstrate practical use cases for the Noisy Intermediate-Scale Quantum devices that soon will be available...

Here Come the Swarmbots
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Here Come the Swarmbots

Switzerland's EFPL has developed inexpensive prototype bots that can be used to form, and act as, swarms.

The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs
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The Army is Testing AR Goggles for Dogs

The U.S. military is working on new ways for soldiers and their dogs to communicate.

Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo
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Japan Post Delivery Robot Debuts in Tokyo

Japan Post Co. is testing in Tokyo a self-driving mail delivery robot that can maneuver around obstacles and cross intersections with traffic lights.

Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required
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Here Comes the Internet of Plastic Things, No Batteries or Electronics Required

Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a technique for three-dimensionally printing plastic objects that communicate with Wi-Fi devices without...

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron
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Memristor Breakthrough: First Single Device To Act Like a Neuron

Analog computing with neuron-like devices could efficiently solve problems traditional computers struggle to solve.

This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish
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This 'Squidbot' Jets Around, Takes Pics of Coral, Fish

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego have constructed a self-powered squid-like robot that can swim via water-jet propulsion and record data on...

What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?
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What If Underwater Robots Could Autonomously Dock Mid-Mission to Recharge, Transfer Data?

A new mobile docking system for autonomous underwater vehicles extends their performance without human intervention.

An Open Source Bionic Leg
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An Open Source Bionic Leg

University of Michigan researchers have released details online of the design of an open source bionic leg, and the results of its clinical tests.

The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants
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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites
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Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites

The U.K. this week launched four shoebox-sized "nanosatellites" into low Earth orbit.

Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot
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Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot

Julie Shah and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology build robots that can learn from demonstration, understand humans, and truly collaborate.

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert
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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Researchers last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.

These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company
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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business...

3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly...
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