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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.

Scientists Use Robotic Animals to Learn About Real Ones
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Scientists Use Robotic Animals to Learn About Real Ones

Scientists are using robots that realistically interact with animals, to gain insights into the animals’ social dynamics.

Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'
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Chinese Computer Scientist Awarded Kyoto Prize for Work Playing 'Vital Role in Modern Society'

Japan's Inamori Foundation has named Chinese computer scientist Andrew Yao Chi-chih recipient of the international Kyoto Prize in advanced technology.

Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Botnet Buster Finds IoT Command and Control Centers
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Botnet Buster Finds IoT Command and Control Centers

University of California, Riverside computer scientists have developed a tool that cripples botnets by fooling them into exposing their Internet of Things command...

World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues
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World Bank Program Looks to Blockchain to Solve Carbon Emissions Data Issues

The World Bank's Climate Warehouse program is consulting with cryptocurrency startups like the Chia Network to build a "public-good layer" for climate.
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