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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under
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Croc-Spotting Drone Patrol Takes Off Down Under

High-tech aerial drones known as "croc spotters," which patrol along riverbeds to detect crocodiles, recently were tested in Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer
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IBM Will Soon Launch 53-Bit Quantum Computer

IBM announced the forthcoming launch of a 53-quantum-bit (qubit) quantum computer, for use by IBM Q Network clients.

U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip
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U.S. Energy Department Is First Customer for World's Biggest Chip

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne and Lawrence Livermore national laboratories will be among the first organizations to deploy artificial intelligence computers...

Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance
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Fast Swimming Fish Robot Could Perform Underwater Surveillance

University of Virginia researchers have built a fish-inspired robot that can swim as fast as actual fish, and faster than similar robots.

A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp
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A Robot with a Firm Yet Gentle Grasp

A new dynamic gripper mimics the adjustable grip of the human hand, a breakthrough that could improve industrial safety.

Fending Off Digital Sabotage
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Fending Off Digital Sabotage

Sabotage-resistant industrial machinery combats Stuxnet-like attacks.

U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research
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U.S. Gives 3 States Grants for Self-Driving Car Research

The U.S. Department of Transportation has issued Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia its first three Automated Driving Systems Demonstration Grants to research and develop...

'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air
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'Flying Fish' Robot Can Propel Itself Out of Water, Glide Through the Air

A new bio-inspired robot uses water from the environment to create a gas and launch itself from the water's surface.

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves
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Researchers Build Microscopic Biohybrid Robots Propelled by Muscles, Nerves

Researchers have developed soft biohybrid robots impelled by neuromuscular tissue that activates in response to light.  

AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist
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AI as Good as Mahler? Austrian Orchestra Performs Symphony with Twist

A researcher at the Ars Electronica Futurelab research center in Austria has used open-source artificial intelligence software to mimic classical symphonies.

Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things
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Hacking the Smart Home via the Internet of Things

A group of researchers uncovered implementation flaws in Internet of Things devices.

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control
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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

Researchers in Switzerland are developing new approaches for control of robotic hands for amputees that combine individual finger control and automation for improved...

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Head in the Clouds
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Head in the Clouds

Brain-computer interfaces, like so much else, may be migrating to the cloud.

Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction
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Realistic Robots Provide Clues to Lizard Interaction

Researchers have developed an interactive robot that responds to the immediate actions of live lava lizards on the Galapagos Islands.

Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon
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Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon

A new system uses reprogrammable ink to allow objects to change colors when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and visible light sources.

The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot
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The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot

Many robotic systems are not fully autonomous and require, at the very least, humans monitoring them from afar.
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