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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce
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Robot ­ses Machine Learning to Harvest Lettuce

A new vegetable-picking robot uses machine learning to identify and harvest iceberg lettuce.

Chipping Away at Big Data
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Chipping Away at Big Data

Neural network chips whittle big data down to size.

Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair
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Drone Explodes into Maple Seed Microdrones in Midair

Samara-inspired drones can help deliver airborne payloads in a simple, reliable, inexpensive manner.

Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs
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Tiny Jellyfish Robot Could Swim Inside the Bladder to Deliver Drugs

Researchers in Germany have developed a robotic jellyfish that can swim, burrow, and transport objects.

How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist
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How to Evaluate Computers that Don't Quite Exist

A team of researchers compared quantum computers developed by IBM, Rigetti Computing, and the University of Maryland.

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?
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Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices
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M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across...

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off
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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving
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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
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­ber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where...

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-­p' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork
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About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork

Researchers have developed a technique to automatically analyze portrait artwork, factoring in fine-grained detail, accuracy, and individual artistic style.

Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.
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