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'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover
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'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA's Opportunity rover began its 15th year on Mars this week, although the intrepid robotic explorer may already be dead.

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk
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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots
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George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason University students will soon have a fleet of 25 autonomous wheeled robots delivering meals to them across campus.

Reinforcement Learning Expedites 'Tuning' of Robotic Prosthetics
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Reinforcement Learning Expedites 'Tuning' of Robotic Prosthetics

Researchers have developed an intelligence system for "tuning" powered prosthetic knees, a breakthrough allowing patients to walk with the prosthetic device in...

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All
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Mysterious Planet Nine Hiding Beyond Neptune Might Not Be a Planet at All

Out past Neptune, something weird is happening to the orbits of a bunch of space rocks circling the sun. Something, scientists believed, that could only be described...

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

A quantum key distribution fiber-optic cable running through the Holland Tunnel harnesses the power of quantum mechanics to protect critical banking data.

FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People
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FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has released preliminary rules to allow small drones to fly routinely over crowds of people at night.

Defending the Orbital Internet
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Defending the Orbital Internet

Hypersonic space debris threatens communications beyond the atmosphere.

We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables
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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of ­ncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots
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Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

A hotel in Japan hyped as the world's first robot-staffed hotel has eliminated more than half of its robots due to mounting complaints.

Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps
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Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Last April, Amina Helmi felt goose bumps while driving to work in the northern Netherlands. It had nothing to do with the weather—it was pure anticipation. Just...

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency
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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency...

UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous
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UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

University of Texas at Austin researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Wrangler supercomputer to examine gene activity across the genomes of 10 species...

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Efficiency, Innovation Mark Research In Future Memories
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Efficiency, Innovation Mark Research In Future Memories

The U.S. National Science Foundation is exploring multiple approaches.

Have Aliens Found ­s? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua
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Have Aliens Found ­s? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as "a red...

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants
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3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants

Face transplants are a proving ground for medical applications of three-dimensional printing and imaging.
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