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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.

Squishy Robots Now Have Squishy Computers to Control Them
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Squishy Robots Now Have Squishy Computers to Control Them

Researchers at Harvard University have developed a rubber computer that runs on "digital logic," which could serve as a software replacement for hard electronic...

Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash
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Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed "black box" data from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicated that...

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars
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Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

A new study reveals asteroid impacts on ancient Mars could have produced key ingredients for life if the Martian atmosphere was rich in hydrogen.

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition
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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port...

Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow
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Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow

A competition of self-driving snowplows.

Hospital ­sing Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings
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Hospital ­sing Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

United Parcel Service and drone manufacturer Matternet launched a drone delivery service this week by transporting a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals...

How GM­ Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus
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How GM­ Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus

Students eating habits have changed since the deployment of 25 semi-autonomous delivery robots from Starship Technologies on the George Mason University campus...

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail
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Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Researchers created a swarm of disc-shaped robots inspired by living cells, that can join together, squeeze through gaps, and keep moving even if many of its parts...

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care
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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.

How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot
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How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot

As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.

A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt
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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule—the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons...

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

Soft Robots Look to New Environments
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Soft Robots Look to New Environments

These non-standard automatons appear best suited for applications under water and in space.

The Future of Data Storage
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The Future of Data Storage

Research into next-generation storage techniques marches forward, yet tape remains the most viable, dependable medium.

 Painting On Perovskites at Room Temperature
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Painting On Perovskites at Room Temperature

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors are suited to many electro-optical applications.

Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite ­.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...
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