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Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer
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Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer

Researchers have developed a high-resolution bioprinting process with completely new materials, involving the use of a special "bio ink" for three-dimensional printing...

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions
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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the...

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands
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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff
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Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff

Stuart Russell wants to harness artificial intelligence before it's too late.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot
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Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Researchers have developed a self-guiding gardening robot that navigates via five pairs of cameras and three-dimensional mapping.

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments
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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites
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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate...

Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials
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Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

Researchers have found a new way to optimize nickel by unlocking properties that could enable a range of applications, from quantum computing to biosensors. 

Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds
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Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

A survey of state chief information officers found many U.S. states are exploring the use of artificial intelligence.

Holding Algorithms Accountable
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Holding Algorithms Accountable

How can we battle algorithmic bias?

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
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Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...
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